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Best Travel Gear – An Adventurer’s Guide

By Ken Faught

I have spent a lifetime perfecting my travel technique and by no means am I perfect. I’ve gone to both extremes of packing too much and too little and have found some tips and tricks that I think you will find very important. What follows is a guide to the best travel gear which includes everything from luggage to clothing to cameras. Simply put, this could be one of the most-important stories you read before your next adventure!

PHOTO – Lead Pic Our Travel Gear

CAPTION –Some of our favorite travel gear.

Editor’s Choice – Top Travel Gear For 2020 

Rolling Bag vs Backpack

Finding the best way to pack while traveling is one that everyone faces at the beginning of their journey, and we are no different. For years, I was a professional photojournalist for one of the world’s largest publishing companies and could not afford the time to check-in luggage. Hence, I carried a backpack loaded with camera equipment and a small suitcase that would fit in the overhead compartment.

Fast forward 20 years and I have developed a simple technique that lets me know exactly what type of luggage to carry based on my wants and needs. If I am staying in one place for a long time, I typically choose a travel-friendly suitcase Then I typically carry a backpack with my laptop and camera equipment so I have all my really valuable equipment with me at all times. Finding the best travel backpack for men or the best travel backpack for women  isn’t always that easy, but we do have some suggestions below.

 

 

My Travel Bags

I have five different bags that I usually use for travel depending on the destination and time on the road. A rolling suitcase is my main bag, and I have Pelican case larger shoots that holds camera equipment, a carry-on and my choice of two backpacks.

 

My Main Check-In Luggage – Samsonite Black Label Light Shock 30”

PHOTO - SAMSONITE

This is the largest bag, and it’s great for trips where I need to bring a lot of clothing. I never put anything valuable in check luggage because I have had too many things stolen over the years.

My Main Backpack – Ogio Bolt Pack TSA-Friendly 17” Laptop/MacBook Pro Backpack

 

PHOTO – OGIO

I have been using Ogio bags since the company first started producing quality travel gear. This particular backpack has all sorts of cool features, and it’s incredibly spacious.

 

 

My Main Camera Backpack – Lowepro ProTactic BP 450 AW II Camera & Laptop Backpack 25L

PHOTO – LOWEPRO

I carry a lot of camera gear on every adventure, and have tried over a dozen different backpacks, and this seems to offer the best balance of access, gear protection, and a variety of compartment sizes.

 

My Main Carry-On Bag – 20” Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels

 

PHOTO – CARRY ON

I probably use carry-on bags for the majority of my travel. A good rolling suitcase is a wise investment. I prefer a hard case over a duffle-style bag, but that is just my personal preference.

 

My Main Camera Case – Pelican Air 1535 Case With TrekPak Dividers

 

PHOTO – PELICAN

I have used Pelican cases for over a decade and they are incredibly durable and the best travel cases for photographers of all skill levels.

 

 

Travel Gear Basics

These items are all part of my standard gear that goes with me on virtually every flight. Having the best travel gear is essential if you want to make the most out of your adventure.

 

 

Water Bottle – Contigo Autoseal Chill Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel 24 Oz.

 

PHOTO – WATER BOTTLE

Neck Pillow – Tallgo Travel Pillow

PHOTO – NECK PILLOW

Ear Plugs – Anbow Reusable Silicone Ear Plugs

PHOTO –EAR PLUGS

Travel First Aid Kit – 299-Piece All-Purpose

 

PHOTO – FIRST AID

Men’s Travel Shoes – Rockport Cold Spring Plus

 

PHOTO – MEN’S SHOES

 

Women’s Travel Shoes – New Balance FuelCore Nergize V1 Sneaker

 

PHOTO – WOMEN’S SHOES

TSA Luggage Locks – Sure Lock

 

PHOTO – TSA LOCKS

Camping & Backpacking Gear

I grew up in the Boy Scouts and have always loved camping. Although most of my travels these days are to hotels, resorts and VRBOs, I still invest in quality camping equipment.

Tent – Forceatt 2-3 Person Waterproof and Windproof Ultralight Backpack Tent

 

PHOTO – TENT

Sleeping Bag – Oaskys 3-Season Lightweight Waterproof Sleeping Bag

 

PHOTO – SLEEPING BAG

Sleeping Pad – Sleepingo Backpacking 14.5 oz Sleeping Pad

 

PHOTO – SLEEPING PAD

Camp Stove – MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight Backpacking Camping & Travel Stove

 

PHOTO – CAMPING STOVE

 

 

READ MORE – Our Backpacking Gear Checklist

 

 

Travel Clothing

Obviously, there is a lot of personal preference in this category, but if you didn’t already know, there is a big market for travel clothing. Travel clothing is typically water resistant, light weight and more comfortable than regular street clothes. Investing in comfortable travel clothes is highly recommended

 

 

Jacket – Essentials Men’s Water-Resistant Softshell Jacket

 

PHOTO - JACKET

Pants – CQR Men’s Tactical Pants, Water-Repellent Cargo Pants

 

PHOTO – PANTS

Button Down Shirts – Little Donkey Andy Men’s Quick Dry Stretch Shirt

 

PHOTO – SHIRT

Travel Shorts – Amazon Brand Goodthreads Stretch Chino Short

 

PHOTO - SHORTS

 

Travel Underwear – Jockey Men’s Lightweight Travel Microfiber Boxer Brief

 

PHOTO – BRIEF

 

Travel Socks – Joynee Men’s 6-Pack Comfort Cushioned Low Cut Socks

 

PHOTO – SOCKS

Travel T-Shirts – Columbia Thistletown Park Crew

 

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Travel Technology – Important Gadgets

When I grew up, we had a cassette recorder and an AM/FM radio for entertainment, and it was not really that exciting. Having the best electronics for travel to me is absolutely essential and helps with everything from planning the best vacation to simple entertainment. For me, I am somewhat partial to apple because I have been using their products since 2006 in my businesses and have invested over $200,000 in iPads, MacBook Pros, iPhones, and just about all their major products. 

Apple iPhone 11 64GB

 

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Apple AirPods Pro

 

PHOTO – AirPods

USB Power – Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger

 

PHOTO – POWER

Apple iPad

 

PHOTO – iPad 10.2 inch

 

MacBook Pro

 

PHOTO – MacBook Pro 13-inch 8GB RAM, 256 GB

Portable Hard Drive – LaCie Rugged USB-C 2TB External Drive HDD

 

PHOTO – Hard Drive

 

 

Our Travel Camera Gear

I have been a professional photographer for over 25 years, and I take it very seriously. Although the gear listed below is top-grade, I did write a story on The Best Travel Cameras on Any Budget. There is also a lot more information in a story called My Personal Camera Gear, and also Best GoPro Accessories.

 

 

Canon 1DX Mark iii Camera

 

PHOTO – CANON

 

 

GoPro Hero 8 Black Action Sports Camera

 

PHOTO – GoPro Hero 8

Mavic Pro 2 Drone

 

PHOTO – Mavic Pro 2 4k Drone

Travel Tripod – Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Tripod with Twist Lock

 

PHOTO – TRIPOD

Electronic Shutter Release

PHOTO – CABLE RELEASE

Canon EF11-24mm f/4L lens

 

PHOTO – 11-24

Canon 16-35mm f2.5L lens

 

PHOTO – 16-35

 

Canon 24-70mm f2.8L lens

 

PHOTO – 24-70

Canon 70-200mm f2.8L lens

 

PHOTO – 70-200

Camera Strap – BlackRapid Sport Breathe Original Camera Slink

 

PHOTO – STRAP

 

 

 

Travel Planning Resource Guides

PLAN YOUR TRIP

*How to plan your trip. The ultimate guide loaded with all sorts of valuable information for best travel. 

PACKING GUIDE

*Ultimate packing guide including things you never thought about or didn’t know exist. 

BOOK FLIGHTS

*Where to find cheapest flights. This blog talks all about how to save money on travel, where to find the best travel deals and much more. This shows you how to become the best at travel

BOOK HOTELS

*Best deals on hotels & resorts. See what 30 years of world travel teach you. An expert’s guide to saving money on resorts and hotels.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

*4 most-important types of travel insurance. This is a must-read story to protect you on your journey. This could save you tens of thousands of dollars, so it’s important to have the best travel insurance.

TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS

*Want to know how to get free airline tickets and hotel stays with a credit card? Learn how to get free travel from other ways on top of your airline freqeuent flier miles.

OUR GEAR

*Our Travel Gear – What we take on our journey including the ultimate traveler’s packing list.

AVOID TRAVEL SCAMS

*16 Tips to help you avoid getting scammed. Important tips best for travel.

 

 

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