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.