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1. Posted by mj75 (Full Member 42 posts) 12y

Hi all, I’m sure this topic has already been discussed before. Off travelling for 6 months; Singapore, Oz, NZ, USA, Canada (a short version), obviously we are going to be taking pictures etc. What have others done in terms of managing their pictures? I have heard of some people taking with them and using a storage device. Others download pictures to CD’s and carry them around with them on their travels, or even send the CD’s back to the UK. E-mail also seems to be popular.

My thought about the management of taking pictures etc was to, once the memory stick was full, e-mail them all home to my parents, get them to download onto a CD, then I would received a txt from my parents saying that the process is complete and now I can clear the memory stick and start again – we shall be buying at least 3 memory sticks.

I just wanted to know how others have managed and what is ideally the best option. The last thing I want, like all those on this forum, is to loose any pictures. I guess that’s our only real worry.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5907 posts) 12y

Emailing would be a monster of a problem for that amount of pictures. If your memory stick is 256 MB, that's one BIG email. If you're trying to do that from some poky little internet cafe, you may find that it takes waaaay too long - think days, not minutes on dial-up!

One popular option is to get CDs made of your pics (I'd get two copies to be safe) and send them home by snail mail (keep one of the copies on you). I think that's a pretty good idea to be honest. There are also external devices (ie. iPod Photo) that you could download your pics to and leave them on there. The iPod Photo will also double as a viewing device and music player which is nice. Of course, if that device were stolen, you'd be pretty upset! Even in that scenario, it would still be a good idea to have a cd sent back home I think :)


3. Posted by mj75 (Full Member 42 posts) 12y

Thanks peter for your comments.

I shall use that idea about using 2 cd's. I guess it would take forever and a day e-mailing pictures to my parents pc.



4. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 12y

It would have bin smart of apple to put a card reader in the Ipod Photo. But it doesn't so you still need a computer to get you photo's on there. So not really an option when you are traveling.

I use 512 Mb memory cards and yeah then you need something when you are traveling. So i take a small (Toshiba Libretto) notebook with me to do this job.

It's difficult to say wat works for others but if you don't have enough memory cards then you can try burning them in a internet cafe or look for a storage solution or just buy more memory.


5. Posted by geojess17 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

I totally understand you delimma about what to do for memory storage. Having a digital camera has postives and negatives. You can take tons of pictures and not lug around all that film. But all the files become a problem. I travelled in Japan for only 2 weeks with a friend and between the 2 of us we took over 500 pictures and you'll be gone so much longer!

But, I can tell you what did work for us. I took my iPod (I have a regular 40G, not to photo one a previous post talked about) and it worked great. This is because there is an attachment that's hardly bigger then the iPod itself that will read just about any kind of memory card. Much smaller then a notebook computer, but I'm not sure if it supports the newer faster cards, you'd have to check. We also made sure to write down the file numbers of the pictures that were taken at different locations (i.e. #207 - 220 were taken at Kyoto Garden) which was very, very helpful. Plus we kept brochures, pamphelts, etc. of places. Because once you find time to go through all those pictures it's hard to remember what was from where. Especially since you'll have travelled for so long. And I'm not a big fan of sitting in front of my computer organizing photos, I'd much rather be taking them so I procrastinated way too long and the id hints really helped.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

Quoting geojess17

We also made sure to write down the file numbers of the pictures that were taken at different locations (i.e. #207 - 220 were taken at Kyoto Garden) which was very, very helpful. Plus we kept brochures, pamphelts, etc. of places.

This is good advice for any type of camera, not just digital ones. I did this with my film camera when I was in South America. I had a little daytimer with me, and each day I wrote down where I was, what I did (if any sort of trip / museum) and what pictures I took. I then labeled the rolls - roll #1, roll #2, etc. The brochures really helped me put together a story when I got back. I included the brochures in my photo album, along with writing info on the back of all the pictures - where and when it was, who is in the picture, etc.

Great advice Geojess17!


7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y

Management of Storing Pictures


It should be pretty easy to get pix stored on CD-Rom in all the countries you mentioned. You could then carry the CD's with you,or post them home to your folks.

Good luck !!! :)

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