It's relatively expensive to shoot 35mm nowadays, compared with the zero cost of digital. The only obvious advantage is that some 35mm cameras work without batteries – except for watch-type S76 silver oxide cells in the XA2. I'd suggest you take stills with the Flip HD as well, or take a decent digital compact.
Netbook or laptop?
It's not clear from your question whether you already have a netbook. If you do, I can't see any problem with taking it. If you were planning to carry it everywhere, then yes, a tablet would be lighter. If you're only taking it to store films and photos, it will spend all its time at your home base and it won't matter how heavy it is. Although it's not a good choice for photo, video or audio editing, a netbook can also handle "topping and tailing".
I agree that "netbooks are a bit outdated" now and I wouldn't recommend buying a new one for an adult, unless price is the overriding consideration.
For a little more money, you can get a low-end laptop with a much better specification (4GB of memory, 500GB hard drive, 1366 x 768-pixel screen) and a full version of Microsoft Windows 8. A recent example is the Acer Aspire V5-121 with an 11.6in screen, which is currently discounted to £249.99 at
Portable and cloud storage
It would be nice to add a small, portable external hard drive for extra backups, but think about taking 32GB SD memory cards instead. You can buy name brand 32GB cards for about £15 each, or possibly less if you shop around. SD cards don't need a power supply, have no moving parts, are not vulnerable to heat or dust, and take up very little space. A couple of 32GB SD cards would store your most important files, if not everything.
There are, of course, some portable storage devices that are aimed at travelling photographers, which I'll mention for the sake of completeness. They are attractive in combining a hard drive with a small screen display, but they tend to be expensive. For example, a 500GB HyperDrive ColorSpace could set you back £370 (there are models from about £340 to £430).
You don't mention whether you will have online access. If so, you may be able to upload files to an online (cloud) service such as Dropbox or
One big advantage of SD cards is that they are very easy to hide. Even if some of your equipment is lost or stolen, you should still be able to hang on to your irreplaceable data. One big advantage of online storage is that it can't be lost or stolen, as long as you remember your ID and secure password.
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