What to Bring on a Research Trip (Part 2- Less Books!)

Okay, I have heard from quite a few people here, on my Kickstarter blog, and in person, and the overwhelming response to bringing books on the trip is—the less, the better.

It is freeing to be able to say no, I don’t need the books to come with me.  A few photocopies will be fine of important pages I can’t do without (like maps, for example).  I agree with the majority that having too many to lug around isn’t practical, and they will only act as a crutch for really being in the “moment.”

But my camera and extra batteries—they’re definitely coming!  And so is this.

It’s a journal that my two boys gave to me for Christmas this past year.  They picked out the cover and everything, and said it was for me to write my stories in.  It will be perfect for carrying all of my notes and experiences.  Thank you, boys!


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