Traveling Light

As I’m packing for tomorrow’s trip to Singapore, I’m faced with the same challenge I have every time I travel – which gadgets do I bring with me? Or rather, which gadgets can I safely leave behind? I’m a minimalist when I travel. With the exception of my tripod, which I need for the work I’m doing while I’m in Singapore, if it won’t fit in my Tom Bihn Tri-Star, I’m leaving it at home.

I’m going to be in Singapore to shoot video at an HP event there, but I’ll have a little time to do some sight-seeing as well. If you have suggestions for things to do in Singapore, I’d love to hear them.

So what gadgets am I bringing for my 5 days in Singapore? The new entry level Kindle will provide most of my reading entertainment on the plane and at the hotel. With approximately 34 hours of flying time ahead of me, I figured this was a good opportunity to dive into Neal Stephenson’s new book, Reamde. I’m packing my Canon T3i for photos and Canon HF-S21 camcorder for video. My Sennheizer wireless microphone will provide audio. And of course, I’ll have a laptop and cellphone, though I’m not sure how much I’ll actually use the phone. Supporting chargers and cables round out the gear in my bag. The remainder of the Tri-Star is filled with clothes.

What do you take with you when you travel? Do you bring the digital kitchen sink, travel light, or fall somewhere between?


  1. I wear cargo pants almost everywhere I go, which generally means I have enough pockets. I do think the Scott e-Vest is a cool concept, just never found the need to own their gear.

  2. Since I bought a HTC Desire Z cellphone I can leave pretty much all of my other gadgets at home – except a USB cable.  It’s good enough at everything I want to do to suffice.

  3. Jake – I’ve been an inveterate traveler, as it seems you are – a cardinal rule for me, as you stated, is: if it won’t fit in one back that you can carry on board, then it doesn’t go. As for Singapore, anything you direly need and don’t have, you can get there. Of course they have wonderful Chinese/Asian cuisine, but check out the Indian section of town – great restaurants; check out the subways, even if you don’t need to ride them. The stations are remarkable!
    And lastly, re screensavers, I use the desktop version (2.2x) of Evernote, which includes a “clipper” that’s transparently easy to use for most screen-shot needs. For more options, there is also “Screenpresso”, free and with more options, although I agree, Snagit, for $, is the king of the genre.

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