Travel blogging essentials you should not leave home without
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Writing about family travel, holidays and days out means I’m always blogging, wherever we go. Don’t worry, I’m not about to launch into a ‘woe is me’ post complaining about all the amazing things we do and the opportunities we have. I adore it! However, it wouldn’t be possible for me to keep on top everything that goes hand-in-hand with being a digital nomad (I use the term loosely) without a few travel blogging essentials.
Here’s some of the important accessories and pieces of blogging tech I cannot leave home without. Even if it means sacrificing space for clothes…Mr Tin Box’s, not my own, obviously!
My travel blogging essentials
iPhone and Macbook Pro
These lovely pieces of Apple goodness are obvious pieces of kit, so I’ll get them out of the way first.
I’d be lost without my iPhone. I’m always jotting down post ideas and text in Notes, and popping into my social media management apps to schedule, respond and reshare. My two top social media management tools are Buffer for Twitter and Instagram, and Tailwind for Pinterest. I pay a small subscription fee for both each month as they make my ‘digital social life’ so much easier.
I only take my Macbook Pro away on longer trips, but it’s really handy to have when I want to start editing images and videos before we get home. On the odd occasion that I do post blogs to WordPress on the go, I prefer to see these on my Macbook Pro screen rather than on my iPhone. I guess I’m old fashioned like that!
Mobile wi-fi hotspot
We use a lot of TP-Link gadgetry to keep our tech connected at home and this little box of magic allows us to do it while we are travelling. We have the 4G LTE-Adavnced Mobile Wi-Fi* (M7350), connected to the internet with an EE sim card. We simply turn it on to create a wi-fi hotspot, find it in the wifi settings of whichever devices we want to connect and away we go. It’s duel band (3G and 4G), you can connect up to 10 devices at a time and it’s unlocked so you can use any network. The M7350 is obviously reliant on there being a good 4G signal available for the mobile provider who sells you the sim. However, we’ve tried it out in several locations in the South and South West of England and have had nearly as good a connection as at home.
I’ve been playing about with vlogging this year. I really enjoy the editing part, even though it can double the amount of time it takes to put together a blog post. Here’s my latest effort from our first glamping trip. I haven’t invested in any expensive videoing kit – I just use my iPhone. However, something I’ve found makes a real difference to the end result is a HD camera attachment*. Mine is cheap and cheerful, but if you did want to spend a bit more money I’ve had Ollo Clips* recommended to me by a video pro.
iPhone tripod/selfie stick
I bought this handy little gadget* mainly for the selfie stick – what blogger is without one these days? I’m terrible at using it mind you! What I have had more success with is the tripod. This allows me to set up my iPhone and shoot a video without it wobbling around all over the place – particularly handy for filming Mr Tin Box putting up a tent all on his own while I ran around after two toddlers. Blogging is all glamour!
Portable power pack
Do you run down your smartphone battery before lunchtime? Yep, on intensive days out and excursions this happens to me too. The Anker PowerCore+ mini* is one of the best presents I’ve had from Mr Tin Box this year. Power it up using a mini USB and it holds enough charge to bring your phone back to life one and a half times – more than enough to keep me going until I can reach a plug socket. And it’s really tiny too. They bill is as being lipstick-sized. Think a little bigger than that, but it’s perfect for fitting in your pocket or a small bag.
What are your travel blogging essentials? I need ideas for my Christmas list!
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