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If you are considering hitting the road as a travel blogger you are probably considering what technology for travel bloggers is best to have before you go. We have a family travel blog and family travel show on Youtube, so need quite the set of equipment.
We travel with two laptops. We are both working and freelancing and it is just much easier to have two. It might seem excessive but it works for us. David and I BOTHrecently upgraded to a HP Envy x360 with a 15.6 inch screen. This has been a blessing so far and the fact it doubles as a tablet is super useful. We can flip it and watch movies while it stands up either on the plane or anywhere we see fit. So far it has been awesome for editing video, watching and uploading to YouTube and for working my social media clients.
We have a lot of footage, pictures and so on for our travel blog. We need to back it up and often. We also like to keep a few movies handy for Travis for the times we have no access to internet. The best option we have found are external memories. We have two of these. One for movies and one for backing up all of our data.
Our transcend external memory is made for travel and can be bounced around in a backpack without causing damage. Worth every single penny.
We also have a camera each. I know I know, we are greedy. We went with the GoPro because of the amazing footage that comes from them. We have both our cameras in one handy case with all of the extras we used for them.
You need memory in the GoPro. Simple as that. We decided to go with the good old old Sandisk memory cards.
We travel with a kid. We need some source of entertainment for him for long flights and for the times we are working and are stuck with more limited entertainment options. We travel with an iPad air with games and movies for Travis for the times when there is just no other option. We keep it in a foldable case so he can prop it up to watch movies. It also protects it from scratching and dropping (to an extent.)
We also both use an iPhone 6. We use this for reading and entertainment on planes and buses too. Both are in cases which are meant to protect them from dropping. We got them unblocked so we can pick up cheap sims while we travel and always have a local number and 3G connection to keep in touch.
To charge the phones and the GoPros we use a special USB charging device which has a connection from each country/plug type. When you travel you can never guarantee where the sockets will be so its great to have an extra long charging cable so you can use your phone while it charges too. It is so easy to switch it up and use it anywhere we are. The laptops we connect and charge through plug adapters.
Bonus: Laptop backpack
Our laptop backpack is one of our best purchases. It is sectioned up to hold the laptop safely and in place without it shuffling around inside the backpack. There is passing inside to keep it safe. The straips are thick gel-like material which makes the backpack sit comfortable on the shoulders without weighing you down. It actually feels so light I keep thinking I forgot to pack the actual laptop. Bonus is the bag model we have is also waterproof saving us in rainy situations or when our little one spills.
We also use a laptop sleeve to protect the laptops if we are transporting them in a smaller back.
What is your favourite piece of technology for travel bloggers?