Years ago out of college, I came across a book titled, Chic Simple, an all-encompassing guide book—a style and wardrobe philosophy, really—which outlines the bare essentials of what every man and woman should have in his or her wardrobe: a basic, versatile, contemporary, and sophisticated outfit for nearly every occasion. Think: the navy blue blazer for men; the little black dress for women. Every since then, I’ve been obsessed with applying this ‘chic simple’ philosophy toward all my possessions, including my travel gear.
Why I like it: Made of ballistic nylon, this bag is rugged, good looking, simple, and minimalist. It also doesn’t scream “backpacker!” Professional-looking for any city or business setting.
Why I like it: This sleek bag is practical and stylish enough for a night out on the town; inconspicuous without anyone knowing that I’m carrying expensive cameras and lenses. It also holds a laptop so I can commute to co-working spaces, re-enforcing the old adage—the best camera is the one you have on you.
Why I like it: The most affordable, easy-to-use, 4K camera on the market! It’s lightweight for travel, takes awesome videos and stills—just what I need! This camera is bare-bones, easy-to-use, and does everything I need a camera to do. I use it to film my Global Trade YouTube videos.
Why I like it: Portable, flip-up screen, image stabilized, great autofocus and good in low-light, this is the best vlogging camera for my needs and is my go-to camera when space is limited and when I want to take a camera along for those spur-of-the-moment shots.
Why I like it: Lightweight, pack-able, and sturdy, this is my go-to all-purpose tripod for travel.
Podcasting & Audio Hardware
Why I like it: Could be the best value-for-your buck, it comes at a mere $39 price tag each and its build and function is similar, if not identical, to the more expensive Audio-Technica’s ATR-2100. The case of same product, disguised differently, coming out of the same factory? Hmmm…
Why I like it: Built-tough and portable, this interface ups my audio game during interviews by allowing me to use XLR microphone cables. Result: sound is much cleaner and crisper, giving my YouTube interviews more credibility. I also use it for Skype calls.
Why I like it: As its name implies, I love this small recorder because I can take it with me at all-times which is great for recording sound when I don’t want to do a full mic set-up. If you’re just getting into YouTube, the Zoom H1 would be the one to purchase.
Why I like it: This is a step up in professional audio, has more options which allow you to hook up XLR cable mics, is well built and has nice, tactile, old-school knobs. Looking to up your audio game? Zoom H5 hands-down!
Why I like it: It is simple, good-looking, and does 90% of what the big name phones do at one-fourth the price. I have been very happy with its minimalist design and function. I purchased a late model international version for $230 on Amazon and have used it throughout my Asia travels.
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