….will be much tougher than Love in the Time of Cholera. I just flew down to a job in Miami from Newark Airport (good old Terminal C, my home away from home and the same one that was shut down the other day because somebody waltzed up the down staircase) and while it wasn’t too bad, it’s not going to be the same either.
The time of one carryon and one carryon only is coming. Especially on overseas flights. I’m flying to Tanzania in a couple of weeks, right through Amsterdam, and I’m currently figuring out how to jam two carryons worth of stuff into one bag.
It’s a safari and I thought my only concern was the 33 lb. limit on my checked bag for the regional charter in country. Now I have to get the long lens gear, audio stuff, and the backup stuff in one bag that will pass muster in Schipol Airport (and weigh less than 13 lbs). Remember the Minox? I might be the first guy to shoot a safari on a cellphone. What the hell, it worked for Chase Jarvis!
Hit the jump for a couple of strategies to consider:
1. We’ve been digital long enough that it may be entirely possible to shoot an entire trip on a set of cards. If you don’t already have a slew of cards, consider buying a bunch of 8GB or 16GB or bigger cards as an investment in your sanity. Bring an Epson P7000 and back them up once, but don’t erase them. Two copies should do it.
2. If you don’t have to edit on the road, consider a tiny netbook. I hate the Windows XP system on my cute little Asus, but that little computer practically fits in my hip pocket, and it’s not too bad if you use it just to download and backup pictures and pick up email.
I wish Apple would do something like this, but I’m not hopeful about the upcoming Mac tablet….I think it’ll be too big to be as convenient as the iPhone, and too under-powered and under-ported to be as useful as a laptop (what makes me think this? Two words: MacBook Air—the most stylishly useless bit of kit to come out of Cupertino since the Newton). Of course, I liked Beta over VHS too, so you know what my tech predictions are worth.
3. You really need those 23 megapixels? Smaller, lighter cameras will not be a choice, but a necessity (unless, of course, you travel with someone with whom you can split your carryon allowance).
For a long time I’ve thought that only way this whole thing would shake out is if the airlines charged for carryons. That way, only the really committed would tote on stuff, and folks would leave their stuffed animals, dirty laundry, and hypo-allergenic pillows in the hold, where they belong.
But nooooo, those airline geniuses went and started charging for the checked bags instead, wreaking total havoc in the overhead bins as folks tried to carry on everything to avoid the fee…and totally f’ing up the security lines.
Soon the easiest way to get to Africa, or anywhere, will be by boat. A nice steamship. Like the one in Love in the Time of Cholera…..