What is the “right gear”? It all comes down to what type of traveler you are and for how long you’ll be on the road. Will you be traveling just for fun? Are you a digital nomad like us? Are you a videographer or photographer? Will you be going for two weeks, one month, three months, six months, or with no end date?
Who are you?
If you’re someone like me who makes a living from his laptop, it’s pretty crucial that you don’t forget your money earning tools at home. Whether that be a camera, laptop, a phone, you need it.
One thing that all tourists will have in common is needing a bag that is big enough to bring all your stuff, strong enough to handle the journey, and comfortable enough to make you not want to cancel your trip everytime you carry it.
One of the first rules of traveling is travel light. Most people bring two full suitcases and use about 10% of what they bring. When I pack I make sure everything in my bag is 100% required and if it isn’t, I leave it at home. I have no love for suitcases. I even dislike them and don’t recommend bringing one, because they are big and cost extra when traveling by plane. So if you don’t need a suitcase, leave it behind and get a backpack from the choices below.
Great Travel Backpacks
Choice #1 – Nomatic Travel Bag
- Durable waterproof material and big enough for a long trip.
- Designated water bottle pocket, valuables pocket, RFID protected pocket, shoe compartment, cord organizer, laptop & tablet & notebook pocket
- Fits as carry on.
- Includes detachable waist straps and laundry bag.
Choice #2 – GoPro Seeker Backpack
Seeker is the ultimate GoPro daypack. The updated 18-liter design features a padded laptop sleeve, plus more space for your personal gear, GoPro cameras, accessories and even Karma. Built-in chest and shoulder mounts make it easy to capture immersive POV footage with your GoPro. The hydration/laptop compartment fits bladders up to 2 liters1 or laptops up to 15in.
- Customizable soft-lined compartment stores up to five GoPro cameras, multiple batteries and microSD™ cards
- Hydration and laptop compartment fits bladders up to 2 liters1 or laptops up to 15in
- Removable chest mount lets you shoot hands-free footage from your point of view
- Adjustable shoulder mount keeps your GoPro within reach and ready to capture the action
- Specially designed to let you capture over-the-shoulder shots using an extended 3-Way or El Grande (38in Extension Pole), both sold separately
- 18 liters of storage space with a versatile main compartment for your personal gear, GoPro mounts, accessories and Karma
- Lightweight, weather-resistant design features padded, breathable shoulder straps
- Dimensions: 20in x 11.5in x 9in (50.8cm x 29.2cm x 22.9cm)
Choice #3 – OutdoorMaster Hiking Backpack 50L
- MULTIPURPOSE 50L HIKING BACKPACK – Spacious backpack packed with many pockets & features. Great for hiking, travel, camping & as carry on luggage, for both men & women. THE ONLY BACKPACK YOU NEED!
- WATERPROOF RAIN COVER INCLUDED – Dedicated pocket for the included waterproof rain cover, padded laptop compartment (15.6″) & PLENTY OF ROOM for all your equipment & accessories.
- DURABLE & COMFORTABLE TO CARRY – Made of lightweight materials with durability & comfort in mind. Featuring padded adjustable shoulder straps & mesh ventilation for a SNUG & COMFORTABLE FIT.
- PACKED WITH FEATURES & POCKETS – Plenty of both small & large pockets, as well as external attachment points, to hold your hydration reservoir, tent, trekking poles, sleeping bag & more. This pack HOLDS ALL YOUR hiking & travel ESSENTIALS!
- WHAT YOU GET – 1 x OutdoorMaster Hiking Backpack 50L, 1 x Waterproof Rain Cover, OutdoorMaster’s 6 months 100% satisfaction guarantee warranty & friendly customer service.
Basic Travel Gear
It’s important to have good shoes while traveling. I don’t like bringing multiple shoes, because I’m all about living a minimalistic life especially when traveling. However, if you’re someone who just needs to have a couple shoes for different occasions, I’d recommend having one pair of comfy travel shoes and one pair for going out at parties or events. If you start bringing more than 2 shoes, just go nuts and bring your whole wardrobe. *sarcasm*
These are extremely light and comfortable shoes that dry very quickly when wet. I love these because they work for any terrain.
Travel Neck Pillows
These are to die for. If you don’t have a good neck pillow, you can cause yourself a lot of pain while traveling. I always carry mine and always opt to buying those that can be inflated, because that way I can remove all the air and it becomes small enough that it’s viable for me to bring with me. I do not recommend non inflatable neck pillows, although they can be more comfortable, they aren’t as “backpacker” friendly. I always pick my items based on size and comfort and try to find a happy middle.
When you have a lot of different electronic devices there is nothing worse than untangling cords and trying to figure out which cord belongs to which device. We highly recommend using a water-resistant smart travel bag that organizes all your cords, making it easier to locate and keep your cords and adapters safe.
It’s always good to be safe than sorry. If you’re the type of traveler that enjoys hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities it’s a great idea to carry some essential medical supplies. I usually have a small bag that has bandages, polysporin, advil, and some sort of sanitizer.
It’s always nice to have all your toiletries in one spot, so having a bag for this is great. You’re looking for something that has different compartments for your toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, shaving cream, comb, etc.
Tech Gadgets For Travelers
Have you ever arrived to a country and realized you forgot to bring an adapter? I have and let me tell you that it can be quite annoying running around trying to find and buy an adapter. We don’t realize how much we need our electronics until they are dead and have no more power. I use my laptop to earn money, my phone to take pictures and videos. I use it to find my way with my map, I use it to book my hotels and flights, etc. Do yourself a favour and buy one universal adapter. I don’t recommend buying more than one because you can get cheap adapters in less fortunate countries for $1 each.
Noise-Cancelling Headphones are one of my most prized possessions. Everyone who doesn’t have one wants one, especially when they see another with it on a noisy flight. I highly recommend buying yourself some good headphones as they do help with making a long trip more enjoyable. You can hear your shows better and don’t have to overhear loud music on foreign buses although those can be nice to enjoy for awhile before tuning into your own preferred music, shows, or movies.
Power packs are amazing. You know how you feel like your phone dies super quickly, halfway through your normal daily activities your phone is already at 20% reminding you to charge it. Well imagine using your phone to take videos, take photos all day long while traveling and not having the time to just go back to the hotel and charge it for 4 hours before going back out. When you’re on a tight schedule and need to walk around a whole city in two days, there’s no time to waste and having a power pack helps you keep your phone juiced all day long. I love charging my phone while I’m walking or eating.
Travel Friendly Laptop
You might have a bulky laptop which weighs between 5 and 8 pounds (2.3 to 3.6 kilograms) which is not great when you’re traveling around the world. I love my Macbook Pro because it weights 3 pounds (1.37 kilograms). I can carry this in my backpack and hardly feel any added weight, which makes it viable for traveling.
Travel Friendly Phone
You’re going on a once in a lifetime trip, or at least going to that specific country once in your life. I like to think it’s worth having a great phone to be able to take the best pictures you can get. If you’ve got a cheap phone, your pictures won’t be as nice and that honestly is a bummer especially if you like to share pictures on social media.