My Travel Gear

In Tips & Tricks, Travel Info by Gareth13 Comments

From new camera equipment to underwear I swear by, here’s an outline of everything I travel with.

Some of the gear was specifically used for the Everest Base Camp trek, but the majority of items are the same for each new T2T Adventure.

Let me know if you have any travel gear questions or recommendations as I continuously try to perfect the packing process!

Camera Equipment

My Travel Gear - Camera Equipment

With camera gear, my ultimate goal is to be as efficient and low-key as possible with my setup. It’s hard to have an authentic experience when you’re walking around with tons of camera gear.

Before this trip I purchased the Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera(with the 28-70mm kit lens) to go along with my Canon S120 and GoPro Hero4 Black 4k. I also replaced an old tripod with the Manfrotto 60″ Compact Action Tripod, Joby Gorillapod and a small pocket-size tripod for the point-and-shoot.

I also added the Zoom H2n Handy Recorder for voiceovers, the Rode lavalier microphone to improve audio, and a great pair of LSTN Headphones to hear it all.

I carry all my batteries, chargers, memory cards, and GoPro gear in a compact Contour Case.

Not Pictured: iPhone 5s (primary phone) and iPod shuffle (exercise).

Computer / Memory / Notes

My Travel Gear - Computer

The 15″ MacBook Pro that I bought in Ecuador (read this) is still going strong (knock on wood), and I carry a LaCie 2TB Rugged External Hard Drive and small Samsung 1TB portable hard drive.

*I need to start bringing more memory, as I always run out of space somewhere along the trip.

Along with all that flashy technology gear, I pack at least three notebooks with me; one for my OCD-driven need for “To-Do” Lists, another to keep a journal of plans and events, and several pocket-sized pads for on-the-go ideas and thoughts (highly recommended).

Accessories

My Travel Gear - Accessories

I go through sunglasses like they’re chewing gum, so I bring two pairs of cheap shades (both lost/broken at this point), two LED Headlamp, G-Shock watch, water bottle, bottle opener, lock and TSA approved locks, wallet, passport, business cards, lots of pens, and any necessary paperwork – on this trip it was the Active Adventures EBC itinerary and gear list.

Toiletries

My Travel Gear - Toiletries

The most essential items in this category are the Mitchum deodorant and baby powder. If you’re a man and don’t utilize these two products, especially for long travel days, I don’t agree with your lifestyle.

Other notable items include a small first-aid kit, beard trimmer, athletic tape, hair paste (3 years old), and travel-size bottles of soap, shampoo and cologne.

Another travel must-have is a small bottle of Downy wrinkle releaser. I hang my clothes in the bathroom during a hot shower (steam) and then add this stuff, and it works like magic (for wrinkles and smells).

Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to look like a backpacker.

Clothing

My Travel Gear - Clothing

I go heavy on the t-shirts, throw in a few henleys and button downs, one pair of jeans, two pairs of chinos (more comfortable for walking and travel), one bathing suit, black socks, a baseball hat, a belt, a MicroDry Towel, and an ankle brace (ball is life).

The most important item in my suitcase is without question, my Exofficio Boxer Briefs. I swear by them.

They’re like a cool summer breeze running through your crotch all day. Trust me.

For this trip, I also packed a lot more dry-fit clothing than usual because cotton doesn’t mix well with long days of sweating.

*Clint loves the Icebreaker shirts for traveling, and they seemed to hold up great during the trek (he didn’t smell that bad). I need to invest in a few of them.

Another tip for all the gentleman travelers out there – black v-neck t-shirts are great for any situation. You can wear them in a nightclub or for a run – I highly recommend throwing one or two in your bag. Just don’t let your “V” dip too low.

Hiking Gear

Travel Gear - Hiking Gear

These are the items that I purchased in Kathmandu. Thanks to the advice of past trekkers and the Active Adventures staff, we were able to get a bunch of good quality hiking gear for a fraction of the price – Including: North Face* rain suit, waterproof bag (used for my camera), SmartWool* socks,  two trekking pants and a Salomon* fleece – all this for $150 USD.

*Brand authenticity is just a logo away.

Not Pictured: I purchased thin pair of gloves and winter running hat at Target before leaving and then purchased down mittens during the trek in Dingboche (video proof).

Shoes

My Travel Gear - Shoes

Shoes take up the most weight in the suitcase so I try to pack only what I really need. Depending on the trip, I might also bring a pair of dress shoes and/or basketball sneaks as well. Whenever possible, I buy shoes when I’m at my final destination.

For this Everest trip, it was crucial to research, purchase, and break-in hiking boots a few months before we arrived, so I went with a pair of Vasque St. Elias GTX.

I have to say, I was very disappointed. After two months of breaking them in, I still had to tape up my toes on the trek to avoid serious blisters. They were durable and waterproof, but you would think for the price, they would be more comfortable.

Luggage & Bags

My Travel Gear - Luggage and Bags

I love my Dakine 100L Split Roller. I’ve been using it for the past five years and it’s still in great shape. All my computer gear goes in the Ogio backpack, and I use the Altosy 40L Hiking Pack for day trips (and trekking).

New Additions

My Travel Gear

Since the last adventure, I upgraded a few items in my arsenal, including a new computer bag and the Rode Shotgun Video Mic.

The beautifully simple design of The Idle Man’s C6 Pocket Backpack makes this the perfect addition for urban adventures. Its compact, super comfortable, and I might even be able to trick people into thinking I’m stylish with this fresh piece.

As for the Rode Mic, a friend smuggled it into Turkey for me a few months back and I used it to film the Walks of Turkey video series. It’s great for picking up dialog as well as ambient noise – big improvement.

Wish List

While I am pretty happy with my current travel setup, there are a few things I’d like to add to the lot.

Depending on the location of the next adventure, I’d love to invest in a steady cam, a few more GoPro accessories, a portable battery charger, and another lens for the Sony A7ii (70-200?).

I also want to get my hands on a drone, but that would completely throw off my strategy of being as efficient and low-key as possible. Maybe I can pick one up for some state-side videos next year : )

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What am I missing?

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Comments

  1. Melissa

    Sounds like a black v-neck tee is the LBD for guys. I swear a good black tank dress is essential for female travellers because it’s so versatile.

  2. DSF Dates

    It,s really very nice post. And your website describe very clearly about it. We deals in Dubai Shopping Festival.

  3. Izy Berry

    Great list of travel essentials for boys but for girls sometimes is more difficult i dont know why we use the double of things that boys use

  4. Harshwardhan Azad Singh

    Hi Gareth,

    Very nice and informative post.

    While moving on a trip it is important to have a full preparation of accessories, everything that you are going to need. It is best to take your needed accessories from your home town only as it may get hard to find it on their market oe even it cost high than of yours market.

    The list of your accessories that we should take on a trip is perfect, cameras, computers, basic household things and as well the luggages; everything is kept perfect that will help a traveller on his/her trip.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Have a nice week ahead.

    ~ Harshwardhan

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