What’s in My Bag? All the essentials I carry around with me on a daily basis plus everything I take along with me on my travels. I’ll keep updating this list whenever I discover something new, so keep your eye on it.
Updated: 28th June 2020.
- New camera and wireless charger added.
A list of what i like to carry with me on a daily basis.
My Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (reviewed here) comes with me everywhere. I choose Samsung because of its exceptional camera for a smartphone and the expandable memory. It allows me to ditch the old point and shoot camera (one less thing to carry and keep charged) and keep those important files backed up on memory card. Plus it has the added bonus of being waterproof. Buy it here.
I always carry one or sometimes more 360 cameras, Currently I carry the Qoocam 8K or the Xiaomi Mi Sphere (reviewed here). 360 cameras are what allow me to take the amazing 360 photos and tiny planets. With just the touch of a button I can now share the entire world around me. This gives a full perspective as if you’re actually stood with me. Learn more about 360 Cameras here.
360° photos and especially 360° videos are large files, ideally you’ll want to upgrade to at least a 128GB, U3 card or larger if you can afford to. I’ve used the SanDisk 128GB U3 microSD now for many years and they’ve always been reliable. I now own 3 and touch wood they haven’t failed me yet.
You don’t always want to be holding the camera or be in the picture for that matter, so depending on the days activities I always have at least one of these three with me. The monopod I found to be most reliable is the Man billy A222 (reviewed here). With its slim line, lightweight, robust build and reducing down to a compact travel size easy for carrying around. It’s an ideal friend for all 360 Photographers. Now I have the Qoocam 8K i have bought the Insta360 bullet time bundle with the incorporated stand for everyday use, plus it folds down to a nice compact size making it great for travel and it’s also waterproof.
With the Xiaomi I use the dedicated selfie stick. If im swimming or travelling I also like to have a spare with me just incase, these things can break easily, plus the Xiaomi selfie stick isn’t waterproof, so that’s where this nice cheap selfie stick comes in.
There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of nowhere and your phone is going to die. This little beaut will keep your phone battery topped up nicely and what makes this even better is that it’s completely wireless. Just rest your phone on top and hey presto it’s charging. (wireless phone compatibility required). I recently upgraded from my old 10000mah to this 25000mah, it was a little larger than expected, still the same height and width as my S20 Ultra. Just a little thicker in depth.
- Tip: If you have room in your bag take a short 4 way extension lead to give yourself more plugs.
Along with the list above, when i’m away from home and shooting overseas these are the things I can’t travel without. When travelling the most commonly asked question is what to pack? Remember if you really need something, buy it. It’s not that hard to find medicine, clothes, or an umbrella overseas. In Asia everything is very cheap and almost everything is replaceable.
Also remember you’ll be carrying your bag most the time. I often see people wearing huge backpacks, struggling to walk and in a tropical climate it’s not the best idea. Try to stick to the same climate if you can during trips to avoid carrying lots of different clothes. You don’t want to be lugging sweaters around Thailand!
Pack smart, pack light and take as little as possible
The trusty flip flops, these go everywhere with me. I bought them in 2016 and they still look almost like new even though I wear them almost everyday, they’re really comfortable and durable.
This is an awesome universal charger for travelling, really nice design, solidly built and compact. Complete with it’s own carry case and USB C to USB C cable supplied. It can charge 6 devices simultaneously with 3 fast charge USB ports and 2 fast charge USB Type C ports and 1 standard AC socket. Find out more about the iBlockCube Worldwide travel adapter here.
Being fair skinned and one that burns extremely easily this stuff is like liquid gold to me. I’ve found it to be the best I’ve ever used, P20 is translucent, fragrance free comes in a handy spray bottle and lasts for up to 10 hours a day. If watersports are your thing, then you’ll be pleased to know that it has been classed as ‘very water resistant’ and even after frequent swimming remains effective.
This towel packs down to take up very little room in your bag and it drys off really quick to, ideal for when your on the move alot. I use the dry bag as a beach bag, it’s great for keeping all your valuables like your phone and camera dry especially if your travelling on a boat. You can also use it in reverse. If your in a rush to leave but your towel & swim gear is still wet, you can put them inside the dry bag to keep all your other stuff outside dry.
These are a must if your travelling long haul flights and staying in hostels, I struggle to sleep without them in noisy environments.
The Cabin Max Lyon, this bag has been on a few trips with me now and is still holding out like new. It’s lightweight, durable, versatile & good quality. You can convert it from backpack to trolley in about 30 seconds. I have made a couple adaptations by adding drinks holders to either side and some Velcro to hold the inside pockets closed as i found items tended to fall out to the bottom of the bag often. You can never find a bag that is 100% perfect, but so far this is as close as I’ve come.
Tip..convert it to a backpack on budget airlines as sometimes when you reach the gate they tend to put wheeled cabin bags in the hold.