Travel Gear

Here is my list of travel gadgets.

This list changes from trip to trip with new additions and substitutions.

1. iPhone 5 (Apple)

The iPhone has become my universal tool for travel.

What I use it for:

  • Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity
  • Panorama photos (seamless panoramas)
  • Photo editing (great apps like Snapseed and PS Express, and Tadaa)
  • Photo posts (Instagram)
  • Blog/Social network posts (WordPress, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Navigation/maps (online and off-line maps so you can avoid roaming charges including ViewRangerOffMapsMapswithMeGalileo )
  • Entertainment: Games, Movies, and Music
  • Books (Kindle for iOS, Apple Books)

2. GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition (GoPro)

GoPro is a very versatile camera for travel.  It’s waterproof and adventure sport-proof, and out of it’s waterproof housing, it’s a very small, portable, and very capable camera.

What I use it for:

  • Slow motion (up to 240fps at WVGA or 120fps at 720p)
  • Time lapse photography  (0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 second intervals)
  • Wide field of View (170 degree
  • Point-of-View (helmet cam or Pole-cam)
  • Scuba Diving and snorkeling (waterproof to 60 meters)

3. Canon Powershot SX1IS (Canon’s site)

This is one of the original superzoom cameras.  It has a 20x optical zoom and shoots 1080p video.  In addition, it uses AA batteries (rechargeable or alkaline) which is handy if you are in the middle of nowhere.  This camera is about 4 years old now and they continue to get smaller and more compact like the SX50.   Several folks are starting to migrate to the Micro Four Thirds mirrorless systems such as the Sony NEX cameras which are quite small and offer interchangeable lenses.  I also own an older Digital SLR, but found that lugging it and lenses around is cumbersome, but I may opt to rent a DSLR on-location.

What I use it for:

  • Photos
  • High-zoom
  • 1080p video

4. Kindle (Amazon)

My family has recently adopted Kindles to avoid hauling around multiple books on extended trips.

5. iPad (Apple)

The iPad serves a similar role to my iPhone for photos, gaming, and entertainment, but with a larger easier to read screen.   I also aggregate photos from my iPhone and Canon onto the iPad for viewing and editing.  For the kids, I pack a headphone splitter so that they can both watch a movie or play a game.

What I use it for:

  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Photo editing (great apps like Snapseed and PS Express, and Tadaa)
  • Photo posts (Instagram)
  • Blog/Social network posts (WordPress, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Navigation/maps (online and off-line maps so you can avoid roaming charges including ViewRangerOffMapsMapswithMeGalileo )
  • Entertainment: Games, Movies, and Music
  • Books (Kindle for iOS, Apple Books)

6. Huawei E586 Mobile Hotspot (MiFi)

This is quad-band MiFi device that provides internet connectivity for up to 5 devices.   It’s a bit of an experiment to see if I can find prepaid 3G / 4G SIM cards for data in each country and if they work as designed.

7.  Adapters, cables, chargers, and extra batteries!

8. DeLorme InReach SE (satellite messaging and tracking)

It’s two-way satellite tracker and messaging device. It allows us to send (and receive!) short (160 character) messages from anywhere in the world. It uses the Iridium satellites which have global coverage. The InReach also pairs with a cell phone which can store maps and send messages. You can track our progress here.

9. 11″ MacBook Air

At 2.4lbs, it’s very light, thin, and nice to have a real keyboard. Super great travel companion.

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