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Have you wondered what travel gear I’ve been carrying in my backpack during my Round The World trip? Well, here it is! Every product listed below is essential to my travels in one way or another, and I recommend every one of them since I use them pretty much to live on the road.
My Daypack: aka. The “Office”
WANDRD PRVKE Bag: I am IN LOVE with this award-winning daypack. I use my PRVKE to carry all my electronics (camera, lenses, laptop, external hard drives, and even my drone!), basically, everything I need to produce and run this blog while on the road. The great thing about this bag is that it is customizable to safely store your camera gear, has pockets that make it easily accessible from the side (great for photographers), has a padded laptop and iPad pockets, and one of my favorites, a safe passport pocket on your back, which is an excellent anti-pickpocket spot. Overall, this bag has been great and I highly recommend it for photographers and anyone traveling with electronics. You can learn more about its hidden “tricks” and features on this page.
What I carry in it:
DJI Mavic Pro Drone: I used to carry a Phantom 4 Drone, and I still do sometimes, but now I’m mostly carrying the Mavic since it is smaller and easier to travel with. These are my new babies, which I nicknamed Johnny 5 (remember Short Circuit?) and Little Johnny 5. Surprisingly they are very easy to fly and the video/picture quality is superb. I love traveling with them (one at a time, of course) and taking aerial shots all over the world. Stepping up my photographic game!
MacBook Pro 13”: I just love Mac. The power and performance it has are way better than what any small netbook might have. It’s great for heavy editing of videos and images without losing processing performance.
iPhone 11: I use it to stay on top of my social media, emails, blog, google maps directions, and whatnot. This is honestly one of my most essential tools since these days I do pretty much everything with my phone.
Sony a7rIV Camera: One of my goals is to produce good-quality pictures that record and tell the story of my travel experiences. With the Sony a7rIV, I’ve improved my photography quality significantly. It is a full-frame, mirrorless camera with such high picture quality that I’m still learning how to get the most out of it.
Sony FE 24-70mm f4: Of course, A full-frame camera body is nothing without quality full-frame lenses. This is my standard day-to-day lens for street photography and videos.
Sony FE 16-35mm f4: With the same high quality as the previous one, I use this wide-angle lens to shoot landscapes and buildings since I can fit more of what’s in the scene with this lens.
Sony FE 50mm f1.8: This prime lens is great for depth of field, videos, and shooting portraits.
Sony FE 70-300mm f4.5-5.6: This is a good zoom lens to get close-ups of things I can’t get close to, like animals in the wild.
Seagate 2TB Portable External Hard Drive: I use it as a backup and as extra memory. One thing you learn while on the road is the ridiculous amount of Gigabytes pictures can consume. Plus, if anything happens to my computer, I have a backup of everything in here.
LaCie 2TB External Hard Drive: Yup, apparently, 2TB is not enough for me. I chose LaCie because, just like Seagate, these hard drives are compact, light, resistant, and reliable.
Kindle E-reader: This has saved me from countless hours of unproductive boredom on trains, planes, and buses… or simply anytime I feel like reading. It’s light and slim, so it’s easy to carry.
Dark Energy Portable Backup Battery: These days, the battery life in most devices is pretty slim, or am I just using them too much? Anyways, this small battery, about the size of an iPhone, can charge your iPhone up to 5 times with one full charge and charge up to two devices at once.
GoPro Camera: I might not use it as much as I would love to, but I find it useful to create time-lapse and get some really cool wide-angle or action shots.
Petzl Headlamp: I use it for extreme things like caving and for mundane things like having a spotlight when camping or walking at night on an unlit street. (yes, that happens now and then)
Moo Business Cards: Hey, I have to promote my blog! These cards are super cheap for the great quality they have. I love them, so I recommend them.
EPICKA Travel Adapter Plug: This all-in-one converter has worked perfectly for me, and it is not too big, so it’s easy to carry.
Travel Toilet Tissue: I always carry these! Small packs, so they fit anywhere, and they have saved me a few times I’ve had nature’s call in the most undesirable places (just think, Africa!).
My Main Backpack: aka. The “Closet”
Gregory Z40: This backpack is super streamlined, so it is really light and resistant. I’ve found that 40L is big enough to carry everything I need for long-term travel while still keeping my load on the lighter side. It has well-padded straps, a sternum strap, and hip straps, as well as a comfortable and ventilated back padding. Seriously, this backpack is really good.
I used to travel with an Osprey eXos 48, which is really good too, but I prefer to force myself to travel light than to have more space, thus, weight.
What I carry in it:
Icebreaker T-shirts: Icebreaker t-shirts are designed with the active traveler in mind, so they are light and “smell resistant.” Sometimes it’s hard to do laundry on the road, either because of lack of time or facilities, so it’s good to have a few of these.
Ex-officio underwear: This underwear is really good for travelers and active hikers since they are light, comfortable, quick-dry, and are made with “smell resistant” fabric.
Sea to Summit Tek Towel: This camping towel is small enough to carry but good enough to dry me properly. Plus, it dries itself pretty quick.
REI Rain Jacket: This is ideal to have if you’re into hiking or if you’re visiting a destination in its rainy season.
Craghoppers hoodie jacket: I carry one Craghoppers jacket that comes with mosquito repellent integrated into the fabric (safe on the skin), protects against UV rays, and is quick dry.
Travel-Size Toiletries: I have a small bag where I carry enough toiletries to last a couple of weeks. These include everything from personal hygiene and styling to vitamins and meds. I simply buy them as I need them wherever I am.
WANDRD Packing Cubes: I learned from experience that it’s good to have all your clothes and electronics safely stored in packing cubes (at least while in transit). While any bag can do this, I’ve found WANDRD packing cubes to be very good, resistant, and durable.
First Aid Kit: Again, another thing I never fail to carry, and this one I also learned from experience after I had an accident in an archeological site in Honduras where no immediate medical assistance was available. My first aid kit is small enough to fit anywhere in my backpack, but it has all the essentials to treat any common injury.
12 t-shirts: In addition to the Icebreaker t-shirts, I have regular t-shirts for everyday life. Including the Icebreakers, I have a total of 12 t-shirts. And, if they have cartoons on them, I’m in!
10 underwear and socks: In addition to the Ex-Officio underwear, I have regular underwear, mostly Calvin Klein underwear and Puma socks.
5 short pants: These shorts I’ve bought along the road, wherever I find a good pair that I like. These include swimwear.
1 pair of jeans: Yes, I do carry jeans. A regular pair of jeans from American Eagle.
1 pair of Havaianas flip flops: These, by far, are the most comfortable pair of flipflops I’ve ever owned.
1 pair of TropicFeel sneakers: I’ve always liked TropicFeel. They are light, comfortable, and look good with most types of clothes, and best of all, are made for travel, hiking, and more.
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