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But what constitutes a gadget? I tend to think a good TravGad is something that is innovative and exciting, however, could be a simple necessity. Being a school teacher digital technology is a MASSIVE focus, and hence I have a newfound love for technology. Whether it is flipped learning or online school communities, I could talk technology in education until the cows come home. This love for technology has indeed rolled into my other love travelling. So what modern travel gadgets do I own?
#1 – 360 Fly (360 Degree Camera)
As this is new technology, software is still evolving, prices aren’t cheap, and the quality isn’t what a GoPro would produce however this interesting piece of technology may change the way we film, and that excites me. Oh, and it even takes 360-degree photos, which is a bonus.
#2 – Birksun, Solar Panal Backpack
Taking the Birksun on a hike in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia
The backpack itself is stylish and useful. It has been taken on a multitude of hikes in Australia, and I cannot wait to use it while hiking the Inca Trail in January in 2017. In fact, I justified purchasing this item purely for the Inca Trail because I am paranoid I will walk into Macchu Picchu and not be able to take one photo of the experience due to every device being dead.
Cons to this backpack include that it is rather small and can’t fit as much as I was hoping. Other than that it is slightly on the expensive side but being relatively new technology, I expected this.
#3 – The Common Yet Needed, GoPro
Zorbing in New Zealand using the chesty mount for the GoPro Hero 4
Letting the GoPro Hero 4 do its thing while kayaking Milford Sound, New Zealand
Yes I have the dreaded selfie stick which is one of my favourite mounts, but I also have several other mounts I couldn’t live without. The head mount was used when I was luging in Queenstown, New Zealand. The chesty mount was incorporated when we jumped in a huge inflatable ball to roll down a hill in Rotorua, New Zealand. The ‘floaty back door’ which is a floating device you can stick to the back of your GoPro was incorporated while kayaking Milford Sound to ensure if we dropped the GoPro we weren’t going to lose it to the dark depths of the sound. Can you tell I got this gadget just before I went to New Zealand ha ha?
I also have a floating waterproof mount that was used when swimming or snorkelling just like when I was in the Maldives.
#4 – GoFlex Case For The GoPro
Unfortunately, it won’t holder the larger mounts such as the head and chesty mounts but other than that we have all other GoPro accessories safely stored in the space saving option. Not only is GoPro equipment stored within this case but also other camera equipment and our SPOT GPS Tracker, which I talk about later. A perfect investment for travel.
#5 – Sony Alpha6000 Mirrorless Camera
Stunning sunset taken in Lombok, Indonesia by the Sony Alpha6000
For anyone not familiar with Mirrorless cameras here is my simple understanding. So you are aware I am no camera expert, and this is just my opinion and personal account from what I have been told by the experts. Any camera experts are invited to comment on this post and correct any errors I hopefully won’t make. So, a Mirrorless camera differs from a DSLR because simply there is no mirror. What this allows is a smaller and lighter camera that takes a photo as good as the DSLR’s. Simple huh.
Obviously when you are travelling size and weight are the Holy Grail. Therefore I was looking for something smaller but with the quality. After lots of research, and finally, purchasing I fell in love with the Sony Alpha6000 and wouldn’t have anything else. Doesn’t the photo above speak for itself?
#6 – iPad Mini
#7 – 13 Inch MacBook Air
#8 – 2TB Slim Hard Drive
#9 – SPOT GPS Tracker
Unfortunately, this device is a little pricey and once purchased you are also required to buy a subscription for it to work (something we didn’t realise a time of purchase, as it was an impulsive buy in a closing down sale). In hindsight, though I feel this is a great investment considering your safety is priceless, and I know mum is happy we have this travelling with us.
#10 – Steripen
7 Gadget Essentials To Travel With – An infographic by Fab Meets World