Travel Gear and Companies

Backpacks– I’m a store and brand loyalist, so I get most of my camping and hiking gear from REI. For two years I was using the REI Grand Tour 85 Travel Pack, it went everywhere with me. From the deserts of the American Southwest, to the Cascades of Washington and Oregon, to the savannahs of Southern Africa, this bag survived it all. I still have this bag and it’s in great condition, but I realized it was too big and gave me a reason to pack more than I actually needed. I recently switched to the Osprey Atmos 65, but haven’t had the chance to use it for any backpacking trips yet. Anything you buy from REI will be of good quality and last you a long time.

Camera Bag – When I travel, I take my Nikon D7100 and my Macbook Pro along with me, so my camera bag of choice is the Alpha Pro from Langly. It’s made of waterproof canvas and leather, so it stands up to the elements. It’s also big enough for all your needs. There’s a compartment at the bottom for your DSLR and lenses, a slot at the back for your computer, and a compartment at the top for everything else.

Travel Insurance – I never used to buy travel insurance because I figured the insurance offered by my credit cards was good enough…until it wasn’t. Last year during my trip to South Africa, I had the unpleasant experience of having all my belongings stolen in the middle of the night. My computer, DSLR, video camera, phone, passport, and wallet were all gone. The credit card companies were willing to cover the cost of most of my belongings if they saw a police report, only problem was that South African Police were unresponsive in my requests to obtain a copy of the police report that I had filed. Ever hear the saying “This is Africa”? Yep…From now on I will never travel without travel insurance from World Nomads. Their prices are competitive and they come highly recommended from both Lonely Planet and National Geographic. If it’s good enough for them, it’s definitely good enough for me!

Camera – Since my Nikon D5300 was stolen in Africa, I am now the proud owner of a Nikon D7100. Sure it’s a little larger and a little heavier than I used to have, but it’s awesome. It’s weather sealed and has all the functionality of an FX camera at the DX price. Until the price of the Sony A7 comes down, I’ll stick to my Nikon. I love my Nikkor 10-24mm wide angle lens too much to let it go for the time being anyways.

Video Camera – I use a GoPro, enough said.

Computer – I use my Macbook Pro for everything. It’s easy to use and hasn’t failed me yet. in my experience, Apple has great customer service when it comes to computer repair. The HDD failed on my previous Macbook Pro so they changed it out and gave me a 500 GB HDD instead of a 200 GB HDD at no charge. You’ll never go back once you go Mac.