Camera Gear & Travel Essentials For Backpackers

I get messages every day from people asking what camera gear and travel essentials I carry while backpacking around the world. So I have put together a list of my camera gear and essential travel items that I carry with me on my travels and that I can personally recommend to you.

As a full-time backpacker, I try to travel as light as possible when I’m on the road and so everything listed below is all you will need to travel the world, take quality photos and not have to carry too much weight.

Camera – Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera

This model of Olympus is one of the most affordable, compact and lightweight cameras on the market. I shoot with this camera every day and my quality of images has increased dramatically since I made this purchase. You can browse through all of my images in my blog to give you an idea of what this camera is capable of.

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Camera Lens – Olympus 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II 

The 14-150mm is my favourite lens for this camera. It is dust & splash proof, also included is a lens hood & cap. The versatility of this lens helps me to create the close-up face shots for my vlogs and photo shoots and the zoom range assists me with my surf photography and shooting landscapes from afar.

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DRONE CAMERA – DJI MAVIC PRO DRONE

The DJI Mavic Pro drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveller-friendly capabilities. The Mavic Pro shoots high-resolution images in JPEG + RAW and high definition 4K video. Get your hands on a DJI Mavic Pro drone today and take your photography and video creations to new heights!

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Laptop Computer – Apple MacBook Pro 15.4″

The MacBook Pro laptop is very lightweight and perfect for backpackers travelling the world. Apart from my camera, the MacBook Pro is my most used accessory when it comes to uploading images, editing photos and video, writing all of my blog posts and booking flights and accommodation when I am on the road.


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High Definition Waterproof Camera – GoPro Hero 6

The most popular camera on the planet. I love using the GoPro 6 for anything involving water shots and for all of my fast-paced adventures. It captures all of my best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use.

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TRAVEL BAG – NOMATIC 40L WATER RESISTANT TRAVEL BAG

The 40L Nomatic Travel Bag is the best purchase I have ever made. This bag has a designated water bottle pocket, RFID protected pocket, shoe compartment, cord organizer, laptop pocket and tablet pocket. The Nomatic Travel Bag is designed to fit the maximum size allowed for carry-on luggage so you will never have to spend money on check-in baggage again!

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 Camera Bag – Lowepro Flipside 300 AW II Camera Bag

The Lowepro Flipside Camera Bag is one of the most affordable camera bags on the market. It includes a waterproof rain cover, padded compartments for DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and a notebook pocket. This is my bag of choice that I take with me on all of my adventures. Check Prices >>

Selfie Stick – SandMarc Selfie Stick – Metal Edition

Everyone loves a good selfie right? This stylish selfie stick can extend to 1.2m and I find it much easier to shoot with the GoPro when it is mounted to the SandMarc Selfie Stick.

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GoPro Dome – Underwater Dome Port for GoPro HERO 

Have you ever wanted to know how to get those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This nifty little dome housing can create that perfect shot you are chasing. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card – SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC

The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for performance and uncompromising image and 4K video quality from my DSLR. Having 64GB of storage means that I can store my images on the SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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Spare Camera Battery – Power Extra 2 Pack Battery for Olympus

Don’t make the same mistake as me by taking hundreds of photos on a big adventure day and running out of battery. Be prepared with this 2 pack of spare batteries.

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Camera Tripod – Joby GorillaPod – Flexible Ballhead Tripod

The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras. This tripod is light weight, easy to use and perfect for setting up a time lapse photo or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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External Hard Drive – WD Elements Portable External Hard Drive 4TB – USB 3.0 

As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use this compact external hard drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for a good year or two worth of content.

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