Because I plan to be blogging my trip and going to as many cities as I can fit in over 2-3 months, I thought I’d share with you what’s on my list to take.
Obviously if you’re going for a shorter time, or if you aren’t blogging your trip as you go, you probably don’t need all these things. But here’s my ultimate list.
- I love my camera when I’m travelling, and the Olympus Pen is the perfect size for me. It’s more than a point and shoot but not quite a DSLR. It’s just the right weight for me so that images don’t get shakey and I keep mine on a wrist strap rather than the neck strap that comes with it. It has taken some amazing shots and captures the light beautifully. I’m constantly amazed by the shots I’ve taken with it.
- I’ve only had my MacBook Air a month, but I already know it’s going to be a great companion on this trip. It’s really light, and works like a dream. It also has the SD card slot in the side, making it easy to get the photos from my camera to computer at the end of the day.
- I’m really excited to have found the Grid-It organiser. It is a series of elastic strips on a board that allows you to put all of your smaller gadgets and cords all in one spot for easy access. I got the one that’s 30cm wide and sits nicely on top of my closed Air. I really wanted something that I could keep all of my tech stuff together and I think this will be it!
- I can’t go past my phone for quick shots and for GPS when I’m lost and somewhere new. It’s great for quick sharing on instagram and passing the time in the airport on twitter. I can also do a quick blog post from it, and find out how much to tip!
- I will be taking a spare SD card with me in case I take too many photos in one day or if I want to film some stuff with my camera.
- I’m hoping to take the Airport Express with me for the hotels that only offer wired internet and it will be useful to have when I finally stop and find a spot to live in Canada.
- Having a backup drive for your Laptop is essential in my opinion and they are so light and portable these days. I grabbed this one and it works like a dream. I split the HD in two so I have an external drive with music on it as well as a backup drive all in one tiny casing. This will go on my grid-it.
- I bought this Flip Camera just before they announced they weren’t making them any more. I thought it might be fun to take some video of the places I visit to share on the blog. It will be interesting to see how it works.
Some people prefer the iPad to the Air, but I never got the hang of mine and sold it a couple of months ago. I just preferred the way the computer works to the touch screen. I’ll also have a power board and an adapter for North America in my kit.
I can’t wait to test this all out in January and I’ll be sure to report back on what works and what doesn’t.
What’s on your travel gadget essentials list? I’d love to know!