Our Gear – Starting out as a New Vlogger
This post is a work in progress… but we might as well post it.
Here there! As many of you know, we are full-time travel-loving, filming, vloggers on a journey to reach all 7 continents, 5 of which (including Antarctica) we have already reached! But, when we started this journey in February of 2019 as meer baby-travel-amateurs we decided to purchase a few key items to help us through the experience. When faced with a 6-month journey it was hard to know where exactly to start with packing… it took us a long time to compress our list of “need to bring” items down to the real essentials. What would we NEED?
This post is not necessarily about clothing, either. What we want to share with you are the essential items that made our experience easier while on the road vlogging. So here is our list of what we decided to purchase for our long journey, and why!
However, before we start. We literally bought everything through Amazon, so we thought we would share our affiliate links. We do indeed benefit from any purchase made using click-throughs to Amazon from our items below. Thank you, in advance!
Every camera, especially for vlogging, needs a stick to screw on to for easy self-recording. We chose the Fotopro Flexible Tripod for a few reasons: it’s super light, sturdy, well designed, and affordable. $30 for something we use 200 times a DAY? for a year and a HALF? This was a great purchase to hold our little Canon G7X mark ii camera. This tripod has been THROUGH IT! We still use it for filming, it has never failed us.
2. Power Strip!
This may seem like a silly tip. But a power strip may be one of the more important things you bring with you across the world (especially if you have a lot of equipment that runs on batteries!!). Who knew there were so many different styles of power strips you could purchase?? Each has a different cord length, plug-in position, and may or may not have USB plugs. We purchased one similar to this below. It has 4 plugs, a 6 ft. long cord, and USB ports. It is slim, easy to pack, and so necessary for recharging all the equipment we used every single day.
** An extra note about cord length – you need it. I was so determined to find a power strip that had a small cord, and thankfully, THANKFULLY, Zach talked me into buying a 6 ft cord. Honestly, we could have been served well by an even longer one, but I would seriously recommend 6 ft. minimum. We used it so much. Do not leave home without it. This brings us to our next item…
The handy-dandy power adapter! For new travelers, this is such an important item to purchase before leaving home. As a person who has done much traveling abroad, I suggest purchasing an all-in-one model. There are many adapters out there that have little pieces, that you plug in and out of the adapter, pieces that can be LOST. Be wary of these models, because when you are on the go, and one piece goes missing, you are really in a pickle for that first night you can’t find it! A model like this is very similar to the one we have. We bought ours ages ago at Target, but this one is practically the same. It is bright white and easy to see in a dark hotel room (so you can’t forget to take it out of the wall)!
I personally find this item very amusing to reflect upon because Zach fought so hard against them. I finally just pulled the trigger, thinking “they’ll get used somehow.” And of course, they were! Every laundry day. Out on the road, it becomes a weekly task to do laundry. Hopefully, you found a place to stay where a washing machine is available to you, or maybe you have to go out of your way to find a laundromat of sorts. More times than not, there is no dryer available. For Americans, this is a problem. We are so used to having a dryer available to us that a clothesline may not even have crossed your mind as a necessary item to pack for a long journey outside North America.
These are the exact ones we purchased. They have the clothes clips attached to the line, and little adjustable barriers so your clothes don’t all fall to the middle. The one downside is that these things are a bit heavy, however, the value they added to our trip outweighs the one negative thing about them. This is a smart purchase, and if you can find a lighter option, let us know!
A knife?? Yes. A knife. You will find ways to use it. We picked one up in China in month 3 of our trip and wondered how we didn’t purchase one before it! Just make sure you get one with a protecting sheath, and always pack it in your checked bag when flying.