In case you didn’t know, I’m a self-employed designer, therefore, often, I have to bring and do work on the go even when I’m travelling. When I’m not working, I enjoy taking photos of experiences and beautiful places so that I can document them on my social media platforms and this blog.
These are my top 5 gadgets that I will definitely travel with:
Macbook Air: If I’m going for a short trip and forecasted that I won’t be doing heavy graphics work on the trip, all I need is my 13″ MacBook Air. It’s so light that I can handle it with one hand and not fear I will drop it. The Macbook Air also fits into my tote bag easily which I can stow under the seat on the plane, so I can whip it out to use once we’re cleared. Most importantly, the Macbook Air’s battery lasts for HOURS!
Macbook Pro: Other days, I rely on my trusty Apple 15″ MacBook Pro, but the downside is it’s very heavy when I sling my bag over one shoulder, so I can’t carry it for too long. The other negative point is it’s near impossible to use it on the plane in Economy Class.
When I’m at the hotel room or cafes doing work though, the large screen gives me much to be thankful for, because larger screens really do increase productivity.
Yes it’s a Razer. Yes, it’s a[n expensive] gaming mouse. It’s also a mouse I cannot do my design work without, because it gives me speed and responsiveness. I haven’t found any mouse that is better than a Razer though.
With a Razer mouse, it means I also need to travel with a mousepad. I have a razor-thin (lololl) Razer mousepad that comes in the form of a cloth (they say the concept is, you can wipe your monitor screen with the cloth). It’s easy to roll and get stuff it in my bag.
For years, I have gone for many a trip carrying a Canon DSLR. I love DSLRs because depth of field is easy to obtain, and I’m a sucker for depth of fields. The DSLR served me very well for many trips and events and gave me lots of great photos as keepsakes.
These days, I carry this Olympus Pen – a Micro 4/3 camera – with me. What drew me to this camera initially was its design. It looks so retro and modern at the same time! The settings are also awesome; the camera gives great colors; I could go on forever. #CONFESSION: I love the wireless transfer function. I can transfer it to my phone immediately on the go, instead of either waiting till I download it to my computer and transfer it to my phone, or making do with lower-quality photos from the phone camera. This function is a game-changer!
Great for reading on the plane if the in-flight entertainment system’s not good enough. Great company during meals when I travel solo. Great for reading before bedtime if I need to unwind!
The Kindle Paperwhite comes with adjustable backlight functions. In the day, when you put it on low light, it looks exactly like the basic Kindle in its natural light. Turn it up a little if you’re reading in a dark room and I promise, it will never hurt your eyes like how mobile phones do. The battery also lasts for weeks; the device is super light; it carries many ebooks if you have them. I’m super glad to upgrade to this Paperwhite from the basic Kindle!
While the world was raving over iPhones, I insisted on using a Blackberry and Androids (Samsung, Sony), because I didn’t want to use what everyone else is using. I was so sure that iPhone will never give me what a powerful Android phone can give me.
Boy was I wrong.
The iPhone 6+ was to become my first iPhone. All the colors look so good, photos too. I had many problems with quality, colors, pixelization, blurry frames from previous phones. They look great on the handphone but shit when you upload them. Never had that problem with an iPhone. Now, I wish to delete my old Instagram photos and post them all over again. Being a designer, I should have trusted Apple’s color accuracy!
My only regret was taking too long to switch to an iPhone!
Now, other gadgets that I WISH to travel with!
GoPro Silver Hero4
How about you? What are some of the gadgets you cannot travel without?