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As a full-time content creator, I travel with different photography and videography gear and tech gadgets. On this page I’m sharing my favourite items — ones that I personally use and highly recommend.

Note: All items listed below are Amazon affiliate links. This means I get a very small commission if you make purchases by clicking through, at no extra cost to you.

Photography Gear

You don’t need a lot of equipment to create amazing content. I like to travel with the smallest possible set up, especially if I’m alone. Here’s what I choose to use:

Sony A7III

The best camera I own. Travel-friendly with exceptional performance. Investing in this was worth every penny.

Sony E-Mount 10-18mm Wide Lens

This lens is beautifully sharp, lightweight, and affordable. I take most of my photos with this if I’m out and about.

Sony E-Mount 50mm Portrait Lens

This “nifty fifty” produces stunning close-ups and portrait shots. It’s light and fast. Always have a prime in your kit!

Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM Lens

This is hands down the best lens I’ve ever used. Tack sharp, extremely fast, beautiful bokeh… the price is high, but well worth it if you can afford it.

GoPro Hero 7 (Waterproof)

The best camera you could have for water sports, ziplining, adventuring, and capturing the moment without worrying about damaging your camera. Best for outdoor use in natural light!

Underwater Split Dome for GoPro

Ever seen those super cool half-in, half-out water shots? This is the magic secret to getting them! Make sure you protect the dome surface or it’ll get scratched up!


Video & Audio Gear

I shoot on my Sony A7iii as it has amazing video (despite its time limit of 29 minutes and 50 seconds per clip). I also shoot content with my iPhone X or with a GoPro for convenience or time-lapses – it’s all about capturing the magic moment.

Rode VideoMic

This is a super affordable starter shot microphone that’ll cover your audio needs. It can feel a little bit flimsy but the quality it puts out is great, especially with de-noise filters added in post. Though it struggles in windy scenarios, I have it with me at all times, and it does a great job indoors and in interviews.

Tascam DR10-L

I really uhmm-ed and ahh-ed before buying this. Moral of the story? So glad I invested! It’s super light, portable, and you barely know it’s there. Captures wicked audio and it’s virtually impossible to turn the mic off while recording. And you can record a backup track at a lower decibel to avoid clipping. Win.

Zhiyun Crane Stabilizer Plus

I did a fair bit of research before buying this. If you’re not shooting regularly on video, you don’t need one of these. But the Zhiyun Crane produces beautiful, buttery smooth shots and travels well too. Carrying the hardshell case through an airport makes me feel like a spy. Me gusta.


Camera Accessories

Mirrorless Camera Wrist Strap

Wrist straps are great for shooting on the go. I prefer them to neck straps which can feel restrictive. I find it easier and more comfortable to walk around with a camera on my wrist rather than constantly have to pull it out of a bag to shoot something.

Neewer Dimmable LED Video Light

This powerful little light has helped me in plenty of low-light situations and substitutes brilliantly as a flash if doing night or indoor photography. It comes with diffusion sheets and can go extremely bright. It’s super easy to travel with and the battery lasts for hours.

Joby 1K GorillaPod Tripod

An oldie but a goodie. This pretty much lives in my suitcase. The most convenient and travel-friendly tripod for holding up your camera, phone, teleprompter, light, mic, and anything else you might need.

Manfrotto Lightweight Tripod

Tripods are a photography staple, from time-lapses to night shots. This guy is light and easy to travel with, and the swivel ball head means you can reliably shoot in vertical.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera

This isn’t an accessory so much as a camera, but I really enjoy capturing special memories on this. Instant Polaroid prints are so nostalgic. Bring one of these on your next trip!

Camera Lens Cleaning Kit

Have you ever watched footage back and seen a dark dust spot you forgot to remove? Worst. Get one of these and make it a habit to clean your lenses before every shoot.

SD Card to iPhone Adapter

This makes transferring camera photos to my iPhone super easy if I’m editing on mobile and don’t have a laptop.


If you’ve got any questions or need advice, feel free to drop a comment below!

Mel Legarda

Melissa Legarda is the founder of illumelation. She has worked as a travel blogger, creator and writer since 2015, and has collaborated with well-known brands worldwide. She has helped over 1,100+ students improve their travel photography skills since launching her creative courses. Her mission is to encourage and empower others to travel and create more. Find her on Instagram.

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