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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 that gear is. Being so mobile means the gadgets I carry have to be portable, powerful, plus durable. When I am in one place long enough, I use and test a lot of products sent to me and out of pocket, to find the travel-tech-sweet-spot for common gear so you don’t have to.

Here’s a look at all the electronics that have made it into my backpack in the photo below that yes, all fit into Aer Travel Pack 2.

foxnomad travel tech guide

Laptop: Macbook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015): 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7; 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory; 500GB SSD; AMD Radeon R9 M370X

Main Video Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds

As I mention in the video above, the main weakness of the point and shoot Lumix I carry, is the video quality. For the price, the Panasonic Lumix G85 is the best 4K camera (that records without time limits as many 4K cameras have) in a mirror-less body that’s smaller than a standard DSLR.

Tripod: Joby GorillaPod Focus with Joby Ballhead and AmazonBasic 60-Inch tripod.

On top of the Lumix G85, I’m using a Deity D3 Pro for recording audio.

An Aputure AL-M9 Amaran LED Light for portable lighting.

For voice-overs, I use the Audio-Technica ART2100-USB microphone with a Mudder large foam mic windscreen.

For a smaller, waterproof camera when needed, I use the GoPro HERO 7 Black.

Rode VideoMicro to enhance audio occasionally.

When I need to use both at the same time, the Movo Photo HVA20 Dual Shoe Bracket does the job well.

Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones [My full review.]

Phone (Daily Driver): iPhone 6s (64 GB)/Space Grey

iphone 6s 64 gb space grey

I also travel with a Nexus 5X, primarily because it’s stock Android and gets updates from Google before most other phones, making it ideal for testing development versions of my WiFox and DroneMate apps. Speaking of app development, I also carry an iPhone 5s, 5, and 4s, all for app testing.

Drone: DJI Mavic Pro

dji mavic pro

Backpack: SwissGear 1900 Scansmart Laptop Bag

Luggage: Osprey Packs Sojourn Wheeled Luggage, 60L

Portable Batteries: PowerStick+ (2300 mAh) PowerTrip (6000 mAh).

powertrip powerstick

These batteries have a standby time of up to a year so you’re much less likely to be on a train and realize your batteries died on the road. Read my full review here.

Connectors, Converters, And Other Accessories

For reading books or when I need a larger, mobile screen in general, I use a 64 GB iPad Air 2 protected by an Apple Smart Case.

If you’re curious, you can see the progression of the gadgets in my backpack from 2012, earlier this year, to now. Also, if you’re interested to know what services I use to maintain this site, I have listed them here. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below!