If you are traveling to Poland for the annual Science Fiction Research Association conference in July, you may want to follow some of the advice on OneBag.com by Doug Dyment for lighter baggage tips:
Theres no question: overpacking tops the list of biggest travel mistakes.Thus this Web site, which offers exhaustive some might say exhausting! detail on the art and science of travelling light, going pretty much anywhere, for an indefinite length of time, with no more than a single carry-on-sized bag.
Dyment offers lots of advice including making a list, avoiding unnecessary duplication, and reflecting on the purpose of your travel (i.e., each trip requires different supplies). He provides many sample lists and tips on his site that you may find useful.
via Leisure / Business Travel Packing List – Travel Light One Bag!.
Yufang and I are finishing our packing now, but loading the car will have to wait until tomorrow. I have put some things in the car, such as the three rotisserie cookers for my folks and Aunt Lettie-Anne and Uncle Doc. After loading up, I’ll have an approximately 11 hour drive ahead of me to reach Norcross.
I can confidently say that packing and preparing for a long drive is a lot worse than any other aspect of conferencing (including programming). That’s saying a lot, because I still have to whittle my 31 page monster from the deep essay on how World of Warcraft creates cosmopolitan subjects to 8 pages. I feel good about the impending revision, but I’m afraid that it will take most of Tuesday with me sitting some place comfy with a steady supply of coffee.
I called the Midtown Hotel tonight, and they said that they only offer wired Internet access (at almost $10/day). I know there are some places nearby that may have Internet access, but I don’t know what my connection will be like (if at all). I did want to blog from the conference, but my updates to DynamicSubspace.net may come in fits and spurts. If I cannot get a reliable connection, I will save my posts and run them all at once the following week.