After years of travelling with just a 65L wheelie bag and a carry-on bag for my computer/camera gear, I have carefully refined what is essential travel gear.
After going through 4 Windows laptops over 10 years, I made the switch to Apple in 2012. The Macbook Air is an ideal travel laptop as it packs more power than a netbook and it is ridiculously light. And wow is it a beautiful machine to work on.
Apple MacBook Air 11.6-Inch Laptop
Apple iPhone 5
As I’m on the road long term there is no point buying a new phone on a plan in my home country, so I opted for buying outright. I have an iPhone 5, which I got after the 5s came out so the price was a bit cheaper. It has been the most reliable phone I’ve owned and the 8MP camera takes photos as good as most point-and-shoot cameras.
Apple iPhone 5 (Unlocked)
Olympus PEN E-P3
After using pocket point-and-shoot cameras for years, I upgraded my camera to a DSLR (Nikon 5100). While it was a great camera I never got comfortable with the size and weight, so I have now settled on the Olympus PEN E-P3. The Olympus PEN series are a Micro Four Thirds camera, so it has the functionality of a DSLR without the bulk.
Olympus PEN E-P3
They say that “once you go Mac, you never go back.” We would also be saying the same about Kindle if we could make it rhyme. I was an e-reader holdout for years, but now I can’t imagine traveling without one. I have dozens of books on file waiting to be read so I will never be stuck without a book again.
Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light
Monster Outlets To Go Powerstrip
If you spend anytime in guesthouses in Asia you will soon discover that the amount of power outlets in a room does not match the amount of electronics in your bag. Same as well for airports that have one outlet per 10,000 passengers.
Monster Outlets To Go Power strip
REI Stratocruiser Wheeled Backpack
After going through numerous bags over the years the REI Stratocruiser is my favourite to date. It is a wheeled bag that can convert into a backpack (for those times when wheeling isn’t an option), it has useful interior compartments, and the fabric, stitching, and zippers have taken a beating without falling apart.
REI Stratocruiser Wheeled Convertible Luggage – 25″
Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are useful if you have a lot of gear that needs to be compressed into a smaller space, or for better organising. I’m using some cubes from Eagle Creek, who sent me some samples to test out.
Eagle Creek Cube Set
Even though I’m a digital nomad working from a paperless office, business cards are still useful for conferences and random meetings with strangers on a bus. For business cards I use Moo. With Moo you can customise your cards to have up to 50 different images on the back. I have a selection of my travel photos on my cards and they never fail to get a positive reaction.