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September 12, 2012

Top 7 Gadgets to bring when you get out more

In the past seven years that I’ve been blogging full time, I never really cozied up to the idea of just staying at home and blog the whole day. The only time I’d ever want to stay at home is when me and friends play DOTA or Starcraft 3.

So, yes, even if all the dozens and dozens of gadgets that I have at home and all the time in the world to play with them, I’d often look forward to just get out, hit the road and stay in some place I haven’t been to.

Here are the top 7 gadgets I would always bring when I’m travelling — whether for a tech coverage or just plain vacation.

1) Ultrabook. My last 5 laptops were all ultrabooks, sort of. All three generations of Macbook Air 11.6″ and two generations of Asus Zenbook. They’re thin, light yet very powerful.

2) Pocket WiFi. I’d say I’m never out without a pocket WiFi like the ones from Huawei. I have that high-capacity battery that lasts like 10-12 hours on a single charge. I have a postpaid plan and a back-up SIM of all networks just in case.

3) Tablet. I started out with the iPad for many years, then moved on to many others as an alternative. I’m now hooked to the Google Nexus 7 because of its portability. For long haul flights, I turn to the Transformer Prime for extra long battery life (very useful during my 16-hour trip to Europe earlier this year).

4) Camera. Before, I’d always bring my Canon 7D and take 2 or 3 lenses along but that would easily add 2 or 3 kilograms to my backpack weight. I’ve scaled that down to a Canon S100 (just rbing an extra battery).

5) Smartphone. Funny that a smartphone is not at the top of this list. But then again, when I’m on a trip, I really don’t want to be bothered with the idea that I need to answer phone calls or text messages especially if the trip involves a lot of outdoor activities. While I notice many people would use their iPhone as a replacement to a point-and-shoot, I’d prefer something more rugged, shock-proof and water-proof.

6) Portable Battery. I got a lot of the portable batteries to recharge my gadgets (mostly for the pocket WiFi and the phone). I’ve tried the ones from Energizer, Mili, Noontec, Choiix and as long as they have high-capacity ratings, I’m good with it.

7) Portable Speakers. It used to be mostly X-Mini speakers (got almost every type of X-Mini that came out) but I’ve also tried a few others like the ones from Razer.

For the most part, I really liked using the iPhone with iMovie since I’m able to take quick videos and do a mash-up on iMovie then post it right away on YouTube.

Anyway, these 7 devices are always on the top of my list whenever I have a trip (whether it’s for coverage or personal).

After many years of just blogging, it’s actually refreshing to just have a change of scenario. I had this dream before of just going back to my home town in Guimaras, put up a cabana in our grandfather’s little beachfront property. I’d fill up the place with all the gadgets, get satellite internet and blog from there (I also bought a small piece of property in Tagaytay and was hoping to move there before).

These days, I just make it a point to really pick a new destination — the Surfing Camp in La Union, wakeboarding in Calatagan and CamSur, surfing in Caliocan, Samar or mountain hiking in Mt. Famy. These give me opportunities to maximize the use of my gears and gadgets and really take them to a stress test.

Anyway, do check out the video above (the first YouTube clip) and tell me if you can identify the places shown in there. Been trying to play it over and over again to pick which ones I’ve actually been to.

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326 Responses to “Top 7 Gadgets to bring when you get out more”

  1. Shai Torres says:

    A smartphone with a longer battery life and a nice camera (like the Nokia Lumia 920) would be enough for me as we trip for two at Boracay. :D

  2. Ranny Gutierrez
    Twitter: bubuipalaboy
    says:

    If I will be given a chance to enjoy a whole day off, I would like to spend it at Coron, Palawan. Hitting the beach is a way for me to relieve my stress and what better way to immortalize that peaceful day than with a good camera. I will be there to relax so I won’t need other fancy telecommunication devices. Just me and the relaxing waters of Palawan!

  3. Daryll says:

    Nexus 7 Tablet is a plus! Cheap with high specs on it…

  4. mary anne narciso says:

    ILOCOS NORTE, can’t wait to go back there again!

    list:
    1. nikon digicam
    2. nokia cellphone

  5. Adam
    Twitter: NoypiGeeks
    says:

    My android phone. A very useful gadget to keep up with the world while travelling..

  6. I will go to Vigan, Ilocos Sur. I’ve always wanted to go there and relive the past with it’s beautiful architecture. That will be enough for me for one day. And I will bring a smartphone with extra battery for picture taking and SNS updates. :D

  7. Majo Ybanez says:

    Mountain! At Mt. Palali. I’ll bring my canon s95 to capture the beautiful scenery. Clouds. Fresh Air :)

  8. Edgar says:

    Will visit bora his thanksgiving and i’ll definitely bring my nikon d3100 and my cellphone That would suffice my needs. I believe!

  9. Ronald Suria
    Twitter: iamronaldsuria
    says:

    BORACAY. I’ve never been there. I’ll bring my phone, a camera and a music player.

  10. Philip V says:

    If it has to be one, it would be Boracay. I just love the powdery white sands, the calm waters, picturesque views and the convenience of world class hotels and restaurants nearby. Perfect escape. I’d bring my Canon 1000D because I like to capture beautiful things. I could do that all day in Boracay.

  11. Timothy Paul Alvarez
    Twitter: leafminlee
    says:

    If I will be given a Chance, I want to go to Palawan, and I will bring with me a Smart Phone, (I want one) because it got all I need, Communication, Music, and Camera. Very useful for a trip :D

  12. Timothy Paul Alvarez
    Twitter: leafminlee
    says:

    If I will be given a Chance, I want to go to Palawan, and I will bring with me a Smart Phone, (I want one) because it got all I need, Communication, Music, and Camera. Very useful for a trip :D All in one package :D

  13. Alston Cue says:

    I’d go to Puerto Princesa and bring with me a supercharged smartphone for my entertainment, communication, and photography needs.

  14. Ronald Suria says:

    BORACAY. I’ve never been there. I’ll bring my phone, a camera and a music player.

  15. Wilhelmina Balondo
    Twitter: minabalondo
    says:

    I want to go to Puerto Princesa,Palawan. I’ve seen so many beautiful sceneries of the city but only on TV. Haha! And I will only bring a camera to take shots and videos of whatever I will see there. No phone para walang istorbo. =)

  16. rien
    Twitter: konzpticon
    says:

    Probably, a trip to Coron, Palawan. One thing is for sure, I won’t forget to bring my digital camcorder(Sony WebbyHD) and my android phone(SG-Fit). If I only have any mirrorless or slr camera I would prefer to bring this gadget than my old Sony WebbyHD.

  17. han says:

    Would love to travel to Coron!! I think a simple tablet with long battery life and a camera is all you need to have while in travel–solb na yun, you needn’t to bring a stash of gadgets because we travel to be able to experience new things and to discover and not to go online all the time!!

  18. raimond says:

    minus 1, pocket WiFi… Tend to use my phone’s modem connection :)

  19. ron says:

    i think it’s best to bring shock & water proof smartphone with nice camera in coron or puerto princesa.

  20. ron says:

    i think it’s best to bring a shock & water proof smartphone with nice camera in coron or puerto princesa.

  21. Ronald Suria says:

    BORACAY. I’ve never been there. I’ll bring my phone, a camera and a music player.
    (iwas lowbat agad if iaasa lahat sa phone.)

  22. Patrick says:

    Hi Abe,

    I was just wondering if there was already an announcement sent out for this raffle?

    Cheers!

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