Two questions I get asked a lot are “Where did you get that?” and “What camera do you use?”. So I’ve decided to compile a list of my favorite gear and tech equipment so that you will know what I use, why I use them and can even click the photo and text links (or go to the SHOP category) to buy them! How easy is that? Hey, I aim to please! 😉 Ready to get started? Awesome, me too!
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Canon Powershot SX720 HS and SX730 HS
The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS is the travel camera I have used since summer of 2016. While I do travel at some point with all of my cameras (just not at the same time), this is the one I travel with the most. Why? Because it takes very sharp, awesome quality photos, has WiFi, and fits easily into my travel purse. Win-win here.
However, the new kid just arrived in town. The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS is the latest model of my favorite travel camera. As it was just released in June, I haven’t had a lot of experience with it. The upgrades and reasons I purchased the new SX730 HS are its new 180 degree tilting LCD screen and its bluetooth technology which allows you to use your compatible smartphone’s GPS to geotag your photos! The only downsides I can see so far is that it is a tiny bit larger and a tiny bit heavier.
The Canon EOS 80D is my newest camera. I will admit that I am still in the “honeymoon” phase with it. Or maybe even more so in the “Hi, my name is Heather. What’s yours?” phase! Yes, it’s new, but I already love it! I purchased it with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization USM Lens in a kit, but you can purchase the camera body and the lens separately. I will post an update when I get a bit further down the road because so far as of post date of this, I do not yet have any photos up on my site that I have taken with this camera. I love that it’s a fabulous DSLR, I can switch my lenses (which I really wanted for my wildlife photography), it has WiFi, AND the Canon EOS 80D has my flip LCD screen. I had this on my bridge camera and was so excited to find out that I didn’t have to give that up on my new DSLR!
Canon Powershot SX60 HS
The PowerShot SX60 HS is the newest model of my older camera, my “bridge” camera. A bridge camera is one that has a lot of the qualities (but not all) and size of a DSLR, but is more along the lines of a point-and-shoot in terms of price. It’s excellent for people who want a few more features than a point-and-shoot offers, but don’t want to invest in or don’t think they need a DSLR. That was me for a long time. The down side is that there is no lens changing and I ultimately got to a point where I really needed that. It’s a great camera and it takes fabulous photos!
GoPro Hero4 Silver
The GoPro HERO4 Silver. is. fabulous. !!! I don’t think I suspected something so tiny to make such high quality photos and videos! A lot of people shoot solely with a GoPro. I don’t do that because of some of the types of photography that I do, but if you are ultimately doing action shots or videos or wide angle type shoots, this could definitely be your only camera! The many different mounts you can get for it are SO much fun to play with!
Yep, I even shoot with my Apple iPhone 7 . The cameras on these are pretty decent and sometimes as we’ve all heard, the best camera is the one you have on you at the time! Or as I like to say, the one that I already had in my hand at the ready!
Apple 13″ MacBook Pro
I literally couldn’t do anything without my MacBook Pro . I maintain this site while traveling with it, I organize, research and get creative with it. I prefer to edit photos on my desktop, but this computer makes it very easy to edit photos on the road! The 13″ is just the right size and light enough to make traveling with it extremely easy!
Camera & Computer Accessories
Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod
This Manfrotto Tripod is a great full size, yet easy-to-travel-with tripod. It accommodates most all point-and-shoot cameras, bridge cameras and entry-level DSLRs. It isn’t good for huge zoom lenses as those requirements generally exceed its specifications, but for most people, this one works very well! Has a great joystick for very smooth pans and filming. It’s very light and comes with its own drawstring travel bag! It also attaches easily (via velcro straps) to my tech backpack I use as my carry-on! Perfect!
JOBY Gorillapod Flexible Tripod
This Gorillapod Flexible Tripod is a fabulous little gadget! It comes in different sizes and this is the mini size. I love this tripod for so many reasons such as that it’s hands-free and you can shoot in low light. Plus, it fits a point-and-shoot camer or your smartphone! I particularly like this aspect! It makes it very versatile! You can set it up like a typical tripod either low to get that ground view shot or wrap it around that street sign or fence if you want to get a fun angle! It can also be used in conjunction with a remote control to get those selfies without having to extend your arm or those group shots without having to ask a stranger to take it!
Transcend 2TB StoreJet External Hard Drive
This Transcend External Hard Drive is awesome! It’s military drop tested so if you’re like me and love to drop things (sigh!), then this is the one for you! I take a gazillion photos so I got the 2TB size, but if you don’t need that much room, there is also a 1 TB size for half the price! It allows you to choose how you format it including how much space you want to delegate to different systems such as Mac and PC. It backs up extremely fast with the one touch auto-backup button!
RAVPower 16750 mAh External Battery Pack & 2A Wall Charger
This RAVPower Portable Charger is the newer model of the one I have and I love this thing! It has saved me on many occasions! It will charge an iPhone 6 over 5 times and an iPad once! I keep this in my purse at all times whether I’m traveling or not! You never know when you will need it and some of the times I’ve wound up needing it have surprised me! Don’t get caught without it!
GoPro Dual Battery Charger + Battery
If you have a GoPro Hero4, then this GoPro Dual Battery Charger is a must! This charger comes with a battery and then I bought two more rechargeable batteries separately. The GoPro HERO4 Silver itself comes with a battery so that means in total I have 4 batteries. Seems like a lot doesn’t it? Well, the GoPro loves to eat batteries! I have found that this combo works well for me because I can charge 2 and use 2 or take all 4 loaded with me! You obviously have to decide what’s best for you, but I am offering what works best for me!
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB Flash Memory Card
I have a somewhat different view on how I use this SanDisk Flash Memory Card. Most people have 1 main card and 1 backup (maybe) and once they fill up the card, they download the photos onto their computer, erase the photos off the card and start over repeating the process. I have one of these in my camera at all times and usually 2 backups. I number my cards on the provided label space. I then make a list on my computer and next to the corresponding card numbers, I write the date ranges of the photos that particular memory card holds and a brief description of what is on that card (usually by place or trip) and then I store that card in a fireproof container. A little overprotective aren’t we? Yes…yes, we are. These are things I can’t get back so I do go a little overboard protecting them! If you think about it though, the prices have come way down on memory cards and they take up VERY little space, so to me it makes sense! I also usually have a 32GB size memory card in my stash too!
*Not all cameras accept all cards. Be sure to read your manual to be sure which is best for your camera and the kind of photos you are taking.*
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC Card with Adapter
Also in my stash is this SanDisk 64GB microSDXC card for my GoPro. I typically do have a backup as well because if you take a lot of video with the GoPro, they take up a lot of memory card space!
Eco-Fused Memory Card Carrying Case
When you start accumulating multiple memory cards or even just the 2 different sizes for your camera and GoPro, then you have to keep track of them right? Of course! This Eco-Fused Memory Card Carrying Case is perfect for this! It has 8 pages with 22 slots, labels and even a little cleaning cloth! It honestly reminds me of a mini version of the black zip CD carrying cases we had back in the day! 🙂
Compact Sling for Cameras
This little Compact Sling for Cameras is one of my top favorite gadgets! When you are using your point and shoot, have you ever wished you had something more than just a little wrist strap? You know, when you want to grab a shot on your phone or need to take a photo for someone else and you’re afraid you will drop your camera with just a wrist strap? Maybe you’re like me and you just like to have your hands free, but putting up your camera and getting back out again a gazillion times is NOT the answer? This sling takes care of all of those problems! Just attach it to your camera and throw it over your neck cross body style! The camera moves up and down the sling and all you have to do is let it go or pull it up! It also detaches by a little clip if you need to remove it to give it someone else to take a photo! It. Rocks. !!
CamKix Camera Shutter Remote Control for Smartphones
Yet another little convenient device! The CamKix Camera Shutter Remote Control makes those times when you want to take a group selfie and don’t want your arm showing a breeze! No one around to take the photo for you? No problem! This takes care of it! My favorite part? For *most* smartphones, you don’t need to download another app for it to work. It’s bluetooth compatible! My favorite way to use this is to put my phone in the JOBY Gorillapod Flexible Tripod , place the tripod where I want it and then use the remote to control the camera shutter. Just like that, selfies and group photos are done!
TopCase Rubberized Hard Case Cover for 13″ Apple Macbook Pro
I love this TopCase Rubberized Hard Case Cover with Matching Color Keyboard Cover for my 13″ Apple MacBook Pro! I love that it’s a hard case but has that soft case feel because it’s rubberized! When I first ordered it, I didn’t really care that it came with a keyboard cover. When it came, I decided to try it out since I had ordered the pink (yes it comes in several awesome colors!) case and wanted to see how my keyboard looked being pink. I found that it was still very easy to type on and BONUS! It keeps your keyboard free of dust and crumbs! Score! (Note: It doesn’t cover the trackpad so you still have to be careful there 😉 )
Organization & Transport
ButterFox Universal Electronic Accessories Travel Organizer
Update: Currently, this item is unavailable on Amazon and they are unsure if they will be able to restock it. However, this ProCase Tech Gear Organizer Wrap is almost identical!!
Every time I travel with someone for the first time, they want to know where I got this gem! The ButterFox Universal Electronics Accessories Travel Organizer is perfect way to organize all those cords, plugs, remote controls, etc. It has multiple, different sized zip compartments, an open compartment and then several elastic holder areas. It holds everything! I get my travel camera’s battery charger, camera remote control, extra set of headphones, 10 ft charger cord, 2 adapter plugs (US and foreign), travel luggage scale, extra batteries for the scale, 2 more regular sized travel cords, my power strip and more ALL in this rolled up and ready to go! If you love to be organized, you will LOVE this!
Case Logic SLR Camera and Laptop Backpack
This Case Logic SLR Camera and Laptop Backpack is become my favorite! It holds and organizes so much! I use it for all my tech equipment and I also stick other essentials such as medication, glasses, contacts, snacks, and toothbrush in it when I travel! Score! It holds up to a 15.4″ laptop along with your SLR camera and different lenses. If you don’t have an SLR camera, then it holds even more stuff! I typically get my big camera, travel camera, GoPro, accessories, my Electronics Accessories Travel Organizer above and there’s even a place on the side to strap in my tripod! I love this backpack and can’t recommend it enough!
There you go! That is currently my gear and tech equipment I travel with. I plan to update this soon with more accessories such as GoPro attachments and photo editing tools so check back frequently! Have any questions? Please feel free to drop me a comment below! I’d love to hear from you! 🙂