I plan on continuing working in mechanical engineering when I get to South Africa. But due to space constraints, I’m not bringing anything but the essential engineering tools with me:
- Roark’s Formulas for Stress and Strain
- Machinery’s Handbook
- TI-85 calculator
- dial calipers
- Wiha precision screwdrivers
 I got both of these at used book sales. They’re old editions, but the formulas are still applicable. Total cost: around $6.
 You wouldn’t think such a clunky piece of electronics would be necessary when every phone has a calculator function and you can use google as a calculator. But I immediately regretted not bringing this to Taiwan when I worked there.
 I really wish I was taking these fantastic calipers but the ones I’ve been using are owned by work, so they need to stay. Can you say ‘Christmas list’, though?