One of the most frequently asked questions I receive on travel or blogging are related to tech. What do I pack in order to create content? What devices travel well? What are my most frequently used cameras? How do I stay charged while on the go? Here’s a round-up of my must have tech for travel.
Sometimes an iPhone camera just doesn’t do your creative vision justice. That’s why I always travel with a digital SLR camera. My camera of choice is the Canon Rebel EOS SL1. It’s a compact DSLR with all the bells and whistles you’d most likely need. My favorite lens also allows me to get great depth of field in the background and crystal clear sharpness on my subjects. The 18-55mm kit lens that comes with the SL1 is perfect for “sit down” YouTube videos as well, and it has silent continuous autofocus. If you are planning on shooting some serious photography or videography during your trip, I also recommend packing a tripod, SD cards, remotes, and lighting. For timelapse shots, I also enjoy the Yi Action Camera.
Single handedly, the best $200 you can spend to improve your travel vlogs! A gimbal is essentially a stabilizer for your camera. DJI Osmo Mobile is my favorite tool to stabilize my iPhone videos. It creates noticeably smoother footage over a bluetooth connection to your phone. It’s easy to use and is way better than any selfie stick. I’ve honestly put it to the test in a helicopter, on a bike, and snowtubing and it does pretty well!
External Battery Pack
Generally speaking, I never leave home without one of these things. While I’m a huge fan of the Apple battery case, I recently got the extremely slim Outdoor Tech Kodiak Mini which has blown me away. It’s waterproof and has emergency strobe lights on it. Perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors!
Portable Wifi Device
When traveling internationally, it’s much easier to get a mifi than unlocking your phone to get a local SIM card. For US phones, at least! I recommend the 4G portable wifi device from TEP Wireless for fast and reliable internet while you’re abroad. It’s often faster than hotel wifi!
Plugs & Adapters
No matter where you’re going, ample power outlets are never guaranteed. That’s where this tip comes in! I like to pack one KOPPLA, which is a single plug that has 3 USB ports. If traveling internationally, I make sure to pack the appropriate plug and voltage adapters needed at my destination. Packing them in advance helps me avoid extra unnecessary expenses on arrival.
Honorable mentions certainly go out to my Apple Watch, MacBook Air, and associated chargers and accessories like external hard drives. Those are tech items I carry with me on a daily basis, so they are a given when it comes to travel. What tech can you not live, work, or travel without?
Like this post? Be sure to read some of my other travel or tech features before you go. If you’re planning an international trip soon, I’ve recently written an international trip checklist that might also be of interest.