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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.

 

Ipad 2 for travel

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.

Apple iPad 2 16GB, WiFi

Lumix G Review

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.

The Lumix G with interchangeable lens

 

Logitech ipad keyboard

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.

Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad 2 with Built-In Keyboard and Stand

ipad sd card connector

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.

SD Card reader to load photos onto your iPad

  Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 3.02.42 PM 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 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.

Here’s a wide range of Vaude backpacks

 

camera bag interior

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

Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag

 

Merrell Sandles for WomenI’ve walked a lot of miles in my Merrells

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 and, as you can imagine, I do a lot of walking in my travels.

You can see the Merrell Women’s Honeysuckle Casual Sandal here.

Berghaus Hiking bootsI 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

 

 

Travel Books

 

solo travel, Book on how to travel solo

Yes, this is my book…

The Solo Traveler’s Handbook, 2nd edition

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**

 

Don’t have an eReader? Download a Kindle app FREE for your computer, tablet or phone and buy the Kindle version from Amazon.

 

luxuryThe 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. career_breakThe 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. foodThe 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. volunteerThe 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.
The Cruise Traveler’s Handbook will protect you from the many common mistakes made when purchasing a cruise, keep your costs under control and help you get the most of your time on board and on shore. The Family Traveler's HandbookThe Family Traveler’s Handbook will help all parents, single and otherwise, get the most out travel with their children. It takes on the tough kid issues and will help you ensure that you enjoy the trip too.  The Adventure Traveler's HandbookThe Adventure Traveler’s Handbook will guide you to exciting new ways to take on the world and help you do so safely. It offers a mixture of on-the-ground tips and inspirational stories for both new and experienced outdoor explorers. The Art of Travel is written to give us some insights into what separates good travel from bad travel. It’s a book that will make you think and perhaps even change how you view travel.
  the Alchemist The Alchemist
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.
Screen Shot 2013-03-24 at 4.32.45 PM Moleskine Ruled NotebookDespite 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. Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 1.47.17 PM 

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.

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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.

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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.

  Women on the Road Women on the Road: the essential guide for baby boomer travel. Details. This book has lots and lots of details for newbie travelers and many tips that even seasoned travelers will appreciate. It’s the A-Z of boomer travel. Stip off Your Fear and slip into something more confidentStrip 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 Dr. Seuss

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.

 

  • Toby Neal

    Delightful blog, and great recommendations. Glad I found it!
    T

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  • Mari Gustafsson

    If you don´t have iPad but another surftab like Samsung Galaxy 10.1. What do you recommend then??
    I have Droåbox on it already but have never used it (yet).

  • pattyabr

    I have an Apple Mac Book Pro laptop with Microsoft Office. Does drop box support Microsoft Office documents? That has been the only thing holding me back from getting an IPad

  • Stephanie Boedecker

    Awesome!! I just bought the same camera bag, so glad to hear you love it!

  • http://solotravelerblog.com Janice Waugh

    When I return home I transfer my photos from my ipad to my computer. At that point you can use Lightroom. I hope that helps.

    Janice

  • Faith

    Questions regarding the SD card connector and Dropbox. I will be traveling with an iPad also, already have the SD card connector but have a question regarding dropbox. I shoot in RAW and edit my photos via lightroom. Do you have experience with uploading the photos to a computer. Example, I have a Macbook Pro which I will not be traveling with but will want to upload my photos to lightroom when I return home.