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, Wi-Fi
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″
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.