What camera do you use?

How did you get this picture?

I love that bag! What is it?

What do you travel with?

These are common questions veteran travelers get, I’ve been getting asked these questions and more for over six years now!

Nobody wants to go abroad with something they don’t need nor end up realizing they didn’t bring something that they did! So why not get answers from people who have experience? Well, I’ve finally put together a travel gear list that I hope is helpful to you all!

Travel gear isn’t only a hot topic but it’s a necessary one. No matter if you’re going abroad for a few week, a few months, or indefinitely, you need to make the choices with which gear gets carefully selected for your journey.

I know not everyone travels like me. However, my list of MUST have’s for travel gear might be helpful for those wanting to live a similar lifestyle, simply want a few items that I have, or perhaps trust my recommendations. Ya know since I may know a thing or two about travel gear and how to maneuver continents with them… Just maybe… #SixYearsAndCounting

So what type of travel gear do I have in my bag? Here’s what I’m obsessed with and wouldn’t dare leave home without! Check it out!

ELECTRONICS

Cameras + Computers + Accessories

ELECTRONICS

Cameras + Computers + Accessories

Canon Rebel T6i

I’m not a profesh photographer but I want to be and this was a perfect first camera for me to try my hands at photography! It’s not totally massive or heavy for a DSLR (it’s lighter than the Canon 70D for example) and it was really easy to get used to. If you’re a beginner photographer, I can say that I’m super happy I invested in this babe.

It’s not too advanced where you’re going to be so intimidated you’re going to be too scared to use it but it’s not so amateur that you’ll be unhappy with the quality and would be wanting to upgrade next week.

Highlights:

  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600)
  • EOS Full HD Movie mode helps capture brilliant results in MP4 format
  • High-speed continuous shooting up to 5.0 fps allows you to capture fast action.
  • 19-point all cross-type AF system allows superb autofocus performance
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC

GoPro HERO5 Black

My very first love… Gopro. I’ve been traveling with a GoPro for about five years now and I will never not have one. Between Garrett and I, we have 3 and we might be getting a 4th (the new GoPro 6!).

If you get ANY camera out there on the market right now, I’d say a GoPro would have to be one of them. They are the most durable and versatile cameras out there, and again, I’m clumsy AF so if my GoPro still works after the beating it’s been through, you can trust they last!

Highlights:

  • Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. Charger not included.
  • Durable by design, HERO5 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing.
  • Preview and playback your shots, change settings and trim your footage, all on your GoPro.
  • Battery can sustain 60-90 minutes of continuous 4K video recording.

MacBook Air 13-inch

This is my first baby. I went “Mac” back in 2012 and I will never go back. My last MacBook Air lasted me 4 years and the only reason I had to get rid of her was that I needed an upgrade to continue with my work online as my last one was overloaded. I actually sold her for $230 USD after FOUR YEARS! Virtually impossible to do that with a PC.

I love this machine and everything about it. I can streamline my work on here without worries of freezing or breakdown as often (if ever) as I did with my PCs. I know they have come along way since my third PC failure in 2012 but I’m converted now.

Highlights:

  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display.
  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5.
  • 4GB or 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory (I have the 8gb).
  • She’s beautiful and lightweight.

iPhone

Let’s not get into the iPhone Android debate. I was handed down an iPhone back in the day, and I never went back. I’m currently sporting an SE and I love her.

The most important thing about this iPhone is that it’s unlocked. If you’re traveling, it’s essential to have an unlocked phone.

Highlights:

  • Retina display; 4‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display
  • 12‑megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels; ƒ/2.2 aperture; Hybrid IR filter; Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps; Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps; Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video

Lifeproof Case

Seriously this case has saved my iPhone countless times. Anyone wanting a NOT bulky case (looking at you Otter Box) Lifeproof is the way to go. It’s actually life proof.

I text in the rain, I drop it on the daily, and overall treat it like shit and my phone looks like it just got out of the box.

I will admit, the case does take a beating and sometimes things start to go a little awry. For example, the iPhone’s home screen button constantly gets used and that plastic sometimes starts getting a hole in it. Your phone is not waterproof anymore (although I never submerge my phone anyway) and that can be a bummer. HOWEVER…

All you got to do is contact Lifeproof, pay $5 shipping and they will give you a new one. I’ve done this 3 times in about 3 years. A year is about how long my case lasts and it’s usually that homescreen plastic that’s the first to go. But considering I get a new one virtually free, can I complain!? Nope.

Highlights:

  • Built-in scratch protector is virtually invisible to the eye and touch; full access to buttons and controls.
  • Water and Snow Proof: Fully submergible to 6.6’/2 m for 1 hour; Sealed from snow, ice, dirt & dust particles.
  • Shock Proof: Withstands drops from 6.6’/2 m.

Pixel Intervalometer

For those that have been around the blog for a while, you know I have a boyfriend… Who is a photographer and videographer… And who has helped me immensely in choosing my gear (AKA probs a good reason to trust the stuff in this post!). However, we both need to get *ish done and him being my insta-boyfriend is not that much of a thing. (*SHOCKING* I know)

Sure he helps me get pics here and there and I’m totally an insta-girlfriend and help him get pics, but at the end of the day, we are both busy and I still need to get shots of myself by myself. That’s where this little gem, comes into play. It takes all of two seconds to set it up on your DSRL and the remote is wireless. Click, click, your pic is done! It’s beautiful…

Oh, and obviously it’s a must if you want a timelapse or long exposure or any other fancy photography in your life.

Highlights:

  • FSK 2.4ghz wireless control system.
  • Timer schedule shooting – you can set delay timer, exposure time, interval time, number of shoots, repeat shooting interval time and repeat times.
  • 4 types of shutter function / 6 kinds of timer functions.

Joby Tripod

So how can I set up a shot by myself without a person holding my camera?!

I have a secret for you… I have another insta-boyfriend! It’s OK, Garrett knows about Joby. Joby is the best insta-boyfriend because he is always there willing to bend and twist to get any shot I want.

Joby is a tripod. The best tripod. Because it’s not as a heavy as a small child, doesn’t take up an ungodly amount of space in your bag, and can wrap around trees or poles to get an angle other tripods can’t. Meet your new insta-boyfriend, Joby…

Highlights:

  • Stands strong so you can get crisper shots.
  • Lightweight tripod.
  • Provides ultimate stability.
  • No set up needed.
  • Made to last.

Zhiyun Smooth-Q Gimble

If you’re venturing into the world of video, are wanting more stabilized Instagram stories, or simply want a video memory that doesn’t make you dizzy and want to puke because of all the shake, get a Smooth-Q. Super easy to use, not obnoxious in size, durable, and does one simple, yet totally magical thing for your videos… It stabilizes it.

Trust me, I’m clumsy, I stumble over nothing, I’m awkward and use my hands a lot when I speak, my videos DON’T show these traits which passes me off as a normal human now! If you’re a shaky video taker or will be on an adventure with inevitable shake, don’t make your viewers sick, get a gimble.

Highlights:

  • 5th High-Precision Stabilizing Algorithm System. 30%-40% Faster Response Rate
  • 12-hour continuous ultra-long work time. 
  • Buttons to Photo/Record, Zoom In/Out and Get Rear Camera/Selfie Mode Transferred.
  • Maximum payload is 220g, allowing add-on lens with focal length in various specifications.
  • Splash and Snowy weather are acceptable. 

Monopod (AKA a selfie stick)

Say what you will about selfie sticks but they work and have way more function than that all-up-in-your-face picture most people hate (including me). This extends about 4 feet and I only use it with my GoPro which has a wide angle lens so it’s impossible to get too close.

You can screw on a tripod at the bottom of it, it’s waterproof, unlike many selfie sticks which are metal and rust beyond repair with one dive in the ocean, and it’s lightweight. It’s perfect for adventures and wet activities! I often like to use mine to get that “off a cliff” shot that you literally can’t get any other way unless you’re willing to risk your life (even then, your arms aren’t that long!).

Highlights:

  • Designed for GoPro, action cams & digital compacts, cellphones.
  • True universal 10-in-1 compatibility.
  • You choose any extendable length up to 4 feet in a moment.
  • Waterproof with comfort silicon rubber grip.

Rav Power External Battery Charger (Solar Powered)

This thing is a beast! I absolutely love it. I’ll be honest, it’s slightly larger than I anticipated but if you go through your phone juice super quick, are too lazy/can’t charge your devices every night, and love the sun, this is the charger to get.

It can charge an iPhone around 5 times but I use it to charge my gimble and my GoPro too! I’ve left it in the sun (not the blaring sun, be careful) while I was at the beach and it was charging my phone while self-charging. It’s pretty neat and would come in handy when camping.

Highlights:

  • Endless Charging Under the Sun.
  • Fast Recharging from Outlet or Solar.
  • Mega 15000mAh Capacity: Charges an iPhone 7 for 4.2 times, an iPhone 7 Plus for 3 times, and the Galaxy S8 for 2.8 times
  • Ideal for Outdoor Use: Waterproof, shockproof and dustproof plus a LED flashlight.

CLOTHING

The Basics No Matter Where I Go

CLOTHING

The Basics No Matter Where I Go

Here are all the basics I carry with me no matter where I’m going. I constantly travel between random seasons and sometimes I travel spontaneously. I need items that I can use in nearly any situation.

As far as style, I wouldn’t say I’m a fashionista by any means! However, the style I try to put together is usually plain with a pop. I usually purchase plainer looking clothing and dress them up or make something pop with an accessory. I wear a colorful scarf, or a nice necklace, or put a headscarf in my hair…

I don’t like buying “loud” items often as they can be hard to mix and match. This doesn’t mean you can’t be colorful, I just generally try to stay away from crazy prints or things that can match with only one style or color shirt.

I have limited space so everything needs to be able to interchange, be for cold or warm climates, be casual or dressed up and match with more than one thing!

Everyday Anywhere Wear:

These items I have on me no matter where I go or what I do. Everything has a double purpose or is good for anytime. The tanks can be a layer in winter and even the shorts can turn into a winter item. I wear leggings under them so I can wear my shorter length shirts (I hate when leggings are “pants!”)

A good pair of jeans and a few regular tees are never a bad choice and I always need a swimsuit. I even used my swimsuit in Iceland!

I love plain dresses as I never have to worry about matching, it’s an outfit in itself. And long skirts are great for city wanderings or to be more modest (yet not too hot) in a more conservative country. And every single woman needs a black dress. Period.

Accessories I Always Have:

My kimonos and scarfs help me make my plainer outfits pop a bit. I also wear my light scarves as a headband and they can be used to cover up more at a religious site.

A good pair of flip-flops is an absolute must for me, no matter what! I always wear Rainbows because they will essentially never break – ever.

Sarongs are a must because they can be used for so many different things – a towel, a beach cover-up, a beach towel, a scarf, a blanket… I never leave home without one.

My Basic Winter Wear:

Nearly everything on my clothing list can turn into a winter item. I can wear leggings under my dresses, I can double up my tanks and tees, and I even wear leggings under my shorts. Everything else here is my top layer or my accessory to make sure I’m fully warm!

The Colombia jacket I recommend I have in pink and it’s one of the best items I’ve ever bought. It’s TWO jackets in ONE! It’s warm and water resistant and not the most hideous thing you’ve seen. I love it!

For The Men:

I had Garrett weigh in on these items but you guys are so easy! It’s not fair…

T-shirt, pants, shorts, tank. Like, I hate all of you. Women have to worry about so much more… Garrett has maybe 8-10 clothing items, that’s it. It’s ridiculous. Grab a jacket for colder weather and you’re good.

Travel Insurance With Allianz

While not an actual physical item, if you’re thinking about traveling without insurance—ya know—I can’t blame you. I traveled for many years without travel insurance (*SHOCK!* *HORROR!*).

I know, I know… Bad example right? Well, why and how I got on those years without it is another story, however, now that I’m a bit more of a mature traveler (aka feeling old AF) I know that it’s smart to travel with it, and really, a must!

Not to mention, with some plans being so affordable, is it really something you want to skimp on? For a few hundred bucks, depending on the length of your trip, you could be worry-free when it comes to emergencies, doctor visits, and lost luggage. All very possible things that can happen on your trip.

So which travel insurance do I use? I use Allianz (#NotSponsored). It fits me best. Another popular company is World Nomads. I haven’t used them but I know tons of people who have.

Highlights:

  • Tons of plans to choose from.
  • Reasonably priced!
  • Offers car insurance through some plans.
  • Offers annual plans for the perpetual jet-setter.
  • Please contact Allianz with any questions.

LUGGAGE

Bags, Suitcases and Such!

LUGGAGE

Bags, Suitcases and Such!

Dry Bag (Ocean Pack)

I’ve been traveling with a dry bag since I started traveling. It’s something I never ever leave at home. If you want to snorkel, travel in a rainy place, or need an extra bag because you bought too many souvenirs, then a dry bag is a must. You’re technically not supposed to, but I’ve submerged it while snorkeling and it still kept my stuff dry.

I use it as a purse on rainy days as well. It’s a perfect extra bag to have and it can even keep your electronics safe should you find yourself in wet conditions. I carry the 15L.

Weird thing I use it for: When on the road with no washer, I hand wash my clothes in it!

Highlights:

  • Waterproof protection: for even the most rugged users. Built to last years.
  • With detachable and adjustable shoulder strap for different size people and various carry style.
  • Keep your items dry and protected: protect your valuables with our dry bags!
  • Lightweight: our dry bag made of premium lightweight material help you travel light.

iFly Suitcase

NO, I’m not team “carry on only.” Did you see how many electronic items I own? That takes up my entire carryon and I’m always overweight. Good I’ve come up with some flight hacks to avoid overcharges! This is the piece of luggage I use. I bought it in the beginning of 2017 and it’s survived one year, 13 (or 15? whatever) countries so far and it still has all of its wheels and full functionality. I’m happy with it!

Highlights:

  • Lightweight: 8.6 lbs / 3.9 kg (24)
  • 4 easy spin double wheels makes 360 navigation effortless
  • Strong ABS/PC design / Scratch-resistant
  • Expansion zipper increases packing space
  • Deluxe full lining pocket creates second compartment

Pacsafe Bags

Sooo how do I travel with all this gear and how do I keep it safe? Oh, so glad you asked. I will be the first to say that Pacsafe isn’t the cheapest of bags out on the market but do you really want to put all of your precious electronic items in the cheapest bag out there? I’m sure you’d agree they deserve better.

Pacsafe makes me feel better knowing that my stuff is safe in that slightly questionable hotel I left my electronics in. You can literally tie up your stuff to the point where a thief wouldn’t be able to grab and run, thus making the appeal of stealing your stuff over the next person’s way less desirable.

They also keep my stuff safe when I’m out and about, it’s impossible to open these bags without me noticing. There are multiple locks to get through! Everything is splashproof and has interlocking zippers and like, essentially every other thief-deterring feature you can think of.

Highlights:

Venturesafe 45L Carry-On
  • Secure carry-on size 45-liter travel pack with five anti-theft features built in for peace of mind travel; book style opening of the main compartment makes all gear easily accessible.
  • Interlocking zippers and stainless steel cable can be secured to the Roobar Locking System, securing all zippers to one central point and ability to lock bag to a secure fixture.
  • Lightweight, hidden eXomesh Slashguard stainless steel wire mesh embedded into fabric helps protect against slash-and-run theft.
  • 15-inch compatible laptop sleeve; padded shoulder straps and a waist strap that can be tucked away during transit.
Pacsafe Vibe 200 Crossbody Bag
  • Slim, comfortable and secure travel pack with anti-theft technologies built in; ideal for carrying everyday necessities on adventures abroad, around town, or as a handy carry-on.
  • RFIDsafe blocking material built into a pocket in the main compartment helps protect IDs and credit cards from hacker scanning; padded iPad/tablet sleeve; two side stretch pockets.
  • Lightweight, hidden eXomesh Slashguard stainless steel wire mesh embedded into fabric helps protect against slash-and-run theft.
  • Smart zippers that interlock and can be secured to the Roobar Sport locking system, locking down the zippers and helping prevent pickpockets.

Write a comment below on what your fav travel electronics and accessories are! Anything from this list? Something else? Let us know!

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