I am a technology junky but I backpacked Europe without a single piece of it, save my camera. I used email and calling cards on my trip. Not saying that this was the best way but just letting you know that I spent 2 months without missing my cell or laptop.
It's a dangerous business going out your front door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet there's no knowing where you might be swept off to...
Flags on the backpack: Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France, Monaco, Vatican City, Scotland, Denmark, Bahamas, Mexico, Guatemala, USA, Canada