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    Senior Member bae's Avatar
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    I try to limit myself to one smallish pack, but I usually carry an electronic device, as I love books and this is the easiest way to carry them. Having offline city maps and such available is also very handy and freeing.

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    Since I've not convinced my spouse that we should travel device-free, looks like we'll invest in a tablet..our iPhone is so slow (likely needs a new battery) and runs out of juice so quickly, hope a tablet will prove not as annoying. Hate trips where so much energy is spent trying to charge things and sometimes worrying about theft if left unattended in the room...

    Those devices do come in handy for reservations and checking train/bus schedules and operating hours of museums and such....sometimes I refuse to look at reviews and like discovering places by wandering around and talking with people...
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    It depends on how long I'm going to be away, and also the weather. Summer clothes are a lot less bulky than winter. More than two weeks and I take a roll aboard suitcase and use a lightweight backpack for small items. Short term, a backpack is okay - though sometimes a rolling bag actually makes things less stressful (and easier on my body.) It's easier to find stuff and keep things organized in a case. I have a very small under-the-seat one I got at Goodwill.

    I bring my phone to use as a camera and clock, also to text home, email, and check flight/train arrangements where there is WiFi (I don't buy SIM cards every time I go to a different country.) I only recently started using ebooks (the Hoopla library app) and foresee using that as well. I don't use my phone much for internet even at home - I don't feel screen bound.

    Even on a little road trip, it's great to be able to call AAA when needed. So yeah, definitely a phone.

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    Gardenarian, I am coming to the SF area soon for a week so need some more advice than has already been shared from your fresh perspective on the the area. Which art galleries would you include within the trip as that is a priority for me? Family members will do their own thing on some days as is understood as my interests are somewhat different than theirs. We will meet back at the vacation rental each day.
    The Muir Woods/Sausalito and Alcatraz tours are booked. I would love to see unique images to photograph for painting later. What areas would you make a point of seeing. I can pick up postcards of the usual touristy sites so instead am looking for something different that you have to be there to see it.
    Gandhi: Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony .

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