We have put together our top trip planning travel gear list for items we use and take on every trip.
We have found all the items listed below essential and helpful. Our gear may be more than you need, but it works for us. We are heavy on camera equipment and electronics so we can maintain this travel website.
All of the items we purchase have been researched thoroughly. They must be durable, lightweight, dependable and useful. Reliable gear can be expensive, but should last many years.
We do not camp or go on long treks over mountains for several days. These items work for us and may not suit your personal needs.
We hope this list will be a useful guide for you.
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Basic Clothing and Top Travel Gear
We like to keep warm, dry and comfortable while travelling, but use items that are versatile. We always dress in layers. I take a pair of Cole Hann ballerina flats to dress up a little. These do not work well on cobblestones at all but our Keens sure do. You can feel every rock! Baby wipes are very useful, as well as plastic baggies (large and small) and fabric wash. The Minus 33 Merino Wool crew is my favourite clothing item. I could wear it every day. I need to buy a few more of these in different colours. It keeps you warm and blocks icy winds. The Petzl Tikkina Headlamp comes with three batteries. It is great for night hiking and reading.
|Men’s Travel Gear||Women’s Travel Gear||Other Items|
|Men’s Columbia Redmond waterproof trail shoe||Women’s Merrell Moab FST WTPF Hiking Shoes||Petzl Tikkina Headlamp|
|Men’s Keens Newport waterproof sandals||
Women’s Keen whisper waterproof sandals
and for winter Columbia Women’s Minx Shorty III Cold Weather
|Bathing suit||Minus 33 Merino Wool midweight crew||Speakers for mobile phone|
|Taiga Waterproof jacket||Women’s Keen Rose Sandal||Electronic Portable Luggage Scale|
|Waterproof, rain proof Polartec hoodie||White lightweight long sleeve blouse||Mosquito and bug repellent|
|Sunglasses||Sunglasses||Forever New Fabric Wash|
|Light waterproof rain jacket||Light waterproof rain jacket||Small Compact Umbrella|
Electronic – Top Travel Gear
We travel with both an iPad and a MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro is a must for uploading the day’s images. If I have time I will edit on the spot, then post. Two travel power adapters would be helpful when travelling outside North America. The Garmin pays for itself in one trip. We use it all the time when we are renting a car for a road trip. The portable speakers are wonderful to use after a long day. If you are lucky, wherever you are staying will have a fire pit or a gas powered fireplace where you can sit and relax with a bottle of wine.
|Computer||Auto Accessories||Other Items|
|15-inch MacBook Pro||Garmin GPS DriveSmart||Travel Power Adapter|
Camera Equipment – Photography Top Travel Gear
We use three cameras and 2 cell phones with good cameras;
- Canon 7D Mark ll with two lens and assorted accessories
- GoPro Hero with accessories
- Canon Powershot G7X.
All of these cameras produce high quality images and video. For extra storage, we also take two external portable hard drives, 4 compact flash cards, six SD cards that will work with the two Canon cameras and two micro SD cards for the GoPro. An SD card reader for the computer is also a must. Extra batteries for each camera, plus the appropriate battery chargers, ensure that you are always ready for that perfect picture.
We also take external microphones, tripods and an external flash. We take a computer and other electronic equipment listed separately (above). It is really important not to lose any cables for the equipment. Finally, a camera lens cleaning kit and a plastic rain cover for the camera is a must. The camera lens must always be kept clean.
Travelling with babies or Children – Top Travel Gear
Keeping babies and children safe and comfortable while on a road trip is important. We bought two of these Graco Children’s car seats, because they have one of the highest ratings.
|In the car||Other Items|
|Graco Children 4Ever All-In-One Convertible Car Seat, Rockweave|