Ok, so I'm new to digital photography, and am on the cusp of making a purchase of a brand new Nikon D-40 (the budget is short these days - to many apple toys) and I would like to know what accessories you all would recommend. I am leaving the first 2 weeks or so of august on a round trip vacation to Niagara falls, perhaps New York, and on the way back Chicago too. Obviously the budget is limited, so I'm only going to be able squeeze by with the Camera, kit lens, and whatever case/accessories are recommended here. My reason for asking here, is that, when visiting several camera stores in my area, they don't feel very helpful to me. I feel as if I am simply being recommended what they want to sell to me, and not what I need. I go to one shop and the clerk says one thing, yet the shop 3 blocks down the street says the opposite! This seems about as newbie friendly an area as hard-core video gaming, but I digress. Any thoughts, or items that I may find vital to my trip would be very much appreciated. Thank you!