Travel with gadgets

In a few weeks we’ll be in Paris, struggling with the language and feeling the cold but still I am excited to be heading back to Europe. It has been a few years since our last holiday and I have nick named this trip ‘Scrappy Adventure II’. This trip we’ll be taking more technology, which worries me because I like travelling without a phone and a video camera however Hubby wants to shoot video and as yet I cannot convince him to make use of the video feature on the phone and the Panasonic Lumix. The smart phone will come in handy because we can make use of offline maps, guidebooks and messenger for keeping in touch with people however I’m hoping that once hubby sees all the cables and power packs then he’ll forego the video camera. My DSLR and laptop go everywhere with me, as good as the iPhone and Lumix are for photography, they don’t completely satisfy my photographic urges 🙂

When it comes to sharing photographs of our trip I will be making use of instagram, Facebook (to some extent), this blog and my Smug Mug account. Having an iPhone with us will make some of that quite easy, I am keen to see how much free wifi we can access and whether the iPhone will take the place of the Lumix even though it doesn’t have the benefit of a 30x optical zoom. My sister in-law and her husband will be on our tour of Europe soon and they’re only taking their smart phones to use as cameras, we’ll meet up with them in Paris so I’ll be curious to see how the phone photography went.

The list of gadgets so far includes:

  • Nikon D750 and 24-70mm lens
  • 11 inch Macbook Air
  • iPhone 5s
  • Panasonic Lumix TZ70
  • JVC HD video camera
  • Numerous SD cards ranging from 8GB to 32GB
  • SD card reader
  • 500GB portable external hard drive

When it comes to photography and gadgets, what do you prefer to travel with and what sort of challenges have you been faced with?

These photos are from our last trip, they were taken with an earlier model of the Panasonic Lumix and it doesn’t matter how old they are, looking at them always makes me smile.


11 thoughts on “Travel with gadgets

    • twoblackdoggies October 9, 2015 / 11:57 am

      Thank you and yes, happy to check out your travel adventures 🙂

      • heimwee2456 October 9, 2015 / 2:23 pm

        Thank you, too! 🙂

  1. Debra Kolkka October 6, 2015 / 11:05 pm

    I don’t ever use a phone camera. I love my Panasonic LUMIX FZ200

  2. Languedoc Lady October 7, 2015 / 6:37 am

    We just returned from France. For our time there, we rented a mi-fi from It gave us unlimited data on a secure connection for a reasonable price. I’m not affiliated with this company in any way…just thought I’d pass the info on in case you’re interested.

    • twoblackdoggies October 9, 2015 / 12:00 pm

      Hmmm…will have to check it out, having secure wifi is important. Thanks for the information 🙂

  3. Fabulous Fur Friends October 7, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Lucky you, off to France again. I’d say unless you are wanting to sell your photos afterwards, I’d travel light & use your phone if it is an up to date model. Lugging all that stuff around & charging it up will become a major part of your trip instead of enjoying what you’re seeing. The pone will still take very good pics for your blog & Instagram. Just my thoughts – less is more!!

    • twoblackdoggies October 9, 2015 / 12:05 pm

      I love my iPhone and have one of the later models however I like to be able to adjust the settings for the conditions so I prefer to use my DSLR even though it is heavy and bulky. Although I don’t sell my photos I do like to get them printed in large photobooks so quality is important. I agree with less is more, just not when it comes to leaving my camera at home 🙂

  4. megtraveling October 12, 2015 / 3:10 am

    Have a wonderful trip and have fun – I’m looking forward to your pictures and stories!

    • twoblackdoggies October 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

      Thanks Meg, starting to get nervous and excited now 🙂

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