>You old hands probably know the life expectancies of these >units much better than I. Should I buy a new battery and a >new charger before the trip?
My oldest Nikon battery is an EN-EL3a that I came with my D70 that continues to serve me well after about 7 years of service. I have an EN-EL4 that is a few weeks newer that just recently changed to 3 (out of 4(1 is new)) on the battery life meter. It still works perfectly as well. Both chargers continue to work perfectly as well. I have always had at least one spare Nikon battery for each camera body and I rotate them. That said, anything electronic or mechanical can fail at any time for any one of a thousand or more reasons, though the odds are on our side. I would get a spare battery Nikon battery. The odds of your charger going bad are remote.
>As an aside, the D60 body itself. I've taken very good care >of it. No dust, no moisture, no drops. Ballpark life >expectancy?
If I remember correctly Nikon tested the shutter on the D60 to 50,000 cycles though it could have been 100,000 cycles. Your actual milage may vari.
>P.S. How do I find out how many total snaps I've taken on the >D60?
Open a recent jpeg created in the camera using Opanda IExif reader available for free at www.opanda.com Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!