I often get asked by friends and family what they need to bring when they travel. While everyone packs a little differently, these are the essentials I need everytime I travel. Here’s my recommendation of travel gear you need for your next trip.
Basic Travel Gear
I always travel with my camera, which means I need something to protect it when I travel. This camera backpack is affordable and has room for your camera, lenses, accessories, and even your laptop in the front. This is always my carry-on when I travel.
Rolling Carry-On Luggage Bag
When I first got into traveling, I started watching all of Seattle native Rick Steves’ European shows on TV. I finally made it into his store here and bought myself this rolling carry-on luggage bag, which I’ve taken on every single trip. It’s small enough that almost every airline has allowed me to put it in the overhead bin so I can avoid checking it in.
Sketchers GoWalk 4
These shoes are all I wear when I travel internationally. You don’t want to fill your suitcase with multiple pairs of shoes, so bring these Skechers GoWalk 4 shoes instead. They’re comfortable enough to sightsee in all day without your feet getting sore, and you can easily get away with wearing them to dinner later.
I’m obsessed with ExOfficio’s travel clothing, and this hoodie is no exception. I wear this almost everytime I’m on the plane because it’s warm, easy to take off, and has a pocket for my boarding pass, passport, and phone.
ExOfficio Rain Jacket
Even when I’m going somewhere tropical, I always pack this rain jacket. I’ve experienced downpours out of nowhere and this coat always comes through. It dries quicker than any raincoat I’ve ever owned.
Travel Space Saver Bags
I just got these bags this year and I’m obsessed. I’d heard of the vacuum sealed bags before, but who honestly has access to a vacuum while they’re traveling? With these travel space saver bags, you just fold your clothes, put them in the bag, zip it up, and roll out the air towards the end. It now takes me about five minutes to pack – these have been lifesavers!
Clearly Filtered Water Bottle
Getting dehydrated is easy when you travel between stuffy air on airplanes to walking around all day. Buying plastic water bottles as you go is expensive, not to mention a huge waste. Invest in the Clearly Filtered Water Bottle instead, which lets you fill up water from anywhere and filters it by the time you drink it through the straw.
It’s amazing how far phones have come, and the iPhone 7 is no exception. I capture a majority of my videos on here and use it for pictures when I’m in places where I can’t bring my camera.
There are so many times I’ve dropped my phone while I was traveling and the LifeProof case saved it. It’s waterproof and shockproof, so I can bring my phone on any adventure my travels take me on.
I can’t imagine traveling with any other laptop. Compared to others I’ve used, the MacBook Air is incredibly lightweight, which makes it easy to whip out to get work done on the airplane or at my hotel. I love that I can easily upload my photos and videos from my phone to it each night after being out.
Having a universal adapter is a must when you’re traveling abroad. The last thing you want is to get to another country, only to have all your electronics die. This allows you to plug in your electronics and charge them no matter what power outlet the country uses. It takes up hardly any room and is inexpensive.
I’ve been obsessed with my Kindle since I got it. It’s small, yet can fit multiple books on it. This is the perfect way to pass the time on a bus or plane.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Nikon D7100 Camera
I upgraded my camera last year and couldn’t be happier. I love how small yet powerful the Nikon D7100 camera is. You can pre-set your settings if you know how to shoot manually, but it’s also easy to use if you’re just starting out.
Nikon 70-300mm Lens
When you’re doing wildlife photography or going somewhere you won’t be able to get close to your subject, the Nikon 70-300 mm lens will be your best friend. It still gives clear photos even when you’re zoomed in all the way.
Nikon 18-55 mm Lens
I use the Nikon 18-55 lens about 90% of the time, as I’m usually not too far away from my subjects. It works well for landscape shots as well as everyday city shots.
There’s nothing worse to a photographer than seeing your camera blinking “FULL.” I always have extra SD cards on hand in case I end up shooting more than I planned on.
Even worse than running out of room on your camera is your camera flat out dying. I always bring a battery charger with me no matter how short the trip so I don’t have to worry about my camera not working at all.
JOBY GorillaPod Tripod
I don’t usually have room for my larger tripod when I travel, but I can always depend on the JOBY GorillaPod Tripod to fit in my suitcase. While this isn’t as tall as traditional tripods, what makes it unique is you can twist and bend the legs around anything (even a tree) to get it exactly where you want for that perfect shot.
What essentials do you need when you travel?
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