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Travel Essentials – A Guide for Filmmakers.

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Travel film-making is a very good hobby or profession. It feels super awesome to go in some other state/city and film them. It can be really hard if you forget some of the necessary things, and there would be a big problem during your filming process. This guide is going to be about the travel essentials for a filmmaker. The travel essentials which are must for anyone who loves to film. This guide is not only for the professional filmmaker but also for the hobby filmmakers out there. The professional filmmakers never tend to forget these things due to their years and years of experience. I am going to provide you with a checklist so you don’t forget any of the essentials when you go out on your travels.

Now take a notebook where you can list down these things so you won’t forget these things anytime in the future.

I have divide these Travel Essentials into 3 categories.

  • Filming.
  • Backup.
  • Storage.


Travel essentials

There is a myth for travel film-making now-a-days. People believe that they should be having all these professional cameras for filming their videos. This is totally wrong, as they say ‘It’s the filmmaker who creates the film, not the camera’. It is also true that once you become good at film-making you would want to upgrade to a better camera. Let’s look at all the options you can have for filming your videos.

  • Smartphones.
  • Point and Shoot.
  • DSLR / Mirrorless.


Now they would cost 0$, because everyone right now must be having a smartphone. All these companies are doing a great job with their cameras. These cameras can shoot some very good 1080p videos, which are enough for you to start with. This is a type, where I cannot suggest you any particular model. Because there are lots of models out there, which are brilliant in their camera field. I could recommend you some companies which won’t disappoint you anything. I myself use Samsung device, which performs very well in the video section. The companies which I would prefer are

  • Samsung.
  • One Plus (Go with older model rather than latest one, their cost would be reduced and they still perform really good).
  • Apple (This only applies for those users already having an Apple device. If you don’t have one’ don’t even think of buying it. Yes, their camera is very good, which could create some beautiful videos. But one more thing, they are very costly, and in that money you could get a very good Dslr with all the controls.
  • Xiaomi or MI. (Whatever you call it)

These are the companies which you could go with. There are many other companies out there, but I have used the one’s listed above and I can assure you that you won’t regret buying them.

Point and Shoot Cameras.

These cameras fall somewhere between a Dslr and smartphones. They are good for those you at the moment cannot afford a Dslr camera. I haven’t bought these type of cameras, but I have used them a few times. They give a more options than a smartphone, but a little options than a Dslr. My suggestion here would be, you could save some more money and directly buy a Dslr. It would be better for you. But if you want to buy them anyway. You can type in “Top 5 point and shoot cameras under whatever your budget is” on google and I’m pretty sure you will get some very good results for them.

Let’s move on to Dslr Cameras.

There is this crazy trend everywhere for Dslr’s now-a-days in India. Every college student wants to buy a Dslr, whether they know anything about it or no. The only reason for them buying these Dslr is for the blurry background the Dslr gives for the pictures they click. Being a filmmaker you need to be aware that there are lot more things a Dslr can do, than just giving a blurry background to your photos. Dslr comes in various models and many companies manufacture them. My favorite company would be Canon. It just because I use their products. There is no other reason for loving this company. Their products are really great and are meant for shooting videos.

Now the Dslr cameras fall into the following types:

  1. Beginner (Crop Sensor).
  2. Intermediate (Crop Sensor).
  3. Professional (Full Frame).

Which on would be better for you?

This depends upon various factors which apply to you like budget, performance, weight, functionality and many other. I won’t get very technical with this topic, I’ll try to make a simple guide helping you buy your first Dslr. There was a thing called as the Dual Pixel Autofocus, which canon first implemented on their Eos 70D. It is a brilliant autofocusing system, and they claim it to be world’s fastest autofocusing system. And I must say after lots of improvements, this is the best I have ever used.

I will list my favorite Canon cameras from low budget to high budget which I have used personally. And trust me, these can be really good for your filmmaking carrier.

Starting with the beginner’s.

They range anywhere from 350$ to 750$. The more the price, the more the performance. Here are some beginner Dslr.

  1. 800D

This is the best beginner camera for filmmakers. I started using this camera when I started filming with Dslr’s.

Pro’s –

  • Cheap.
  • Articulating Touch Screen.
  • 2 Kit lenses. (Also comes with a single lens, but it not value for money)
  • 1080p videos at 30 fps.

Con’s –

  • Autofocus system little bit slower.

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This is still a very good camera to start with. There are many other highlights, but this is not a guide about buying a Dslr. I won’t get too technical and use the strong words like ISO, aperture and so. I will make it as simple as possible.

  1. 200D

This camera has been recently launched and the implementation of Dual Pixel Autofocusing System has made this a very good camera for the filmmakers. Not the one for shooting all the professional videos, but would be great for YouTube videos.  It is very lightweight and small camera. It can fit anywhere in your backpack and won’t take up many space.

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Intermediate Level.

They cost from 900$ to 1500$.

  1. 77D

This is currently the camera I am using. And I take this camera with me everywhere I travel. And it performs really well in all fields. They have implemented the upgraded Dual Pixel AF System on this model. It is superfast when it comes to focusing and I must say it does a really good job with its AF system.

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  1. 80D

This is an advanced version of 77D which also ends up being costlier. There is not much a difference between the 77D or 80D, whether it is cost or whether it is performance. Any professional filmmaker will definitely tell you to buy the 80D over 77D. But if you are on a tight budget then you can go for the 77D, as I was. 80D is the upgraded version of the 70D, which was very popular being 80D being launched.

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Professional Level.

They range from 1600$ to 9000$

As a beginner, you should not look into this section. I have listed this type for information purpose. Yes, I said earlier that more the cost, the greater the performance you get. But there would be no use of performance and buying this expensive camera if you don’t know how to use it. My suggestion would be buy a smaller Dslr and then upgrade to a bigger one when you feel comfortable about it.


Travel Essentials

Having any of the camera options make sure you have the right accessories for them. While taking accessories keep these things in mind. You should take accessories for stabilizing you video, recharging your gear, audio equipment. The accessories which you need and are must are listed below.

For Mobile

  1. Selfie Stick. (For stabilizing your video)
  2. Power Bank. (Must)
  3. (Monitoring your audio)
  4. Waterproof Case. (Currently using)

For Cameras (Point and shoot / DSLR)

  1. Monopod / Tripod. (Stabilizing your video)
  2. Extra Batteries. (The more the better)
  3. (For clear audio)
  4. Dslr rain cover. (depending on weather)
  5. Lenses.

The accessories which I use are listed below, if you want you can take a look at them.


Having the right gear can be great, but without a backup your camera is useless. You cannot do anything with it, if you don’t have a place to store all those videos and photos you captured. There are many options to backup all your data. I’ll run you into each one step by step.

  • Portable Hard Drives. (Primary Option)

  • Most of the people use hard drives as their main backup option. They are very slim and portable. You can carry them anywhere with you, connect them with your mobile phones, transfer data during your shooting. They come in various disk sizes. The preferred size to choose is 1 Tb. You can also choose bigger ones, but only opt for those if you are really going to need that much space. If you plan a vacation for more than 2 3 weeks than probably you will need a bigger hard drive. Whatever your need is choose the right one for you, according to your work load and you are good to go.I will list some of them below which you can choose from, regardless what size you require.

1)Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB Portable External Hard Drive.

2)WD Elements 1 TB Portable External Hard Drive.

Memory Card (Secondary Option).

  • They can be very cheap and very small as compared to hard drives. While choosing a memory card keep these things in mind. They must have a fast transfer speed. Make sure it’s a class 10 card. You choose them from a reputed manufacturer. And most important, choose a memory card which comes with an adapter. Try to avoid buying SDHC cards (dslr cards), as they are little expensive than the normal micro sd card. Rather buy micro sd cards and use an adapter with it. It really can save some of your money. I had a trip 2 months earlier which almost lasted for 10 days. In that trip I only used micro sd cards as my primary storage. They really worked well and I enjoyed the trip without having to carry a hard drive or a laptop in that case.Some of the memory cards which are really good and which I use every time are listed below.

1) SanDisk Ultra MicroSDHC 32GB UHS-I Class 10 Memory Card with Adapter (Upto 80mbps Speed).

  1. This one comes with a transfer speed upto 80 mbps. Also it comes with an adapter. You can choose from whatever storage you want you want i.e. 32gb, 64gb, or 128gb.

2) Samsung EVO Plus Grade 1, Class 10 32GB MicroSDHC 95 MB/S Memory Card with SD Adapter (MB-MC32GA/IN)

  1. This one comes with a transfer speed upto 95 mbps. It also comes with an adapter. This also has the options of choosing the right storage you need i.e. 32gb, 64gb, or 128gb.

Laptops (Completely Optional and Not Needed)

  • Taking a laptop to your travel is really not recommended, unless you are going on a 6 months or a yearlong trip. They are great for storage, but they add on very large amount of weight to your luggage. I would suggest not taking laptops with you until it is very necessary. Here I wouldn’t suggest any laptops for you, as I don’t use them for travels. If you still wish to carry a laptop, you can do it.That’s it for the backup section. These are the very essential things, you must carry during your travel for backing up your data.

3)Storage.Travel essentials

You must be thinking that, you know this thing. How can we go on a trip without having a storage? This must be the question you are asking me. But wait, I am here to tell you what type of storage would be good for you and which are best according to the whatever the weather conditions are.

Well, talking about storage, you can choose from a rucksack, a backpack, a luggage bag.

While choosing a bag make sure that you choose a water proof bag, because whether it is rainy season or not there is always 5-10% chance of water spilling on your bag. So if possible try to opt for a water one, whichever of the three you choose to buy. If you want, I will leave links below for the products which I use and recommend, if you want you can buy from these links, if you don’t like them, you can choose another product from the Amazon store. Make sure you take a look at every option while buying.

Don’t just rush into any links and just buy them. Open the link check whether that products are good for you, check their reviews and then make the final decision of buying them. I have just listed the products which I use and strongly recommend. These are affiliate links, they help this website to grow. If you click through link and buy any stuff I will get a small commission from amazon. It won’t charge you a single penny more.

The products I recommend are


  •  Wildcraft.
  • Inlander.(Currently Using)


  • Skybags.
  • American Tourister.
  • Gods (Anti Theft Bag)


  • Dry Sacks.
  • Rain Covers.

You must be wondering what are dry sacks, or some of you must be knowing them. I will explain it to you those who don’t know. Dry sacks are normal bags like luggage bags, totally water proof. They fold in your backpack without taking any extra space. They come in handy when there is heavy rainfall and even your waterproof bag couldn’t hold that rain. To secure your equipment during heavy rain make sure you use these, they are really great.

With this I conclude my article here.

Hope you don’t miss any of these essentials during your travels.

Vishal Hadal.

Stubborn Hippie.

Note: All the above links are affiliate links, which means i receive a small commission when you make a purchase without costing you any extra money.

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Hey guys, this Is Vishal Hadal, Owner of Stubborn Hippie. Stubborn Hippie is a blog regarding budget traveling, solo traveling and some amazing and  wonderful stories which i experience along the road. 


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