- Last Update: August 5, 2021
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.
- You can find all of the luggage and other non-electronic gear I carry and recommend here.
Laptop: 16″ Macbook Pro: 2.3 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8 GB
- Recommended Laptop Cover: Incase Icon Sleeve
- Mouse: Logitech MX Anywhere 2s, MX Anywhere 2s travel case, and Glorious Large Gaming Mousepad
- Webcam Stickers: EFF Laptop Camera Cover Set
- 2 External Hard Drives: Seagate 4TB Backup Plus [Video Review]
- USB Hub (To Add More Ports): Hiearcool Docking Station
Main Video Camera: Sony a7C with Tamron 17-28mm Lens
- SD Card: SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card
- Camera Case: MegaGear MG091 Ultra Light Neoprene Camera Case
- Lens Filters (67mm): K&F UV Filter, Gobe ND and Gobe Polarizer
Action Camera: GoPro HERO9 Black
Tripod: Joby GorillaPod Focus with Joby Ballhead and Neewer Carbon Fiber tripod (66 inch). For locked off shots, I use the Samson MK-10 microphone stand.
An Aputure MC for portable lighting.
On top of the Sony a7C, I’m using a Deity D3 Pro for recording audio.
For podcasting, I use the Audio-Technica ART2100x-USB microphone.
Headphones: Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds
- For sports, I use these extremely durable but inexpensive Anker Soundbuds Curve.
Phone (Daily Driver): iPhone 11 (128 GB)/(Product) Red
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.
Drone: DJI Mavic Air 2
- Recommended accessories: Flyt Path case for Mavic Air 2; Storage: SanDisk 64 GB Micro SDXC UHS-I card with adapter.
All of the electronics in this list, including the DJI Mavic drone, fit into one backpack, my Aer Travel Pack 2. I use two SwissGear Hanging Toiletry Kits to better organize and stack everything inside my backpack. These are the other bags and non-electronic gear I use.
Luggage: Osprey Packs Sojourn Wheeled Luggage, 60L
Daypack: Osprey Daylite
To keep track of my luggage and gear, I use Apple’s Airtags.
Portable Batteries: Anker PowerCore 13000.
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 2020 protected by an Apple Smart Folio with an Apple Pencil 2.
- YooTech Wireless Charging Pad – Inexpensive and small wireless charging pad.
- OREI Safest World Travel Adapter – An all-in-one that covers my poor memory for most of the world’s outlets. Includes a 3 prong connection too for grounded plugs.
- World Travel Adapter Plug Set – Being less bulky these adapters work well for outlets that can’t support much weight from a heavy charger.
- ALFA Long Range Wi-Fi Adapter – Here’s why you might find one of these very useful, especially if you spend a lot of time online when traveling.
- 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.
- Moleskine Classic Notebook 5 x 8.25 (Black) – An ancient but important technology for taking notes and outlining ideas.
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!
hi, what plugs do they use in Iceland?
Standard European: http://amzn.to/2gjUyoe
The Q20i headphones are amazing. They cost close to 300$ and are worth so much more. Not to be racist but Chinese tourists talking next to you for 5 hours straight turn to a blissful nothing with these babies. I have them and love them!
They are wonderful headphones, noise-cancelling is a feature you can’t travel without once you experience it. Even clearing out the loud hum of the plane engines is great.
hey man ust found the site really dig it. im just getting into the whole digital nomad thing and im loving it!
I’m happy to hear it, enjoy the adventure!
Nice travel gear, I have change DSLR to mirrorless since 2014. Btw how many bag you bring every traveling ?
One carry on and another check-in bag.
Any recommendations for cheaper noise cancelling head phones?
Are you looking for in-ear buds? All of the decent active noise cancelling headphones run about $250-300. This Senso pair though is on sale for $40:
Let me know if this is something like what you’re looking for or if you need any other recommendations.
I think you will have chosen meanwhile – also my opinion might be helpful for other readers. What about “passive” noise canceling? Especially to get silence on long term flights, I bought memory foam tips to replace the silicon tips of my in-ears. I bought “INΛIRS AIR3” for my Sennheiser Momentum (fantastic in-ears for less than 100 €) at amazon and got satisfied.
Thanks for the recommendation, here’s a link for anyone interested: http://amzn.to/2zV5rYf
i was wondering if as of 20th FEBRUARY 2017 can i use my DJi Spark for recreational use in Egypt
Im travelling from East Midlands airport (UK) to Hurgarda
You can check here any time:
Thanks for the post. I regularly follow these type of blogs to find some new stuff. Keep posting. Please let me know for the upcoming posts.
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