I used to always wonder if I’m packing to little or too much when it comes to gadgets. I think everybody has their own rules to play by but I’m a person who loves gadgets and genuinely finds uses for them during my travels. Here’s the gear that I take when travelling.
If we’re talking about an overseas holiday then I’ve probably got the day pack from my Blackwolf Cedar Breaks 75L backpack with me in the cabin. I’ve had it for a few years now and it’s been fantastic. It has a dedicated padded laptop sleeve too which is handy.
In terms of gear, I’m definitely going to be bringing my Olympus camera. Depending on the length of the trip it will either be paired with just the 1 lens (either the 17mm 1.8 or the 12-40 2.8) or (if the trip is for more than a couple of weeks) the whole kit comes with me.
I’ll also have my phone, a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s unlocked so if I’m in a country for more than a few days I’ll probably pick up a cheap local SIM and swap it in. If I’m not in a country for long then I just use my Australian SIM and roam. The rates aren’t too bad these days so there aren’t any nasty surprises once I’m back home.
I find having access to mobile data to be absolutely invaluable. I know that there is probably free WiFi at hotels, cafes and bars but the freedom of having it with me and letting me travel the way I feel comfortable to is great.
I don’t really have concrete plans when I’m travelling so it’s nice to wander about, get lost and Google my way out of it later. I also love being able to read local reviews on places that I’m interested in to see if it’s a tourist trap or a genuine gem.
There’s a whole host of amazingly useful travel apps and that will make the subject of a future post but for now, back to the hardware.
Another gadget I tend to bring along is my Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition). It’s a couple of years old now but it still performs really well. I use it solely for emails, web browsing, reading books and watching movies. For those kinds of things this tablet is absolutely perfect. Its battery life is great and I find it to be the perfect size for media consumption. It fits really nicely between my phone and the device I use when I actually want to be productive.
That device is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. There were 5 versions of these and I went with the one that was right in the middle in terms of specs. The 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Core i5. It’s been a beast and has pretty much revolutionised the way I get things done.
All in all, these things don’t really weigh that much and they are really handy to have around. My phone, my camera and my tablet are usually always on me and the Surface Pro 3 is available whenever I need it. It’s perfect for getting stuff done while I’m on a plane or a train or when I’m unwinding in my hotel after a day of wandering around whatever city I happen to be in.