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.

Camera Gear

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

Must-read Books

Learn how to see

Written by my idol. It will change your life reading his essays.  

Great inspiration. 

The most beautiful printed book on wildlife photography

A grand tour of the master visual artist. Inspirational.

Great quote and images by the masters.

A classic.

Crazy techniques. Red 5!

What more can I say, my friend told me it aligned with the concept of my DTS class!

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!


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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.

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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.

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Ultra warm and ultra light. I used to have the mountain hardwear compressor but the Arcteryx is a lot nicer.

Health and Fitness

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I've been training my core everyday since my lower back injury. And I would drink protein shake plus organic red, and sometimes I make fruit juice. I've tried many brands and this one recommended by Andy is the ultimate, though expensive, the juice tastes 10x better I don't know why.

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I've been lazy and only use K-cup lately. My favorite is the Major Dickason from Peet's. Since I have been using the 168 intermittent fasting these days, good coffee is important. My old machine took 30 seconds to heat up the water. This one is instant.

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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.

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I strive to get 8 hours of good sleep and the Oura Ring recommended by Dan helps me keep track of it.

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I use it to keep track of my heart beat to make sure I am in 120-130 range for cardio.

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With all the live classes, it really keeps you accountable. I switch between this and my ellipticals to have variation.

Computers etc for editing and viewing

Link to Topaz Denoise AI
The best noise removal software I've used. Use my link to get 15% off.
If work together with my Dynamic Tension Stacking workflow, you can significantly reduce noise while retaining details and keep the boundaries of your subject natural.

Audio and Video At Home, FB Live, Zoom Webinar

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This one combined with the Shure SM7B mic is the best combo for ultimate sound quality. Though expensive, well worth it. Much much better than my previous blue yeti setup.

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Again, this combined with the Rodecaster Pro is the best combo money can buy.

What can I say? Industry standard. The best mic arm money can buy.

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Much better when attached to the iPhone.

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Best when attached to the Rodecaster Pro for wireless broadcasting

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Best mic when attached to the Sennheiser wireless transmitter.

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One of the most powerful LED lights

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This provides really soft light

Cold and Rainy Weather plus travel apparel

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The best lightweight ventilated rain shell recommended by Chas. Insanely expensive and insanely good. Great customer service.

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The best lightweight ventilated rain pant. Best to wear on top of the Compressor Pants if super cold. Insanely expensive and insanely good too.

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Super warm and lightweight. Super comfy. Beware though, its so warm you may not survive wearing it for too long indoors.

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Must have for photographers. Chas is the US distributor I think.

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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.

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So comfortable and quick dry. Good for travel and I wear it beneath the compressor pants if cold.

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Quick dry towel is necessary for shower. And for wiping the lens dry.

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A pair of muck boot is the standard for residents of Alaska, and good for anyone doing a lot of hike in rainy season.

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Best hiking boots with good support.

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Everything needs to be quick dry in long travel at places without laundry service.

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Waterproof duffel bag is easier to fit in small planes. I always use the Samsonite Cart to pull them. And I put one inside the bag to check in.

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Just for daily walking. So comfortable.

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You don't want frost bite on your face...

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This is a life-saver to hang dry your clothes in camps and hotel rooms.

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This cart saved my back so many times walking in the airports.

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Good for cold and hot drink.

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Light weight electric kettle is essential for travel

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Knee pads are critical when you see wild animals and need to get to a lower level. You just need to put it on the right knee if you carry your lens on your left hand.

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Can still make good coffee in the wild

International and remote communications

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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.

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I use this to create wifi hotspot when I travel internationally. Just need to purchase some day pass before the trip and it will be automatically activated once you arrive at the cities.

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I read somewhere on self-defense that this pen is the best as a tactical pen because of the material. Also can be used to write 🙂

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Must have for air travel for the absolute silence.

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I have this too for air travel.

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My camera body. I have two.

B&H Link for Nikon 400 2.8
B&H Link for Sony 400 2.8
B&H Link for Canon 400 2.8
400 2.8 is a MUST-OWN Lens. It focuses twice as quickly as 600 f/4 and is much sharper.

B&H Link for Nikon 600 f/4
My workhorse lens for birds and Yellowstone

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Super light weight, sharp and decently fast. A lot faster and sharper than 200-500

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I try to avoid tripod but it still comes in handy when waiting for landing and taking flight, and videos.

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Wimberley Head for the tripod.

Must-Read Books For Photography and Creativity