My travel gear. I have traveled to over 130 countries. That is a lot of miles, and many learning opportunities. I am passionate about photography and love creating images. That means I carry a lot of photo gear as well as other electronic gear. Take a look at what I am able to fit in one very snug carryon. And yes, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so order away so I make my millions.
It all starts with the bag, and this bag is a beast. I have had it since 2014, and it still looks brand new. It is tough, durable, and spacious. In fact, everything I am about to show you, fits in this bag. Barely, but it all fits in.
Ok, this camera is not cheap, but this full frame camera creates world class images. It is mirrorless, meaning it is a tad smaller than full frame DSLRs. It is also fantastic in low light environments.
For those whose budget does not support the a7riii, take a look at this more affordable option. I do not own this camera, but it appears to be a very solid option.
This is my go-to lens. I use it 90% of the time. A fast lens with a f/2.8. This is the type of lens that you will keep in your kit for many years.
You are going on safari? You need a telephoto lens. This one does the trick for me. I cheaped out here with a F4, but there is a faster more expensive lens with a F2.8, but I have been very happy with the image quality of the F4.
The card is big and fast. When you are dealing with big photo files, I want to have a lot of GB. This serves as a second backup for me. For each trip, I keep a set of files on the SD card and another on my external hard drives. The Sony a7riii has two SD slots so I have two of these cards.
I also carry two of these. One for the GoPro and one for the Mavic Air. These are cheap enough to leave in the card for the entire trip and still be able to do time lapses and videos and have enough storage.
The battery for Sony a7riii has significantly improved, but I still carry three spares. This official Sony battery is not cheap, and you can buy non-official batteries that work and are cheaper.
There is nothing worse than being in some remote place and leaving your battery charger in the hotel. I always carry a spare charger. Again, this is not cheap, but it is quality.
Stating the obvious, keep you camera and lens clean. I typically bring my camera to the Sony service center to get a deep cleaning several times a year. But always good to have a cleaning kit on the road.
If you are walking for hours every day, you want to have a comfortable strap to distribute the weight of the camera. This is a sturdy strap with a strong clasp at a great price.
This strong and flexible grip provides a lot of flexibility when trying to grab that shot or video. I have clipped my GoPro with this attachment to cars, trains, and even helicopters.
This device serves two purposes, both selfie stick and tripod. I still haven’t used the selfie stick but do use it as a tripod. This is perfect tripod to set up time lapses.
This is a must if you plan to take your GoPro for snorkeling. If you do not use these filters, your video will not look like what you are seeing with the naked eye. These filters help you capture the underwater beauty.
One thing that irritates me in regard to the GoPro is the battery life. It seems to loose 10% of the battery when you simply turn it on. I carry three spares with me.
OK, the camera gear is not finished. I recently switched from the bigger Mavic Pro to the Mavic Air. Why, size matters. And the Air is that much smaller and lighter. In fact, you will be amazed how small it is as it basically fits in the palm to your hand. In a perfect world, I would be using the Mavic Pro II. This drone is one my favorite toys, and I love creating these aerial images. With this unique perspective, I have created some stunning images. There is a bit of a learning curve, but after you take it our several times, you will feel more comfortable.
I rather work with the Mavic Pro. The drone is much better than the Air in terms of its ability to fly as well as the camera technology. But it is simply too big for me to carry at this time.
You might have heard me say this before, and this is even more true with drones. You need to have extra batteries when flying since the fly time is about 20 minutes. I carry three batteries total.
Make sure you have an extra battery charger. Always have a back up.
Another best practice, bring extra propellers. If your props get scratched, you want to make sure you have a spare set.
If I am doing serious work, I need a laptop, whether I am editing photos and cruising through the day’s emails. When I edit photos in Lightroom, I need some power. My photos are nearly 50 MB each.
As I noted before, each one of my photos is approximately 50 MB a file. This adds up very quickly. And I also want a back up for my photos. I carry four of these external hard drives.
Tablet And Mobile Phone
I have added a second phone to my arsenal. I have used an iPhone for years. But I have added the Pixel for two reasons. First, to utilize the better camera. And Second, to use Google’s Fi service. This offers 5g data around the world at $10 a GB.
I have been using Apple since their first smartphone rolled off the factory store. Just like my GoPro, I upgrade every other model. The key is to make sure the phone is unlocked so you can insert SIM cards when you visit a new country. This phone is on the TMobile network, which offeres data in over 100 countries. The problem is it is 2G.
I love my iPad. I know, it is another device to carry, but I find I has a lot of utility. I read my books on the iPad via Kindle, listen to Sirius radio, and stream my Netflix.
I carry this baby with me. In fact, I have two, with a spare in my checked baggage.
ABC. Always be charging. As you will be charging multiple devices, make sure you bring this portable charging station. This one has 3 USB and 2 outlets.