Below are my essential travel electronics. While I secretly wish I didn’t need electronics, they are necessary and appreciated. So I keep them as minimal as possible (though I might eventually add a GoPro to this list). XO
I'm about to adopt Google Fi cell phone plan and a Pixel 3 XL smartphone into my life. It’s an affordable inter/national phone and plan, which includes an excellent camera, making this a much more convenient option (one number, no sim cards) most wherever I travel. It helps that everyone I’ve talked to, who has been using it, shares rave reviews. Simplifying phone use, beyond measure.
I call this a "compact" digital SLR mirrorless camera with "compact" lenses because these are smaller in size than typical digital SLR cameras and lenses and output the same quality. I wouldn't have it any other way, because until now, I've used my cell phone camera to take photos, as I didn't want to buy another camera until I could find one that was small enough and light enough to want to carry it. This is it.
NOTE: When using it, I carry it around my neck (with the extra lens in my bag). On transport days, this camera and its lenses fit in my personal item.
While I wish it were not true, there are things I must do that can only be done on a laptop. My (several years old) Lenovo Yoga fits in my personal item on transport days, flips and folds in various directions, and has served me well.
(It’ll be time to replace this this next year or so, at which point I’ll either get a similar Lenovo or a Microsoft Surface Pro. Weight will likely decide.)
NOTE: I don’t carry a stand alone/backup hard drive, because…
I would have to carry it
I can keep a copy of everything on my laptop
I can keep a backup copy on the cloud
I use these SD cards in my camera (I had to first make sure they were exactly what the camera called for). I love that this link sells two to four cards for the price of one. I almost always download images each evening to my laptop, plus upload them to the cloud (then delete them from the card) and reuse.
I love this minimal and lightweight 5 foot extension cord and surge protected power strip. It allows me to plug it into challenging locations (like behind a sofa), then bring it up onto a counter, where I can keep all charging items within easy reach, organized, and clean/off the floor. The cord is super thin, and the plug folds over, making it easy to wrap around the strip itself.
Sturdy. Strong. Solidly connects without sagging. Compatible in 150 countries, and so much easier for me to use than carrying around multiple adaptors for multiple countries.