I have come to the end of my buy-a-thon, more or less.  It seems that one is not a scientist unless weighed down by large amounts of expensive and delicate equipment.  Here are the two suitcases I bought for my journey to the southern hemisphere, along with my “old faithful” suitcase from past adventures (that’s the one on the right with the glue-covered rip and the missing wheel).

From this picture you can tell my priorities.  Over-engineered, water-proof, shock-proof, theft-proof (maybe), explosion-proof Pelican cases for the scientific gear.  Ratty, might-fall-apart, but loved suitcase for personal possessions.

The next task is to see if all my gear will fit in these two Pelicans.  Tetris anyone?