What Travel Electronics & Accessories Do I Use?

I would need an extra large suitcase or two in order to carry all of the camera gear and equipment that I own with me in my travels around the world: cameras, lens, tripods, stabilizers, drone, computer, tablet, iPhones, portable wifi, chargers etc.

However, as a long term, active traveler, I realize how important it is to travel light and keep comfort as a main priority. The majority of my travel is done overland and I tend to walk a minimum average of 6-10 miles a day. Carrying a heavy load of electronics, as well as clothes, can be straining on the body over time, especially given how active I am.

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I have spent countless hours searching online for light weight products, that would allow me to travel comfortably, while maintaining excellent quality, as I venture to every country on Earth.

In this article I wanted to give you an overview of some of the electronics that I love and trust. I have personally used each of these products and everything I write is based on my own personal opinion and experience.

 

iPHONE X.

I have used many different models and brands of phones over the years, but my favorite, and the one that is I use on a daily basis, is the iPhone X (or the newest model of iPhone). However, depending on the part of the world that I am traveling to, I might change my phone to a more basic, less valuable one.

For example, when I traveled to Africa, where the iPhone is more sought after, I carried the more common day to day Samsung phone.

I have learned from personal experience that it is not wise to take a new iPhone to many destinations around the world. I was once robbed at gunpoint in the daylight hours by two big men dressed in all black who caught eye of my iPhone and then robbed me of everything (I will save the details that story for another article).

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The iPhone has excellent quality and I enjoy using it much more than any other brand of phone that I have used in the past.  I use my phone with my stabilizer and as a remote to fly my drone. I love how everything is copied directly to the cloud, which is easy and secure.

Just a side note: I do strictly depend and trust the iCloud, although it has never failed me. I copy all of my videos and images to Google Drive on a weekly basis and that ensures that no matter what happens, I will always have my content saved in a safe spot.

Sometimes there are people who tell me that it is a luxury to own the newest model of iPhone and that they would never spend so much money on that. For me personally, my iPhone is main work tool (aside from my laptop) that I use for mostly everything: taking photos, videos, publishing on social media, audio recordings for my weekly radio program, using my drone, and so much more.

When I take time to see how much I actually use my phone on a daily basis as a digital nomad, it would seem almost ridiculous to not invest in a good quality phone.

Think about it this way:  if you divide the price of the phone between the years in which plan to use it, the prices comes down to less than $ 2 a day if you do the math, which is a great investment.

Surely many people who think they cannot afford it spend more on coffee or tobacco each day…

 

 

 DJI OSMO STABILIZER 

 

This device is excellent for recording yourself in action, as long as the camera that the stabilizer is holding has good quality (another reason why I love the iPhone).  My stabilizer allows me to record steadily while I walk or run, something that I cannot achieve while holding the phone and walking.

It also has many excellent functions. For example, I can place the stabilizer on a tripod, select my image and it will automatically follow me. This setting is perfect for a solo traveler, like myself, who does not have the comfort of having another person there there to take my pictures and videos. In this case, all you have to do is set up the stabilizer and it’s like you have someone steadily recording you.

I am also a HUGE fan of the time lapse setting.  Time lapse basically compresses real time actions over a period of time. The final result is a long experience that is sped up in fast motion.

As a traveler, one might use this setting to show the process of packing their suitcase. A full video of this might be boring to watch, but if you put the time lapse on, you will see the whole process in a short time frame.

Price: starts around $150

 

Cons: The case of my stabilizer takes up quite a bit of space in my backpack. The item is very delicate and it should not be carried loosely without the case. However, there are different models that are much smaller than mine, so that will be a future item I will buy.

There are also stabilizers for professional cameras as well, but they are quite heavy. However, this is something I intend to buy as well for recording videos for short trips, because it’s amazing!

SONY A5100

Without a doubt, this is one of the best cameras that I’ve had. On long trips, this is my ideal camera because it’s light, takes up little space and is easy to carry.

It also has a fully collapsible screen, which makes my life much easier when it comes time to record myself. As of now, I do not have anyone traveling with me, so the flip screen allows me to see myself directly and record.

I checked out many similar cameras, but none of them had the flip screen camera like this one. The model superior to this one, the 6500, has a higher price and similar features, but the screen does not flip, when caused me to not to make that purchase.

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The price of this camera is quite low, especially given the quality of photos that you get with this. The price is around $400, which in my opinion is a steal!

I also love the fact that it has interchangeable lenses, which allows me to change, depending on what I am taking a picture of in that moment.

Cons: there is no jack input for microphones, so I use the external recorder for videos.

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SAMSUNG Nx1

I love the quality and everything related to the Samsung Nx1. However, due to the size and weight of this camera, I only tend to use it on short trip. What I love about the Samsung Nx1 is the 4k video recording. The quality is incredible, but sadly Samsung has stopped manufacturing these cameras.

 

 

 

GOPRO HERO 5

The GoPro is perfect to use while doing extreme sports and water activities. I use it when I go snowboarding, bungee jumping, canyoning, rafting, etc. The camera is very durable and is made to withstand sports or situations in which you might possibly drop the camera.

I am an advanced scuba diver and with my GoPro I can record quality videos underwater.  For deep dives, I use a special protective case that works up until 60m (196ft). There are many underwater cameras on the market, but this is hands down the most popular one among travelers.

The price is only around $300, which makes it even more appealing.

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This is the protective case that I use while scuba diving, which has always worked perfectly for me:

Cons: The quality of videos are great, but I am not a big fan of how the photos turn out.

 

DRONE DJI MAVIC AIR

The DJI Mavic Air has fantastic qualities and features that make for killer video!  Without a doubt, the best part about this drone is the size. Unlike many other drones on the market, the propellers on the Mavic Air easily fold up, fitting easily into a small case, which takes up very little space.

I discover something new every time that I use my drone. Many people tend to overlook all of the built in functions that it actually has. There are many drones on the market, but this one has excellent quality, at a decent price (between $500-800, depending on the extras you get).

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DRONE PHOTO EN SAPA, VIETNAM

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It has very practical functions, such as a mode in which it will actually follow you while while you are in motion, a 360 degree movement, boomerang etc.

I highly recommend this drone!

MICROPHONE

When doing professional videos, I like to use external microphones to obtain better audio quality. The brand RODE has excellent quality, but it takes up lots of space.

The small microphone is very practical for interviews or outdoor recordings. It is small enough that I can fit it inside of my purse and take it anywhere. Of course, the quality is not as good as the big one, but it will still be better than the quality I get recording it directly from the phone or camera, especially if I am in a place with lots of wind or noise.

 

EXTERNAL RECORDER

The external recorder allows you to connect the microphone and record high quality audio. It also has a high quality external microphone which allows you to make independent recordings.

When used for for recording professional audio, it requires synchronizing the audio with the video in postproduction, because they are recorded separately.

Fun fact: Do you know what the famous clapperboard that you see in movies is used for?

The clapperboard is used to synchronize the audio with the video. Once the sound is made it gives a reference of a visual and sound and then you can join the two parts together when you make the assembly.

The recorder is small and portable, so it is very practical for interviews and collecting my ideas and thoughts

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 SPIVA STICK

The Spiva Stick works with the GoPro camera. The stick allows you to change the GoPro’s orientation at 180 °.

With a normal selfie stick you have to constantly turn the camera around with your hand to get a selfie and then turn it again to record in front of you. However, with the Spiva stick the process it much easier because there is a red button that you push and it will do all of this for you.

Cons: It is not foldable and takes up a lot of space for travel. So I don’t take it on long trips, just for sports activities near home.

 

EXTRA BATTERIES

It is very important to have extra batteries for everything (drone, cameras, external chargers for the phone, etc). Keep in mind that there are times when I spend several days without being able to charge, such as when I camp in the desert or if I am in a town without electricity.

There is nothing more frustrating for me than to be in a neat place around the world and not have my batteries charged to capture the moment.

 

TRIPODE

I am always on a search to find a small, light and durable tripode. I love the one that I have, although it still is one of the heaviest items that I have in my bag. Before many of my trips I doubt as to whether or not I should take it, but every time that I decide to leave it at home, I regret it. Having a tripode gives me a full sense of freedom, knowing that no matter where I am, I can get the photos I am desiring to get on my own.

Without a tripode I am constantly trying to find a rock or platform to place my camera on or asking another person to take my photo. I have learned over the years that this does NOT work for me, and after people take my picture, I have to retake it again, because most ordinary people cannot take pictures the way that I like.

 

Resultado de imagen de Andoer Q666The best part about my tripode is that I can set it up, walk away and use my phone as a remote. With just a click, I can snap a photo or start recording. It is as if I had a person traveling with me at all times!

 

MACBOOK AIR

.My Macbook is my prize possession. It is light weight (only 2 pounds) and has a 13 inch screen. I use this EVERYDAY of my life for work and creating content. I refuse to use any other brand besides Macbook, just because I have had nothing but excellent experiences with them. The operating system is very stable and trustworthy and I have never even had a virus, like I had with all of my other computers.

The battery life is excellent on my laptop. I honestly can say that I have never had a better battery life than with my Macbook Air. This is a major plus, especially for long trips.

 

IPAD

The best part about the IPAD is the size. If I ever go on a trip without my computer, I will take this instead.  I have a case with a bluetooth keyboard, which allows me a similar feel to that of my laptop. The battery has a long life, which is great for long bus trips. Nowadays, I tend to use this just for reading or watching movies on long trips.

If you plan to use the IPAD as a computer, keep in mind that you will need to choose one that has enough memory space. The basic 16 or 32 gb IPAD will run out of space quickly. I highly suggest spending a bit more money and getting that extra space.

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What are the most important electronics that you take when you travel?

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