Below are some things that we find useful on our travels. We only recommend items that we have used and approve of. If you happen to purchase any items from Amazon after clicking the links below, we get a small cut that goes towards our travels. Thank you!
Photography and Video
(Note: We are by no means professional photographers!)
- Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera – This is a nice entry-level DSLR. Mine is a few years old so here is a link to the newest version: Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera– We love that this camera can do HD video, Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB), and much more. It’s good for beginners and more advanced users depending on what settings you use. The pictures look stunning compared to cell phone pics.
- Accessories we use with the Canon T3:
- Aputure Timer Camera Remote Control Shutter Cable– This device allows you to take a picture without touching the camera and also allows interval shots for creating time lapse videos. You can also extend the exposure time to beyond 30 seconds for epic night shots. Love it!
- Canon Deluxe Gadget Bag 100EG– This bag is great for my Canon T3 DSLR. I also use this bag to hold my GoPro and accessories. It is the perfect size for your second piece of carry on or hand luggage.
- SanDisk Ultra 32GB Class 10 SDHC UHS-I Memory Card– We like SanDisk cards for a good compromise of quality and price. 32GB is a good size for shooting both photo and video.
- Memory cards – Without getting too technical, you want a high speed memory card for your GoPro. I have the 32 and 64GB version of the SanDisk Extreme 64GB MicroSDXC UHS-1 Card with Adapter
- Battery Pack – It’s super important to always have a charged battery when you’re traveling. I use three and try to keep them charged all the time. The battery/charger sets below are great; they’re really cheap, you can charge two at once, and they hold a charge just like the brand name ones.
- Grips -We got a floaty grip with the case listed below, but here is a similar one: Idaye Yellow Floating Hand Grip
- Kelty Redwing 44 Backpack– Kelty backpacks are super durable, comfortable, and spacious. We find that between 40 and 50 liters is a good size for traveling because you can use it as a carry on but also carry all you need without being too heavy.
- Teva Hurricane XLT Sandals– I recently got a pair of Tevas for our trip to the Philippines and am super happy with them. I shouldn’t have even brought shoes with me because these are so versatile and comfortable. Great for the beach, the mountains, or anything in between.
- Nike Men’s Continuum Splice Volley Swim Trunks– If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the beach you want comfortable swimwear. These Nike swim shorts are so comfortable I wear them as shorts as well.
- Samsonite Inflatable Neck Pillow– We recommend using inflatable travel pillows to save space. They’re not quite as comfortable, but are easier to carry around while not in use. This one has a pocket to neatly fold itself into.
- Lewis N. Clark Comfort Eye Mask– Eye masks are a must for travel. Sometimes you’ll get one on international flights but they are pretty flimsy.
- Eagle Creek Undercover Hidden Pocket for Passport and Wallet– This passport and wallet pouch has belt loops to keep your items safe from pickpockets.
- FRiEQ Universal Waterproof Case Bag– This waterproof bag is perfect for protecting your phone while out on the water. We used this while island hopping in the Philippines. You can even take underwater photos!
- Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter– This universal adapter works almost anywhere so you don’t have to worry about finding an adapter when you arrive.
- AUKEY Portable External Battery Power Bank– A portable power bank for charging devices is a great accessory to bring on your travels especially if you are visiting remote areas.
Safety and First Aid
- CeraVe SPF 50 Zinc Sunscreen 3 Oz– Sunscreen with zinc is much better for reefs and marine life. If you’re going to be in the water, try to go with zinc to help our lakes, rivers and oceans. We use the 3 Oz size because we don’t check any luggage. 3 Oz is the maximum size allowed for carry on luggage.
- Coppertone SPF 50 Sport Lotion 3oz Tube – This is the sunscreen we use if we are not snorkeling or swimming. Doesn’t come off from sweat or water and lasts for hours.
- Sea-Band Motion Sickness Wristband– Get these wrist bands if you suffer from motion sickness. They are a great alternative to motion sickness pills.
- Red Cross Safe Travels First Aid Kit– It’s important to have a basic first aid kit on your adventures. This one is small and perfect for travel.
- Ibuprofen Tablets– Ibuprofen is a travel staple for us. Great for sunburns, headaches, and the occasional hangover. It can be really expensive or simply unavailable in some places so stock up before you leave!
- Hearos Ear Plugs – Xtreme Protection Series– Ear plugs are another must-have for travel. Don’t let that screaming child on the airplane keep you up!
- Repel 100-Percent Deet Insect Repellent Pen Size Spray– Keep away dangerous vectors with DEET while on your travels, but don’t use this as a substitute for recommended vaccinations. The pen size is convenient and allowed on carry on luggage.
- Germ-X Hand Sanitizer– Hand sanitizer is essential for staying healthy on your travels. This size is perfect for carry on bags and pockets.
- Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes Travel Pack– These are handy for wiping up spills or getting your grubby hands or face clean. The citrus ones smell amazing!
- Ziploc One Gallon Freezer Bag– These freezer bags are perfect for putting your carry on liquids in. We always bring some extra when we travel for various needs and they always come in handy.
- Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker– This bluetooth speaker blows us away with its sound volume and quality. We use it all the time around the house but also bring it on our travels. It only weights 1.5 lbs and is really compact. We love it!