As I mentioned earlier, I will be on assignment overseas very soon. During the one-week trip I will be travelling around the country at 4 different cities.
My previous overseas assignment (New Zealand), I relied on my good old manual pump. This time around I'm considering the automatic pump instead. I'm still weighing my options though as both have their advantages and disadvantages.
- light weight
- can easily fit in my handbag
- single pump (time consuming)
- can't multitask
- double pump (faster)
- although I'm using PIS, I have a trick to do it hands-free (multitasking!)
- heavy (not travel-friendly)
- bulky (requires bigger bag)
- not entirely quiet
So you see, manual pump is great to bring around but I need to really spend time on pumping. Automatic pump is definitely easier and saves a lot of time and energy. But its weight and size are the down side. Having need to travel a lot (probably even ride a camel :P) makes me go back to considering the manual pump.
My experience with the manual in NZ wasn't easy. I spent about half an hour every morning and night just to pump. While throughout the day I pumped while travelling in the bus/car. It was possible coz I did spend a lot of time on the road. But this trip might not necessarily be the same.
I have one more day to think it through. Hmm..
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