What do you bring on a trip of this magnitude, you ask? (To see what we actually brought having gone and come back, click here.)
We will be shooting b/w print film and color slide film. After getting all kinds of opinions about what is the right film to bring, I ended up taking the advice of my good friend (and pro photographer), Dave Epperson. Being that my humble goal is merely not to mess up great photo opportunities, it will simplify things with one kind of b/w filmKodak TMAX 400, and one kind of color slide filmFuji Provia 100. Both are versatile enough to cover the majority of the situations we encounter for shooting in available light.
How much film to bring? Estimates landed us at 90 rolls b/w and 140 rolls color. We are not bringing all of this with us at once. Color film in particular will degrade the longer you carry it, especially through hot and humid climates. Instead, we'll depart with a third of the film and have two more batches purchased and sent to us closer to when we'll need it.
Once exposed, it's important to process the film asap. Check with your professional photo labs that might offer mail-in services. At the New Lab in San Francisco, we purchased mailing labels which we can slap right on our exposed rolls, and send them directly to the lab for processing. We'll be looking for a FedEx service office just about every month to send film back (we've been told that FedEx does not run their packages through the deadly x-ray machines). Unfortunately we were unable to set up the same system for our b/w film, so we'll have to rely on my sister to run the film in to the lab whenever she gets a shipment from us.
Shoes. Tevas and a hearty pair of hiking/walking shoes.
Books. You can get pretty bogged down between guidebooks and reading books, it's likely aong the way to trade with other travellers or ship them home. We'll also have new books sent to us where we have an address.
Water purifier/filter. Clean water is a basic necessity and worth the extra weight. We got the SweetWater Guardian Plus Water Filtera microfilter offering total protection against bacteria and viruses, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
First aid kit: alcohol wipes, band-aids, gauze, wet ones, disposable syringes, sunscreen, chapstick, mosquito repellent, aspirin, antihistamine, prescribed antibiotic, Lomotil (diarrhea medicine), antiseptic, multivitamins.
Miscellany: short wave radio, rain jacket, sleep sheet, swiss army knife, detailed maps, zip lock bags.
Health and Immunizations
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