I have bought a lot of cameras over the years, only to have them bested by my next smartphone. Finally I found a great setup that should last a good 5-10 years.
Panasonic Lumix GH4
I'm barely touching the limits of this camera now a year into it. The quality is great, it shoots in 4k, and the app makes filming yourself when you're alone really easy. You can adjust all the settings from your smartphone while filming yourself. A serious step up from filming on your smartphone. In addition to the kit lens, I also bought these 14mm and 25mm lenses.
Rode Lav+ Lapel Microphone for Video Recording (and occasional Podcasts)
Simon Whistler told me to stop f#*!ing around with my sound and buy this mic. I really wish I had sooner. It plugs directly into an Android or iPhone for videos (or podcasts) on the go. I also use it for recording all my YouTube videos on my GH4 camera. To use it with the GH4, I use these two adapters (also from Rode) the Rode TRRS to TRS adapter to plug it into any camera, and the SC1 TRRS extension cable to give me lots of room.
Manfrotto Element Tripod (Tall, Light, & Travel Friendly)
After owning 3 different tripods over 3 years and not being too happy with any of them, I did A LOT of research on the (hopefully) last tripod purchase of my life. I chose this one because: 1) It is light (1.6kg) 2) It easily fits in a backpack or carry-on (folds to 41cm) 3) It's tall. I'm 193 cm and most tripods are too short and this limits my filming options and was a pain in the ass for years. Be sure to pick the 164 cm version.
Maxtor M3 Portable 4000 GB External Hard Drive
I have 3 of these travelling with me right now. Video files are big and I prefer to have one hard copy backup in addition to storing everything on the cloud.
Sometimes you want to get your Tai Lopez on and pretend you're being really casual and spontaneous. This stuff can help.
Monkeystick, Mpow Mini Travel Tripod Stand
I will never be seen with a selfie stick but this works pretty well for selfie videos as well as a tripod you can set up anywhere. When I'm packing light, I leave my regular tripod at home and find a creative way to use this one (put it on a shelf, the back of a chair on a table, etc) to film all my videos. Works with phones and cameras.
Rode VideoMic Me Compact Mini-Shotgun Mic for Smartphones
This mic is awesome. I have no idea how it has a 3.5/5 rating on Amazon. It's tiny, gives great sound on the go, and with the included windshield works great in any conditions (it was REALLY windy, and there was a loud tractor behind me when I filmed this video from the beach in Mexico).
Aputure AL-M9 Mini LED Light for Video Filming and Macro Photography
I don't use this much, but it's nice to have as a backup when I can't rely on natural light when filming indoors while travelling.
I'm still not sure why anyone wants to listen to me, but I sure love to talk and this is what I use to record myself doing that.
Rode NT USB - Studio Quality Podcasting Microphone
I probably "invested" 30+ hours over the last few years researching mics on and off. I recently decided on this mic for a few reasons. First, the quality is really good. Second, it's fairly mobile and sets up easily on any table (no need for a boom arm). Third, it looks awesome so I can use it when I'm doing a video interview or hosting a webinar. Much less echo and "boom" than my former blue yeti.
Rode Lav+ Lapel Microphone for occasional Podcasts
This is the same mic I use for video. It's not bad for recording podcasts when I feel like pacing around the room or I'm outside going for a walk or something. As you'll read below, if you get 2 like I have, you can use them to interview people.
Rode SC6 Breakout Box for Smartphones and Tablets
This is the same as the above, but it works with any headphone jack. Less options, but cheaper and simpler. It's the one I have. Get this and an extra Rode Lav+ mic and you have a great interview kit you can carry anywhere. It won't give you studio quality recordings but it is pretty good. I recently recorded a spontaneous interview in the back of a car that turned out pretty good.
Rode SC6-L Dual TRRS Input Lightning Mobile Interface for Apple iOS
Get this and an extra Rode Lav+ mic and you have a great interview kit you can carry anywhere. It won't give you studio quality recordings but it is pretty good. I recently recorded a spontaneous interview in the back of a car that turned out pretty good. I use the Android version (below) but apparently this one for iPhones has a few more options for adjusting the sound and it's own app.
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Eastpak Tranverz L Koffer
OK, I'll admit, I love me a great piece of luggage. Some bags you drag, some you pull, and some effortlessly glide behind you. If you're going to be traveling a lot, a great bag makes a huge difference.
I already had a standard suitcase but decided to upgrade to this Eastpak after a big of research when planning for our around the world travels. It's capacity is 121 litres (most suitcases are 70-85) and yet it's lighter (About 3 kg, instead of 4). Plus, I don't know, I just feel a bit cooler with it than some dorky suitcase on 4 wheels. Gabby loves it as well.
Samsonite Paradiver Light Duffle
So Gabby and I didn't live together in Prague and she would often bring over a bag over with her painting supplies, laptop, etc. It was a fairly normal carry-on suitcase but the wheels weren't great and it was very rigid, so if you hit a bump on the sidewalk it would shake back and forth. She didn't exactly enjoy the experience. I bought her this one and it may have saved our relationship.
Patagonia Black Hole Mlc Travel Duffle
The last item I bought in anticipation of our location independent adventure. I chose Patagonia after reading Let My People Go Surfing by the founder. I'm really happy I did. So far I really like this bag. It's perfect for a 3-5 day trip if you want to pack light, or (in our case) works well on my back since I also have the Eastpak. Oh, it's made out of recycled bottles which is kind of cool.
Pulchram Set of 7 Garment Bags
I'm not exactly, how to say this, organized? Tidy? Good with physical spaces? I really admire those hitman/serial killer type people in movies with the perfectly organized closets...I'm just not one of them. Packing cubes are a bit of a game changer and help me stay at least a bit organized.
Jabra Move Wireless Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones
I've had these for a few years. I'm wearing them right now. Really versatile headphones with immersive enough sound to sink into my favourite trance mixes during long writing sessions.
Sony SRS-XB12, Compact & Portable Waterproof Wireless Speaker
Another "downgrade" when preparing to go location independent again. This little guy is awesome. If I knew how amazing a waterproof speaker (with control buttons to pause, skip songs, adjust volume etc) was for listening to music or podcasts in the shower I would have bought one years ago.