I consider myself to be as tech-savvy as a traveler can be. As an entrepreneur who constantly needs to be in touch with people in order to manage my businesses remotely while traveling the world, technology has to be a massive part of what I stuff into my small backpack. For some backpackers, they are content with leaving it all at home. Throw some clothes into a big Osprey, leave the Macbook, DSLRs, and tangled up wires at home. Sometimes, I wish I had that luxury, but I truly can’t complain about lugging around some extra weight if it means living out my dreams.
Technology is revolutionizing how we travel, from improved cameras helping us capture incredible moments beautifully, to the simple nuisance known as the selfie stick (I own one of those, so don’t hate on them too much). Although I stay connected mostly for work-related issues, even the casual traveler can benefit from knowing the right gadgets to bring along and which to leave at home. I’ll share what’s in my bag, since I’ve basically got it down to a science.
What’s in my bag?
Macbook Pro – Although I own a few other computers, my Macbook is the one that always comes with me on my adventures. It is sleek and lightweight (even more so if you have the Air), and manages to give me everything I need, from video editing to jamming out on a plane.
Smartphone x 2 – I had an old phone lying around, so I always bring it along with my current iPhone. I keep it turned off and deep in my backpack only in case of emergencies if my phone gets stolen, lost, or dies. It’s also very useful as a backup camera if your current phone runs out of space like mine literally always does.
Seagate External Hard Drive – You probably won’t need one of these, but if you’re constantly recording videos and taking pictures, your computer and SD card will fill up pretty quickly. If I’m going to be gone for weeks at a time, it’s nice to have something the size of my passport to store several hours of footage and thousands of pictures.
GoPro Hero – The world’s most versatile camera is a fitting name for the GoPro. This tiny little thing barely takes up any space, and even with a few accessories like a headstrap, it takes up minimal space in my backpack.
GoPro Selfie Stick – Hate on selfie sticks all you want, but it really does widen the range of incredible shots you can take, selfie or not. It is also so much nicer having something to grip than just the tiny little GoPro, so this is something I’ve found to come in handy, despite the older generations constantly giving me shit for owning one.
Wasabi Power Dual GoPro charger – When traveling, you might have to go days at a time without being able to have reliable access to power outlets to charge all your things. Wasabi Power lets you charge up to two GoPro batteries at a time, which helps save valuable charging time. Having three GoPro batteries in my bag takes up almost no space, and guarantees that I can us my GoPro as much as possible to capture my adventures.
External Phone Chargers– My phone dies quickly. I bring three of these around in my backpack just because you never know what could happen for when you’ll need an extra boost. You’d be surprised how few people actually bring these along, because usually I’m the one lending these out to my travel buddies. Three might sound excessive, but hey, they’re tiny and when it comes to keeping my phone alive, I play it safe.
I also highly recommend these awesome gadgets that I haven’t been able to try yet, but have heard so many awesome things about. I can’t wait to take them on my next trip!
GoTenna – GoTenna is an awesome little gadget that lets you communicate with other people in your group without needing signal or wi-fi. Think of it as turning your smartphone into a walkie talkie with text messaging!
OlloClip – OlloClip isn’t a necessity by any means, but it is a lot of fun. If you don’t have a GoPro or a picture-taking device aside from your phone, it really increases the versatility of your phone. It lets you take awesome fish-eye photos, among other styles. It’s a small little clip-on addition to your phone, so like everything else on this list, it is very convenient for the traveler who needs to conserve as much space as possible!