This gift guide lists some of our favorite travel- and food-related products like camera equipment, blogging tools, travel essentials, and home cooking items. I’ve organized them by category so click on a link in the table of contents below to jump to any particular section.
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GUIDE TABLE OF CONTENTS
This is all the camera and video equipment I use for our blog and YouTube channel.
Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III
This is a great lightweight vlogging camera. It’s got good image stabilization and a jack for an external microphone.
Joby GorillaPod Tripod with Ball Head Bundle
This is what I use to vlog with my Canon G7X Mark III.
iPhone 12 Pro Max
I usually use the Canon G7X Mark III for video and the iPhone 12 Pro Max to take pictures. That way I can quickly upload things to social media.
DJI Osmo Mobile 4
I’ve been an Osmo Mobile user since the second version and absolutely love it. It provides even more stabilization and is great for creating hyperlapse and motionlapse videos.
If you want to make great travel videos, then a good drone is a must.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro
There are smaller drones on the market today but I still use the DJI Mavic Pro. It’s lightweight and compact enough and still makes for a great travel drone.
SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDHC Memory Card with Adapter
These are the micro SD cards I use with my Mavic Pro.
Lipo Battery-safe Pouches
As you know, batteries can be dangerous on a plane even when handcarried so I bought these fire/explosion-proof pouches to carry all my drone batteries. I travel with a lot of gadgets and batteries so it’s important to be safe. Even with these Lipo pouches, it’s important to always handcarry batteries and never attempt to check them in.
Travel essentials that we bring on trips.
With so many gadgets, you’ll need a good power bank to keep your equipment charged throughout the day.
You’d be surprised by how many hotels have just 1 or 2 outlets. I’ve had to stay up on many occasions just so I could plug the last charger in. This PowerCube is compact and has 4 outlets and 2 USB jacks.
Pickpockets are often a concern when traveling. My Tropiformer jacket with 22 pockets and other hidden features keeps my valuables safe and gives me peace of mind on trips.
SCOTTeVEST Men’s Hidden Cargo Pants
If we go somewhere that’s too hot for my Tropiformer, then I’ll bring these cargo pants instead. They have 8 concealed pockets to keep my valuables safe.
SCOTTeVEST Travel Boxers
These travel boxers have 2 deep pockets where I keep our passports and extra cash.
TUO Travel Organizer
This TUO travel organizer is meant to be an undergarment organizer but we use it for toiletries and medicine as well.
FUN IN THE SUN
I love wearing bucket hats on trips. They keep me shielded from the sun and rain while keeping my hands free to take photos and videos.
Tribord Easybreath Snorkeling Mask
If you enjoy snorkeling, then you’re going to love this mask. It’s a revolutionary device that combines the mask and snorkel into one piece. The mask covers your entire face so you can breathe more naturally and not have to stick an uncomfortable snorkel in your mouth.
Dry River Bags
If you’re going to the beach or anywhere with water, then it’s a good idea to have one of these waterproof river bags to keep your valuables dry and protected.
This is the hardware I use to manage our blog.
The Macbook Air is the best laptop for travel. I’ve been a Macbook Pro user for many years but the Air is so much more convenient on trips.
When you’re working in a cafe or public space, noise can make it very difficult to write. Noise-cancelling earbuds significantly reduce ambient noise so it’s easier to concentrate.
Wacom Intuos Tablet
I’ve been using a Wacom pad for almost 20 years now. Without it, creating digital graphics would be so much more difficult. I use this instead of a mouse.
Seagate External Hard Drive
You need a good external hard drive to store all your pictures and files. I’ve used several brands but I find the Seagate drives to be the most reliable.
Like everyone, we’ve been spending a lot of time at home because of the global situation. We bought an Ooni oven and make Neapolitan-style pizzas twice a week to keep us sane. If you want to make restaurant-quality pizzas at home without spending an arm and a leg, then you may want to get an Ooni.
You’ll need good hardwood to make wood-fired pizzas.
Natural Fire Starters
You can get your firewood going with these natural fire starters.
You’ll need a good bench scraper to work with the sticky dough.
12-inch Perforated Pizza Peel
A good peel is essential for making quality pizzas.
When making your pizza, you’ll need to turn it often so the crust cooks evenly. Having a turning peel makes the job so much easier.
Get a good pizza roller so you can cut your pizza in one go.
You’ll need an accurate infrared thermometer to measure how hot your pizza stone is. You can’t use infrared thermometers that are meant for humans.
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