Our Top Ten Tech Gadgets For Travelling

Often readers want to know what technology we travel with. These are our top ten tech gadgets that we can’t live without.

1) Samsung Galaxy III and iPhone 4S – Unlocked smartphones are the perfect travel companion. Once we arrive in our destination we buy a local SIM card and Internet package so we can make local calls, get around with GPS, keep in touch with friends at home and Tweet, Instagram and Facebook everything we do along the way.

2) MacBook Pro 13” & Macbook Pro 15” with Retina Display– Years ago I switched from a PC and have never looked back. I really enjoy not having to deal with viruses and the operating system is easy.

The Macbook Pro 15″ with Retina Display is Matt’s new toy and I’ve never seen him happier. The display is crystal clear and the CPU allows him to do everything he needs for our photography and video requirements.

3) X Mini Max II XAM7-R Speakers – I don’t play music often enough but when I do I’m happier and it always changes my mood for the better. I’ve recently come across the book, This Is Your Brain on Music which offers some interesting insight on how music affects our brain. These speakers will bring us joy when we need it and there’s nothing like swinging in a hammock on the beach while Bob Marley plays in the background.

X Mini Max II XAM7-R Speakers

X Mini Max II XAM7-R Speakers

4) Sennheiser Lavalier Mics (lapel mics) – Matt and I have recently created Munschkin Media™, which will produce our podcasts and web vlog, a TV show of sorts that we’ll be producing while travelling. In order to do so we have purchased the Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera Mount Wireless Microphone System with ME2. “A lavalier microphone or lapel mic is a small microphone used for television and other speaking applications, in order to allow hands-free operation.” Lapel mics are great when the person speaking isn’t near the camera and when conducting interviews.

5) Rode Shotgun Mic – A shotgun mic is attached to the camera and is great for picking up sound when the subject or event is close to the camera.

6) Canon 60D and EF-S 18-200 mm IS Lens – The Canon 60D is a great intermediate DLSR camera and this lens offers the perfect zoom. I have been very happy with it since my purchase and it’s easy to learn.

Canon_EOS_60D_EF-S_18-200mm_FSL

Canon_EOS_60D_EF-S_18-200mm_FSL

 

7) Lightweight Carbon Fibre Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs with a 128LP Micro Fluid Head – We chose a carbon fibre tripod even though it is more expensive because it is much lighter in weight and every kg/lb counts when you’re on the move. The fluid head is excellent for filming and the tripod will be very useful when filming, providing steadiness that the human hand cannot. The tripod attaches to the outside of the Kata 3N133 knapsack with the Kata tripod holder add-on.

8) Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition – This is new addition to our tech family and one we’re very excited about. We’ve purchased the surf edition because it is the same as the “regular” Hero 3 Black edition but it also comes with surf mounts which we’ll use at the surf camp in Indonesia. We have also purchased the Chest Mount Harness, HERO Head Strap Mount, Battery BacPac, the Bobber GoPro Floating Hand Grip (so we won’t lose it while in the water), the Floaty Backdoor for HD HERO and the Roll Bar Mount. It was also recommended to buy the anti-fog strips to deal with humidity and we’re also bringing packs of silica to keep our equipment dry. This will also be the camera we use while scuba diving and we made sure we purchased the Polar Pro red filter for underwater photography to make sure the underwater photos we take most resemble the ocean life we encounter.

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition

Go Pro Hero 3 Black Edition

9) Hard Drives – Supplemental hard drives for system backup purposes are an absolute necessity when travelling and we will be carrying several. One each for our own personal backups, one for photos and videos and an extra that we’ll keep in a fire-proof safe in Canada which we can transfer things to each time we come home. We have (2) La Cie’s 1TB Rugged Thunderbolt, a 500GB G Drive Slim and a Western Digital Elements Portable.

LaCie 1TB Thunderbolt Drives

LaCie 1TB Thunderbolt Drives

10) Kata 3N133 Bag and 35L Camera Bag PacSafe – The Kata 3N133 camera and laptop knapsack is fantastic. It holds a 15” computer, has some room for clothing and other everyday items and has many customizable compartments for cameras, lenses, mics etc. It also offers side entry for quick access to our camera. We also purchased the Kata tripod holder addition for the outside of the bag.

The 35L wire mesh PacSafe™ gives this bag extra protection when we’re travelling and it then may also be locked up and tethered to an immovable object.

Kata 3N133 Knapsack

Kata 3N133 Knapsack

35L Camera Bag Protector PacSafe

35L Camera Bag Protector PacSafe

 

10) Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger – Perfect travel gadget complete with (3) extra plugs and (2) USB ports. We’ll also have our various plug adapters and an electrical converter kit, just in case. Most appliances do not need an electrical converter, however, I believe Matt’s shaver does.

Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger

Belkin Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger

Sony eReader – I’m currently contemplating whether I’ll take along my Sony eReader. I have enjoyed having it during past travels but it’s an old model and more importantly I now have the eReader app on my phone, which allows me to read my books on my Samsung Galaxy III’s big screen. I can also read purchased books on my computer. For carrying weight purposes I will likely leave it at home.

 

 

 

2 Responses to Our Top Ten Tech Gadgets For Travelling

  1. Have you guys thought about using a cloud storage service? (when you’re around internet?). It would be the safest way to back up your stuff by far. You should check out Sugarsync, Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive, etc.

    Enjoy the travels!

    Sean Crawford March 21, 2013 at 10:50 PM Reply
    • Hey Sean,

      Thanks for reading. 🙂 I should have mentioned those as well because, yes, we will be using such a service. However, very often many of the destinations I travel to have sketchy Internet service, if at all, and it’s something we won’t be able to rely on. It is an excellent back up system as well.

      Julie Munsch March 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM Reply

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