You don’t want to run out of camera memory on a once in a lifetime trip. That’s the advice I got before heading to Tibet. This was my second trip to China and I wasn’t expecting more in the way of computer access than I saw last time, occassional outdated computers with slow internet access. It certainly never dawned on me that Lhasa, Tibet’s largest city, would be overrun with large internet cafes, each cafe stocked with USB-capable computers and often even with CD burners.
This meant that the second 512MB memory card I’d bought was wasted money. I would have saved money by downloading and burning my photos to CD. I ended up buying a USB cable on the trip, but not without a lot of searching. Save yourself that hassle (and some money) by bringing yours.
The USB cable also lets you download and burn CD’s for your travelmates before the trip ends. My friends have busy lives and I wouldn’t want to be stuck hassling/begging for copies of their photos after the trip.
Having USB access also let us see our pictures on a computer in order to make adjustments and see which techniques were working. You don’t see enough detail to do this on a Camera LCD.
However you do it, make sure to take lots of pictures.
Do you have more digital photography travel tips?