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#112409 7-Dec-2012 15:12
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I've been marking things off a checklist as I prepare for my summer camping holiday and realised the list probably says more about me than is healthy. 

To Buy (all checked off)
Car USB charger for cellphones/kindles/iPad/Flip video recorder
Car charger for camera batteries
waterproof case for camera
waterproof case for kindle
extra SD cards for camera
Beer
Wine


Prep/To Do
Charge cellphones, kindles, iPad, camera, Flip video
Load books onto kindle
Load maps and downloadable region booklets from AA onto iPad
Create travel guide in OneNote using AA maps navigation and printouts of camping info then sync for use on iPad and phones
Freeze ice packs
Throw everything else in the car and go. 

What are your "must-haves" for summer hols? 

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  #728618 7-Dec-2012 15:30
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Phone charger.
Phone.
Kindle.
Thats about it for Geek tech.

The rest will involve fishing rods, tents, bikes, togs, towels, sunscreen etc.

Summer = less geeking.







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  #728641 7-Dec-2012 16:01
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 Load maps and downloadable region booklets from AA onto iPad


Get a copy of Avenza PDF Maps and then download the NZ topo maps for the areas you are visiting, 

They all work offline, and Avenza uses the GPS from the ipad, so even when you are offline, you will still be able to find yourself on the maps.....

 
 
 
 




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  #728688 7-Dec-2012 18:08
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wellygary:
 Load maps and downloadable region booklets from AA onto iPad


Get a copy of Avenza PDF Maps and then download the NZ topo maps for the areas you are visiting, 

They all work offline, and Avenza uses the GPS from the ipad, so even when you are offline, you will still be able to find yourself on the maps.....


Great idea. I just used AA maps navigation & set the points where I wanted to get to each day, mainly so I had a decent indication of driving times. They are pretty good at showing the unsealed roads too. It's time-consuming though. Being able to print them off directly into OneNote works well and having it sync to both phone and iPad is excellent. 

Once upon a time I had a car door filled with AA maps. Now they are all on iPad & phone. 

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Personally, I'd prefer to get away from most technology. The only gadget I usually take is my camera and charger (still gotta have mains power to use this one though).

I like to get away from TV and the internet while on holiday.




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  #728690 7-Dec-2012 18:12
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DarthKermit: Personally, I'd prefer to get away from most technology. The only gadget I usually take is my camera and charger (still gotta have mains power to use this one though).

I like to get away from TV and the internet while on holiday.


Me too :-) Is your camera battery a rechargeable one? 
I am trying out a universal + car charger for my Canon. Initial testing has been great. This one: http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm?page=chargers&pId=42

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  #728695 7-Dec-2012 18:20
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Elpie:
DarthKermit: Personally, I'd prefer to get away from most technology. The only gadget I usually take is my camera and charger (still gotta have mains power to use this one though).

I like to get away from TV and the internet while on holiday.


Me too :-) Is your camera battery a rechargeable one? 
I am trying out a universal + car charger for my Canon. Initial testing has been great. This one: http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm?page=chargers&pId=42


Hi Elpie,
Yes, my Sony camera has two rechargable Li-ion batteries. It's about four years old now, so I don't know if I could even get a compatible car charger for it (the way gadgets become obsolete so quickly).

(BTW, this is a great idea for a thread.)




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  #728706 7-Dec-2012 19:06
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Don't forget the chilly bin and cash for ice. Can't drink warm beer or white wine.




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  #728717 7-Dec-2012 19:32
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What's a "holiday"?!

/self-employed




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  #728925 8-Dec-2012 11:31
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3 laptops... chargers, ATA, cordless phone, mobile phone chargers, bluetooth head sets, label maker, phone and data tool kit (yip, I trip to family always comes with 'can you fix...'), mobile data top up.

Yip, we travel light compared to some of you!





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  #728927 8-Dec-2012 11:37
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I take the following:
  • laptop and charger
  • wireless mouse
  • Smartphone
  • USB wall charger
  • USB car charger
  • USB cable for smartphone
  • Cradlepoint WiFi and USB modem with spare SIM for those spots with no WiFi service
  • DSLR and charger
  • 500GB external HDD with an image of the laptop just before leaving the house in case I need to restore for any reason
  • Kindle loaded with lots of books (although being a Kindle 3G I can get books pretty much anywhere I want anyway)
  • HDMI cable in case we want to see the photos on a big screen
  • Blueant Bluetooth speakerphone (always in the car)
  • Nike sportswatch for walks






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  #728938 8-Dec-2012 12:19
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DarthKermit:
Elpie:
DarthKermit: Personally, I'd prefer to get away from most technology. The only gadget I usually take is my camera and charger (still gotta have mains power to use this one though).

I like to get away from TV and the internet while on holiday.


Me too :-) Is your camera battery a rechargeable one? 
I am trying out a universal + car charger for my Canon. Initial testing has been great. This one: http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm?page=chargers&pId=42


Hi Elpie,
Yes, my Sony camera has two rechargable Li-ion batteries. It's about four years old now, so I don't know if I could even get a compatible car charger for it (the way gadgets become obsolete so quickly).


That charger works for these Sony batteries:
NP-BK1, NP-FG1/BG1, NP-F530/F550/F570
NP-FM50, NP-FM55H, NP-FM500H
NP-FT1, NP-FR1, NP-FE1, NP-FD1/BD1
NP-BN1
*NP-FS10/FS11, NP-FC10/FC11* (plate for these is optional & provided free-of-charge on request)

What I love about the charger is that (a) it works without issues, and (b) its cheaper than a spare battery for my Canon. If it does the jpb well over summer we will be getting a Sony one later, for the NP-FM500H battery. 

Back to topic... 

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  #728989 8-Dec-2012 14:51
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freitasm:
  • DSLR and charger
  • 500GB external HDD with an image of the laptop just before leaving the house in case I need to restore for any reason


Ya I forgot camera, tripod.

HDD back ups are a good idea.

People still don't back up their stuff properly.






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  #728992 8-Dec-2012 14:58
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Elpie: That charger works for these Sony batteries:
NP-BK1, NP-FG1/BG1, NP-F530/F550/F570
NP-FM50, NP-FM55H, NP-FM500H
NP-FT1, NP-FR1, NP-FE1, NP-FD1/BD1
NP-BN1
*NP-FS10/FS11, NP-FC10/FC11* (plate for these is optional & provided free-of-charge on request)

What I love about the charger is that (a) it works without issues, and (b) its cheaper than a spare battery for my Canon. If it does the jpb well over summer we will be getting a Sony one later, for the NP-FM500H battery. 

Back to topic... 


Thanks for that info. My camera uses the NP-FG1 battery so it would work with that. Might have a look into it.




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  #728995 8-Dec-2012 15:05
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Woah some of you guys (like DonGould and freitasm) have some fancy toys!! Cool

Call me old fashioned (and a bit of a luddite in some ways, LOL), but I use paper maps and books, and have never used a GPS.

Yeah I know I'm a member of geekzone, but there are quite a few technologies I've never delved into. This isn't a criticism of you guys in any way, just makes me a bit different than a lot of the geeks on here. Cheers.




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Ultrabook (not owned yet), SGS2, alanase and credit card




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