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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.
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Date:December 17th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
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.

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Date:December 18th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
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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