- Last Update: December 27, 2016
An essential component of my travels and blogging lifestyle is all of the technology I carry; and one of the most frequent questions I get is what exactly all of that gear is. I’m often sent products from laptops to phones to test but this list are my daily drivers, the tech I use regularly, travel with, and can recommend to you.
Laptop: Macbook Pro 15-Inch (Mid 2015) – Purchased directly from Apple’s refurbished store online. I chose the 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 chip, 16 GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB for graphics, and a 500GB SSD.
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45 – I don’t travel with a DSLR, and the Lumix DMC-ZS45 might be the best point-and-shoot camera for travelers. A very wide 24-480mm Leica lens, plus battery life that covers 500 photos per charge. I’m using a 32GB SanDisk SDHC memory card.
I also carry a number of other phone models, to test new versions of my WiFox app, which is a continuously updated map of wireless passwords from airports and lounges worldwide.
Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones – The noise-cancelling feature on the Bose QuietComfort 20i work incredibly well, drowning out airplane engine noise, or any other sounds you might want to block to focus on what’s in your headphones. Durable and well worth the cost, I highly recommend the Bose 20i. If you want to learn more, here’s my full review.
Portable Batteries: PowerStick+ PowerTrip – Two portable batteries that can charge up most of your gadgets, the PowerStick+ is a 2300 mAh battery, the PowerTrip (with solar panel) is a 6000 mAh battery. My full review here.
Connectors And Cables
Power Strip: Belkin 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger – The Belkin surge protector turns a single wall socket into five outlets – three for electric plugs and two USB ports for charging.
Other Cables For Syncing And Surfing
Long-Range WiFi Antenna – Extend your wireless range 3-5 times beyond what it is without help.
Ethernet Cable – The most handy cord I carry with me. If staying online is a priority for you, one of these will come to your rescue more than you might imagine. (And can also turn one paid wireless connection into two to share with a travel buddy.)
And Of Course… Outlet Adapters
World Travel Adapter Plug Set – Being less bulky these adapters work well for outlets that can’t support much weight from a heavy charger.
How I Keep Everything Clean Like New
- iKlear Cleaning Kit – This liquid is what Apple stores around the world use to keep our eager but greasy fingers from making display models an icky version of shiny. It also comes with two microfiber cloths.
What I Carry All Of These Things In
They’re carried on my back but all of my gadgets are in my SwissGear Computer Backpack. I’ve had this same bag for 6 or 7 years (I can’t recall exactly) and despite being crammed under front seats on hundreds of flights, it’s in great shape.
- My Macbook Pro travels in a black Incase Neoprene Sleeve to prevent scratches and dings from drops. Also, it’s a slimming color.
Lastly, I almost omitted my quiet, simple, and reliable Genius USB optical mouse which I picked up in Argentina in 2010. It was an impromptu purchase to replace its wireless predecessor, stolen out of my bag by an airline employee. It’s a rough world for a mouse but at least its always got a good friend around – mousepad Albert Einstein (currently not on sale online unfortunately).
Finally, if you’re a blogger and interested to know what services I use to maintain this site, I have listed them here.