Archive for May, 2007


Lindows at Barnes & Noble

I had read that bookstores have drastically cut down on the number of computer titles stocked, and this was definitely in evidence on a recent visit to Barnes & Noble.

In fact, there was more shelf space devoted to Linux than to the operating system emanating from Redmond.

¿What To Pack?

It’s almost time to grab my backpack and hit the road again, so I pulled out my trusty and tattered to-bring list.

I tend to pack rather light on these overseas trips, so you may think I forgot a lot, but trust me, I didn’t :-).

Because others have asked me to share this list, and because it’s time to commit it to bytes, here it is (in no particular order):

  • plane tickets (if not e-ticket)
  • printed flight itinerary (I never remember my flight times)
  • passport
  • extra passport photos (needed for visas along the way)
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • towel, small (many hostels don’t provide one)
  • two pairs of long pants
  • short pants (weather permitting)
  • bathing suit
  • three t-shirts
  • two button-up shirts
  • windbreaker / light jacket
  • sweater (very light but warm)
  • jacket (only if Winter)
  • pyjamas
  • seven pair of underwear and socks
  • laundry bag
  • money belt
  • belt (if pants require it)
  • travellers checks (rarely used but good to have a few when the ATM network is down)
  • list of travellers checks numbers
  • hostel card
  • cash/credit cards/ATM card
  • list of CC numbers (in case they need to be cancelled/resissued)
  • international drivers license certificate (need varies by country)
  • sunscreen
  • shampoo
  • toiletries
  • ankle strap (only if biking)
  • earplugs (for loud concerts and snoring roommates)
  • small notebook / memo pad
  • guidebook(s)
  • flashlight (single AAA LED)
  • tiny push-to-light LED
  • copy of passport main page and any visas
  • GSM phone and charger
  • small padlock (for hostel lockers)
  • compass
  • umbrella, ultra compact
  • wristwatch (also used as alarm clock)
  • camera & card reader
  • camera battery travel charger
  • AC plug adapter (varies by country but the one for continental Europe works most everywhere except NZ & Oz).
  • apartment entrance key (so I can get back in when I return)
  • And a few things I always need to do before I leave:

  • pay bills
  • put snail-mail on Vacation Hold
  • set up vacation(1) response for e-mail
  • suspend newspaper delivery
  • clear out and turn off refrigerator (for extended trips)
  • turn off water heater/cable modem/router (on the morning I leave)