I travel light. The notion of being able to-pick up and go, move with wind's whim, something that makes me smile. Creative by nature, my imagination is something I'm always packing, but there are some tools of the trade that accompany me on my whimsical journeys to places like Here and There, Near and Far.
Cell Phone - I'm not a phone person (not in the chat your ear off kind of way). While I do use the phone to stay connected when away, I'm more of a photo blogger, which I do using my posterous account. From there, I can send it to a variety of other linked sites to share with friends and family.
P&S Camera - While I've got my cell phone camera and I'm fascinated with creating cell phone art, it doesn't have the pixel power for my more serious photography habit. Unlike my earlier digital camera, which was bulky, digital cameras are much sleeker and easy to stash in both pockets or bags. These are great for off the cuff photo shoots and I'm never short of film with the ability to carry a case of SD cards. The digital age has changed my photo addiction and saved me money in print costs.
mp3 Player - Music is breath, even if it's not being fed through my ears, there's always some kind of mysterious playlist going on. Music is how I create, I have playlists for everything. So music is a must. It goes where I go.
SLR Camera - It's sad face time when I leave my big baby behind, though some weather conditions make it a must. While I'm by far no professional this camera gives me results that make me melt. Often I use my photos in creative writing projects as I've been known to build whole stories around/with them. So, when I can, big baby travels along, because I never know when one of my shots might wind up redbubble worthy, which I'm always attempting.
Laptop - It doesn't get as much use as one would think. When I'm on vacation I'm more inclined to carry pen and paper, but when I've been forced indoors it's there with its consoling keyboard (the letters all rubbed off from years of use) to clickety-clack new ideas, new stories, or some photo editing. When the pocket book fairy allows, I hope to do an upgrade as I fear my laptop may be nearing the end of its life. I've been a wicked taskmaster with my creative whims, but it has served me well over the years.Unwinding is easy, even with my electronic devices on hand. If I'm creating, I'm relaxing... and just because they get packed it doesn't mean they get taken on every journey. I survived without them in a lifetime before the technology explosion, I can do without them now. The most important tool when I'm on vacation, imagination which can be powered on or off at will no battery/charge required.