MY BLOGGER TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
You know what I love about my blogging business? It gives me freedom! I'm not stuck sitting at a desk all day. I don't have to ask a boss for permission to go on a trip with my family. I get to make the decisions about how I spend my time myself. And I love and appreciate that I have a business that I can pick up and take with me to just about anywhere.
With that in mind, there are some blogger essentials that I bring with me when I'll be working on the road. Today, I'm going to share my travel checklist with you!
I've found it's super helpful to keep a blogger travel checklist as a reference when getting ready to head out the door. The last thing you want is to get off schedule because you forgot an important piece of equipment that you needed in order to finish your project.
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Blogger & Vlogger Travel Checklist
Before we dive into the list, keep in mind that this is what my list looks like today. When I was just starting out with my blog, my list of essentials was a bit different. I used cheaper/smaller equipment back when I was trying to get started blogging on a budget. But as my blogging business and budget have grown, I have been able to upgrade some of my equipment.
If you don't have everything in this list, that's ok. No worries! This is just my current list, so you can get an idea of what you will want to have with you when you blog or vlog on the go.
1. This Canon Camera
If you follow me at all you know how big I am on incorporating videos with blogs. (You can check out and subscribe to my YouTube channel here). If I bring my camera with me I can continue to vlog while I travel. This is obviously a vlogger essential for traveling. You can't vlog without a way to record yourself.
I have a Canon Rebel T5i (click any of the pictures in this post and I’ll show you exactly where I got mine ;). When I travel, I don't worry about bringing all the extras. I just bring my charger and the kit lens that comes with the camera. I don't want to bring a lot of extremely expensive equipment with me on the road with my family.
2. This Joby Tripod
The second blogger essential is a tripod to make filming easier. The regular tripod that I use is a bit too tall and clunky to bring while traveling. However, the Joby GorillaPod with the ball head is great for traveling.
It's incredibly sturdy to the point that I don't worry that my camera is going to pop off as I walk around. I have had that happen with other tripods and is something you obviously want to avoid!
3. My External Hard Drive
The next thing I'll be bringing is my external hard drive. I have a ton of projects I'm working on but I (unfortunately) have a MacBook Air as my laptop. If you have one too then you also know it has nearly zero storage. Ugh.
4. SD Card Reader and Notebook
My SD card reader is essential to bring with me because I need it in order to edit my videos on my MacBook Air.
And that's right- in the midst of all this technology I have a regular old notebook. But, it's essential to my blogging business. This notebook has all my checklists and strategies that I'm implementing in my business. If I were to lose this, I would be lost.
5. Headphones and Batteries
Another vlogger travel gear essential is my headphones. If I were just writing blogs I wouldn't need these. But, while I try to edit videos in the car on the go, my family is as happy as I am that I have these. I can hear my videos better and they don't have to hear it over and over. They are also a lifesaver for the times I can work while my son naps.
I'll also have some extra batteries for my camera mic. Do you know how expensive 9v batteries are in a gas station?! I never forget to bring some from my Costco stash at home.
6. Rode video mic pro
I have tried many different microphones and love the Rode VideoMic. I highly recommend this microphone if you are connecting to a DSLR!
7. SD Cards
It never hurts to have extra SD cards with you. It's one of those "better safe than sorry" type of things. When you are on the road, you usually don't have as much time to work so you want to make sure you are prepared so you don't run out of room on your card in the middle of a project.
8. YouTube and Blogging Schedules
I'm also bringing my YouTube and Blogging Business Club filming schedules. Typically I would just keep the schedule online but obviously, we will be traveling a lot and hotel WIFI isn't really dependable.
These next two essentials aren’t something I technically “pack” because they are apps. However, I wanted to make sure to mention them because they are crucial pieces of running my business.
9. Upwork app
I use Upwork to run a lot of different projects for my business. The app provides me easy access to the platform. This is how I stay connected with my people like my virtual assistant and tech guy.
10. Google Drive
A lot of the documents that I need access to, or need to provide those on Upwork access to, are housed on my Google Drive. The app allows me to access or share them as needed.
There you have it. This is the travel list that I use whenever I plan on vlogging or blogging while on-the-go. The trick is to keep it simple when you are traveling. Look for ways to reduce the number of items you bring while still having everything you need. A little preparation beforehand always pays off in the end.
Let me know what your favorite item was and what you bring on your travels!