Below is a list of my go-to items when I travel and take photos, after a lot of trials and errors. I highly recommend you check them out because I'm sure they will be useful to you too.
2TB Ultra light weight, durable SSD Drive. I bring 6 of them for any trips.
Like miracle, it turned any air travel into complete silence, almost. No more baby crying.
The best photography glove in the market which allowed me to survive from -40 to 40F.
Switched from my Gura Gear backpack to this one as I didn't like the zip. Love this 36L backpack that can easily fit my 600mm and 180-400 with 2 bodies, and much more.
Most comfortable shoe I've ever tried. Perfect for high arch.
I bring 4 pairs to trips. If it's cold, I wear the Heat3 on top of this.
Lightweight and fast absorbing, perfect for travel.
Water-proof bag when flying in small plane/float plane
Gotta bring it.
Perfect to keep your face from cold wind, good for big head lol.
Put backpack on this for airport transit
Extra battery always in my pocket to charge my phone and Bose earphone
Pant that keeps me really warm, really warm, and comfy.
Ultimate rain gear, ultra good, and expensive too. But gotta have one.
Ultra good rain pant, ultra expensive too.
Peace of mind to have signals everywhere, unlimited text and map to share with friends, only $50/month. Use satellite signal, worked perfect even in Saunders Island in the Falklands!
Super light weight to get eye level
Wifi in foreign countries
For filling out forms and personal safety (like a tactical pen)
Hot water everywhere. Lightest.
Warm and light
Easier to fit in flight seat for hot coffee
Great support. Waterproof. My hiking boot.
For muddy area. Must have. Comfortable.
Best way to hang dry your clothes in hotel room
Most comfy outdoor pant I ever tried. Lululemon ABC pant.
No more scratch on my camera body when I use this in my backpack.
How I make coffee in the wilderness.
Must own for guys. Quick dry.
Must-have to protect your lens in rain.
Must-have to protect your lens all time.
Don Zeck cover for your big lens, better than the original lens pouch
120GB XQD. I have 10 of those.
Literally exchanging $$$ to buy time. 2TB SSD, 64GB RAM, 10-core, a MUST
15 inch macbookpro. Workhorse in the field!
For all the footage. Even slow mo.
45 mega pixel, great AF tracking, 9 frames/s with grip, what more can u ask for?
Need the grip to get 9 frames/second
400 2.8, the fastest lens for wildlife photography
600mm f4, my most used lens. Workhorse.
The most light weight 500mm prime lens? Very sharp.
Super sharp macro, great for portrait too.
300mm f/4 PF, super light, super sharp
Nikon 180-400, the most versatile, and as sharp if not sharper than my 600 f/4!
Really Right Stuff TVC-33, the best tripod ever? I love it even though I don't use tripod much. Super expensive.
Almost always on my 600mm
Gimbal head for the tripod. Handles 600mm easily.
24mm 1.4, sweet for some milky way action.
A lighter smaller tripod for travel. RRS TVC 24L, super expensive.
Induro series 5 monopod. I prefer monopod over tripod most of the time.
Oh my the best monopod head, changed my idea of monopod completely.
Must-have to replace the tripod collar for big lens to save weight and easy attachment to Gimbal head. For 500mm or 600mm.
Youtube Video Gear
Improved sound quality in iPhone instantly
Best low light video camera on the planet (or almost) with good skin tone
Flexible and stable for GH5s
Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.4 made it 24mm for ultra low light indoor video
Learn how to see
Written by my idol. It will change your life reading his essays.
The most beautiful printed book on wildlife photography
A grand tour of the master visual artist. Inspirational.
Great quote and images by the masters.
Crazy techniques. Red 5!
Secret of storytelling written by the father of screenwriting.
I have read it 30 times. You??
My secret weapon for creativity?
Below is a list of my go-to items when I travel, take photos, or when I'm at home doing video webinar, or even training for the next big trips. These are the best tools I found after years of trials and errors. I highly recommend you check them out. Please use the Amazon and B&H links I provided as I would receive around 1-2% commission if you use my link to purchase. Thank you in advance!
The MUST-BUY NOW list
I have 15 of them. Can save you hours when backing up files after a long day of photoshoot. For example, what usually took me an hour to transfer on my WD hard drive, this SSD drive takes maybe just a minute or two. It's insane. Durable, reliable and save space when travel.
I have switched from Gura Bag to this one. I can easily put BOTH my 600 f/4 and 400 2.8 without hoods in it, plus 3 bodies and a bunch of smaller lens, plus a Samsonite cart in it. When doing air travel you never use bags with wheels otherwise it would be gate checked in smaller planes.
Health and Fitness
Cardio is super important for wildlife photographers. I do 45-60 mins cardio every day. Very relaxing. I just watch YouTube on my iPad while on the ellipticals and new ideas of photography would randomly come up.
Computers etc for editing and viewing
Audio and Video At Home, FB Live, Zoom Webinar
Cold and Rainy Weather plus travel apparel
I usually wear this beneath the Heat3 Glove for extra warmth. Can handle -40F. I usually buy 5 pairs of those because if it gets wet you can switch to another pair. Cold fingers is never good.
International and remote communications
This thing uses satellite signals where you can send your GPS location to friends all over the world, and also FB so they can save you. Can also send text messages. I pay the monthly fee of ~$60 for the service, and get peace of mind. I was able to send good signals in remote island of Falkland Islands.