Travel Gear: Buying Guides

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On this page, you’ll find almost every piece of travel gear that I pack for my flights, from a practical power bank to the rucksack that I use. Use the buying guides to put together your own list of travel safety products, or a practical packing list for travel to Ireland. Plus find detailed reviews on products I’ve really put through on-the-road testing like the Bose wired headphones I’ve had for 5 years or the Peak Design clutch I use with my camera. Keep scrolling on this page for more travel essentials that you can pick up from online retailers.

Latest Travel Gear Buying Guides

A pile of suitcases to represent a packing list for Ireland

The Complete Packing List for Ireland

It’s a good idea to get prepared for any upcoming trip you’re planning to Ireland. Whether you’ll base yourself in Dublin, explore the Wild Atlantic Way, or join the craic (fun) at a traditional Irish …

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Top 12 Travel Safety Products of 2024

From personal alarms to door wedges, these are your top travel safety essentials. Making sure you’re safe and secure is just as crucial as soaking up unforgettable moments when you travel. Keeping safe and healthy …

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8 Best Travel Headphones with Noise Cancelling in 2024

Travel is amazing but exhausting. I find excessive noise in airports and on trains saps my energy and quality travel headphones are the key to tuning out the hubbub. How do you choose the best …

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Best Gear for Vlogging: My 32 Top Picks

Over two years as a full-time solo travel blogger and YouTuber, I’ve refined the Top Tech Picks that fulfil my photography, writing and filming needs. Everything I use is easily available and I’ve pulled together …

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An earbud and microphone of the Bose QC20 wired headphones is shown against a brown table top.

Gear: Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you’re looking for a set of wired noise-cancelling headphones, and Bose is on your mind, you’re in the right place. I travel a lot. So a foldable, high-quality set of headphones that cancels out …

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Gear: GO Hybrid Universal Pillow

As I travel full-time with only hand luggage, every single thing I carry needs to have a purpose. That might be a tougher measure than most people, but it means anything I recommend is pretty …

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Patrick shown in Paris using a Peak Design Clutch with a Sony Camera

Gear Review: Peak Design Clutch & Sony A7 IV

Peak Design Clutch: for every camera problem, there is a vlogging gear solution waiting to be bought! Swinging Camera Strap in Shot I spent Summer 2022 trekking in my campervan to Nordkapp, the most northerly …

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Gear: Vapur Water Bottle

Vapur Water Bottle: The Ideal Solution? I came across the Vapur Water Bottle by accident. If I’m anything like you, I bet I’ve owned about 10 different kinds of water bottle in the past couple …

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Gear: Osprey Farpoint 40L Backpack

I am obsessed with travel gear. That might sound pretty strong, but it’s the truth. When I started getting into long term travel, I faced an important question: travel light with hand luggage or travel …

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My Travel Favourites

Leuchtturm B5 Dotted Journal

I love Leuchtturm’s dotted journals for my backpack

View the Journal on Amazon

Sony WH-1000XM5

You have to have noise-cancelling headphones! Read my Buyers Guide here

View the Headphones on Amazon

Universal Adapter

Works for any plug/socket combo. A must-have.

View the Adapter on Amazon

Carry-on Essentials

Icebreaker Merino Sweater

A merino zip-up is easy to remove and is both light & warm.

View the Sweater on Amazon

Anker Power Bank

Anker is one of the most reliable power banks available

View the Adapter on Amazon

Lifestraw Water Bottle

BPA-free & with a built in filter. Top seller for higher end bottles

View the Water Bottle on Amazon

Backpack & Sling

Osprey Porter 30L

My everyday backpack, which I use as my main carry-on

View the Osprey Porter on Amazon

Bellroy Lite Sling Bag

I use this lite sling to carry my snacks & iPad mini / Kindle

View the Sling Bag on Amazon

Amazon Packing Cubes

A small, basic set will meet most packing needs

View the Packing Cubes on Amazon

Camera Gear

Sony A7 IV Camera

A major investment, but top-notch for both video & photos

View the Sony Camera on Amazon

Wandrd Camera Cube

Inserts into any backpack to protect camera gear

View the Cube on Amazon

DJI Mini 4 Pro

I’m still using the Mini 3 Pro, but this is quality kit

View the DJI Drone on Amazon

Essential Resources

Find Flights within Budget

Skyscanner – use the search tool to find the cheapest flight deals and the Price Alert to book when prices drop for your destination.


Find Hotels

Booking.com – I like the ability to filter not only by budget, but also property type and rating.


Guide Books

My preference is for Lonely Planet or Rough Guides. Choose from Kindle or printed versions.