🎒 Backpacking List For The ✈️️ Travel 🇹🇼 Taiwan Series
On Jan 2017, I took a month trip to Taiwan to conduct a Travel Taiwan Video Story (or series). And this is my backpacking list that I used during the journey. So what did I bring with me to conduct the series? To be honest, it was quite simple. And honestly, I rather bring more equipment for my next story series as it was a little tough.
As for equipment, here’s what I brought:
An Acer Aspire E 11 11.6-Inch laptop. This laptop is fine for simple and basic tasks, though I wouldn’t necessarily recommend, as it can be quite slow over time. Definitely not suited for editing. Granted, I got this laptop before I decided to take video much more seriously. But it’s what I had to work with. Anyways, I brought it with me because my 4-year old 15″ Acer laptop kept randomly shutting down and I was concerned that it wouldn’t turn on at all while in Taiwan. I didn’t have the funds to get a new, powerful laptop, so 11″ it was. During my trip, I didn’t edit any of the videos at all, as I wasn’t able to do so. I only began editing soon after I returned to Alaska.
A DSLR Canon EOS Rebel T3i with a EF-S 18-135mm lens. This is my primary camera and lens that I use for most of my videos, especially during the Travel Taiwan series. It’s a good camera to start with, though there are some features that made the journey a bit more tough the document. A primary issue is that the DSLR doesn’t auto focus. This becomes a problem if you’re going to document/vlog a series.
I think the lens is good. I have a slight pet peeve with it starting at 18mm, as I feel the camera captures too much of my face when vlogging. As for the aperture, its lowest setting goes down to 3.5. Essentially, the lower the number, the more light the lens is able to take in. During the evening, some of my shots looked darker than what it really was, simply due to the aperture.
A Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens. With a 2.8 aperture, the lens is able to take in a good amount of light during the evening, which makes it also look clean. It was only after I purchased this lens that I realized how much I enjoyed the freedom of my 18-135mm lens. Basically, I cannot zoom in or out with the 24mm lens as I was able to with my 18-135 lens. And since it’s 24mm, my head takes up even more space when vlogging. I think it’s best for evening captures or speaking directly to the camera in low-lit situations.
A Canon 50mm 1.8 Lens. This lens is great for evening shots, as it’s able to take in the most light. I only wish I used it more often. But for vlogging/documenting, it’s not a good main lens. It’s perfect for evening still video/photo shoots along with portraits shots.
The RODE VideoMic Pro & Deadcat. I purchased this simply because I noticed a lot of vloggers recommend and use this mic. It’s able to pick up clean and clear audio, especially when you’re at a distance. The deadcat is simply used to be placed on the VideoMic Pro for wind cancellation. During my time in Taiwan, the deadcat was quite useful in some windy situations. And if you do hear quite a lot of wind noise on my mic, then you could only imagine how unbearable the sound would’ve been if I recorded without it.
The Joby GorillaPod. This tripod works wonders, seriously. And the ballhead provides even more flexibility. It’s one of my favorite pieces of equipment that I have. Not only is it perfect for vlogging, as you’ll be able to extend the tripod to capture a wider angle, but it can also hold the heaviness of a DSLR. Additionally, you can wrap or place it in odd angles/positions to capture some really great footage and b-roll. I love it.
I also brought 4 DSLR batteries, 4 32GB memory cards, and 5 batteries for the VideoMic Pro. It’s a lot, I know. I’m looking to get either a 128gb or 256gb memory card for my DSLR so that I never have to worry about switching out the cards. As for the DSLR batteries, I’ll have to either find batteries that simply last longer or just get an extra charger to charge them two at a time. As for the VideoMic Pro batteries, I’ll need to get rechargeable batteries, along with a charger. I also brought along standard headphones and a cell phone.
While in Taipei, I purchased two WD 2TB My Passport external hard drives. They’re small, light, and powerful. Since my 11″ Acer couldn’t store a month’s worth of videos on its own, I transferred them all on my 2tb passport. I then purchased the 2nd passport as a backup for my backup.
As for everything else, I pretty much brought a few clothes, toiletries, my actual passport, money belt, and alike. The toughest part of the journey was not being able to edit videos. Oh, and my DSLR/lens not focusing during certain times. But I had to work with what I had and I’m so glad I did. I didn’t have all the equipment that I wanted, but I made it work. And that’s the important thing. Some situations may not be ideal for you, but if it’s an opportunity towards your goal, then work with what you have and upgrade towards your ideal along the way.
Now go for it and let me know! Connect with me on Instagram!