Packing light for a long trip is almost like an art form. We started our first big trip in Asia with a 70 litres backpack each and found this to be excessive. Our goal is to travel long term across Latin America with half of what we took to Asia.
Osprey 40 litres backpack
This is our latest backpack and we are delighted with it. It’s only 40 litres yet has so many clever compartments, allowing you to pack smartly. It also has the ideal dimensions for carry-on luggage, saving you lots of time and hassle at airports.
Osprey 20 litres pocket day bag
This bag is incredible. It rolls into itself and can be stored away easily when not in use. It makes for a comfortable general day bag, capable of carrying up to 20 litres. It goes hand in hand nicely with our Osprey 40 litres backpack.
Packing cubes are the smart way of storing your clothes in your backpack so they maximise space and keep things well organised. It makes packing and unpacking a breeze, saving you time and stress!
ChatSim allows you to stay connected with family and friends anywhere in the world. For a fee of €10 (£8/$11) a year you can send unlimited messages via WE Chat, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp anywhere in the world.
We started our travels with a Panasonic Tz60 and upgraded to the Tz100 earlier this year. This is the ideal camera for travellers who are passionate about photography but have to pack light. This camera has a 10x optical zoom, a 1-inch sensor, takes 4k photos and video recording, and fits nicely in your pocket.
GoPro HERO Camera
We use it for outdoor activities and underwater shooting. This is a great entry level sport camera. We’re thinking this year of getting the GoPro HERO4 which shoots in 4K. If you love snorkelling and diving like we do, then an underwater camera is a must.
MacBook Air 11 inches
Stefan breathes and lives Apple. He just loves it. Sebastien hates it. It is an ongoing dispute between the Nomadic Boys… Stefan’s baby is his MacBook Air 11 inches. He swears by it and spends more time preening and cleaning it than he does using it. It is very light, fast, reliable, extremely easy to use and simply ideal for travelling.
Lenovo Yogo Pro 2 13 inches
Sebastien breathes and lives Windows. He just loves it. Stefan hates it and swears by his Mac… The Lenovo Yogo Pro is very light, great for travelling and ideal for more heavy computing stuff like computer programming and video editing, which Stefan is more than happy to let Seb get on with.
According to Stefan, this is the best smartphone in the market. It takes some great photos and is extremely user friendly. According to Stefan, if you’re a social media geek, this is perfect for you as all the apps are optimised for the iPhone market before they’re released to non-iPhone markets.
The best smartphone according to Mac-hating Sebastien. It’s not as user friendly as iPhones (Stefan insists), but we both agree the quality of photos on the Samsung is second to none. It also shoots in 4K and is Android operated.
A VPN is a way to connect to the internet via a foreign server. It is a lifesaver in countries where certain websites are banned. For example in Abu Dhabi, Grindr is blocked and in China, you need a VPN to access anything related to Google (like Gmail, Google Maps), Dropbox, Facebook, YouTube, Mobile Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram, Pornhub (!), SoundCloud and many more.
We use ExpressVPN because it is one of the most cost effective VPNs, cheap and very easy to set up. We used it extensively, particularly in China.