I really like and use all the items below. As you know, I’m all about packing light so I don’t have a long gear list. I consider every one of these products worth its weight to carry. I hope this page is of help.
I don’t travel with a computer.
I use my iPad, coupled with the Logitech keyboard described below, to be fully connected on the road.
This is not a 3G model as I’ve had it for a couple of years so I either pick up free WiFi or tether to my phone. I run all my email accounts through gmail so that I have full access to email and I load my main documents into Dropbox so that I have access to them as I travel as well. Dropbox is a site where you can securely store photos and other documents. Get it free here.
This is my camera… and that of a Nat Geo photographer too.
I knew I had the right camera when I met a National Geographic photographer with the same camera. The Lumix G is one step up from a compact camera. It has a view finder in addition to the flexible LCD screen at rear. My main complaint with compact cameras is the difficulty of seeing my subject in bright sunlight without a viewfinder. I don’t have that problem now. The camera has a full range of automatic and manual features. It’s a camera worth considering. The Lumix G has interchangeable lenses. Again, it’s been a couple of years since I purchased this camera. There is an update which a photographer I met just last month was saying is on his list so I think looking at a Lumix is still a good bet.
I love using my Skyroam hotspot. After purchasing the unit which comes with five days of free WiFI, you pay just $8 a day for unlimited data. You can connect up to 5 devices to Skyroam so as I travel I have my phone, tablet and/or computer connected. I have the Skype and What’sApp on my phone. With Skyroam I can call, text, go online… for the $8 a day.
What a great piece of technology for the solo traveler who also likes to read. I have the Kindle Paperwhite and I love it. A Kindle is best protected with a cover so don’t forget to get one at the same time.
This is a great camera bag.
I saw this camera bag first on another travel blogger who is also an Emmy award-winning producer. I saw it and loved it!!! The Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag is great for men and women – it looks just like an ordinary city bag but functions like a day pack and travel bag. Yes. Love it
This Compact Camera is Great for Selfies.
At first I stopped carrying my Sony Cyper-shot in favor of my Lumix but I then found that the light weight and wider angle on this camera is better for selfies. So now I often carry both. The link takes you to the current version of my camera which is now three years old. The biggest downside to this camera is the lack of a proper viewfinder. I like a viewfinder for high light situations. However, almost all compact cameras have this problem.
I walked out of the store in my Berghaus hiking boots and started hiking – in the rain! No blisters. Dry feet. Heaven.
I bought these Berghaus hiking boots on my trip to the Lake District of England in 2009 and I’m still using them. It was November so I was hiking in the rain and through streams. These boots were a perfect fit from the get-go.
BERGHAUS Ladies Explorer Trek GTX Boots
I’ve walked a lot of miles in my Merrells. But then I injured my knee (dancing!) and I have my Eccos.
I’ve had a number of pairs of Merrell sandals in my life and I have found them to be comfortable and durable. I usually get three years out of a pair. But at my son’s wedding I wrecked my knee. Now, for a sandal with more support, I wear the Ecco Yucatan.
I love my Vaude Backpack
Unfortunately, this isn’t my pack exactly but it’s pretty close. It seems that my pack was designed for the Canadian store where I bought it. Regardless, Vaude backpacks are smart and sturdy. This one, like mine, is 45 litres +10 making it the right size. I can’t overpack. Designed for women, the frame is adjustable and there are zipper pockets in the hip belt.
Countless miles since 2006
My Swiss Gear carry-on has been through Europe, India and other parts of Asia and most of North America and it has performed flawlessly. The zipper is strong. The wheels are great – and I’ve dragged it over seriously tough terrain.
I swear by my Swiss Gear. Here’s a link to a variety of their products.
It took me over 15 years to wear out my first Marmot Jacket
I bought my first Marmot jacket in 2001 and I just replaced it this year. And the rain pants I bought at the same time are still going since they’re not used as often. With pitzips and breathable, waterproof, ripstop material, I think it’s a great jacket.
I don’t use the rain pants as often as the jacket so my original pair are still hanging in. They’re light and roll up really small so I take them on most trips that will involve a lot of outdoor time.
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Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2016 This is a great resource to help you get beyond the common tourist destinations in Europe. I used this book when I did my 10-month trip through Europe.