Preparing my 46kgs

Preparing my 46kgs

Two suitcases with 23kgs apiece to last me until the middle of the year. That’s pretty much what I have to plan for right now. When one isn’t as much of a geek, this is an easier thing to plan. When one is me, there is all kinds of electronic crap and other tool crap that needs to be tossed in to the allowed 46kgs. As seen above, that is the bulk of my non-essential items, although, despite not being clothes or a toothbrush, I find everything in there to be essential.

I’ll write more about this in a later post, but I’m heading off to Côte d’Ivoire for the next five months. For those unfamiliar with Sub-Saharan Africa, it may seem like I’m actually bringing too little. But really, it’s not so much that these things don’t exist there (they do) but more that I prefer mine, I have them, and I don’t want to buy them again. That and I’m no fashionista, so I don’t need 46kgs for clothing. Some people do and they scare me to no end.

In there are pretty regular things like: screwdrivers, set of metric socket wrenches (I own nothing in the American system), tape measure, hammer, network patch cables, a DSL modem, a wired router (wireless is already there ahead of me), surge protectors, multiple power adapters, power converter, and spare laptop batteries. No, I’m not planning to do any construction while there, but you only find out how useful some tool is once you don’t have it. Honestly, if I had to choose only one, it would be my ridiculously-colored, purple Leatherman Juice XE 6. It’s compact and has a variety of extremely useful tools; the Swiss Army Knife of the 21st century. My wife has the smaller C2 and finds it to have no end of value. Of course, as the dents will testify, the Leatherman makes for an incredibly poor hammer.

There a few non-geek-guy things on there that are probably noteworthy. The pillow (that rolled up white thing in the left) is essential. While I can stand a foam or hard pillow for a few weeks, on an extended basis, my neck gets really messed up as it gets no love from all the computer work I do either. That is a half kilo bag of tea with my tea infuser. You really can’t leave home without that either or you’re going to be drinking Lipton and anyone who likes tea won’t like that. Lastly, at the bottom, there is a toilet seat. Yeah, that seems rather random to bring, but once I’m there, I’ll write more about that on my other, personal blog. And no, I have no plans to host any bachelor parties. That is what it is.

6 Replies to “Preparing my 46kgs”

  1. I have the same Leatherman, and I love it – best purchase I’ve made in quite a while. My only other essential is duct tape.

    What are you up to in Cote d’Ivoire, and where? I’ll be in Ghana for roughly the same time frame and am hoping to make it to Abidjan at some point – perhaps we’ll cross paths!

  2. Primarily working on Maneno with some other developers as well as working to do trainings and expand the language sets. Will be up in Abengourou most of the time and probably down in Abidjan quite a bit as well. Hoping to come in to Kumasi, although I have been there before. Would be cool to get up to Tamale, if nothing more for the fact the town shares the same name as the food dish.

  3. Great post … I love the photo and explanation of your equipment. It’s always so revealing!

    The only thing that surprises me is the tea infuser … can you really only find Lipton in Côte d’Ivoire? I loved the strong tea with mint when I lived in Mali.

    Congrats on the move! I’m very excited to see what happens Maneno. Oh, and you should go up and spend time in Mali – at the very least Bamako.

  4. Sure, Lipton exists at the Yellow Brand or whatever it is. You can find it in a lot of places. Also loose leaf Lebanese teas are quite common as well.

    As a side note, I’m not ‘Maneno’, I’m Miquel. Why do people think that?

  5. Actually, I know you’re Miquel – we’ve met before. I see there is a typo in my post … I meant to write “I’m very excited to see what happens with Maneno” as I was under the impression that you’re doing work for Maneno while you’re there. Apologies for the confusion.

  6. Ah, okay, that makes more sense. It was at the Berkeley HRC event last year that we met, I believe? And yes, plugging away at Maneno here, getting ready to officially release the Alloco version of the platform which will be quite cool.

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