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Twenty-Six Pounds!

While getting ready for a safari trip (about which I will write much more in coming weeks, I hope), I am confronted by an extremely strict weight limit: 26 pounds! This must include checked baggage and carry-on, toothbrush, clothing and camera :(

Winnowing down my choices has been extremely difficult. What's more valuable for a safari? A wide angle to get the most from the landscape, or a flash for indoor shots of family post game ride? What do I need more, another book, or a back-up battery?

This has not been easy, but the alternative, which is to have items summarily confiscated, is worse :(

Has anyone else traveled with these extreme (or so they seem) weight limits? How have you handled the restrictions?

Photo credits: Aleksandr Ugorenkov.

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August 20, 2008


Amazing animal photos, Holger. Looks like you have spent quite a bit of time in Africa.

August 13, 2008


I meant to add - I almost always travel this light whether for business or pleasure. It is really the best way since the less you take, the less you have to carry around and worry about. You should assume that anything left un-guarded (even for a moment, even in seemingly safe places) could disappear.

Excellent advice for travel packing can be found at as well.

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