The No BS Travel Gear Guide

Okay Everyone, I’m going to keep these pretty short. I don’t believe in wasting a bunch of money on travel gadgets. I only recommend things I really believe in and use myself. A lot of the items are things you can use in your everyday life as well.

This list is geared toward travel in Africa, where a lot of places are hot and power outages happen semi-regularly.

Oh, and most of these pictures won’t match the product because I’ve acquired these items across years and continents. I’ve been careful in choosing what I’ve linked to, though, to make sure it has all the features I would be looking for.

*On some of the links provided I might make a commission if you purchase something by clicking through my link. This creates no additional cost for you.

Gear

Hiking Stick

If you’ll be hiking to any waterfalls, going on safari, or doing any other type of nature walk, a hiking stick can be nice to have, especially if you’re not in the greatest shape. You don’t need to spend a lot. Just make sure it will fit in/on your luggage when it’s fully compact.

Two Hiking Sticks Against a Savannah Landscape

Mini Backpack

I absolutely do not recommend walking around town with a school-type backpack, aka: a daypack, making yourself look even more like a tourist. This mini backpack fits in your pocket when you’re not using it, holds a lot of stuff when you need it to and makes that stuff look utterly mundane even when it’s full. Definitely low profile and very useful even when you’re not traveling.

Folded Mini Backpack in Hand

Small Flashlight

Keep it simple.  The most important feature, if you can get it, is a flat back so you can stand it up and use it lantern-style. Even small flashlights are now bright enough to light a room. You’ll be happy to have this if the power goes out or if you stay somewhere with an external bathroom area that you might have to navigate after dark.

Three Flashlights

Tripod/Selfie Stick

This is amazingly useful without being flashy. It’s awesome at festivals where you can get a better view above the crowd. It’s also good for gripping your phone when you’re hanging out over a bridge, or leaning out of a vehicle to get that awesome footage.

This is one place where I’ll say not to buy the cheapest available. They will fail you. A good one still isn’t a fortune, but you want it to be sturdy and have a long extension (30-36”).

The biggest drawback on these is that the tripod doesn’t do well in windy places. Be ready to weigh it down or hold it with your foot if it’s fully extended and the wind is blowing.

Phone sitting in a tripod at sunset

After Bite

If you get bit by any bugs, this will help reduce the itch.

Person with bite on hand

Mosquito Repellent

This will help keep you from getting bit. I like the natural stuff because both natural and chemical formulas seem to sweat off at the same rate. If I’m going to have to reapply anyway, I’d rather not be slathering myself with harsh chemicals. Definitely apply to exposed skin before heading out for dinner. Ankles, legs and the back of your arms are the most vulnerable spots.

Two Bottles of Mosquito Repellent

Clothing and Personal Items

Four Feet wearing Darn Tough Socks

Darn Tough Socks

You can wear the Smartwool hiking socks for 3-4 days before they smell. Thus, if you do laundry once a week, 3 pair can last forever.

Hiking Sandals on a Rock

Teva Sandals

I did a whole video on my Teva hiking sandals and they are my full time shoes. Seriously, I go everywhere in them. Click here to watch my review.

Hiking Shoes on a Rock

Hiking Shoes

Usually my Tevas are enough, but for some safaris and nature walks (especially if snakes might be present), closed shoes are required.

I highly recommend checking out REI. They have actual shoe experts that can guide you properly – even if you’re buying online. Their return policy on shoes is quite flexible as well (for members) – up to one year and they don’t need to be pristine.

If you’re wondering, I’m rockin’ some Oboz and they’re awesome for comfort and durability. But you need to make sure you get the shoes that are right for you.

REI Membership

A quick note about REI membership. It’s a one-time fee ($30) for a lifetime membership and if you do anything travel or outdoor related it will pay for itself in no time. I’ve been a member for 30 years and have never regretted it.

Moisture Wicking Underwear

If you’re traveling somewhere hot or doing things that are going to make you sweaty, these are really nice to have. Your delicate skin will thank you.

 Camp Suds Mock-up

Camp Suds

One soap to rule them all. This is concentrated, biodegradable soap that you can use on your body, your hair, the dishes and in a pinch, to wash underwear when an unexpected rainstorm prevents your laundry from drying on schedule. Remember, it’s concentrated, so you don’t need to use a lot.

Two Blue Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes

Keep your packing organized. I like the ones with the mesh so I can see what’s in them. These new-fangled ones even have a compression zipper that helps save space. 95% of the items in my suitcase reside in a packing cube.

Three Bandanas

Bandanas

Just for mopping sweat off your face and body. It’s best to wash them a few times before your trip to remove the sizing (stiff stuff) and make them more absorbent. 3 should be enough to rotate through the laundry cycle.

Sun Hat Hanging on a Post, Under Bamboo Umbrella

Sun Hat

I’ve gone through many hats in my day and I have a whole page on great safari hats. If you’re going to be out in the sun, you’re going to want a hat. No sense inviting sun stroke that will ruin your day.

Alternately, you can buy a hat at your destination. This could be a great souvenir, or an inexpensive item that you pass on to someone because you don’t want to deal with it on the plane.

Electronics

*Quick note – don’t forget your charging cables. While they’re easy to acquire, you don’t want to run all of your devices down on your first night in town.

Power Banks

Whether it’s being out all day, or surviving a power outage, you’ll want to have power back-up. Keep it at 20,000mAH or less, though, or they won’t let it on the plane.

Power Bank with Cable

USB Charging Hub

How many devices do you need to charge? A charging hub will make your life easier. Some are simple hubs, some come with a power converter and surge protection. Pick whichever suits your equipment best.

USB Charging Hub with Cables

Travel Plug Adapters

Do a little research to find out what kind of plug your destination uses and get an appropriate adapter. I like a simple adapter over the big blocky multi-choice ones because not all outlets provide a tight fit and a big plug may not want to stay in the wall.

A bunch of travel plug adapters

International or eSIM Card

I have always bought local SIM cards, and that’s generally the cheapest way to go.

However, if your phone isn’t unlocked, or eSIM is your only option, these alternate SIM card options may be a good choice.

BUT, be warned on two points.

First, they are still far more expensive than just dropping a local SIM card into your phone. Second, they are not necessarily connecting to the best networks in the country. If even the best networks aren’t that fast, piggybacking on a third rate carrier while spending more money per GB doesn’t seem like the best choice.

I like the idea of an eSIM, but with those caveats I’d only use one if I had to. The one place where eSim wins is convenience.

Note: International SIMs have the same problems, even if there is a physical SIM card.

SIM Cards on a Map

Photo/Video Back-up – Save Those Memories

With a few exceptions, the internet in Africa isn’t incredibly fast. Sometimes it can be impossible to upload your photos and videos to the cloud. You really should plan another source (or two) for back-up.

On my latest jaunt around Ghana, I used 2 hard drives and backed up my videos every day. Whenever I got on any form of long-distance transportation, I put one hard drive with my tech bag, and kept one on my person. No way I was going to lose all that footage.

Here are some options (I highly recommend choosing 2 of these):

External Hard Drive

These keep getting bigger in memory and smaller in weight and size making them easy to carry. They get a good reliability rating and are my first choice. However, these only work if you’re bringing your laptop with you.

A Blue External Hard Drive

Photo Stick for Phone

I have not used these. They’re a smart idea, and ultimately just a thumb drive with the right attachment. Their size is nice and I wouldn’t hesitate to try them. Just remember that flash drives don’t have a forever life span so don’t forget to transfer your memories to a more reliable memory source when you get home.

Photo Stick for Phone

Memory Cards: Micro SD

If your phone, or camera, allows for expandable memory, then multiple SD or micro-SD cards could do the trick. I would recommend several smaller memory cards (16 or 32gb) rather than one big one so if something happens to one, you don’t lose everything.

Just make sure you always have a paperclip to open your card port. Also, keep the cards in their cases when not in use and keep real good track of them. Those little things are easy to lose.

SD Memory Cards and Camera

Video Transcript

Hey everyone, so today we are going to do the No BS Travel Gear video.

And what I mean by that is I am not one of those travel people who comes on and says oh you gotta buy this little gadget and that little gadget and have all these fancy little things. I am going to make this as simple and straightforward as possible. I’m not going to recommend anything I don’t use myself. And it’s as simple as that.

I’ve been traveling for… years and I have my travel kit worked down to near perfection and so I’m going to share that with you and I’m not going to waste your time or money on things you don’t need.

By the way, there will be a link in the description leading you to a page with everything I am talking about today so be sure to check that out after the video.

Okay, first up is the trusty hiking stick. Now if you are doing any sort of nature walk or a safari. or maybe thinking about going to a waterfall, this is gonna be very handy. And even if it’s a light nature walk, if you’re someone who’s maybe not in the most amazing shape, this is gonna be very handy. And even if you’re someone who’s really fit, some of those hikes are still a little challenging and you will find a hiking stick very handy.

Okay, now there is not a lot to this. You don’t need to get one of the super fancy ones unless you’re gonna make some major hobby out of it when you’re… you know, get home or something like that. But you know, they have three pieces, so you can adjust it to most heights.

If you’re really tall, you wanna do a little research and make sure you’re getting one that’s tall enough for you. And I like the twist close, but they all work.

Just make sure that when this is nice and compact like this, that it will fit in your luggage. And you can have it diagonal, but make sure it’ll fit in your luggage. I actually strap mine on the outside of mine because I have that ability and I haven’t lost it yet. But if you’re going to do anything out in nature, you’re going to want a trusty hiking stick.

Next up is one of my favorite items, whether it is for travel or everyday use, and that is a mini backpack.

Yes, ditch the day pack, ditch the school pack. Don’t be carrying that bulky thing around when you’re visiting a new city. That’s far more than you need. But this mini backpack is amazing. And you want me to pull it out of here? No, no, I’m not going to do that because I got one already open.

So this becomes this. And this can hold like 17 water bottles. No joke, I’ve done it. And now the straps, in order to get that small, they’re not really well padded. So don’t plan to carry those 17 water bottles like five miles with this or your shoulder is gonna be sore.

But, wow, I probably should have set that up better. But this. The backpack is amazing, it’s lightweight, and if you don’t want to try and fold it back down in its little thing, which is attached so you’re not going to lose it, it’s not that hard to do, but I find that you can just take it, fold it, fold it, fold it, and if you have a decent sized cargo pocket or just a decent sized pocket, you can just stuff it in your pocket. Just like that.

And then you don’t even have to bother putting it back into this little bit of form anyways. So I highly recommend these because you can use them for travel and you can use them at home. You can use them for the grocery store. You can use them for anything. So high recommendation on the mini backpack.

I am traveling around Africa. So this is a little bit Africa specific, and yet I’ve been non-Africa places where there are blackouts as well. So with the fact that power outages happen, it is a really good idea to travel with a flashlight. And you don’t have to get fancy with this. It can be really simple.

If it has a nice little clip to it, add on a hat, that’s a good thing.

But the really important feature is simply… you want it to be flat on the back. And that is so when you set it, you can set it on a table, you can have the beam on. And flashlights nowadays are so bright that it will light the room. It’ll light the room comfortably enough that you’re not miserably sitting in the dark with a little tiny bit of light.

This will save you in any blackout situation.

Also, if you have a penchant for going anywhere rural, homestays, visiting villages, and you end up overnight, sometimes the bathroom facilities are… away from your room and this is good for navigating in the dark. So it’s always good just to have a small flashlight. You’ll be happy that you have it when you need it.

Okay so it’s time to get serious. We have got to talk about mosquitoes.

No actually I’m going to keep this real short.

I highly prefer natural mosquito repellent something like this. Whatever brand you get is fine but I highly recommend a natural mosquito because if you have to put it on at night because there’s a mosquito in the bedroom and you can’t find it to smack it, it’s not a bunch of harsh chemicals and you’re just not putting harsh chemicals on all the time. So I highly recommend a natural mosquito repellent.

I’ve tested it. The ones with DEET might last a little longer, but you know what? They all sweat off at a very similar rate. So go natural if you can. The other thing is an after-bite treatment, something that when you do get bit, it just makes it itch a little bit less. So this helps you keep from scratching it and irritating things. This one’s called Sting Ease. There’s another one called After Bite. But get something to put on so you don’t itch so much. Easy peasy.

Okay, so this is another one of my favorite items. And it is a tripod selfie stick. I just had to steal it from my cameraman over here. He’s doing handheld on this one, so you gotta let me know how he does. But you wanna get a decent one. I will say, I’m all for saving money and not overspending. But… You know if you see one for like five or six bucks, don’t, don’t. If you go too cheap, they’re crap.

I got a cheap one and it’s crap. So make sure you get a decent one.

So this is wonderful. Okay. One, it gives you a nice handle to hold onto with. You’ll notice I have a rubber band around the little remote because all the crazy things I do with this selfie stick make me a little worried.

You know. I go. It’s great for holding the phone when you want to do things like, hey, I want to get this shot out over the bridge. Hey, let’s get a shot riding down by the pavement when you’re riding in the yellow yellow, or the tuk tuk, as you may know it better.

And, you know, I do crazy stuff and this lets me get everywhere for my filming.

If I’m in a crowd at a festival, I just get to go right above it. It’s wonderful. And everyone else, you know, and it doesn’t disturb anyone to have the camera way up there and no one minds. But then I get shots that no one else can get.

But you do want one that extends probably 30 to 36 inches or more. I have seen some that are really long. And that would be great if you need to set it on the ground and you are indoors. But just know that the longer it goes out, the shakier you get, the shakier the picture gets. So don’t think that you’re going to have a super long one and you’re going to get a good stable picture out of it. So that’s more for stationary.

So tripod selfie stick is absolutely awesome. and it’ll let you do all sorts of things with your phone that you would not do without it.

So that was the gear portion of the video. Now we’re going to go on to some clothing items and personal items. And we are going to start with socks. Yes, socks.

I know you might say, oh, I have socks. I travel with socks all the time. I don’t need no stinking socks.

Well, no, you don’t need stinky socks, right? And that’s kind of what’s great about these. No, if you don’t want to spend money on socks, don’t. But what’s awesome about these, these are darn tough. I don’t know if you can read that, but these are darn tough. They have like this lifetime guarantee on them. And I’ve had these for probably a decade now.

And the thing is they’re made out of a smart wool, although they do have different blends.

But what’s nice is I’ve actually tested this. I tested the limits. And you can actually wear these for four days before they start smelling. Now the actual chemical makeup of your feet may change that a little bit. But day five, man, don’t get near them. Day five, they’re done. So three to four days.

And what’s really nice about that is if you’re traveling for a few weeks, you can buy three pair and you do half a week with one pair, half a week with the other. Then when those two pair go in the laundry, you’ve got your third pair. And you can rotate these forever and you only need to bring three pair of socks for the entire trip.

So Darn Tough. if you are in the market for some new socks.

However, if you are traveling in hot places, you may not need socks as you may want to live in some sandals.

Now I have done a full review on these when I had first gotten them. I’ve had them for almost a year now and they are awesome. These are Tevas. I have had Tevas before and they are good. They’re sturdy. They’re durable.

But you want some good hiking sandals, whatever good hiking sandals are for you. But I can highly recommend Tevas. I’m going to put a link to the original review I did because they are still awesome.

As you can see by their condition, I wear these every day. I go tromping around cities every day. I just did a tour of all around Ghana and I wore these pretty much every single day. I even wore these to hike to the waterfall. Get yourself a good pair of hiking sandals. I recommend Tevas and your feet will be happy.

Okay, so I showed you socks, I showed you sandals, and no, I do not wear socks with my sandals.

However, there are times that you need an actual closed toe shoe to go hiking. Sometimes there are snakes, sometimes it’s a safari, and it’ll be required, but sometimes you just need a good hiking shoe. And to go with your wonderful darn tough socks, a good pair of hiking shoes is what you need.

Now, these are Oboz, but I want you to get the ones that are right for you, not just the ones that fit me, because who knows what’s gonna work for you. So I recommend, if you’re in the US, to go to REI, whether it’s online or an actual store, because they have experts that will help you find the right pair.

You wanna get something sturdy. And I will tell you this, I know there are some shoes that come out and they’re a little softer, cushier when you first put them on, but you know, when I bought these, the wonderful young woman at the store was like, you know, give them a little time. because while they’re a little stiffer, they will last you longer. And she said, you know, she’s like, don’t just judge them by the first day you put them on. And she was absolutely right.

My first pair lasted like five years. I’m on my second pair and they’re doing great. Even if you’re not near an REI, you can use the online consultation that they offer. But if you’re going to do anything tromping around in nature, make sure to get yourself a good sturdy pair of hiking shoes.

And so the next thing on the list is moisture-wicking underwear. Okay, no, I’m not going to show you my underwear. But if you are going anywhere hot, or even if you’re going somewhere not so hot, but you’re going to be doing things that make you sweaty, moisture-wicking underwear is just friendlier to your skin, shall we say. So if you can get some, do it. Your skin will thank you.

Okay, the next item on the list is a product called Camp Suds.

Now, I’ll be honest, I… can’t get them right now where I am so I don’t have one to show you but it comes in a bottle about this size they also have a smaller two-ounce bottle so if you don’t check your bag you can still get it through TSA no problem at airports. But Camp Suds are a camping soap and they are a multi-purpose soap you can wash your hair you can wash your body you can wash your clothes you can wash the dishes and it’s biodegradable and all-natural

And what I like about it is one, it’s concentrated. So when I say you’re getting a little bottle, that little bottle lasts a long time.

And two, sometimes it happens that you’ve sent your laundry out and there’s a rainstorm and a lot of the hot places that I’m talking about traveling don’t have dryers. So you are at the mercy of mother nature as to whether your laundry gets dry.

So you’re in a pinch, you’re down to your last pair of underwear and it’s raining and you’re not gonna get your laundry back. And so sometimes… You’ve got to wash your laundry in the sink, in your hotel room at night, and that’s when it’s really good to have some Camp Suds because they do a good job and they rinse clean.

And yes, that is from experience. That is a top traveler tip. Camp Suds are a nice little bit of soap to carry that can do anything.

Okay, so now I’m going to recommend something that every travel vlogger recommends, and that is packing cubes. These are the best thing in the world. and they are convenient, they make your packing easy, they make your organization easy.

The features you should look for are, I like the mesh at least, because then you can see what is inside. And I will tell you, when you’re choosing what to order and how many to order, the small and medium are going to be your better bet. These are the ones that you’re going to use the most.

You do want some big ones, you know, for like pants and that sort of thing. For the most part, get more smalls and mediums. And see, I’ve had these packing cubes forever, but now they have the newfangled ones, which are the ones I’m recommending on the link I’m gonna give you. And they have like compression zipper, and I think that’s a great idea. So all you get is an awesome upgrade. You definitely want packing cubes for your trip just to help keep you organized.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but while I’ve been making this video, I’ve been sweating.

It is hot season here in Ghana, and even if it’s just between takes, I’m always mopping them off because it is. very hot here. So anytime you’re traveling to a hot climate you want to get yourself some bandanas and you can buy them on the street here no doubt but buy them at home first get like three of them and wash them because you know how they come and they’re all stiff and they’ve got that sizing in them wash them a couple of times and then they’ll be nice and soft and they’ll be more absorbent.

But see what happens when you’re here is you step out and you forget your bandana so you buy another one and then the next time you go out you forget it. and you buy another one. And then you buy another one. And then you go out again and you forget it and you buy another one.

So when you’re traveling, I recommend that you start with three, try and keep it to three, try not to forget it. And if you do end up with a whole bunch of bandanas, well, no complaints. So definitely try to get a few of these before you go.

If you’re traveling somewhere hot, I highly recommend having a hat. because you really don’t want to have sunstroke, ruin your day, and just mess up your vacation.

So, let’s go over some features of hats. Now this is my stylish hat. This is a hat you, my audience, chose for me. And I love it, and it’s absolutely awesome. But it’s not the coolest hat that I could be wearing. So sometimes when it’s really hot out there, this is not my hat of choice. Depending, if I’m filming, yes, it’s definitely my hat.

But if I’m just walking around, I’ve got some other choices. So from REI, my favorite gear store. But any good outdoor store will have something like this. And I’ve got my River Hat. And this, I can completely fold this up. It might even look like it’s folded up, because I just pulled it out of a suitcase. But it has wonderful mesh sides. It has the strap if you’re doing something like whitewater rafting. That’s why I call it the River Hat. You know, make sure it doesn’t blow away, or if it’s just a windy day. And. The thing is, you may or may not think this is stylish, you may or may not want to wear something like this, but it is extremely functional. So this is a great choice.

There are more stylish hats that are functional as well. And that is on my, I have a link I’m going to give you, it leads to a whole page of reviews on safari hats that I did. I know you’re seeing me with hat hair, I’m not supposed to show you that, am I?

And then you have something I definitely bought locally, and this is an awesome hat. It’s got all the air flowing through it. It has the strap in case it’s windy and it’s like having your own shade zone that you carry with you.

Now, if you buy a hat like this on location, just know that you may end up bringing it home as an awesome souvenir or you may end up leaving it with someone at the destination that can use it more than you can because it didn’t cost that much and it may be more functional for them and then you don’t have to deal with getting it on the airplane.

So whichever you decide, whether you buy a local hat or get an awesome safari hat or something like that. Make sure you have some sun protection so that you stay healthy and happy for your trip.

Okay, so let’s talk about electronics when you travel. This is important. First of all, it is always good to have an extra power bank and it is especially good in places that do have power outages and I will say on top of that, make sure you keep them charged when the power is on.

Remember that on an airplane, they cannot be any bigger than 20,000. I think it’s milliamp hours, but 20,000 mAh is the limit for planes, so don’t go get in some mega 30,000 one because they will confiscate it at the airport. So keep yourself with some power banks.

The other thing that’s great to have, depending on how many devices you’re bringing, is a USB hub, and that would be something like this. There are two kinds, and I’ll explain the difference in a moment. But this is a simple USB hub. There is a plug that comes out to the wall, and then you just plug all your devices into there. easy peasy, it charges them all. Make sure it’s a charging hub. And that’s a nice inexpensive way to go.

The other one is this. And this is actually a voltage converter and it has some surge protection so if the electricity is doing weird things it will protect your devices. Okay, but it also converts from 220 to 110 for those devices that need it.

And so you’ve got four USB ports here, three regular plugs here. And what’s interesting… this is something I want you to know, is that this is great for things like curling irons, flat irons, hair dryers, I don’t know, anything that is really sensitive to current.

But, what you might not know, or you might, is that like your computer probably already has a converter box on it. If this is on the power cord of your computer or sometimes it appears at the plug, just read the little thing and it probably says that it can handle 220 or 110. So technically you don’t need the converter box for this.

However, I like the extra surge protection that this offers for the computer. So depending on what you’re bringing, if you’re bringing your laptop, you might wanna get one of these.

And the last thing you need to make this all work is a travel adapter, depending on the plug of the destination that you’re going to. And so it can be something like this. because I have a place that has British plugs. And, oh, that’s not the right cable. That’s not the right end. So you take this, you stick it in there, you stick it in the wall. You might notice this looks funny. This is actually a universal adapter. This will fit any plug that you want to put into it.

But I’m going to be honest with you. I have a travel set and the blue one goes in here. I just don’t know where it is at the moment. I have a travel set that I have had for 30 years now and this has never failed me. No matter where I am in the world, this has come up with a plug that I can use. So honestly, I highly recommend just a simple set like this.

I know they have all those big blocky cubes that can be twisted around and this and that and all these different plugs in it, but you know what? Not all wall plugs are that sturdy and they’re going to tend to fall out depending on the plug you’re plugging it into.

So I like the lighter weight, more versatile individual travel adapters. I think they’re a lot more convenient. So that’s going to get you set up for all your travel needs. Plus keep in mind, if you forget the adapter, you can get one at your destination, I’m sure.

Okay, so we need to take a minute to talk about SIM cards. Hands down, if your phone’s unlocked and you can buy a local SIM card when you get into the country, it sounds like a hassle, but it is absolutely the best deal you’re going to get. No doubt about it.

There are international SIM cards and eSIM cards. They all cost quite a bit more than you’re going to pay in country, which, hey, if that’s your only option, then that’s your only option. So definitely look closely.

But the other thing I’m not in love with about those is that you can’t tell what network they’re going to be on, or at least they don’t seem to be on the best networks available. So you’re paying more money for a lower network.

And so if you can… I highly recommend still getting a local SIM card, but if not, I would actually really look into the eSIMs because what’s more convenient than just being able to download it and do it all on your phone.

My reason for talking about SIM cards is because if you’re in Africa, the internet speeds are just not incredibly amazing. So if you’re used to taking pictures and having them upload to the cloud, you’re going to find yourself in a hard spot because you’re going to take a whole bunch of pictures and then it’s going to take forever for them to load up to the cloud.

Oh, there’s the water truck. It’s getting kind of loud.

All I’m saying is don’t rely on uploading to the cloud to be your only backup for your photos and videos that you take while you’re traveling.

So let’s cover a couple storage options right off the bat.

I think the safest and most secure is a hard drive. External hard drives are great, but you have to be traveling with your laptop to make use of these. And I’ll be honest, the newer ones are even thinner and smaller than this.

Because on my recent tour of Ghana, you know, everything was about my footage and saving my footage. I would put one with my laptop and I’d carry one in my pocket. So I had double backup because I didn’t want to lose anything. But external hard drives are great if you’re bringing your laptop with you.

Oh, and by the way, I recommend choosing two of these, whether you choose two of the same or mix and match. But that’s because I’m a travel vlogger and I gotta have my footage. but I don’t want you losing your footage either.

So the next thing you want to consider getting is a photo stick. And I couldn’t get my hands on a photo stick. I just don’t have them around here. But it’s essentially a flash drive with the attachment for your phone and it plugs straight into your phone and then you put it right on here and then when you get home, you can plug this into your laptop.

And that sounds like a great option is a flash drive type thing where then you don’t need your laptop with you while you travel. Just remember flash drives. aren’t known for their longevity.

So once you get home, don’t just leave it on your flash drive forever because you might go back and it might not be there. When you get home, transfer it to your computer and or up to the cloud for safekeeping.

And my last recommendation is multiple memory cards, whether it’s for a camera you’ve brought or you’re just using your phone and it’s a micro SD. But I would recommend keeping several smaller cards rather than one giganto card because if something happens to one giganto card, you lose everything for the trip.

If you get like 16 gig or 32 gig cards and have multiples of them, then if you lose one, you only lose a portion of your trip.

And I’m not saying you’re going to lose them, but just in case. And that’s the other thing is make sure you have a good space to keep them so that you don’t lose them because these little buggers are easy to lose if they’re not well contained.

So there it is. No fuss, no fuss. Your No B.S. Travel Gear Guide video is finished, except one thing. Don’t forget to check the link in the description. I’ll see you next time

Trina Phillips

I've been traveling to off-the-beaten-path destinations for more than 20 years. Now I'm sharing my continuing adventures in Africa.

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