Here’s What Tech Hardware, Cameras, and Computers We Can’t Travel Around the World Without
We work full-time while traveling; Andrew on our Ad Agency, Adrienne on our clothing line (TheRobeLives.com), and of course, together on our philanthropic projects, photography, and promotional work in the travel industry. Between learning about medicinal plants, listening to live tribal music, working with regional fashion designers, going on safaris, sky diving, and exploring new cities, our lives are extremely demanding, professionally, so we need great gear that’s reliable and extensible.
This hardware is what powers A & A and what enables us to live life traveling abroad full-time. You're welcome for the super not confusing order of techy-thingys.
(#10) Apple iPhone 7 Plus:
(#11) Apple 12in MacBook:
Day to day photography and filming always occurs on our iPhone 7+. We upgraded to that model as it had the best available phone camera on the market. We almost never post photos taken on iPhone 7+ to Instagram; that’s reserved for the real gear.
(#14) Leica V-Lux 20mp Type 114 Camera http://amzn.to/2neMfkh: 95% of our travel photography is done on a Leica V-Lux 20mp Type 114. This mirrorless camera isn’t the best at any one thing, but it extremely versatile and incredibly fast ‘from the hip’ in virtually every scenario (save for low low light). The main selling point for us was the fixed Leica lens 25mm-400mm equivalent, which can nail your close up and long range shots in 2 seconds without changing lenses. For a traveler on the street, or on safari, or at a dance ceremony, you can never predict what you’re going to shoot and when, so the instant versatility here is critical. Mirrorless is the new hotness, we will never move back to DSLR. If you work for Sony, please know that I’m dreaming of waking up to an A7RII on my doorstep ☺ or if you work for Leica, I’d prefer an SL, please.
(#1) Sony RX100 Mark III Camera http://amzn.to/2neKwvq: The Leica falls short in three areas, low light, portraits, and portability, so we got a Sony RX100 Mark III to fill the gaps. Adrienne carries this in her purse when we go out at night, and it’s also great for flying through a village on the back of a motorcycle. Huge 1.7 aperture and high shutter speeds, this was one of the best compact cameras you could buy a few years back, and for us, it’s still a solid pick.
(#15) GoPro Hero 5 Black http://amzn.to/2n0NYYh: No explanation necessary. GoPro or other “extreme” camera is kind of a must have for any full time travelers who regularly document and share their work. Jumping off of a cliff? GoPro. Swimming with Whale Sharks? GoPro. We got this one when our GoPro Hero 3 stopped working and it’s a MAJOR upgrade; display screen, waterproof without housing, voice commands…
(#5) DJI Phantom 4 Drone: http://amzn.to/2n13CmA: Pictures from sky.
(#2) Silicon Power 2T Waterproof External Hard Drive: http://amzn.to/2n0VJO7: We carry a 2 terabyte backup hard drive and try to back our memory cards and computers up every month or so. Rugged & waterproof is important as you never know how sturdy that sketchy boat across Phra Nang Bay is going to be.
(#9) Rocketet Memory Card Reader: http://amzn.to/2mIAO0b Since we’re on the 12in Macbook and have NO PORTS we need dongles for everything. We’re really happy with the Rocketet Card Reader as we can stick in two standards and a micro SD to easy move data across storage devices.
(#12) GorillaPod Flexible Tripod: http://amzn.to/2n0Yizs Since your camera won’t stand alone.
Andrew’s neurotic, OCD, fear of battery being lower than 70% drives us to have a TON of backup battery power.
(#4) Anker PowerCore+ 20100 mAh External battery: http://amzn.to/2n12Qpy: The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 mAh packs so much battery power you wont know what to do with yourself. It can actually fully charge one of our 12in Macbooks. It’s a USB-C charger with two additional USB 3 ports and is one of the few on the market that will send power TO a computer.
(#3) Maxdara iPhone 7 Plus charging Case: http://amzn.to/2neV9y4: The Maxdara external battery case is not approved by Apple and can’t transfer data, but it stores more than a full charge of the iPhone 7+.
(#13) Bestek Voltage Converter: http://amzn.to/2neTZTi: One of the best home runs we hit was ordering this voltage converter before we ever left the US. We couldn’t even count the number of times we had a place with only one available outlet and this unit is a life saver. We load up both computers, both phones, and a camera battery and get them all juiced up simultaneously. Helps with Andrew’s neurotic night sweats about battery power.
(#6) Native Union Charging Cable: http://amzn.to/2nDxgl3: Apple makes horrible phone charging cables. They always break apart at the neck to expose wires and then die off leaving you out to dry. We switched over to Belkin cables some time ago and then discovered these cables from Native Union which are super pretty and we couldn’t not have them. Native Union cables seem to be the most durable to us, and since we hammer these hard in ever condition imaginable, it’s critical to be able to trust the cords.
(#8) Outlet Adapter (not same as picture): http://amzn.to/2nsAzLf : From big holes to small holes.
(#7) BRCK: https://www.brck.com/index.html: The BRCK is simply a mobile router, but it’s hard-core, weather resistant, and capable of transmitting signal very well at long ranges and in poor service environments. If our apartment or hotel has wifi that’s located far from our room, we will set up the BRCK in the corner of the room closest to the wifi router and it repeats the signal into our living space. Similarly, if we don’t have wifi, and the mobile service is weak, we can drop the BRCK outside, stick a SIM card in it and it will repeat the signal into our place. We work full time, and the BRCK has saved us by keeping us connected a dozen or so times. Also, even if you have good service, it’s nice to use as a mobile SIM router because it will save your phone’s battery life.