For a couple of digital loving millennials, the decision to travel for an extended period of time brought with it a great responsibility in ensuring each tech gadget was carefully researched and critiqued before the buy button was pushed.
We wanted to make sure we were covered in entertainment, communication, photography and accessories, without breaking the bank, by choosing on value rather than straight out features or price.
Laptop: 2012 Apple Macbook Pro Retina 13”
An older model now, but still fast enough to manage Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and InDesign, with great colours from the Retina display.
Tablet: 2016 Apple iPad Pro 9.7” with Logitech Create Keyboard Case
The more compact, yet still powerful, companion to the Macbook, that enables on the go videos and social media, design work via the Apple Pencil and blogging with the Create keyboard – offering smart connection so no need to batteries or worrying about bluetooth.
eReader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
As much as I love actual paperbacks, space and weight constraints mean the 205g Kindle Paperwhite is the easy solution. A backlit screen, no glare and a long battery life, all make the perfect travel buddy for long plane/bus/train/boat rides.
His Phone: Google Nexus 6P
Always the first to receive updates from Google Android, a decent camera and fast enough to run all the apps I need. A simple plastic case, dbrand skin for the rear and tempered glass screen protector for the front.
Her Phone: Apple iPhone 6
A few years old now, but still runs the latest software, takes reasonable photos and integrates well with the iPad/Macbook setup. Also paired with a tempered glass screen protector
Backup Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4
If we ever need offline maps and don’t feel it’s safe to bring out our main phones, this old Samsung will be the workhorse.
Portable Charger: Aukey 20,000mAh Portable Charger
Waiting in airports, riding on buses, camping, no power points nearby? Chosen for its high output (3.4A) connections, this power bank will keep the iPad, phones and cameras all fully charged.
Power Adapter: Mocreo Travel Adapter
I looked at so many travel adapters before finally choosing the Mocreo device. At a low price, it offers four major plug styles as well as two USB inputs, meaning I can charge at least 3 devices at once.
Headphones: Bose SoundTrue Ultra in-ear headphones
Available in both Apple and Android compatible variants, this is my first set of Bose headphones, and so far so good. The noise isolation is excellent and the sounds reproduction is great. These will come in handy while transiting mostly, however I need to be mindful not to knock the headphone cord, as this reverberates all the way through the earpiece!
Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Alta
It’s a watch, a cool (?) armband and it tracks your workouts – what more could you want? We picked this up, half price, at Christmas with the goal of keeping track of the KMs trekked over the year of travel. It’s also lightweight and waterproof, so will hopefully last the journey.
Backup Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Vital to the survival of our full photo/video library, this Seagate hard drive is fast with USB 3.0, meaning it won’t be too tough a task of backing everything up at the end of the day.
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Camera Body: Sony Alfa A6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera
The successor to the highly rated A6000, this new model brings improved autofocus performance and a dust/moisture resistant shell. Hoping to give this a good workout in all environments.
Camera Lens: Zeiss SEL1670Z
This 16-70mm F4 will act as the all rounder, coming in a compact body and offering Steady Shot image stabilisation.
Memory Cards: Sandisk Ultra SDHC 32gb 80mb/s
While not the fastest cards available, three of these cards are coming along with the camera, able to handle everything bar 4K video.
UV Filter: Hoya 55mm Pro1 DMC UV Filter
The core reason this was picked up was to prolong the life of the lens. It’s a barrier for dirt and fingerprints, as well as being the first line of defence against accidental drops!
Battery & Charger: Sony NP-FW50 & Newmowa Charger
A second genuine battery gives the option of a quick swap and go, while the Newmowa dual battery charger has received great reviews and will quickly recharge both empties at the end of the day.
Wrist Strap: Black Paracord Camera Wrist Strap
A compact, durable option to secure the camera to my arm, without drawing attention with flashy logos or round the neck alternatives.
Tripod: Pedco Ultrapod Grip
Another compact, discreet option that should still allow for stability in low light conditions.
Backup Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1
The lifeproof construction means this little pocket camera will be the best alternative for water, night time and street activity.
Action Camera: GoPro Hero+ LCD
GoPro’s cheaper, less functional brother is my pick for any on-the-go shooting and quick videos.
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