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December 17th, 2004


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07:21 am - India planning
So I started thinking about what I will need to take to India.

I'm limited to two checked bags and one carry-on. Checked bags need to weigh less than 50 pounds (probably, as part of the trip is a domestic leg).

Given my normal wardrobe (jeans and t-shirts), I quite comfortably spend two weeks or so in Seattle with just a carry-on. For Baggie-con, with packing food and cooking equipment and some camping stuff for a long weekend, I pack a pretty light bag that's a bit bigger (I think) than the maximum allowed carry-on.

The place where I'll be working, however, is business formal. So that means extra shirts and pants. (Since one pair of jeans looks very much like another, I often get away with a single pair for several days.) And ties. So I'm thinking I'll be packing one bag to check and bringing a carry-on mostly to have reading material and my laptop. (BTW, minnehaha B, what's that universal power adapter you like?)

I want to get a better digital camera than I have to take along. (Mostly because I don't want to bring film along, further lowering the packing load as I'm already bringing my laptop.) I'm thinking that the high-end Christmas present from my wish list, a digital camcorder, might just be in order as well.

Even with all that, though, I think I'll have an entire checked bag worth of allowance on the way back for stuff. I figure I'll pick up some saris or fabric for same. I also figure I'll pick up some beads for all my beady friends. (Yep, thinking of you elisem and 90_percent_sure, lemme know what to look for.) I figure I'll look for tropical clothing for myself, probably in linen and/or silk as I'm a natural fabric kinda guy. I also figure that I'll pick up the actual suitcase in India as well. Any other ideas about what I should look for?

Need to call about renewing my passport today so that I can get it back in time to do the visa application.
Current Mood: excitedplan-y

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From:minnehaha
Date:December 17th, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
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Passport renewal information:

http://travel.state.gov/passport/get_renew.html

You may be able to do it by mail

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From:minnehaha
Date:December 17th, 2004 06:06 am (UTC)
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The universal power adapter I use is a $100 complication that does a lot of things. My guess is that you don't need it.

Look at your laptop's power brick. It should say that it accepts 110 and 220 volts. If it does, all you need is a plug adapter:

http://www.stayonline.com/acgrounded/3278.asp

You can buy these at Radio Shack, a computer store, or in the airport. (Although email your hosts and ask them which plug adapter you'll need, just in case.)

And even if you need a voltage converter -- maybe for your iPod or camera -- there are much cheaper options than what I have.

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From:jbru
Date:December 17th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
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I thought it might be more than what I needed, but I figured since you'd said it worked on planes an in all the countries you visit that it would be a good place to start looking. (It would tell me, in one swell foop, what options are available, letting me pick which ones I needed.)

Thanks for the links (this and the passport one)!
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From:minnehaha
Date:December 17th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
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If you want to power your laptop on the airplane, you'll need something different. But what you need depends on which airline you're flying. Some airlines don't have seat power at all, and some only have it in First and Business Class.

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From:cakmpls
Date:December 17th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
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Oooooooh, shiny! Me, me, me, I'm a beady person, too! Please, sir?
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From:jbru
Date:December 17th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
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::chuckle:: Oh, very well. Since you asked so nicely.
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From:minnehaha
Date:December 17th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
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One pair of balck pants looks like another, and you can get away with wearing one pair for several days, too. I'd go with two or three pairs of pants, two or three jackets, and several ties. Four shirts.

kevinnickerson has travelled in India. My grandmother brough back brass things, and prints. And jewelry, including a bracelet with a elephant on it. There will be knick-knacks galore, I am sure.

K.
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From:jbru
Date:December 18th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
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I was thinking that the heat and humidity of the environs would require me to launder more frequently between wearings. Still, I should be able to get by with, as you say, three pairs of pants. So that would be the grey and the olive pairs I have now and one more (navy?). I have two good blazers (one grey and one navy), one so-so one and figured I'd look to pick up a "tropical weight" one while there. Maybe five shirts so I have a work-week's worth?

Then there's the "after work" wear....

My father picked up a lot of brass figurines (mostly animals) when he was serving in the Navy and on cruises around Asia, so I'm kind of burned out on brass. Knick-knacks galore, I'm sure, yes.
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From:90_percent_sure
Date:December 17th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to take you on a unsupervised field trip for bead education and appreciation. That way you'll know to say yes to well-cut semi precious, yes to good silver and no (NO!) to bad facets, shitty silver and most importantly of all, glass.

If you buy glass beads in India, I'll have some big meaty guys come around and break your knees. Just sayin'.

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From:jbru
Date:December 17th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Right. No glass beads from India and I keep my knees working the way they should. Sounds like a fair trade.
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From:jbru
Date:December 18th, 2004 12:18 am (UTC)
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I think you would a) not fit in my luggage and b) be somewhat over the 50-pound limit for checked bags.
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From:roseblessing
Date:December 19th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
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well, you made a nice bit on your poker night to help pay for the digital camera! It sounds like you have well thought out plans.

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