Ok, so Africa is now bought and paid for and I'm looking forward to it. And even though it is 8 weeks away, I'm getting started on all the things I do before big trips, like make lots of lists of things to bring and do. I love a good list--it makes me feel like I've got control of something.
So I've got a camera. I've got luggage. I've got two pairs of travel knickers (although one pair has gone missing. I can't lose a $16 pair of knickers, people! Let me know if you've seen them. I promise amnesty for the knickers if they just return to me!). I've got all the appropriate clothes and shoes (I think), including a sweater/wrap-like thing for the plane, which will be blanket and sweater combined.
On the technology from we're still weighing the laptop concept, which would be good and yet we're not real sure how much/often we'll get to use it. We've got a sim based cell phone that is unlocked. To some extent I think we might be in the territory of overkill with some of this stuff--we'll see what makes the cut.
I've got an iPod touch which should take care of a good portion of the rest of my media needs. I have the Kindle app for it, and I'm planning on loading a ton of books, some movies and a whole lotta music on there, along with game apps and hope that keeps me occupied for some of the extreme amount of time that we're in the air.
So what else is an absolute travel essential that I'm forgetting? What is the thing that you can't live without when you travel? Please let me know so I don't forget it, bearing in mind that all my stuff has to fit into a 22 inch duffel on wheels and a backpack. I know there exists a contingent of people who will just tell me to take a credit card and my passport and go, but sorry sweetie--that ain't me. I need to keep stuff to a minimum, but there will be stuff.
My next question for you is what books do you recommend I take? I need things that are good page turners. Things that can sustain me through the long hours cramped in to steerage. Throw out your suggestions, even if they aren't available for the Kindle. I'm waiting with bated breath!