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toothpaste & shampoo in empty 35mm film canisters… others?

by adam wiseman at 2007-05-14 04:51:22 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) San Salvador , El Salvador | Bookmark | | Report spam→

whats a 35mm film canister? P

by Paul Blandford | 14 May 2007 06:05 | in a bar in Addias, Ethiopia | | Report spam→
take less stuff. carry it all in a crappy looking bag. tape over logos on your kit (cameras and travel gear in general). talk to everyone. take local transport. take a map other than the one in your travel guide. in fact, forget the travel guide and ask people questions instead. a good pair of boots is worth all the tea in china when it rains for a week. take wool socks, a clean pair of wool socks is just like a stay in the hilton. all that stuff is prob pretty obvious, sorry if i’m pointing out stuff you already know…

by Ed Giles | 14 May 2007 06:05 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
always have tp and pepto tablets in your pocket.
pack antibiotics, esp a Z-pack and cipro.
pack a laundry line and some clips.
bring something for foot rot and infection, if you wear sandals all the time, like I do.
bring a padlock and earplugs.
pack a book and an Ipod or something similar.
Laugh at your own misfortune. Alot.

by [former member] | 14 May 2007 06:05 | Salt Lake City, United States | | Report spam→
yeah laughing is a good one… it can keep you sane. i remember one bus trip across syria where they kept playing this really bad egyptian film over and over again (for about 12 hours) at full volume with the speaker right above my head. funny as, i tell’s ya…

yeah, small-medium first aid kit with enough to patch yourself up, some nausea tablets, some basic anti-biotics (like eric said – plus maybe some doxycyclene, it’s good for malaria and a bunch of other crap you can get running around your body at home or away). also, don’t forget to download some data to your biodrive on the use of said first aid kit. some general-purpose washing detergent that you can use for clothing and cleaning those comfy woolen socks you’ll bring… bzzzzz

by Ed Giles | 14 May 2007 06:05 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
There was a long and very thorough thread about all this kicked off by sheryl Mendez in the early years of LS. If you can find it, you will have all the answers.

Meanwhile Let me add that antibiotics are tricky, you need to know which ones to take in each circumstance. Cipro is a good all round choice but its remedial effects can mislead you into thinking you have licked the problem when in fact you havent. Metronidizole or Flagyl is another very powerfull antibiotic that one needs in one’s arsenal from time to time. These drugs are usually available very cheap over the counter, without prescription, in developing countries, where you dont find the same kind of FDA restrictions as you do in the US.

One other thing, if you find yourself travelling in the Tropics you will probably also encounter the need for some kind of body wash that guards against things like crotch rot and other nasty skin infections. In Latin America Lemisol, a feminine hygiene product, is one popular option.

by Jon Anderson | 14 May 2007 12:05 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Less is more. You can always buy things on the road as needed.

In addition to things mentioned above.

- Leatherman tool or pocket knife. I have the Leatherman Blast, which is a very good balance between size and features. It even has a tiny flat/Phillips screwdriver to repair your gear.

- Miniature LED flashlight. Weighs next nothing and runs forever on simple AA or AAA batteries that you can buy anywhere. I also have a small handcranked flashlight/radio that can charge cellphones, batteries etc.

- Scan your documents and email them to yourself. You can even enrypt everything for safety. As long as you have access to the internets, you always have access to them

- A miniature GPS. Larger than a pack of gum, smaller than a pack of cigarettes.

Sounds extravagant but consider this:

Mark your starting point in the morning and roam the streets without worrying about finding your way back. You also don’t look like a tourist fumbling with a map in the middle of the street.

I can mark places that I want to return to and shoot.

The GPS map can show you the location of anything from cash machines to landmarks and hotels.

If you have an accident you can give your exact location.

Last spring I got lost in New Orleans close to nightfall and there and then I vowed to get a GPS. Just make sure it runs on AA batteries. I like Garmin (wwww.garmin.com)

by Harry Lime | 14 May 2007 12:05 (ed. May 14 2007) | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Here is a thread about remedies on the road for what ails you: Home Remedies

And I am looking for the aforementioned thread about travel gear etc.

by Jon Anderson | 14 May 2007 12:05 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
smile, trust, follow your urges..

by [former member] | 14 May 2007 13:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Hey, do you guys travel with a credit card; travel checks; bank card or cash…. I tried U.S. travel checks in northern Mexico but had a lot of difficulty changing them…

by Yannis Dessureault | 14 May 2007 13:05 | Québec, Canada | | Report spam→
eyes unclouded.

headlamp – hands free over the squatter is definitely key;
waterproof boots + wool socks – ala above;
zip lock bags and lots of them;
antihistamines;
laundry detergent and clothes line.
a compass and maps.

i believe in wicking/quick dry tshirt.

i stopped bring around a knife/tool. i find
it’s more valuable to travel only with carry on.

by Edward Cheng | 14 May 2007 16:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
duct tape, some yarn and an all purpose tool. It’s surprising the problems you can solve with that combination. A pack of cigarettes even if you don’t smoke, makes easy friends…

by [former member] | 14 May 2007 16:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
TSA allows your camera bag to be exempt from the 1 carry on, 1 personal item rule, so you can actually bring 3 items on the plane, not too many people know about it for some reason.

A Pelican 1650 makes for a good suitcase, it’s the only suitcase out of my 5 or so that’s lasted more than a couple of years. It’s an especially good idea to use it as a suitcase for those times where you unexpectedly have to take commuter jets and have to check-in your camera gear.

The way you carry yourself is a bigger factor than what you carry, in whether a thief will target you or not.

by Tommy Huynh | 14 May 2007 16:05 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
- a pack of playing cards, they can be surprisingly hard to find in come countries
- mosquito repellent with at least 30% DEET (be careful with high percentage DEET, as will melt plastics)
- wrap the duct tape around a sturdy water bottle
- LOTS of big ziplock bags
- Instead of shampoo and soap I use a shampoo bar from Lush, you can use it to wash your clothes too, last forever.
- Candy or cookies instead of money for children asking you for money

by Matt Coats | 14 May 2007 17:05 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
take half of the luggage and twice as much money ;)

by Karl Badohal | 14 May 2007 23:05 | Krakow, Poland | | Report spam→
Stick a needle in a box of dental floss for a compact sewing kit.
Bring a set of pictures to share from a project about people that have something in common with the people you expect to end up with.

by Ida | 15 May 2007 00:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
If you’ve ever had motion sickness you might try this (ReliefBand — shoots small elictric pulses into the left wrist) as an alternative to bonine/dramamine:
http://www.comforthouse.com/medreminders.html
I have one that I use when I on the ocean, and it works fantastic. I think I got mine for about $60 USD online. Also works well on bumpy flights and lousy roads.

by Matt Gainer | 15 May 2007 01:05 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
A camera!

I will say ziploc bags one more time. They come in so handy, wether it is keeping your film in (if you are into that kind of thing of course), sealing up that stinky pair of socks so your whole bag doesn’t stink or keeping things like cookies from crumbling into your camera gear.
Take one book to read and then trade with fellow travelers or trade it in at a used book store and get your next one on the road. You find a different selection, and it usally is more relevant to where you are. I usually take a bunch of different pens and sharpies with me cause I tend to lose them. They just float in my camera bag.
About Money, I have not used travellers checks in a few years. They were a pain, and never saw any situation where they would have saved me. But have heard people saved due to them. I usually take enough cash to make it for a while and then hit up an ATM. The first time I went to an ATM in India it was a bit of a shock for me. I get out the max so I don’t have to keep paying two withdrawl fees, one for my bank and one from the one there. Sucks, but usually you pay a percentage to change money anyways, and this way you dont have to carry it.

And most important are things you can’t pack but have to have, curiosity, respect and as Eric said – Humor.

by Radhanatha Jakupko | 15 May 2007 02:05 | Home/Florida, United States | | Report spam→
Take your partner with you whenever possible………………………

by Imants | 15 May 2007 06:05 | Whatdoyamean Iamnotallowedin, Australia | | Report spam→
re: ATM Fees…. Many internet banks will refund any ATM fees. I use my Etrade account when I’m abroad, saves a good bit of money over the course of the year and you’re not pushing yourself to pull out too much money at once just to save on fees.

by Tommy Huynh | 15 May 2007 08:05 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
I didn’t know > 30% DEET would melt plastic, what about health issues then ? If DEET melt plastic, how much impact does it have on human skin?

by Fabien Penso | 15 May 2007 09:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Your skin isn’t made of plastic, and not all plastics “melt” from DEET. Nylon for instance isn’t normally affected. That said, some studies show it might damage brain cells, but malaria can kill you. Take a pick.

by Tommy Huynh | 15 May 2007 09:05 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→

Wear cotton or wool when you fly. No artificial fabrics. In case of fire cotton and wool don’t burn easily. Nylon, etc will melt against your skin. On the same subject, no flip-flops or shorts while flying.
Take a power strip that allows you to plug in six things at once. We have a lot to charge and where you’re staying may be short on electric outlets.
A six-pack of Coke, a box of soda crackers and a jar of peanut butter when going to dodgy areas of the world. Coke and soda crackers good for upset stomach and together w/peanut butter good emergency grub.
Take a sweater always.
Noise-canceling headphones like the ones Bose makes are a lifesaver on long flights. Let’s you listen to movie/music without blowing your ears out plus gets rid of the drone of the plane and the screams of babies. Well, not the baby screams. Those enter directly thru your skin. LOL.
Take twice as much as cash as you think you need.
Take twice the number of batteries.
Half the amount of clothing.
Oh, and as others have said, do take twice the amount of sense of humor you think you need.


by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 15 May 2007 10:05 | Irving, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
Bring one or two lightweight carbiners. You can use them among other things to attach things (sandals, shirts, towel, etc.) to the exterior of your backpack. If you aren’t near an outdoor equipment source, the cheap kind of ’biners that are often sold in hardware stores are usually fine, unless you intend to use them for climbing.

Also bring two or three cotton bandannas. These can cover your head, wipe your sweat off, work as a towel when there is none. When they get wet just tie them to your backpack or belt and they will be dry sooner than you think. BTW, I prefer dark-colored ones, as the red ones scream “tourist” from afar. This is perhaps less the case if you are a woman.

A variant of the bandanna in the MENA/South Asia region is a cotton head-wrap scarf (not the nine-foot ones that the Toureg people wear!). Get a good one in the local market far away from the tourist stores, and it will probably be a better fabric. Back home you can wear it around your neck in the style of some famous writers and photogs….

Bring a washcloth (preferably a wash mitt) in a plastic bag. It will most effectively wash the particularly funky parts of your body when there is no shower, bathtub or even sink within many kilometers. However, use it to wash your face first!

by [former member] | 15 May 2007 11:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Also, a good waterproof/breathable jacket can be a godsend if it’s cold, wet and/or windy. The lightweight ones that pack down really small are good. A high quality one (made from goretex or a similarly breathable fabric) will be expensive but they last ages. I’m just about to retire mine after 5 trips over six years and a LOT of climbing… anyway, something to keep you dry, add it to your list along with your socks and first aid kit.

by Ed Giles | 15 May 2007 11:05 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
Mmmm, don’t forget the CAMERA. Really guys?

by Tony Reddrop | 15 May 2007 12:05 | Melbourne, Australia | | Report spam→
Three other thoughts:

Cut a five-inch circle out of sturdy but flexible plastic or thin rubber. This becomes a universal sink-stopper for drawing a bit of water for washing you and your clothes. How many times have you been somewhere that the sink stopper did not work? You can buy these ready-made, but the above will probably be lighter. BTW, pack it against something flat so it won’t arrive wrinkled. If it does, put it in the sunlight to warm up and flatten.

Second, bring the smallest radio you can find with a speaker (headphones tune you out of the world around you). The Sony ICF-S10MK2 reviewed at http://www.radiointel.com/review-sonys10mk2.htm is an excellent one and cheap. BTW, look at paragraph 9 of the review for some interesting history on Sony’s origins.

Finally, two eating tools — a tablespoon (either stainless steel or heavy, heat-resistant plastic) and a “Sierra Club” style cup.

by [former member] | 15 May 2007 12:05 (ed. May 15 2007) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Depending on where you are headed, you can never have too much antibacterial hand gel! It will save your tummy miles of torture in the long run! The small packets of handi-wipes in your pocket are great in a pinch for clean-up; be it your hands, your face, stuff spilled on your gear, very refreshing when sleeping on trains and on the go travel!

Twice as much money: 1/3 the amount of clothing: comfortable and broken in everyday shoes: junky lite flip flops for showers, hotels, etc.

SOCKS!!!!

by Rene Edde | 16 May 2007 13:05 | Chicago, IL, United States | | Report spam→
in some countries i tape over the brand name and model number of my equipment using electrical tape. it saves embarrassment and feels safer in some places..

by david bowen | 16 May 2007 14:05 | nottingham, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Radhanatha, thanks for the answer! But do you sometimes have a hard time finding an ATM???

by Yannis Dessureault | 16 May 2007 14:05 | Québec, Canada | | Report spam→
Black masking tape
and storing money in various odd locations in your clothes and luggage… just in case

by JuanTxo Ettedgui | 16 May 2007 15:05 | Caracas, Venezuela | | Report spam→
Ziplocks saved my camera several times and now you can even grab a few in some airports thanks to the liquid-ban madness. One thing I always pack is a silk travel sheet. They’re not cheap but they will keep you cool in hot weather and they’re warm in chilly places. Plus, they pack real small and you won’t be afraid of sleeping anywhere. Cocoon is a good choice.

Also, a good tip is to load into your mobile phone a few java applications like WorldMate or a converter that will come in handy to convert currencies, distances, etc.

At last one useful little booklet for those countries where language and communicating with the locals is a true challenge, is the Point-it dictionary. 1200 photos of everyday items that you just need to point at to be understood. It’s not a piece of art but can be a saver!

by Enrique Pardo | 16 May 2007 15:05 | Geneva, Switzerland | | Report spam→
I’ll add to try and not use anything that doesn’t run on AA batteries. They are available anywhere and trying to find a special battery in the hinterlands can drive you insane. Also talk to the locals as to where they like to eat and go for fun – it’s often better than anything on the tourism map.

by Jonathan Castner | 16 May 2007 15:05 | Denver, United States | | Report spam→
talcum powder, or some other body powder in a film canister or small container. put that on the “bits and pieces” or feet if you have not been able to get a shower for a while, helps to dry them out and fight bacteria growth. Especially for women it is supposed to to be great. Avoid harsh perfumes I would imagine however.

On long stints without a wash in warm climates this has helped me to feel slightly “refreshed”

by David Smith | 16 May 2007 16:05 | Whistler, Canada | | Report spam→
on that note… wet naps are amazing.
its almost as good as a shower… just
don’t look at the napkin when your done
wiping yourself down.

by Edward Cheng | 16 May 2007 16:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Tooth floss doubles up as a good washing line if you’re not bothered about having a white line across your chest/arse.

Use ATM’s as often as possible to leave a trace of where you’ve been if you have no means of contacting anybody. I’d rather have a greater chance of being found and be a few pounds down on ATM charges. Call me old fashioned.

Immodium. Mozzy net. Sew thin bedsheets up like a sleepingbag for warmer countries. Still can be cold on a night and takes up less space.

Wash behind your ears.

I’ve heard condoms are useful for putting lenses in and protecting them against water but never tried it. If you have problems getting it on, I suggest asking somebody to lend a hand….. or two :-) depends how confident you are I suppose.

by Andy Smith | 16 May 2007 16:05 | Leeds,, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
don’t forget to bring cleaner kit for camera and lenses

by oscar siagian | 16 May 2007 16:05 | yogyakarta, Indonesia | | Report spam→
Yannis,
ATMs are becoming more and more popular and spreading out to even small towns across the globe.(Just like the cell phone). If you are in the jungle you might not find one but then again you probably don’t need to buy a whole lot out there either. And it’s an interesting point that Andy brings up about leaving a trace through the ATMs. Hadn’t thought of it like that, just that the damn thing is charging me every time.

by Radhanatha Jakupko | 17 May 2007 00:05 | Home/Florida, United States | | Report spam→
Andy, great idea. I’ll try to remember that later this year.

by [former member] | 17 May 2007 01:05 | | Report spam→
I dunno Andy – I got locked in a malfunctioning ATM booth in Oaxaca for hours ( the size of a london telephone booth) – made for a great spectacle and lot of fun for onlookers. A few safety pins and elastic bands are always handy. Small change. A bullet pen, http://www.spacepen.com/Public/Products/BulletPen/Classics/index.cfm?productID=66, I got one as a gift once, never leaks and works even if you’re lying down or the paper is damp. And ziplock bags – again. I even take a few large garbage bags and line my backpack with them – nothing like totally wet everything to dampen a trip, my backpack has ended up in the river with me a few times. And as Radhanatha said " most important are things you can’t pack but have to have, curiosity, respect and as Eric said – Humor"

by Angela Cumberbirch | 17 May 2007 02:05 | Manhattan, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Three things:

1) Do you WANT what you’re bringing or do you NEED what you’re bringing.

2) Ziplock baggies all the way – I put my basic toiletries inside them, carry a few empty ones, film, whatever.

3) Ziplocks are good because they cut down on the weight. Weight is an important issue obviously – every little bit of weight you cut down on is less weight you’ve got to stop lugging around.

Why carry a toiletry bag when you can use a ziplock?
Why carry shaving creme when you can buy it at your destination or bring a tube of it?

Simple but effective….don’t bring containers if you don’t absolutely need them. Bring a plastic razor instead of a metal razor with four or five blades in your kit….etc., etc., etc….

by Scott Mallon | 17 May 2007 03:05 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
tan shoes

by Imants | 17 May 2007 03:05 | Theyletmeinto, Australia | | Report spam→
I have heard a lot of tips for warm weather gear, how about some tips for cold weather gear. Here are some that I use:

-Pencil instead of pen, ink freezes and pencils are slightly cheaper to replace. Also, all you need is a knife to sharpen.
-Gloves with the finger tips cut off and a mitten hinged with velcro that can be pulled over the exposed fingers. They’re out there and they really keep your hands warm during the shoot and your fingers warm during the off moments when you are not shooting.
-Warm coat and hat…duh.
-Keep your batteries on the inside pocket of your coat. Your body heat will keep them warm until you need them.
-Small disposable heating bags. $1 for a pack of 4 or so. Keep them in the bottom of your coat pocket or trouser pockets.
-Waterproof insulated snow boots. Can be expensive and bulky but they keep your feet dry and warm.
-Long underwear.
-A mini shovel in the back of your car to help you get out of unplowed roads. Or if you can afford it, an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Or just be friendly with the locals that can push or they might have a tractor to pull you out of the ditch(don’t even ask how many times I got stuck this past winter, I don’t have enough fingers and toes).

any other thoughts?

by Jason Rearick | 17 May 2007 04:05 | Auburn, NY, United States | | Report spam→
forget the tan shoes…….. a pair of tan boots, cheaper then black, guaranteed to be black after 2 weeks, shoeshine kids love to carry black only, more customers. Being willing to change the colour of your boots means you are a nice, open minded person, give the shoe shiner a extra tip and they will give you a tip on what’s happening……………………….. it’s a great way to check out the punters and good for civilisation as we know it…………all true

by Imants | 17 May 2007 04:05 (ed. May 17 2007) | Theyletmeinto, Australia | | Report spam→
Ever noticed how easy it is to slip your hand inside a cotton Domke bag? A pickpocket’s delight! Try running the short grab strap inside rather than outside the bag and fastening as much as you can of the bag’s contents to it somehow. I have neoprene lens pouches with drawstrings that I can pass the strap through. Carabiners inside the bag, hooked through the shoulder strap fastening D rings are also useful for the same reasons. Like that, you can work fairly confidently in a crowd, knowing it will be difficult to remove items.
By the way, I can’t for the life of me understand why it is so difficult to find jackets with pockets on the inside, which would be a far more secure way of discretely carrying that extra couple of lenses…

by DPC | 17 May 2007 08:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Speaking of Carabiner hooks, I keep a generous size one on the strap of my bag. It’s a lot more dificult for someone to run off with your Domke, with a chair hooked to it.

I also recommend a slash proof strap like www.pacsafe.com sells.
You could also have a tailor add a thin stainless steel cable to an exisiting strap for very little money.

by Harry Lime | 17 May 2007 08:05 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I forgot: microfiber quick drying trousers and shirt and some underwear rolled up in my carry-on camera bag when I am flying (takes no room and is good padding…). This after arriving in Benin at three in the morning with all my baggage (other than the cameras) still in France. Had to wait ten days for it to arrive, clothed by the local tailor.

by DPC | 17 May 2007 09:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
While we are on bags, after Ziplocks the most important type to have is one or two trash compactor bags. They are the same size as normal kitchen trash can bags but heavier and thus do not tear in the middle of a trip. Also, they are white so you can more readily see things that are in their bottom.

by [former member] | 17 May 2007 11:05 (ed. May 17 2007) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
On the subject of Domke bags, I added a couple of quick-release latches to the sides of mine to close up the hand-sized hole between cover and body. Makes it a lot harder for people to grab into it. Also added an extra adjustment piece in the middle of the shoulder strap (like the two that are already there for adjusting the length of the strap, but this one doesn’t adjust anything). That way I can bring the grab strap around my body, under my arm, from the side opposite the shoulder strap. Makes it so if one strap gets cut by a pickpocket, the other one will still hang around my body long enough to try to hold on to the thing. Also serves to stabilize the bag for bicycle or motorcycle riding.

by M. Scott Brauer | 17 May 2007 12:05 | Flint, MI, United States | | Report spam→
For clean water (since I refuse to buy bottled water…) I have a Mountain Safety Research filter like the one at this link and carry a couple of extra filters in my pack. It hooks up to a wide-mouth (and virtually indestructable) 1-liter nalgene water bottle. I take 2 1-liter bottles with me (usually of different colors and one with tape rolled around it). The taped-up bottle is my dirty-water bottle that I use as the reservoir to filter out of, and the clean water goes into the clean-sided bottle. The colors and tape give me visual and tactile clues about which bottle is which. Rolling tape around the bottle is also a good way to keep a bunch of gaff tape without carrying the bulk of a roll of tape.

by M. Scott Brauer | 17 May 2007 12:05 | Flint, MI, United States | | Report spam→
One more. Found a website not too long ago called Kit Up that might have some useful gadgets or advice for you when traveling. It’s written primarily by soldiers returning from deployment from the perspective of what unconventional gear they couldn’t live without.

by M. Scott Brauer | 17 May 2007 12:05 | Flint, MI, United States | | Report spam→
Don’t forget to check for what vaccinations you may need when heading out

http://www.cdc.gov/travel/vaccinat.htm

http://www.astmh.org/press/index.cfm

http://www.istm.org/

http://www.who.int/en/

Travelers’ Health Automated Information Line
http://www.cdc.gov/travel/travel_clinics.htm#yf
FAX: 888-232-3299 Toll Free
PHONE: 877-FYI-TRIP Toll Free

List of Doctors/Hospitals Abroad by country : http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1195.html

Info on help abroad for the following: Financial Assistance, Arrest/Incarceration, Medical Emergencies, Death of US Citizens Abroad
http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1205.html

by mara Catalan | 17 May 2007 12:05 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
Cipro is da bomb, take it with me everywhere and it is super cheap in other countries, especially when no prescription is needed. Duct tape is another constent, as it a needle and floss and zip-lock bags, same as a small head lamp and extra pens.

by Narayan Mahon | 17 May 2007 15:05 | Transdneistr, Chisinau, Moldova | | Report spam→
One medicine that has really worked for me in taking care of G-I tract problems is Amoebica. It’s made in India (where I discovered it) but is also available online. It proudly proclaims on the packaging to remedy chronic amoebic dysentary and amoebiasis, and does just that. Take it and it starts working within the hour. I won’t go into what happens but it really cleans you out. I wouldn’t go to anyplace where water quality is an issue without it. Here’s a link to one place to buy it: Amoebica

by Matthew McDermott | 17 May 2007 18:05 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
a suit and tie for men, a cocktail dress, for women. and proper shoes. it’s about time that we don’t all look a mess when on the road. get some respect again. besides, you never know if you’re going to get an invitation from the ambassador, for dinner.

by [former member] | 17 May 2007 18:05 | New York, NY, United States | | Report spam→
heres a sum up of the thread for your check lists
sorry for anything i might skipped….

toothpaste & shampoo in empty 35mm film canisters
crappy looking bag. tape over logos on your kit
good pair of boots
Wool Socks
tp and pepto tablets
antibiotics
padlock
earplugs
a book and an Ipod
Laugh at your own misfortune. Alot.
small-medium first aid kit
some general-purpose washing detergent
Leatherman tool or pocket knife.
Miniature LED flashlight.
a small handcranked flashlight/radio that can charge cellphones, batteries etc.
Scan your documents and email them to yourself. You can even encrypt everything for safety. As long as you have access to the internets, you always have access to them
A miniature GPS. Larger than a pack of gum, smaller than a pack of cigarettes.
credit card
wicking/quick dry tshirt.
duct tape,
some yarn
Pelican 1650 makes for a good suitcase
a pack of playing cards
mosquito repellent
shampoo bar from Lush
Candy or cookies instead of money for children asking you for money
take half of the luggage and twice as much money
Stick a needle in a box of dental floss for a compact sewing kit.
Bring a set of pictures to share from a project about people that have something in common with the people you expect to end up with.
Ziploc Bags
pens and sharpies
Take your partner with <= this can be a hireling!!!
power strip that allows you to plug in six things at once
a sweater
Noise-canceling headphones
twice the number of batteries
one or two lightweight carbiners
two or three cotton bandannas
a washcloth
a good waterproof/breathable jacket
five-inch circle out of sturdy but flexible plastic or thin rubber. This becomes a universal sink-stopper
the smallest radio you can find with a speaker
antibacterial hand gel
Black masking tape
a silk travel sheet
Point-it dictionary
talcum powder
cleaner kit for camera and lenses
microfiber quick drying trousers and shirt and some underwear
a Mountain Safety Research filter
vaccinations you may need
Amoebica
a suit and tie for men, a cocktail dress, for women. and proper shoes.

by JuanTxo Ettedgui | 17 May 2007 21:05 | Caracas, Venezuela | | Report spam→
I second Chin’s suit and tie. It would suck to have to pass up Captain’s Dinner.

by [former member] | 17 May 2007 21:05 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
…….it is usually easier to buy weapons on arrival at the destination,………….then you can see your local recruitment office!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Imants | 17 May 2007 21:05 | Theyletmeinto, Australia | | Report spam→
One thing I didn’t see on the list is (unless I missed it…there’s a lot on here) is a multihead screwdriver and a set of small (for eyeglasses) screwdrivers. The latter is probably more important. Never know what can go wrong and you might need to turn a screw somewhere. And know how to fix small problems with your gear and have a good online resource for extra help. All of this advice comes from me just now having to disassemble my laptop in order to find a screw that had somehow come loose deep inside the case and prevented me from plugging in my cd/dvd-burner. My swiss army knife tweezers, a couple different sized screwdrivers, and Dell’s online instructions for disassembling my laptop were extremely useful… Never know what can go wrong, but something always will.

by M. Scott Brauer | 18 May 2007 15:05 | Flint, MI, United States | | Report spam→
In the interest of downsizing, Head and Shoulders dandruff shampoo, in addition to being great on the scalp when you haven’t washed your hair in a few days, is good for washing other parts of the body that get irritated with heat, sweat, dirt, etc.—removes the need to pack talcum powder.

by [former member] | 18 May 2007 15:05 | New York, NY, United States | | Report spam→
On suits, ties, etc., how about this approach. Shortly after Josef Koudelka was brought into Magnum he was invited to join with some of the big deal Magnum guys (HCB, etc.) and some fancy photophiles at a hoity-toity club (in London?). Koudelka, who basically could care less what he looked like, arrived at the club in a dirty and rumpled field jacket, with no suit, sport coat or tie but with some Rolleis hung on him. The doorman promptly directed him to leave.

Somehow he got word in to his Magnum buddies that he was being dismissed. HCB (who always was well-dressed, especially for a socialist) apparently went ballistic and led a mass exit of the Magnum ’togs to a grimy bar down the street. There they all had a fine evening.

by [former member] | 18 May 2007 17:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
All ideas really good. In Africa I find gell hand wash and loads of babies wet wipes are real good for washing hands! I have picked up so many stomach bugs(OK I have a weak tummy)from being in areas that have a high consintration of virus. Nothing worse than being in bed in some shitty hotel in some foregn country with the world soming out of your back side!

Other than that I smile and a good attitude to people, not getting pissed at flight delay’s, officials and me with guns is always handy. Never forget you are in someone elses world on assignment and fit in with them and try not to impose your values and mind set on other people.

Oh and when the chips are down never forget: AWA. Africa Wins Again.

by Kim Ludbrook | 19 May 2007 07:05 | Johannesburg, South Africa | | Report spam→
Okay, guys, you’ve convinced me: I am NEVER leaving home again.

by Akaky | 19 May 2007 14:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
What a post! very helpful, I wish I had started this a couple of weeks before my trip I could have used a few of these sugestions. On my way back home now… keep the tips comming

A

by adam wiseman | 19 May 2007 22:05 | tapachula, chiapas, Mexico | | Report spam→
Two good boonie hats, one for your head, one to keep over the camera. It’s cheaper, and easier to transport than a camera rainhood, and you don’t have to worry about hole, tears or rips like with bags.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 20 May 2007 00:05 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
Tiger Balm! great for itchy bites and as a repellant too. also handy if you wanna obstruct nasty smells. just put apply a bit under your nostrils or on a tissue placed inside a mask.

by Ninfa Bito | 20 May 2007 11:05 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
Boonie hats are good too because they bend out of the way when you put a pro-size DSLR camera on your face, unlike a hard-billed cap, such as a baseball cap.

by [former member] | 20 May 2007 19:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
OK – I’ll bite since it seems I’m constantly figuring this out. In addition to other things mentioned here: Immodium! (self explanitory), very small roll of gaffers tape (many uses), high absorbancy camp towel (padding, waterproofing, drying, scarf), Petzl Tactica headlamp (stumbling to outdoor baths, red filter keeps from bothering bunkmates in the dark, small bungie cord (dozens of uses), 2 pr. of ExOfficio anti-microbial underwear (wash one, wear one), pack with small stuff sacks (minimalist, easy to reconfigure as needed, hangs from anything – include a water resistant one that can be used as camera rain cover)

by James J. Lee | 21 May 2007 03:05 | Fairfax, VA, United States | | Report spam→
did anybody mention a good book to read?…it is always good for trade or leave behind and someone else might pick it up in a moment of need. In Morocco, Nepal and Mexico I also remember giving out pencils instead of money to the kids and they really liked it….and for the girls I would say don’t forget your tampons sometimes it’s a bit hard to find or explain if you need to buy it.

by mara Catalan | 21 May 2007 04:05 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
after reading this, i will travel very much confortable and safe but i will never again travel light (just joking fellas)

by JuanTxo Ettedgui | 21 May 2007 13:05 | Caracas, Venezuela | | Report spam→
Be careful about using Immodium. Sometimes it is better not to stop the flow!

ATM cards: never use the ATMs on the street, always use machines located in banks and do so during banking hours. If there are problems you can resolve them easily enough, but if you lose your card in an ATM machine on the street, you are screwed. Many countries outside the US still do not have swipe-type machines. Also, occasionally you may find that the machines do not cough up the cash but your acct is debited anyway. YOu might not know until you get home and review your account, so bear that in mind too.

by Jon Anderson | 21 May 2007 14:05 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Re: tampons

I prefer traveling with a Keeper. it’s smaller than a box of tampons and reusable. Less haste, I think. I’m on my second one in about 6 years. The first one I lost during a trip to Guatemala. http://www.keeper.com/

by Ida | 21 May 2007 16:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
toothpaste & shampoo in empty 35mm film canisters,

OK

Perhaps a couple filled with,

film?

by Francis van Boxtel | 21 May 2007 17:05 | netherlands, Netherlands | | Report spam→
be friendly and learn some polite words in local languages… that´s super important

by Guillermo A Duran | 22 May 2007 20:05 | San Vito de Coto Brus, Costa Rica | | Report spam→
Film? What the hell is that?!

by Nigel Gray | 22 May 2007 20:05 (ed. May 22 2007) | Sarasota, United States | | Report spam→
TSA allows your camera bag to be exempt from the 1 carry on, 1 personal item rule, so you can actually bring 3 items on the plane, not too many people know about it for some reason.”

Tommy,

Try that trick in the United Kingdom when transferring at Heathrow. You will get stopped dead in your tracks…… ;)

Other tips ….. bring carabiners, see-through mesh bags for your kit, clothes pins, heavy duty metal hangers, quick-drying socks and underwear, plastic garbage bags (heavy duty kind) for gear, gun tape (better than duct), elastic bands, a sense of humour and lots and lots of US dollars!

Sgt Frank Hudec
Cameraman/Canadian Forces Army News
www.army.forces.gc.ca
www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca
www.frankhudec.ca

by [former member] | 27 May 2007 22:05 | Ottawa, Canada | | Report spam→
Well…
why not stick to basics: camera, passport and credit cards (even thought scanning documents and mailing them to oneself is excellent!!!!)

by Christian Catafago Carle | 27 May 2007 23:05 | Istambul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Being that TSA has no authority over there, I don’t doubt it for a sec sarge;)

Here’s another one to help with luggage, track and make sure you get credit for your miles so you get status with the airlines. Most airlines also have “fast track” programs where it is easier to reach status levels, check their websites. Once you get to any level above the standard, most won’t charge you if you bring extra luggage or overweight luggage. Sometimes you will still have to press it and you may still be limited on embargo flights but it can save a lot of money. I’ve flown with 5 large check in pieces and not been charged before. That would have cost hundreds otherwise.

by Tommy Huynh | 27 May 2007 23:05 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
the new American Express Cheque card is the new Traveler’s check. They can replace it at any American Express office or mail it to you and it works at ATMS worldwide. This seemed attractive when I found out my bank won’t mail a Debit Card abroad and can take up to a month to be replaced.
Yes, Scanning documents and tickets and emailing to self is good
Head Lamp, extra lens caps, extra filters, and anything you might lose that you thought was common but isn’t (like a good lens cleaning cloth bring 2-3!)
Double the socks, double the cash, half the pack, maybe a fake stash Cosmetic can to hide copies of documents and a couple of hundreds that can get overlooked if room is robbed and will safe ass). Smile! Be polite! Be Kind! Be Real! and always bring plenty of water and keep hydrated and safe!

by Aaron Olivo | 28 May 2007 06:05 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Make an extra pocket on the inside of your trousers (if it is not there) ceep the pass,credit cards and money there.

Make a copy of all documents and carry the copy. Dont show the original unless absolutly necessary

Bring some tools and and extra (credit) card to check out the street banks (better not use them if possible) as they are using the tape trick in some of them (just got this from a friend in Guatemala who lost his card there)

Be prepared not to find to many ATM’s around.

by Kristjan Logason | 28 May 2007 14:05 | Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico | | Report spam→
“Being that TSA has no authority over there, I don’t doubt it for a sec sarge;)”

Tommy,

Very true, but many people don’t know that rule if they are transferring from a US-originating flight at Heathrow to another airplane. We got nailed at LHR for an “extra” excess baggage fee when we had to check a laptop into the cargo hold despite being able to bring it aboard along with a Sony DSR 400 video camera from North America.

Sgt Frank Hudec
Cameraman/Canadian Forces Army News
www.army.forces.gc.ca
www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca
www.frankhudec.ca

by [former member] | 29 May 2007 01:05 | Ottawa, Canada | | Report spam→
My 2 pence:

If there are guns around, a ‘lillet’ style tampon in the first aid kit makes a good ‘plug’ for wounds.

In the UK, a company called Arktis makes excellent waterproof bags of variou sizes that are good for kit storage.

A large scarf/wrap is a good impromptu towel and can also be tossed over the camera when the weather drizzles.

by Matt Hunt | 29 May 2007 09:05 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
i’m in a profound mood so…

mental traveling is as valid as physical traveling.

exorcise naivety before you go.

by david bowen | 29 May 2007 19:05 | nottingham, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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Kupang , Indonesia
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Paris , France
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Manila , Philippines
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