Let’s be honest, in this day and age, if you didn’t get a photo of it, did it even happen? OK I’m totally joking. Well kind of. There’s nothing I love more than capturing a moment. With people, of an event, a sunrise, a sunset… anything. And not just capturing a moment, but sometimes, you ‘get by with a little help from technology.’ So here’s the list of things I’m taking overseas with me.
GO PRO HERO+
I bought this about a month ago with a collection of gift vouchers I’d been saving for a rainy day. Finally I took the plunge and bought my beautiful GO PRO. I’m genuinely surprised by just how good this little thing is. The video and photo quality is amazing, it’s even more amazing under water, and the sound quality is actually pretty good. My GOPRO actually motivates me to get out and do fun and adventurous things.
You always need a phone with you. So naturally, I’ll be taking the one I already own. I’ve had a Lifeproof case for the past 6 months and I don’t know what I would do without it. It’s a huge piece of mind knowing that if you drop it or spill some liquid, your phone is well protected. The iPhone 6S also takes pretty damn good photos and videos (in fact, I’m quite surprised with the video quality). I love the slow-mo and timelapse option as well. Plus – it’s always good to be able to call, text, gram on the go.
You’re not going to get far at all without power adapters. Personally I prefer the individual adapters. I’ve had friends in the past deal with faulty and very dodgy universal adapters
I always take a power board with me. It saves being stuck charging one thing at a time because you only have one adaptor. Taking a power board is a simple and effective way to make sure you’ve satisfied all of your charging needs.
Check, check and double check you’ve got all of your chargers. Handy tip: I usually keep all of my chargers in a cotton draw string bag. It keeps them all together. There’s nothing worse than losing a part of your charger. I’m speaking from experience so trust me on this one.
I first discovered this little beauty when my sister bought one for her adventures overseas last year. So I just knew I had to get one myself. This one is compatible for any camera that you screw on to a tripod stand. It’s also got a tripod to GOPRO piece which means you can use it for your SLR then quickly switch over to using it for your GOPRO. Pretty fancy.
I even take this when I know I’m going to be out all day in Sydney. Sometimes when you’re Snapchatting, Instagramming and Facebooking, it chews up your battery faster than you down an espresso. Making sure you bring a fully charger power pack in your day pack will make sure you get to gram til your hearts content.
Mac Book Air
I don’t normally take my laptop away with me, but because I’m going on exchange and will be attending university overseas, it’s a no brainer. Plus, if I want to keep up with the blogging and vlogging, it’s going to be pretty damn handy.
CANON Powershot G7X Mark II
La piece de resistance…. My beautiful little Canon G7X. I’m kind of in love! I chose this camera because of its compact size, built in wifi, manual modes to experiment with and flip screen, perfect for snapping a quick selfie or vlogging. I’m still figuring out how to use it exactly, but I’ll get there – watch out Instagram… I’m coming for you.
But here comes the savvy part;
The most important thing to remember is that whatever you take away with you, you need to be prepared to lose. As much as it would suck if I lost something or had something stolen (not my Canon – nope – thieves, you keep your hands off), at the end of the day, they’re all replaceable. What you can’t put a price on is your happiness, health and safety.
Make sure you’ve got insurance and take photos of your receipts and serial numbers.
Be smart with your tech. There’s no need to carry around a big flashy camera through the backstreets of a city, showing it off.
If you ask someone to take your picture, ask someone who has a similar camera to you. It’s much easier and you’re more likely to get a better photo. Trust me, it’s extremely difficult trying to explain how to take a photo in another language.
Et voila – that’s my list of tech things I’m taking with me on my trip. Do you have any savvy tips and tricks? Is there something that you HAVE to pack with you on your trip? Let me know in the comments below.