Aren’t we all a little curious what everyone’s favorites are? Especially when something doesn’t work out for you, then you might think, “What does so-and-so use that they love?”. In the last 6 years, we’ve traveled a lot, with a ton of flights and a bunch of train rides, so we have our packing routine down.
If you want to know what our “go-to” pieces are, this is the post for you! Just to let you know, we aren’t sponsored by any of these companies, we found them all on our own (with one exception that you’ll see). But we do have affiliate links below so that if you decide to purchase that item after reading this, we get a small commission, but you are not charged anything extra! We do this so we can keep this site up and running.
Our travel bags
eBags is by far our favorite luggage.
We want to travel with only a carry-on, so this is it, the 21″ wheeled bag from eBags. With two big sections that can morph into an extra large section, there are many possibilities! Besides, the wheels are basically silent. A feature I didn’t know I wanted, but love. I also have the backpack version in the Motherlode series in case I’m going on a super short trip and a budget airline. You know, sometimes you really just don’t want your bag taken at the gate! These bags have been on dozens of flights, thousands of miles, and 5 years of abuse and don’t show any signs of stopping.
Victorinox is a new addition and we like this bag, too.
This Victorinox bag was given to us last year to create a review on their website. Honestly, I didn’t know it was a good brand so I didn’t have high expectations. It’s a hard case but incredibly light with four-wheels. I think it’s a great bag, but I like my eBags more. The four-wheels tempt me every once in a while though! Just watch it carefully on public transit. Those wheels like to run away! Sean has basically claimed this bag because of the design of two wide-open sections and he always packs the same way in it.
Pacsafe bags are great day bags
These babies use secured zippers, along with exo-mesh front and bottom and a slash-proof strap. As a bonus, there’s an RFID protected pocket. This is helpful for passports and credit cards that have that little chip inside. I have a Citysafe CX 17 liter backpack and Sean has a Venturesafe 15 liter G3 bag for a regular day bag. The new designs look good and I’m happy to have upgraded from a plain black bag.
Camera gear for YouTubers and bloggers
We both just upgraded our cameras to fit our growing need for better equipment. How exciting! It’s always like Christmas morning when you buy yourself a new “toy”.
I’ve got the route of really thinking about video since we’ve re-launched our YouTube channel. I waited a long time for my perfect camera. By “perfect” I mean perfect for me, my skill level, and my needs. So, I bought the Sony a6600 the day it released. Then I bought the 10-18mm lens and the 18-125mm lens and these are my babies! The lens in the middle is the Sigma 30mm that’s amazing for portraits and other photos. We got the last camera in the store since everyone else pre-ordered! Check prices on Amazon here.
A lightweight laptop
When I finally got a new laptop, I was head-over-heels in love with the HP Spectre (not the 360 or touchscreen but maybe next time). It was beautiful, thin, and light. I’ve been an HP-lover for over 10 years now, so I’m sure my next one will also be the same brand!
A high-quality phone
I’m not an Apple fan, sorry-not-sorry. I have the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Sean has the Samsung Galaxy S9+. The quality of these photos is mind-blowing. My favorite things about the S10 are the steady shot capability when filming and the ultra-wide angles! If your phone is going to act as your camera and/or video camera, it’s worth investing more for a better one if you can. It’s the camera that’s always in your pocket!
Other miscellaneous but important pieces
Peak Design tripod
For a travel-friendly, yet high-quality tripod, we turned to Peak Design. We are big fans of this company because of their products but also, their ethics, their mission, and how they run their business.
DJI Ronin SC
Sean has gotten the hand of using a gimbal when necessary, so we have the DJI Ronin – SC for his camera. It adds an extra element of professionalism and while we don’t use it in every video, we have it if we know we’ll need it!
GoPro Hero 8
Every vlogger needs an action cam and we just happen to have a GoPro. It’s a good camera and comes in handy for many activities but a few others also seem pretty great. You could check out the Insta360 Go 2 or the DJI Osmo Action.
For super stable shots with an easy to travel size, I have the DJI Osmo Pocket which is a tiny gimbal with a tiny camera attached that creates 4K footage. It’s a great tool to have in our bag.
When on YouTube, a best practice is to use a microphone because audio means more than most people think. We have the Rode Wireless GO as our main mic and the Rode VideoMicro as a back-up or secondary mic. Since the Wireless GO needs charging, I always want a back-up in case anything happens to it. The Rode Wireless GO 2 is out now and if I had to buy a new one, I would buy that one.
Our Victorinox has a built-in lock (of course, it does!) but other other bags have holes in the zippers and D-rings to be able to use luggage locks and lock them in one place. Use them! I’m not paranoid about my luggage, but why not just have a little extra security?
One reason I love all our bags is that they aren’t black and are pretty unique in the world of bags. Even still, a luggage tag is so important. I created A Wanderlust For Life ones that I’m kind of in love with, and you can purchase too if you’d like, otherwise just find one you can easily spot on the luggage carousel.