What’s inside my blogger suitcase? All my equipment, gadgets and tips

What’s inside my blogger suitcase? All my equipment, gadgets and tips
19/04/2020 pilotpatrick
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Dear Aviator,

you know already what is inside my pilot bag! As my blogger career developed you became curious to find out what equipment I use to create my engaging travel and aviation content. “How did you take this photo? “This is epic. What gadget to use here?” These have been your questions. For the first time, I will reveal my travel blogger equipment. 

What’s inside my blogger suitcase?

Are you ready for an upgrade of your photos and videos? Maybe you are a blogger, you strive to be one or you just want to create epic content for yourself, you need more than just a camera. So whether you have an audience you want to engage and surprise or you just want to create epic memories for your personal use then there is no way around special equipment and gadgets. Watch my new video on my YouTube channel to have the chance to win a brand new luxury carry on luggage by Carl Friedirk. When you want to get it now use Code: PP15 for a great deal on the Carl Friedrik Carry On!

Check out my YouTube channel PilotPatrick for more exciting videos about my trips around the world!

Be a Smart Packer

When I go on my private travels I always take hand luggage to have my equipment accessible during the flight and as you might know power  banks and batteries are not in checked-in luggage. Additionally the equipment is expensive and I don’t want to risk getting lost or stolen.

Carry on luggage by Carl Fridrik

My travel Blogger Equipment

One of my most favorite articles is “What’s inside my pilot suitcase?” Now it is time to reveal the content of my blogger suitcase as well.  I am blogging now for over four years and I have been constantly working on improving my photos and videos I have been sharing with you. It is a never ending process to get better and better. On one side creativity is key but you also need the technical gear that supports you to realize your ideas.

Panasonic Lumix G9 with external microphone

Which camera?

The best camera is the one you are carrying with you!  

In my early beginning (2016) I just used my phone to cremate my content but I was never really happy with the quality and I am still not really convinced that a smartphone camera can keep up with a DSLM or DSLR camera despite all the improvements. 

I invested in a Sony compact camera, Sony RX100 VII, which is extremely versatile. With a flip screen, 4K videos +, fast autofocus, it is the perfect beginner blogging and vlogging camera. I still use this model as a backup camera and for occasions when I do not want to carry my main camera. I primarily use the Panasonic LUMIX G9 (DSLM) which is great for videos and photos as well. 4K resolution, fantastic video stabilisation, external microphone and a flip screen. Photo wise it convinces with exchangeable lenses, 6k resolution, fast autofocus and you can connect your smartphone with an app to shoot yourself.

Sony compact camera

My Current Camera Gear

Instagram posts: Panasonic LUMIX G9*

Blog photos: Panasonic LUMIX G9

Vlog: Panasonic Lumix G9 / Sony RX100 VII*

Instagram Stories / TikTok: Smartphone

 

Action camera: GoPro Hero*  

360-degrees Camera: Insta360 ONE X*

A 360-degree camera is the next generation of action cameras. This camera with two lenses allows you to record content in 360 degrees. The photos and videos you can shoot are just epic and you can make everyone jealous.

360 degrees camera

Light 

The correct lightning makes the photo! You might have the perfect motive but the light is not optimal. I use a lamp for interior shooting like in hotel rooms, spas, aircraft and whenever it is too dark. For stories and selfies you want frontal light on your face. In case daylight is not sufficient I can recommend an inexpensive selfie light.

My light gear

 GVM LED cameralight* is portable, runs on batteries and it is dimmable

Criacr Selfie light* with 36 Leds to clip to your smartphone

travel blogger equipment

Light set up

Tripods are a must

Tripods And Selfie Sticks

I could not imagine a blogger life without them anymore. Think about how many times you wanted to record yourself or where not able to put your camera that way to capture the frame. Tripods are the answer.

My Tripod Gear

Adjustable legs tripod: Joby GP3-BHEN Gorillapod* for uneven surfaces 

Mini tripod: Manfrotto mini tripod* works for all devices and it can be used as a handheld as well. Most of the time it connected to my smartphone so I can quickly record a scene on my travels. It is also perfect to record steady time lapse videos and with its extendable legs you can use heavier dives as well. 

Extendable selfie stick:AuyKoo Selfie Stick*  and telescope pole

✈ Tripod with Clamp: Smatree  Jaws Flex*

Smartphone clamp: Manfrotto clip* that connects a smartphone with a tripod

Tripod with clamp and adjustable legs

Manfrotto mini tripod

Telescope selfie stick for e.g. an action camera

All You Need Is Power

Back as a flight student my POF teacher (principle of flight) always said: “All you need is speed to make something fly!” Same applies to shooting content but here in this case you need power. Make sure you take a fully charged power bar and spare cables to have your cameras always ready to be used. 

My Power Set Up

Power outlet adapter to charge up to four USB devices: SPLAKS USB 4-Port*

Power Banks of different size: Anker PowerCores*

Always make sure that your devices are charged

Powerbanks

Advanced Equipment

Underwater dome

This gadget is a must for shootings underwater. It is a simple plastic in which you can mount your GoPro (I am sure it exists for different cameras as well) You are able to capture above and below the water line in one image. The dome is not expansive and your audience will be curious how you did it. It requires a little bit practice to get everything in frame. In case you do not want to invest in a dome. Take two photos. One above the waterline and one below. The effect is the same but not as good as with the dome.

✈ My gear: Telesin Dome Port* 

Underwarter dome

Drone

Expansive but almost a must for any travel blogger and aviation geek. 

It definitely need a lot of practices. Besides flying the drone you need to know how to record footage correctly so a video is in one flow. 

Nowadays they have become so advanced that it is almost impossible to crash them but you need to know where  you are allowed to fly them and the regulations. Before a trip make sure which special drone laws apply and if you are even allowed to fly. Don’t do it like me: flying around the Hollywood sign and then crashing it in the bush. 

✈ Advanced level: DJI Mavic Pro 2*

✈ Beginner level: DJI Mavic Mini*

Drone

Positive mind. Positive life. Happy landings.

I hope you find my article helpful and you can use my tips to upgrade your photos and videos in the future. Please do not forget to like the post and leave me a comment below which travel blogger equipment you would like to try out. 

Your PilotPatrick

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15 Comments

  1. mimosa0120 1 month ago

    You are the best. An investment in modern, professional equipment and super skill to create images and videos of excellent quality. This is your big difference compared to others. Thanks for sharing this article

  2. Shiran Abraham 1 month ago

    You’re always creative , very professional captain gorgeous . Thanks for sharing your about your professional equipment and your good skills and excellent quality of your videos and post. Always loved to read your article and yes your article always give us helpful tips and good knowledge…. you’re the best my captain gorgeous

  3. Grace IG twt.g_g 1 month ago

    Very nice and so much information as always! Finally you reveal your gadgets. Cannot imagine it is a lot and a lot of them! For travel I just take an iPhone to shoot and with the selfie stick. I may upgrade to a camera in the near future. Now I cannot imagine those cost, but it’s worth it because all of your pictures are almost perfect! Loving it and also sending much ❤️ to you too

  4. Dianz clinton 1 month ago

    Woowww .. You are the best Pilot .. Very creative blogger .. I loved .. Thank you sharing in your blog article ..

  5. Tharaphi 1 month ago

    You’re a good model for me.You always give me good advice and knowledge.

  6. Sabse 1 month ago

    Wow so much stuff.

  7. Hassan 1 month ago

    Ich würde den Koffer nehmen

  8. Yoko Kikuchi 1 month ago

    Hi, our super stunning Captain, thank you so much for revealing us your precious equipment for your wonderful editing . I was always wondering how many people for your assist there are, when you take a lot of stunning pictures. You were managing almost of all by yourself, Captain. It’s amazing. You are the greatest editor, model, creator writer, idol, artist and so on…Captain. I am looking forward to watching and reading your awesome blogs, videos and pictures ever. Thank you so much Captain. I appreciate your perfect works.

  9. Vivian aiai 1 month ago

    Thank you so much! You are a hard working and kind hearted man!
    That’s why we love you so much not just because you are gorgeous handsome ❤️❤️❤️

  10. Michele 1 month ago

    Amazing photography work , all ur blogs n vlogs and posts .So in love with esp those drone posts n 360 degree camera photos or vids !!! Love that you always try new things n upgrade ur gear ^^ <3 We all got so spoiled by our lovely Captain Love Always

  11. Emmy Puspasari 1 month ago

    Wow!! This is super awesome Blog today that you share about ur equipments as a Blogger.. all of this camera, tripods, Drone really help you to make creative contents in ur social media… you are really inspiring and thanks that you share here… so we may learn everything from you my dear.. always success !! As A blogger or Captain pilot too… muach

  12. Uzair Khalique 1 month ago

    Pilot Patrick, thanks for sharing your items with us. Good Blog
    Best Pilot❤

  13. Meyriniliu 1 month ago

    all your equipment is very good and sophisticated .. surely a blogger needs it all to get maximum results for your followers .. thank you for providing information .. you amaze me from your blogs,vlogs and posts.

  14. Vita 1 month ago

    Ciao Patrick, molto utile la presentazione dei tuoi Accessori per catturare momenti indimenticabili!!, Anche io come blogger possiedo treppiedi, fotocamere digitali CANON, NIKON, MA PER CATTURARE immagini mozzafiato mi aiuta il mio team professional, il mio cellulare è un Wiko view 3, made in France, è molto professionale la sua fotocamera, ovviamente alcune immagini possono essere pubblicate al momento, altre devono essere riviste e tramite Bluetooth, sono trasferite in archivio e valutate dal mio team, il mio insegnante mi ha fatto capire che tutto è basato sul tempo e velocità, ma io lavoro con il tempo!! Grande descrizione del tuo blog …. the best of you uuuuuuuu

  15. Kana 4 weeks ago

    Hi! Captain Pilot Patrick.
    im a Japanese. i recently got to know you. You are always so creative and inspired by you. you are awesome!
    thank you so much. i love you.

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