A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.

~Rita Mae Brown
Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.

~Alfred Adler


On The Bedside Table
  • NOS4A2
    by Joe Hill
My Now
Old Writey Bits
My Thanks
Matt Fitzhardinge - Alaskan dogsledding header picture


The Pack Itself

  • most luggage limits is 20 kg (44 lbs) total, most backpackers get it down to 10 - 15kg (22-33 lbs)

  • soft-sided, heaviest possible nylon fabric

  • no dangling external straps unless there is a panel to cover them

  • do want one with rings or loops so it can be tied down

  • double stitched seams

  • waterproof all stitching with a 'seam sealant' from a camping supply store (do your rain jacket as well)

  • cover bag? or make sure every external compartment can be locked with a combination lock

  • avoid an attached day bag unless it can be locked to main pack and LOCK IT

  • pack - needles and heavy guage nylon thread / tube of sealant / patch fabric


For When I Get Down to the Details

Also, I can't emphasise enough the beauty and simplicity of putting links you'll need later (ie, not these ones) onto del.icio.us or listing tasks on ta-daa. When you're stuck in a country with ten minutes time on dial up, it's going to be so worth it.

del.icio.us[make sure you 'cloud' your tags by 'frequency' for absolute ease]



Things to Buy


Track the Vaccinations

  • diptheria -Nov/2004

  • tuberculosis test -Nov/2004

  • measles/mumps/rubella screening -?/?

  • Hep B Shot #1

  • Hep B Shot #2

  • Hep B Shot #3 -2 Aug/2005

  • follow-up to early Hep B -Sept 2005

  • tetanus -Nov/2004

  • malaria - get pills one month before

  • yellow fever ($75)

  • rabies ($95)

  • Hep A Shot #1 ($60)

  • Hep A Shot #2 (6-12m)

  • thyphoid ($40)

  • Japanese Encephalitis ($270) (0,7,30 days)

  • polio booster?


Citizenship Steps

erm, not like I'm going to forget this part but I thought I should post it while I was thinking about it.