Travel Gear

With more and more people reading about my travel journeys, many have started asking about what I pack for my travels. So I’ve put together this page to share my long-term travel packing list, that gives a brief idea about why I use and recommend a particular product, and a link from where you can buy it from.

The gear I use may not suite every traveller’s need, so have your wits about it before you make a purchase. Moreover, please note that some of my gear may seem expensive, but the quality they offer will make it up to the price tag.

Below you’ll find the travel gear that I currently use and highly recommend. Attractive, handy, value for price, professional and long lasting, these things fit all the descriptions. There’s certainly a low-cost alternative to some of the products, but if you want best in its class, look no further.


LUGGAGE

Rucksack: Quechua Forclaz 60ltr Backpack

With its 60ltr capacity, this backpack is neither too big nor small, and is ideal for short as well as long term travel. The product is exceptionally durable, and I’ve personally been using it for the past six months.  You may find a few cheap alternatives in its class, but rest assured, if you invest INR 3.5K in this product, you won’t regret later. Moreover at this prize a branded front loader is impossible to get.

Camera Bag: Lowepro DSLR Fastpack 150 AW

US based Lowepro makes the best camera backpacks out there, and I’ve been using their three different products at the moment, but among all Lowepro Fastpack 150 remains my favorite. I’ve been using this backpack for over 2 years now, and still in love with it. I love how it protects my camera from everything – dust, rain, as well as shocks, thanks to a good padding. It carries my DSLR, an extra lens, a laptop, all chargers and a few other things in between.

If you’re a travel blogger, or are someone who carries a few digital equipment while travelling, look no further. However, based on the number of lenses you carry and the size of your laptop, you can this other Lowepro Fastpack Backpack, in the series.


PHOTOGRAPHY

Action Camera: YI Action Camera

There are many action cameras out there, with Hero GoPro leading the crowd. The only problem is, Hero GoPro are undeniably expensive. Alternatives, like SJCam and others, lack way behind in quality. But Xiomi YI action camera, priced at INR 9k offers videos no less in quality than a GoPro (visit my youtube channel to make yourself believe). In low light conditions, it surely disappoint a little, but speaking of day light shooting, it outruns many and compete with a Hero GoPro. I’ve been using XiomiYI for more than two years now, and totally love the sound and image quality.

Go for Xiomi YI 4K Action Camera, if you want to click videos in 4k (though changes are, you wont!)  elso go with the one I own Xiomi Yi HD. Please note that there are a different versions of Xiomi Yi, some costing a couple of grands cheaper (priced at 6 or 7k), I am not sure what quality they lack, so I cannot vouch for them. I’m only recommending the one this link redirects to: YI Action Camera.

Professional DSLR: Sony Alpha A6300

As they say that the best camera is the one you can always carry, I’ve improved my photography so much since I’ve switched to this mirrorless camera, after using Nikon D5200 for many years. Thanks to its compact size, I can carry it anywhere, and experiment in different situations – from trekking to being a pillion on someone’s motorbike. A fast(est) autofocus in its class makes things even more easier.

If you want a 4k video recording, go for Alpha 6300, and don’t even think twice. If, however, your are only into photography and HD videos are enough for you, go for Sony Alpha A6000 and save yourself a couple of grands.


CAMPING

Tent: Quechua Arpenaz 1+1 Tent

If you are looking for a cheap, light weight, easy to set-up-and-pack tent, look no further than Quechua Arpanez. After all, it is Quechua’s most selling camping product, and there’s a reason for it. I used this tent personally for many years, camping in -10,-15 degree calcius temperatures and even under harsh wind and it never disappointed. If you’re a casual camper, and are not going for extreme mountaineering, I would recommend this product. And speaking of the price and the many other confusing options out there, “at this price tag, you won’t get such a product anywhere else”.

Go for Quechua Arpenaz 1+1 Tent if you’re looking for a single man tent, or Quechua Arpenaz 2+1 Tent, if you’re looking for a two men tent.

Sleeping Bag: Quechua S15 Sleeping Bag

Quechua S15 Light sleeping bag is ideal for camping, but again for a casual user. It’s light weight, waterproof, and is compact to carry while hiking. I’ve tested it in -10 degree in Chandratal and other places in Laddakh and Spiti valley. Trust my decision if you’re confused about which sleeping bag to go for, and you will only stay warm.


BLOGGING ON THE GO

Laptop: Lenovo Yoga 310 11.6-inch Laptop

Lenovo Yoga Since the inception of my blogging career, in January 2016, I’ve been using this notebook and I couldn’t be happier. Its 11.5 inch screen size makes it lightweight and easier to carry. Moreover, with a 360 degree screen rotation, which is also touch-enabled, it can be used as a tablet while travelling in buses or flight.

If you’re looking for a small-size budget notebook, with multiple functionalities, all without breaking your pocket, I’d recommend Lenovo Yoga, anyday.


OTHER THINGS I CURRENTLY USE


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Further Reading: Useful tips on How To Save Money On Travel Accommodation