Selecting pipes for an extended trip... help!!

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  1. SalopSt

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    A question, well two, actually, for y'all:

    You are crossing the Atlantic (in my case it is E-->W) for about 6 months without returning to the majority of your pipes.

    Q1: how many do you take?
    Q2: what is your selection method? (X best smokers does not work as they are all pretty damned good)

    I always travel w/ carry on no matter where I go, or for however long I stay. That is the only constraint.

    Thanks, and I hope this little thought exercise is diverting enough for a Sunday afternoon/morning,

    ~SalopSt
     
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  2. Old Ted

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    If I may 'make so bold' - may I firstly suggest you need an older, more experienced person - to act as assistant, advisor on local customs, suitability of alcoholic beverages in far-off places, for procuring tobacco and lady escorts, and companions etc. etc., as it happens - I can put you in touch with just such a reliable mentor, who would oblige for very modest remuneration. :cool:
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  3. Locopony

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    It depends strongly on where you are headed. I would however take at least 7 with me one for each day of the week.
     
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  4. furious

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    Usually don't take more than 4 regardless of duration of the trip. Also, don't bring along anything that you can't afford to lose or have stolen.
     
  5. Linus

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    I know some whould say "A box full of cobs" :) myself i have to agree with furios,, don´t bring anything you can afford to lose or have stolen.
    Another way to go whould be to bring just a few and buy a few over there.
    If it´s USA you´re going to im sure you can pick up a couple of Dr. Grabows for a fair price, and they whould sure make good souveniers :)
     
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    If I was traveling across the pond I would definitely take my two SS Petersons since they are workhorses and great pocket pipes. Then i would pick up a couple of cobs before I left. Like the rest said I would not want to take anything that could get lost or solen. And like Linus said, you could also consider buying a pipe when you get to the states and it would make a great souvenir from you trip.

    Have a great trip. :th1:
     
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    If it was me going to USA I would only take one or two and then buy cobs and Grabows when I got there. I wouldn't take much tobacco either instead I'd load up with tobacco over there that isn't available over here, and be sure to bring back the maximum allowance of whichever turned out to be my favourite.
     
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    I probably would bring at the least 3. One for an Aro, English and a Virginia. The burley I would throw in any of them, or purchase a cob when I was at my destination.
    On the maximum side of things, I would bring 7. One for each day of the week ;)
     
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  9. SalopSt

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    OK So here's the back story: I'm a Brit., married a New Englander, and I spend considerable chunks of time on each side of the 'pond'. All of my pipes and what constitutes a cellar (ha!) is in the UK. My wife would go ape **** crazy on all four if I started to build a collection in the US, so I'm really having a hard time figuring what I should take and what I should leave behind (at least until ca. Christmas) .

    ... an "always travel with" kit did cross my mind. I guess that is what I am sort of aiming at. I can't for the life of me figure out how to chose.

    But the generic question behind the specific, I guess, is kinda like the 'desert island' question: what would you take and why. I worked with price or replacement value, which is not really valid the majority of pipes were my father's. I worked with "by blend", but then I get in to shape and cuts. I worked with preference, and then my selection is too big. I worked with size.... and all the time I am missing something.

    AARGH! PAD in reverse. Logic tells me it should be a lottery. Number each pipe, put the numbers in a hat and... (well how many numbers to draw?)

    Of all the problems I have, I suppose this is my least, but it is the most time consuming.
     
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    I would put my favorite two pipes and my two favorite blends to go. I would then go seeking the local stuff I couldn't get as easily at home.

    If I was going to Great Britan for six months I would buy all of the Condor and a basket pipe or two.

    Coming here? Cobs and Carter Hall.

    But that is to my taste.
     
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  11. Ol Brokedik

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    If it was me, I wouldn't take any more pipes than I could keep on my person at all times. I'd eat with them. I'd sleep with them. When bathing, I'd maintain eye contact with them at all times. I'd put them in a Fanny Pack and strap the pack around my waist.

    Sounds like I'm paranoid? I know there are moronic mouth breathers out there that will steal a mans pipe. Guard your pipes the way a maiden guards her virginity.

    Always looking behind me.
    Ol Brokedik.

    p.s. Sure I'm paranoid but that doesn't mean they're not after me.
     
  12. SmokeyJoe

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    If you keep personal items (clothes, shoes, toiletries etc) in the US, then it's time to man-up and buy a few inexpensive pipes and tobacco that stay in the US.
    AND, when you get here, PM me and I'll give you a pipe to start your Bi-Continental Collection.
     
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    When I'm going away for a week or more I just pack the pipes that I go to most often. Rare that I'm not away a week every month, so over time the choice has become easier. Which pipe did I miss having with me last trip? Now, it's 2 meerschaums, 2 Peterson 80s, and 2 or three others that haven't been smoked in a while but just come to mind depending on where I'm going.
    Leaving pipes and tobaccos at friends places isn't a bad thing to do. Gives you a reminder that you haven't called them or visited for too long when you start thinking that you'd really be liking smoking that particular pipe.
     
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    No one ever died from catching the P.A.D, or, maybe im wrong on that point :laff:

    If i had a reason to spend that amount of time over there i whould probably at least build up a small collection, just think of how perfectly dry they whould be after 6 months of resting :bing:
     
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  15. Linus

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    That´s words of wisdom :bow:
     
  16. Old Ted

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    the way things are today - he'll lose 'em pretty darn quick then? :xd:
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  17. Linus

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    :xd: :laff::haha: :rofl:
     
  18. Sasquatch

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    I would travel with tough, relatively replaceable pipes that are still good smokers. That is, probably Peterson System pipes.
     
  19. Jussto

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    I have a four pipe case that I travel with everywhere I'll be for more than a day or two. It consists of a pipe dedicated to aromatics, one for Lat blends, and two for general va/burley/danish/flake blends. If I were going to be gone for an extended period I might take along a meer as well, since they can take pretty heavy regular use.

    I pick up pipes and tobaccos as souvenirs when I travel, and much of my collection and cellar remind me of the trips when I found them. I would bring a few reliable, but not super high-end pipes, and round out your rotation with things from your destination that you don't often see at home.

    Safe travels!
     
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  20. SalopSt

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    Thanks, All.

    I'm with 4.

    Going with two in a dedicated case, and two more (one each in a combined tobacco pouch/case). The rest I'll pick up as I go along!.
     
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