I've still got the terrible mobile phone motorbike bracket thing that I used last time. I think I'm doing a lot less navigating, so I might throw it in my bag since it just about works. This necessitates a long USB cable and the DIY battery, since mobiles running GPS and Google Maps etc, drain power quite quickly. Speaking of phone, I lost my lovely LG G4 just days ago. How annoying! So I picked up a Nexus 5X on the weekend. This necessitates bringing adaptors for USB-C, something of an emerging standard. Fortunately it plugs straight into the XPS 13 USB-C end-to-end.
I'm also taking the USB external SSD for backup that I took last time. Again, I'll store this away from the other (valuable) gear, and of course try backup a bunch of stuff to the cloud where possible. I could probably use headset microphones, but I don't have any good ones. I might see if I can pick up a couple of cheap units in Taipei.
Other than electronics, things I learned that I should bring; proper insect repellent. Taiwanese are convinced that citronella-based stuff will do. No, it won't. Also, a couple of over-the-counter medicines just aren't available in Taiwan, particularly nasal steroids for the hayfever afflicted. Maybe it's not a problem for them in Taiwan, but it's a problem for me, so I'll be taking plenty of Beconase. Also taking vegemite, both as a comedy cultural exchange, and because it turns out that I really miss my vegemite toast in the morning!
With that, it's not terribly difficult doing this packing. Mostly because the season wont be as challenging and I'm hoping to avoid riding all the way from Taipei to MiaoLi, this time I'm taking the bus and renting a scooter on location! I worry a bit more about the value of equipment, so I took steps to get adequate travel insurance. The University provides free travel insurance... assuming that you remember to apply in good time, like before the weekend before you o leave. Sigh, chalk that up as another learning experience.