79 days and counting…

Today we are going to R.E.I.  79 days to lift off and its time to invest in some technical fabrics; some of those pants that zipper-convert to shorts, loose trail shirts and washable underwear.  The reality of our trip is setting in as we went to the MGH Travel and Immunization Clinic last week to begin our shot regimen.  The kids only need 5.  Dana needs 9.  Somehow I need 11.  Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Rabies, Polio…and we need to carry 1,000 malaria pills for the family at a cost that would cover our mortgage for several months.

As we gather and purchase stuff for departure, the feeling is kind of like we are planning and procuring for a year-long backpacking trip.  Even though our itinerary has us in nice hotels and the occasional nice tent, we are putting a high value on weight, mass and general portability.  This is particularly challenging for electronics. The kids will each get a netbook primarily to run their Rosetta Stone language courses (Spanish, Latin and Mandarin Chinese) and read e-books, an iPod Touch for each kid, two Kindles for Dana and me, a Macbook for video and photo work, an external hard drive, an external DVD drive, two iPhones, a satellite phone, three digital cameras, an HD video camera and a Flip video camera.  That’s TWENTY-ONE individual items.  All with chargers, 110/220 volt adapters, etc.  The plan is to literally shorten power cords and try to multi-plex as much as possible, then have each kid lug their own little cache of product.  We’ll see.  We’ll see.

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4 Responses to “79 days and counting…”

  1. I have been checking in to see how the planning is going. I am planning to follow you all around the world during your adventure. I am looking forward to all the wonderful updates with all the learnings that you will all have.
    With all that you need to plan and take with you I assume that fitting me in a suitcase is not a possibility.
    My thoughts and well wishes are with all of you. Enjoy!

  2. Hmmmm… why don’t you draw straws and assign one kid as the trip “sherpa” to lug all the gear for the year. That way, you only have one unhappy child instead of four. Genius, I know! Let me know if you need my help on any other logistical problems.

  3. Jan V White (grampa) 07. May, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Shots… packing… unpacking… lugging… all unpleasantnesses worth it and easily forgotten in light of what you’ll see and experience. Unless the suitcases get lost.

  4. Hey Reis what am I going to do about my ice cream while your gone?

    Greg and Dana Basically I am overgrown 3rd grader with a large allowance.

    Which line was I supposed to get in?

    Work with me here