Liz sent me a question about what I intend to pack, however my e-mail back to her was returned, so I thought I'd share with everyone instead. I will post a more comprehensive packing list before departing.
In the meantime, I can answer your question because I'm decidedly low maintenance (or so I like to think). You can probably get more for your money today than when I got the camera last Christmas and mp3 player over the summer.
- $300 cannon sd700 powershot digital camera – 6 megapixels (+ two 2gb memory cards, 2 batteries, wall charger)
- $150 creative 8gb mp3 player
- $50 universal power adapter/charger (x2 – I got one specific to my mp3 player, meaning the other is for my camera charger)
- $40 petzl zipka LED headlamp
I think that's it from the technology end. If I find a cell phone would be helpful, I might get one along the way, however I'm going to start off without one. Lots of people have asked about a laptop – I just don't have the will to lug even a small one around, let alone worry about it.
I've already got the backpack, daypack, North Face khaki cargo shorts/pants (from '98 summer in Europe), socks, boxers, etc. I do think I'm going to buy a new t-shirt or two given I'll be living in them for quite awhile (it'd be nice to start off with something new to wear). I have to put together a little medical kit too, though because I want my pack to be carry-on, I'll have to leave out a bunch of items.