I just found out that I have an opportunity to accompany a friend on their business trip to Africa. There are still a lot of unknowns, like which country! Chances are it will be either Tanzania or Zambia. Their office headquarters will be in the capitals. It all depends on the company's need. It will be for a 2 week stay. Ive been to Senegal and The Gambia several years ago and had a wonderful time, but have always wanted to go back to a more interior look. Although I have quite a few stamps in my passport, this will be the first time traveling with more than a P&S. The gear that I will be taking are a gripped D700, 14-24mm (arrives tomorrow ), 24-70mm & 70-200mm (all f/2.8), SB-800 (only one I think), monopod and the usual suspects like extra batteries, memory and such. Because of all the potential hassle with all the gear as carry-on, the rip off of checked baggage charges and just the burden of lugging it around, I am considering to have it shipped to my destination via FedEx or whomever. Would this be a smart move? I mean, this way Ill only have to concern myself with my clothing as carry-on . and maybe the D300 and a couple of primes for inconspicuous shooting. haven't decided on the 300mm yet. Once I have more details and likely more questions, I will pass them on for more insightful advice. Thanks for your help. Oh yeah . IM PRETTY EXCITED!!!