Gear & Books
My Favorite Travel Gear
I really like and use all the items below.
As you know, I’m all about packing light so 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.
Please note that all of the product links go to Amazon and if you buy one I’ll receive a commission. If you do, thanks! If not, I completely understand. Generally, these prices are very good but if you find a better buy, go for it.
I no longer travel with a computer.
I now use my iPad, coupled with the Logitech keyboard described below, to be fully connected on the road.
This is not a 3G model but 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 folder onto Dropbox so that I have access to them on the road 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 sun 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.
This keyboard protects my iPad and makes it blogger functional.
This keyboard is comfortable (at least I’ve adapted to it’s slightly smaller format with ease), holds my iPad at the right angle when I’m working and fits onto my iPad to protect it with it’s metal back when not in use. At around $50 it’s also one of the more affordable options out there.
It doesn’t look like much but… With this device I upload my photos to my iPad and then to Dropbox.
This is an SD card connector for the iPad 2. I put the SD card from my camera into the wide end and plug the small end into the power port of my iPad. Then I can upload photos to my iPad. I then drag them into my Dropbox so even if I lose all my technology, I won’t lose my photos. Dropbox is a site where you can securely store photos and other documents. Get it free here.
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 is 45 litres +10 making it the right size. I can’t over-pack. Designed for women, the frame is adjustable, there are zipper pockets in the hip belt and a whistle on the chest belt. It includes a wash section in the top and a rain cover at the bottom.
This is a great camera bag.
I saw this camera bag on another travel blogger 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
Yes, this is my book…
The 2nd edition of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook offers more stories and tips on solo travel fun and safety. Part how-to manual and part travel literature, it will help you venture out with confidence to discover yourself as you discover the world!
In the three-plus years since I started this blog, I’ve published more than 750 articles on solo travel. While it’s a wonderful resource and forges a sense of community amongst solo travelers, it is sometimes difficult for readers to find the information they’re looking for. This is the why I wrote The Solo Traveler’s Handbook. You’ll find all the basic information you need to travel solo in one place. Read the reviews.
**Available in paperback $16.99 and most e-readers for $9.99**
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|The Luxury Traveler’s Handbook proves that luxury travel doesn’t have to be expensive. Written by the founders of the online travel and lifestyle magazine, LiveShareTravel, it’s a show and tell guide on getting luxury for less.||The Career Break Traveler’s Handbook is your indispensable tool for dreaming, planning, and finally taking your trip of a lifetime. Filled with tips, stories, and photos from around the world, the Career Break Traveler’s Handbook will both excite you and prepare you.||The Food Traveler’s Handbook makes a compelling argument for using food as a primary focus in discovering the world. Using this handbook, you will learn how to eat safely in developing countries, source cheap, delicious streetside meals and discover how to make food a tool for connecting to a local culture.||The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook guides new and veteran travelers through the challenges of finding, vetting, and choosing their ideal volunteer experience. The book’s practical advice is interwoven with first-person narrative, stories from diverse volunteers, beautiful photography, and expert interviews.|
by Paulo Coelho is a book I’ve mentioned a number of times on Solo Traveler. To learn why I think it’s a great book for solo travelers read 10 Reasons to Read The Alchemist.
|Moleskine Ruled Notebook Despite being online so much, I still use a moleskin as my diary. Recording my travels by hand somehow connects the words to the experience in a more meaningful way.||Seven Years in Tibet This is a great book and a great movie. It reflects the fascination of the west with Lhasa in one person’s story that “Trespassers on the Roof of the World” shows in multiple stories.||Trespassers on the Roof of the World: The Secret Exploration of Tibet A non-fiction work that traces the west’s historical relationship to Tibet and Lhasa.|
|Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2013This 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.||
Road Atlas (Rand Mcnally Road Atlas: United States, Canada, Mexico) My Rand Mcnally atlas must be 15 years old now. I have one for Europe and one for North America. I use them on road trips but I also highlight my travels with them as an alternative diary.
Strip Off Your Fear: Slip Into Something More Confident (Volume 1)
This is a great book for women. Author Betsy Talbot takes readers through a striptease of the emotional layers that keep women from fully expressing their wants, needs, and dreams to the people they know and love.
|Oh, the Places You’ll Go!This is another great book. Dr. Seuss wrote this about life – it’s a popular graduation gift. But it’s equally relevant for anyone taking off solo. A bit of a lark, for sure, but it has significance.|
Yes, I have more books to add but ran out of time. I will add them after my China trip.