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Date: July 30th, 2009
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3.) Camcorders - Depending on the type of trip you will be actually doing, the amount of video/photo equipment you take will vary. For the sake of this discussion, I will be concentrating more on the worse case scenario where everything will be needed which more than likely would be on an extended holiday abroad. Either way, the advice will still be valid.



With recent advances in technology, you now have digital cameras that take excellent video as well as excellent photos. The only real difference is cost and whether or not you want HD photos and video. In my opinion, you do. For US$250 you can get a camera that will not only take great photos, but will also take excellent 720p HD video as well. In essence, you get the best of both worlds. Instead of plunking down a $150 on a standalone digital camera and US$400+ on a HD camcorder, for less than half the price you have both. That is a great bargain and trust me, 720p is more than enough for travel video. No one needs 1080p to videotape Timmy playing at the beach. Just slap in a 32gig SDHC card, and record as much as you want.


And with this one purchase, you have saved yourself the pain of lugging an additional camera.


4.) Cables / Adapters - This is where things can be made a lot easier and will have you avoiding as much clutter as possible. For one, if you have followed the previous points, using devices that use a common media type is crucial. Having a digital camera with a Compact Flash and a Camcorder using a standard DVC tape or SD card just adds unneeded bulk to your travel plans. Getting device that use a common media type, USB cable and power adapter/source cuts down on having to bring a whole suite of cables for each device in order for you to use them. In my case, I have a netbook that has a built in SD/SDHC card reader so I don't have to bring any cables for them other than a power adapter for charging if necessary.


5.) Travel Bag - Packing your technology is just as important as what you bring. If you are constantly having to rip open your luggage to find a cable or get to your camera, you are doing it all wrong. All technology should be with you in your carry on baggage and avoid packing it your luggage.



Not only do you avoid having your luggage targeted by thieves, you will have the technology on you when you need it. A lot of times the great moment are captured when you might not think anything would be happening. Much like the video below.



But either way, get a good backpack/laptop case that will allow you to take all technology and adapters with you on your flight. You will need one with lots of pockets, zippered area for storage and different compartments for keeping things separate, but organized. Going simple and throwing things at the bottom on a simple bag will not help you in the long run.


Conclusion - Through these simple and effective hints and tips, you should be able to gain some convenience and knowledge of what I have learned over the years of travelling while carrying an office. With a few simple changes to your purchasing plans or future planned upgrades, you should be able to lower you accessory overhead and make you carry on a little lighter while expanding your capabilities on your journey. Pack smart, but pack everything you need.


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