What is more important - - - cameras or underwear?

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Feb 11th, 2012, 05:11 PM
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Oh, dear. I never thought my first post to this forum would set off such a firestorm. Tee Hee, Tee Hee.

Thank you all for your heartfelt thoughts and suggestions. Mary Sch, your experience is very comforting to know.

I will ditch the blanket, but I will take my inflatable pillow. I have already bought the quick-dry unmentionables and socks. I don’t think I could actually go without washing; I can still hear my mother reminding me never to be in an accident unless I’m wearing clean underwear. I spent the afternoon looking at “Scotte” and similar Vests, and will probably spring for one of them.

For a few minutes, I did consider trying to go all carryon, but I want to bring a pair of trekking poles for walks in the bush. I'm not as stable as I used to be, and besides, I might meet a cobra or mamba. (do you think I might?) If I don’t want to be arrested, I must check the poles, so I might as well fill up the duffle with some other things, including an ultralight backpack which I’ll use for cameras and sunscreen/Deet/etc. while on game drives. I have no weight issues with the check in luggage. I hope a thief would not find the poles and pack attractive, but I could get along without them, although they are both brand new and not inexpensive.

Again, I thank you all for your varied observations and suggestions. My takeaway is that going minimal is good. Taking great pictures is better. Enjoying Africa is priceless.

I know who to turn to with other questions as the date approaches. Fifty-five days and counting.

MB
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Feb 11th, 2012, 07:15 PM
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"...going minimal is good. Taking great pictures is better. Enjoying Africa is priceless."

Very well said indeed, madam!!!

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Feb 11th, 2012, 08:26 PM
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You're not going to be walking alone. The guides will deal with snakes. If you poke one all you will do is piss it off. Trekking poles seem WAY over the top - and four cameras?!! You won't be trekking much (maybe a few short walks around camp or a few yards from your safari vehicle if you're lucky). Check with the travel co - most camps will have a walking stick (or just a stick) you can use. Take a minimal amount of DEET, too. Most of your camps supply that. You are going on a high end trip - they take very good care of you. I remember my first packing folly for S Africa. I didn't use most of the stuff I brought. But I didn't take a little duct tape, which I really could have used.
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Feb 11th, 2012, 09:11 PM
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On reflection, best to let dear Roadie take the truckload of useless supplies she thinks she needs. Once she lumps them through a few airports she'll get the message.

Like christabir, I suspect that the amount of shlep involved on this tour will be minimal - but should she lag behind on the tour, buried under a mountain of cameras, walking sticks, litres of water, emergency brandy, granola bars and a backpack filled with handwipes, battery chargers, sunscreen, duct tape, DEET and snake repellant, a handsome African gentleman will probably pick her up, sling her over his shoulder and rejoin the group.

Which might be rather good.
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Feb 11th, 2012, 09:21 PM
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Chris - -

Thanks for the heads up on duct tape. I had seen it on several sample packing lists, but couldn’t come up with a reason to pack it. But now I will.

Unfortunately, I'm not able to take the yellow fever vaccine, as it contains a live virus, and mosquitoes just love it when they see me coming. But it is good to know that DEET will be available, so I can cut back on the supply I was bringing. I do have a note from my doctors saying the vaccine is contraindicated. Apparently, this will be enable me to get back into South Africa from Zambia.

Forgive me for providing Too Much Information, but nearly four straight years of chemo have left me moving slowly, and somewhat unsteadily. Hence the trekking poles. When I signed up for the trip, I learned that there will be some walks, and I promised them that I would not participate if I would be a drag on the group. I think the poles will help me keep up.

My comment about the snakes was somewhat tongue in cheek. I have told my friends that I want to meet either a cobra or black mamba and pet it on the head – “nice snakey snakey”. The rector at my church assures me that this will result in a very crowded, lively memorial service. In fact, I watched way too much Crocodile Hunter, and while I would really love to see venomous snakes in the wild, I have the good sense to leave reptile scouting up to the professionals.

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Feb 11th, 2012, 10:00 PM
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Dogster, I like your thinking.

I shall be another Crazy American Tourist - overpacked and underprepared. A damsel in distress. A good way to pick up handsome men. Or to have them pick me up - literally.

But may we exchange the brandy with scotch? Or maybe a nice merlot? And I must defend my need for sunscreen. I am, or was, a redhead, and I sent my dermatologist's kids through Princeton on my basal cells. Perhaps I should also bring a parasol.

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Feb 11th, 2012, 10:08 PM
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Dogster, I like your thinking.

I shall be another Crazy American Tourist - overpacked and underprepared. A damsel in distress. A good way to pick up handsome men. Or to have them pick me up - literally.

But may we exchange the brandy with scotch? Or maybe a nice merlot? And I must defend my need for SPF 459 sunscreen. I am, or was, a redhead, and I sent my dermatologist's kids through Princeton on my basal cells. Perhaps I should also bring a parasol.

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Feb 11th, 2012, 10:09 PM
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Awwww, Roadie - I think you're a great gal. Can I come with you? I'll be your gigolo.

I mean that in the nicest possible way. lol lol lol.
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Feb 12th, 2012, 05:37 AM
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Roadie,

I have visions of you walking in the bush with your gigolo in tow, two cameras around your neck, one in the Scottevest, and a spare tucked away discreetly into the quickdry unmentionables; a parasol in one hand, and your trekking pole in the other which you are wielding to fight off a black mamba. Oh, what a trip it will be!

Seeing even one snake throughout your entire trip would be unusual--and lucky. That's why your walking guide goes first, to frighten off any unsuspecting creepy crawlies.

Whatever you do or don't pack, it appears are bringing along the right attitude, which is even more important than undies.

Please check in again as you count down to departure!
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Feb 12th, 2012, 09:29 AM
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Audition your gigolos carefully, R. Don't become an unwitting palanquin bearer.
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Feb 12th, 2012, 11:15 AM
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Oh, the pictures in my head!!
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Feb 12th, 2012, 03:57 PM
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Dogster = = = you can be my gigolo anytime. Shall I be on the lookout for someone wearing a white carnation?

Atravelynn = = = You are right. It will be quite a sight to behold. All we’ll need is the IMAX camera and film crew to take it all in. It will go viral on Youtube. The vest is on order to complete the ensemble.

Many thanks to you all for the advice, ideas, and critiques. Not to mention a lively introduction to the forum. I will check in again before I go, and I hope to bring back an interesting trip report and a picture or three(thousand).

Wish me luck.

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Feb 13th, 2012, 07:45 AM
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I do wish you luck, mb, and I hope I have as much fun on my trip this coming Aug-Sept, my fifteenth to SA, I think, as you will certainly have on your first!

I have an absolutely stunning sun hat that will go with me this time. In the past I've been sensible, (at least after my first time), and packed only sensible, coordinated clothing, and minimal first aid items, and carefully made lists of it all in case of theft and insurance claims, and made more lists and checked things off, and generally acted prudently in all things packing. But this time, by golly, the gorgeous hat goes with me!!
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Feb 13th, 2012, 07:52 PM
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So we can look forward to 3000 photos, an IMAX production, an account of Roadie's gigolo auditions, and at least one photo of Celia's stunning sun hat!

For those of us without a trip to Africa for a while, we should still be in for some excitement!
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Feb 14th, 2012, 10:26 AM
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I'm packed, my darling and waiting for you to send the tickets...

I'm traveling light, knowing how you hate unnecessary luggage - just a small folding bed, a Sealy Posturepedic mattress and 1000 count Indian weave sheets. I know you are carrying the pillows. I've added a set of Louis Vuitton suitcases for my suits and a camo-lurex safari jacket to carry the overflow. I'll look very dashing - if you squint it'll be rather like Sean Connery when he had hair. Alas, in the light of day, I look more like Keith Richards after a very bad night. Love will have to be blind, I fear - or at least, partially sighted.

Now, to the gigolo auditions - I've been studying up on what I must do. Gosh... what an palaver - I'd quite forgotten. I've hired a drama coach to rehearse - rather like 'The King's Speech' - and he assures me I'll pass or die in the attempt. We may need a team of stretcher-bearers to carry me away after that, but where there's a will, there's a way.

Do you think we should video the auditions? I know the howling throng in here will want proof. Perhaps a live web-cam?
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Feb 14th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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Dogster needs a drama coach as much as Roadie needs a fifth camera.
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Feb 14th, 2012, 06:21 PM
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I didn't want to confuse things on the new camera thread (Chewyhead asks which camera body). I want to suggest four. And take dogster and Roadie along for fun!
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Mar 1st, 2012, 10:54 AM
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Atravelynn, you don't have to wait for the photo of my stunning sun hat. It's now on my profile picture. I'm just hoping Roadie's fab photo will show up on hers too! And I really hope it includes pix of her gigolo applicants.
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Mar 1st, 2012, 06:36 PM
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The hat is smashing Celia. One of the 5 cameras must have video so lights, camera, action Dogster! I'm squinting per your suggestion.
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Mar 2nd, 2012, 08:48 AM
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I was about to say I'd rise to the occasion, atravelynn - but then I thought better of it. There are low-life types in here who would mangle an innocent phrase.

Alas, my African amour-to-be seems to have forgotten to send the tickets. I'm crestfallen - virtually suicidal. Perfectly rehearsed, all dressed up - and no place to go.

Women are cruel.
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