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My Travel Photography Gear – What I Use

Looking for travel photography gear recommendations? Here’s a list of all the equipment I use to capture and edit my photos on the move.

Travel Photography Gear Breakdown

Photography Camera

One of my most commonly asked questions, is how I take all of the photos seen on my Instagram. And of course, camera gear plays a big part in that.

I started out my journey in photography in 2016 with the Nikon D3300, before moving up to a Canon 90D a few years later.

The Nikon is super affordable and I always say it was perfect for travelling and taking photos as a hobby whilst learning how to use my first DSLR.

The Canon was then a great upgrade/investment once I started earning a bit of money and wanted to level up. The Canon 80D is one of the most staple cameras in the photography world and the 90D was the new model.

However, nowadays I shoot on the Sony a7iii with a Sony 24-70mm F4 Vario-Tessar lens.

It’s light, easy to use and the perfect camera to explore the world with.

Labelled as “the best full frame mirrorless camera for professional, enthusiast photographers and videographers alike” it does pretty much everything I need.

In terms of lenses, I always carry a Sony 50mm F1.8 with me, but tend to rely on the 24-70mm lens for most of my work.

Accessories

When buying a photography camera at any level make sure to grab the following accessories:

Camera Case

Camera Strap

Spare Battery

SD Card

For a secure set up, I carry 2 x spare batteries and 2 x spare SD Cards.

It would be a shame to have something fail on you while you’re out exploring, so it’s always good to have back up.

Canon 90D Travel Photography Gear

Vlogging Camera

What started off as a hobby on a Go Pro, I’ve always documented my adventures since backpacking Australia in 2012.

The aim was never to become a professional film maker, but to capture memories and priceless footage to look back on. The kind of raw, travel memories that I could show my kids one day.

In 2019, I decided to start taking vlogging a bit more seriously and documenting my adventures on Youtube.

So for that I bought myself a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, as it was the most recommended at the time.

With great low-light performance, a tilting touchscreen and plenty of manual control options, this vlogging set up is an ideal beginners starting point. Plus it’s relatively cheap!

In fact a lot of beauty/fashion vloggers still rely on this nifty pocket sized camera to this day.

However, since upgrading to the Sony a7iii, I now use this camera for all of my photo and video work.

It’s one of the most versatile cameras on the market, and I carry it everywhere I go!

Microphone

Another thing to add if you are going to be filming a lot of talking scenes, you’ll want to invest in a shotgun mic.

There’s no better for on the move than the Rode VideoMic Pro+.

This handy little mic with attach to the top of your camera and cut out any wind or surrounding noise. Making your audio much more crisp and professional.

Nearly every explorer nowadays wants more than just a photo to take home with them. Which is why vlogs and video content is becoming more and more popular!

Accessories

Again when planning to film video you’ll need a few accessories: 

Joby GripTight PRO TelePod

Carry Case

Spare Battery

SD Card

Canon G7X Mark II Vlogging Kit Travel Photography Gear

Tripod

The next thing on the list, if you’re looking to take professional photos of yourself without relying on strangers, is a solid Tripod.

A key part of my travel photography gear, I use either a Zomei or a Manfrotto tripod.

These things have come with me through sand, sea and every kind of terrain you can think of.

The Zomei in particular is light weight, will fit in your checked luggage, and is cheap enough to replace if (when) it gets destroyed by the elements!

I’ve been using this model since I started my photography journey and always recommend it.

Zomei Tripod Travel Photography Gear

External Hard Drive

My little piece of gold dust!

I back up EVERYTHING I do on my SAMSUNG T5 Portable SSD, just incase my Mac ever dies on me, or the iCloud magically disappears.

In fact to play it extra safe, I also keep another one at home and back up EVERYTHING again when I arrive home from trips.

The average photo taken on my Sony comes out at around 10MB, therefore a 1TB Hard Drive will store roughly 100,000 high quality photos.

There’s no safer way to store your media than the old fashioned way!

Seagate Hard Drive Travel Photography Gear

Portable Powerbank

So if you’re carrying all of this equipment around, then a Portable Powerbank is a must.

I live and die by my Anker PowerCore 20100, mainly for my iPhone, but it also comes in handy to charge my camera batteries as well!

Even if you think your electronics are fully charged, at some point on your trip, they’re going to die when you least want them to.

So don’t risk missing out on capturing the perfect moment because you’ve got a flat battery!

There are plenty of brands out there, Anker being the main one, and I recommend the Anker Powercore 20100!

This back up power source has saved my ass on many occasions, and helped me plan and navigate my way around the globe.

Eloop Powerbank Travel Photography Gear

Camera Bag

With all this professional travel photography gear, you’ll probably want some kind of protective camera bag.

All photographers will have different preferences, however I’ve used the Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50 in the past.

So if you’re looking for a professional photography bag with all the compartments I can personally recommend it.

This bag is secure, compact, and makes all of your equipment easy accessible.

Plus it has a removable pouch, so if you don’t need to take your camera gear with you, it can be used as an ordinary day bag.

Nowadays though, I travel everywhere with a 60L Douchebag Roller Suitcase, and a 17L Douchebag Essential Backpack.

A large case is always ideal to leave at the accommodation when exploring, or easy to chuck in the back of a vehicle for the day.

Then my day bag I keep with me at all times, carrying my tech gear/accessories, plus any valuables I need for the day ahead.

Manfrotto Backpack Manfrotto Bag Travel Photography Gear
Ngorongoro Crater Safari Manfrotto Backpack Manfrotto Bag Travel Photography Gear

iPhone

Now where would we be without our trusty iPhone’s.

I’m currently operating on the Apple iPhone 14 Pro, 256GB. And if you can afford to, it’s always good to keep up to date with the latest release for image quality.

This thing has allowed me to literally live on the move, all thanks to their social meda apps and editing software.

From answering emails, to blogging, to uploading photos on Instagram, this piece of equipment, along with my camera, are my most needed items on the road.

iPhone 6 Unum App Travel Photography Gear

Macbook

I’ve recently upgraded to the Apple MacBook Air M2.

Since this lifestyle has become my full time job, if you’re serious about working online, or working whilst travelling, you’re going to need to carry your office with you.

Not only do I use my Macbook for all of my photography and video editing, but it’s pretty much the root of everything I own.

I’ve met too many people on the road that regret not taking their Mac with them!

As for editing my photos, I pay for Adobe Creative Cloud’s ‘Photography Plan’ which includes Lightroom, Photoshop and 20GB of cloud storage.

All of my photos are then edited using my custom presets in Lightroom.

Macbook Air Adobe Lightroom Custom Presets Travel Photography Gear

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

The words ‘travel insurance’ can be used to describe many different types of cover, but basically it’s there to protect you if/when things go wrong.

I use SafetyWing. I’ve used them since the beginning of my travels, and will continue to use them as long as I’m on the move.

You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home, and travel insurance from is available to people from 140 countries.

It’s designed for adventurous travellers, with cover available for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

And the best part is not only do they allow global cover, their online claim form means that it takes just 10 minutes filing a claim, rather than being on the phone for hours abroad trying to get through to customer service.

Trekking Cima Rosetta Pale Di San Martino Di Castrozza Trentino

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Travel Photography Gear – What Do We Use?

Emilie Kjellberg Jensen

Friday 12th of July 2019

Do you share your presets? Love the way you are editing your pictures - would love a guide!

Charlie Pauly

Sunday 14th of July 2019

Aw thank you so much. Unfortunately we don't sell our presets.

Endup

Thursday 7th of June 2018

Hey two wonderful soul, I 've been two of your insta fèeds fan and surprsingly saw your blog which is so inspiring and rich content. Love your works.. Love

Charlie Pauly

Thursday 7th of June 2018

Heyyy! Ahh thanks so much that means the most to us :D and thanks for following the journey!

Emilia Pell

Monday 26th of March 2018

Love you guys! Do you think you'll ever sell your presets? :)

Charlie Pauly

Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Heyyy thanks so much ? I don’t think we’re going to sell our presets! We’ve thought about it but for the time being I think we’re just going to leave it, haha!

Arthur

Saturday 3rd of March 2018

Hey guys ! We already follow you on IG but only discover your blog right now. Love it ? Have a quick question for you, do you guys use a connected remote to your DSLR to trigger the shot or do you use a self timer and then you RUN as fast as you can ? Would love to know how you guys figure this out ? Keep up your good vibes guys, you're such an inspiration. With love ❤️Claire and Arthur (@lesdroners)

Charlie Pauly

Sunday 4th of March 2018

Hey guesses. Thanks for the positive feedback! :D We've never used a remote. Always just the self timer on 9 x shots and that usually does us. Thanks again for the support and hopefully see you out in the world somewhere!

Freeoversea

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

The tripod is definitely a must have, our best friend :P Keep the journey amazing, you are a true inspiration. Hope to meet you on the road

Sending love and positivity, xx

Patricia & Miguel

Charlie Pauly

Sunday 11th of February 2018

Haha good old tripod! Aww thanks so much guys. Definitely hit us up if we're ever in the same area! :)