Below are my essential travel electronics. While I secretly wish I never needed electronics, they are necessary for my life on the road, so I am very grateful that they exist. I do update these whenever necessary, so definitely check back for any changes. XO
The option of ordering a SIM card (for my unlocked cell phone) before departure—to ensure it fits/works upon landing—is essential to me. Because I need to use my unlocked smartphone for just about everything (to pull up reservations, find my way on maps, call transportation, etc). I love that this card works in multiple countries, so I don't have country-specific SIM cards. *A Traveler's Guide to Taking a Smartphone Abroad | Save When Using Your Smartphone Abroad | Using Your Own Phone in Europe
I've adored my unlocked dual SIM international smartphone. It's near time to replace it, so I'll soon be searching through this link above, to find a new one. For me, the most important qualities (besides it having a great camera!) are that it be unlocked and dual SIM. This allows me to use an economical unlimited monthly plan in the states, never remove that SIM card, plus add a second SIM card for overseas use. For me, this keeps things simple and streamlined.
I call this a "compact" digital SLR mirrorless camera with "compact" lenses because these are smaller than typical digital SLR cameras and lenses. And I wouldn't have it any other way, because, until now, I've used my cell phone camera to take photos for my blog, as I didn't want to buy another SLR camera until I could find one that was small enough, and light enough, to want to carry it. This is it.
I love this soft, light, and hard to slash camera wrist strap. It helps prevent slash and run thefts, ensures I don't drop my camera, plus allows me to carabiner it to my Pacsafe crossbody (which I wear on my front side). This means I can safely and easily pull my camera out, let it hang, then stash it back inside...whenever needed.
I was slow to consider a Kindle Fire because I want next to no electronics. However, as eyesight changes, there are things a phone screen can be too small for and a laptop can clearly be too big for while traveling (mapping, tour guides, ebooks, etc.). BONUS: When traveling with a certain someone, we can download WhatsApp on one phone and on this tablet, allowing us to communicate with each other for free, then just install one SIM card on one phone (not two), to make local calls, when needed (i.e. this tablet already paid for itself).
Shockproof, with a built-in cover, plus a stand/handle, this Kindle case makes me feel secure about handling it on the go. Since, accidentally, bags are tossed and gadgets are dropped. So glad to have found this!
While I wish it were not true, there are things I must do that can only be done on a laptop. This Lenovo Yoga is as small as I could go, and it has a style I would not want to give up. It fits in my Pacsafe and Travelon, flips and folds in various directions, and has served me well.
I have these SD cards for my camera (I made sure they were exactly what my camera called for). I love that this link sells two to four cards for the price usually seen for one. I almost always use one card, download images each evening to my laptop (then delete them from the card), to keep them organized in folders on my laptop (I'm more likely to work on them, promptly, that way). But it's always important for me to have a second SD card as a backup.
I love this minimal and lightweight 5 foot extension cord and surge protected power strip. It allows me to access difficult outlets (like behind a sofa), then place it up on a counter, to keep all other items cleanly organized while charging. The cord is thin, and the plug folds over, making it easy to wrap around the strip itself.
I've stayed in more than one room, in the United States, where old wiring meant there were no modern/upgraded outlets. I can plug this grounding adapter into old two-prong outlets, then plug my three-prong equipment into this. (However, note that my power strip above has just two prongs!)