Top 5 Gadgets for the Location Independent Blogger
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Top 5 Most Important Gadgets for a Location Independent Blogger

Modern technology is changing the world and the way we manage our businesses.

For instance, as a professional blogger, you can be entirely location independent–there are so many locations all over the world that offer free WiFi that you can literally travel the world and work at the same time!

And even better yet, it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable at all!

There are plenty of mobile devices that are easy to carry around and are specially designed to make your life easier. So, if you want to start an adventure, take a look a the products I recommend for any blogger whether you’re looking for comfort or nature.

Regardless of your location of choice (or accommodation), these 5 gadgets will be your best friends on the road!

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#1: The Laptop

Let’s start with the one that’s the most obvious–the laptop. You don’t need the most expensive laptop with full specifications available in the market. Before even thinking about buying a new laptop that will serve you for your blogging purposes, you need to know why you need it. And in order to do so, ask yourself three questions:

  • How much weight do I plan to carry in my backpack on my travels?
  • Am I going to deal with big files or am I going to use my laptop for some basic apps and minimal internet use?
  • Do I need a hybrid laptop that can be turned into a tablet or will an ordinary laptop do?

Weight

This is one of the most important questions for all location independent bloggers as most of them like to travel light, therefore need a lightweight laptop.

If you’re always on the go, then pack your essentials first. See how much your backpack weighs and how much weight you have left in your backpack that you can carry all the time. Once you have this information, it’s time to go hunting for a laptop that fits perfectly!

Storage Capacity

If your travel blog is a pretty big project and you’re doing your own graphics and video, then I believe that a fully-loaded laptop is the best option here.

But if you plan on using it only for entering and editing your blog, then I advise you opt for the cheaper one. It might surprise you how much easier the cheaper, smaller laptops are to carry around and handle.

Hybrid or Standard

There are lots of travel bloggers who prefer accessing various applications on the spot so having a tablet that can be combined with a laptop is a great option for them. If you’re one of them, then feel free to opt for this option too.

But if you’re a simple blogger who, after a long day of touring and collecting pics, comes to her hotel room to upload files and pictures to the blog, then you should opt for a conventional laptop.

#2: Travel Charger

Taking pictures or writing all about your trips for your blog is something that many people do these days thanks to advances in technology that have enabled such conveniences.

However, while using these types of gadgets in the wild is certainly not a problem, finding a way to recharge them usually is an issue–but not anymore.

Besides having the best traveler charger, when it comes to having a power source in the wilderness, portable solar power units are the way to go, and here’s why:

It’s environmentally clean

The advantages of solar energy over other types of energy are already very well documented and many see solar energy as the wave of the future. It is more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly than using fossil fuels.

Also, solar panels work without any force or fuel necessary, and most importantly, they produce absolutely no waste. Portable solar panels do not produce any emissions either and apart from having to clean the panels every once in a while, there are no other maintenance issues to worry about.

All you need to power these solar panels is sunlight, and a full day of sunlight is enough to power your laptop all day and into the night, as well as any other gadgets you might bring along with you on a trek through nature.

It’s convenient

As technology advances, these portable solar panels will only become smaller and more powerful. They are already small enough to take on the road with you wherever you go, and depending on the amount of power you need, they come in a variety of sizes.

If you are doing research in nature and you need to have a laptop and other instruments with you and charged all of the time, carrying a larger one is understandable.

But if you are going on a hiking or fishing trip and only need power for your phone, maybe a grill, and some other smaller equipment, you can get a very small solar panel that is incredibly easy and convenient to take with you anywhere.

It’s reliable

When carrying things like generators or battery-operated equipment with you, there is always a risk of a malfunction or simply running out of fuel or batteries because you did not plan accordingly. Running out of sunlight is never an option.

Even on the cloudiest of days, you will have enough sunlight to power a portable solar panel and if there’s anything in the world that you can count on, it’s the fact that the sun rises every morning.

Portable solar panels are the perfect solution for keeping your gadgets powered up on remote trips into the wild. They are very durable, can be cleaned easily, they’re environmentally friendly and, most importantly, present a reliable solution for never being without power when you are in the middle of nowhere and need it the most.

#3: Portable Hard Drive

Most travel bloggers are now using portable hard drives and reasons to do so are numerous:

  • You will avoid saving all your pictures and files on your smartphone or laptop
  • It’s easier to carry it around and transport it
  • It’s easier to access all your files if you find yourself using a device that is not yours

Although storing everything on the cloud is a good idea, there are areas of the world that don’t have a good internet connection, therefore you won’t be able to access your files and pictures so easily.

You’re not going to stop blogging just because you can’t open your stored files on the cloud, right? Investing in a top-quality portable hard drive is a good option for any travel blogger.

#4: Universal Travel Adapter

If you’re a travel blogger, you probably know what a pain it can be trying to find the right adapter for your next travel tour. That’s why it’s always good to have a world plug adapter that you can connect it everywhere you go.

Universal travel adapters can be plugged into any socket around the world and can accept any type of plug. This way, you will never find yourself in a hotel room with no way to charge your gear.

#5: Adventure Camera

Besides having your best friend by your side–your camera–you should also opt for a so-called adventure camera.

This type of camera is versatile and designed to resist outdoor activities such as scuba diving or snowboarding. Because of their compact design, high resolution, and impressive stability, these adventure cameras (or outdoor cameras) are great for documenting your adventures and sharing with your followers the beauties you see.

If you want an instant connection with your fan base, it’s best to consider a camera with sharing capabilities as well. This way, all your pictures and videos will be available online as soon as possible.

If you have the budget, I recommend choosing between a Nikon Coolpix model and one of the latest designs from Go Pro.

Read next: How to Take Amazing Travel Photos With a GoPro

There you have it! Top 5 most important gadgets every location independent blogger needs to have ready for their next adventure.Top 5 Most Important Gadgets for a Location Independent Blogger


Rebecca lives in the USA but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, the company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. The ocean is another one of her passions, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for HikingMastery.com

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  • Reply Jen Ambrose October 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    We have a travel charger, and it’s been so helpful on a few occasions. Unfortunately the one we have can only charge phones/tablets, not laptops, so we’ll probably upgrade at some point.
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