Planning & Gear
To me, planning a trip is the most stressful part. Everything seems to get easy once I’m there! I’ve compiled a list of my gear as well as list of the sites and services I use to help me plan, buy tickets, and find places to stay while on the road. I hope this makes planning your own trip a little easier!
- Backpack: The pack I use is the Osprey Waypoint 60 Women’s Travel Pack. My favorite thing about it is that the main compartment unzips like a suitcase so you never have to take everything out of your pack to get to the stuff at the bottom! The detachable day pack it comes with is also very handy. I highly recommend this backpack. They also have this one in men’s: Osprey Waypoint 60 Men’s Travel Pack. For those who need a larger pack there’s the Osprey Waypoint 80 Women’s Travel Pack, also in men’s: Osprey Waypoint 80 Men’s Travel Pack.
- Main camera: I use the Canon PowerShot SX20IS as my main camera. It’s my baby; this is where all of my awesome pictures come from.
- Secondary camera & waterproof case: The other camera I bring along is the Canon PowerShot SD790IS. Its small size makes it perfect for when I don’t feel like carrying the main camera around. PLUS I have the Canon WP-DC24 Waterproof Case for it which is what I use to take all the underwater snorkeling pictures.
- Laptop: I travel with a ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-PU1X Netbook. It has a 10.5 hour battery life, need I say more?? This is also where all my stickers go hehe.
- Clothes: I wear a lot of different clothes while traveling, depending on the country, but these brands make quality travel clothes that I find are functional, comfortable, and still look good: Royal Robbins (my fav because they make skirts with zipper pockets big enough to hold a passport!), The North Face, and REI.
- HostelBookers – Perfect for backpackers and budget travelers
- Orbitz Hotels
- CheapTickets Hotels
- Hotwire Hotels
- Lonely Planet – I bring one on every trip