So I am a beginner smoker looking to get started. The bad thing is I live in Europe and the supplies for smokers are either alot less common (smoking only exists on a small scale here), or really expensive (also Euro to Dollar conversion is still in my favor at the moment). Good news, as you all know here, is that most of the stuff you can build yourself anyways. That being said, I will be back home in AZ over Christmas to visit the family and I always come with a big fat extra suitcase to load up. This year I plan to load up on any important items related to smoking or building a smoker. I thought I would post to see what some of the more experienced guys say are some essentials that would make sense to bring back in my luggage. For a bit more info, i'm looking at doing electric smoking primarily beef jerky. So far this is what I want to bring back on the plane: 1. An AMNS to eventually put on top of a hot plate to pellet smoke my jerky. 2. Any literature I may not have already (reccomendations welcome, already have Backyard BBQ, Smoking meat, and "Jerky" by A.D. Livingston). 3. Maybe some high quality meat slicing knives? Knife sharpener? 4. Perhaps a good thermometer (havent researched this yet, so reccomendations welcome. Do they have any with remotes/wifi connected)? Thanks alot friends!