Packing List Essentials: Technology

Technology can very quickly fill up your suitcase and empty your wallet, so it’s important to consider which electronic gear you take with you when you travel. We’ve rounded up all the essential technology that we take with us on every trip to help us with our travelling, photography, and blogging.

Phone and laptop

We’re both Apple fans, and generally travel with our iPhones and Macbook Pros.

It’s definitely important to get cases to protect your gear. We both have basic laptop cases to protect it from scratches, as well as laptop sleeves for if we’re carrying it in a bag without a laptop pouch. 

I have the laptop with the USB-C port, so I’ve got this adapter which allows me to plug in HDMI, two USB, SD card, and a micro SD card. It’s so convenient being able to use them all at once!

We mostly use regular cases on our phones as well (I’m a big fan of Skinny Dip phone cases) but I do have a waterproof case similar to this one for certain locations. Heads up: they are not necessarily sand proof, as I found out in Australia. No permanent damage, but I did have to get some sand out of the speakers. The wrist band is also helpful if you’re taking pictures while walking around, to help prevent dropping your phone (or someone grabbing it).

Cameras

Packing List Essentials: Technology: Nikon D3400 DSLR camera   Packing List Essentials: Technology: Tamron zoom lens 

DSLR

I shoot my photos on a Nikon D3300; it’s good value for the money and a great beginner camera. It comes with a 18-55mm lens. (There is now a new model of the same camera available, the Nikon D3400).

We have also just purchased a Tamron AF 70-300 zoom lens for the camera. Joe did a lot of research first; it’s considerably cheaper than a similar lens from Nikon but still captures good quality pictures.

We’ve chosen to go with entry level gear since I’m still learning about photography. Until you’ve learned how to operate it and set up the right shot, fancy equipment won’t really add value to your photos. Hopefully I’ll keep progressing with it and can justify some great equipment in the future.

There are plenty of memory cards to choose from, and the best bet is usually to find one on offer. I have a SanDisk 64gb which works really well. The right size depends on how many pictures you usually take, but the 64gb is enough space for our needs.

I also have a memory card reader for my cell phone, in case I want to download a picture to my phone on the go. Some DSLR cameras have wifi capabilities that make this unnecessary, but it’s been very useful for mine.

We also recently bought this two pack of lens cap replacements, because our Nikon one broke (a Nikon brand replacement is much more expensive and for some reason it’s not covered under warranty). These have a strap to attach to the camera lens, which will be very useful since I can rarely remember where I’ve put anything.

Camcorder

We use a Canon Legria HF R806 to record video footage on our travels. It’s compact, lightweight, and sturdy, making it perfect to throw in your bag to capture special moments on video. It also has a bigger, external battery, which means it lasts for ages without need to recharge.

Phone/Camcorder Tripod

We have a Joby Gorillapod, a small tripod that can hold a phone or our camcorder. The legs are adjustable and the feet are magnetic, so it’s really easy to set up wherever we need it.

Chargers

Packing List Essentials: Technology: Coolreall powerbank portable phone chargerWe are constantly using our phones, whether for taking pictures, navigating, or using social media. For that reason, we always take a portable charger with us so we can stay topped up. We bought this Coolreall power bank before Glastonbury Festival, and it held enough charge to last us both the whole festival. It helps that it has two USB ports so  we can both charge at the same time, and it even has a flashlight built in.

We also make sure to have plenty of the charging cables. We find that the Amazon Basics Apple-Certified lightning cables are good value and work well, so we always carry spares.

Depending on where you are travelling, you may need to take an adapter. We recommend an international adapter that has a plug socket and USB ports so that you can charge all your devices at once. It’s good to check which socket you need; I brought the wrong attachment for my camera charger because I forgot that Ireland uses the same socket as the UK, not the EU.

Rucksack

While technically not a piece of technology, we obviously need a bag to carry all our electronics whenever we travel. We have an Andoer rucksack that is really useful, and a lot of people have asked me where it’s from. It has padded compartments for a laptop and camera, as well as various other useful pockets. The camera compartment is accessed from the side, making it super easy to get the camera in and out on the go. It also comes with a waterproof cover, which has saved our equipment on several occasions!

Is there any technology that you can’t travel without?

Let us know in the comments!

 

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  1. Donetta Dalman on 5th April 2018 at 7:51 pm

    LOVE this list!! I’m working on my wish list for our trip this summer and I’m going to add some of this. Love the idea of the extra lens caps. Thankfully I’ve never lost or broken mine but I have panicked a few times thinking it was lost! haha!

    • Kayla Saw on 6th April 2018 at 11:22 pm

      So glad it’s helped!! I constantly put my lens cap in a pocket and forget which one I put it in 😂

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