When we were first considering our van-life trip, we wanted to make sure we had something to remember it by and to give us the best memories to look back on in the future and share with our family and friends.
That’s why we have decided to invest in some amazing Van Life Camera Gear and video equipment to ensure we are able to document our travels for ourselves and our family whilst we are away.
We put lots of time and effort into researching and reviewing everything before purchasing to make sure it was exactly what we needed to make our YouTube videos and for taking amazing photos everywhere we go.
We spent weeks and months looking in shops, speaking to different people, carrying out online research and really making sure we got the best camera equipment for us and our needs.
Everything we bought for our trip can be found in the list below, with links to where we purchased them from –
Main Camera – Nikon Z50 With Z DX 16-50mm + Z DX 50-250mm
After a lot of research, we decided to go for The Nikon mirrorless Z50. The kit we got came with two lenses, one for short-range images and video and also a long-range lens meaning we could get a wider range of shots.
The camera quality is amazing and being able to video record in 4k means we can shoot anything we need to. Going from a camera phone to this is just amazing to see the difference, especially the 50-250mm lens.
It has a touchscreen on the back that can also be flipped down for vlogging.
GoPro Hero 10 Travel Camera
GoPro are the leading brand when it comes to action cameras and having owned a couple in the past, we really wanted to get the new HERO10.
Having a camera like this means we are able to capture videos and images in the sea, whilst walking in the rain, in the kayak, and we can also attach it to Lottie to capture some doggy adventures!
Having a camera that you know can withstand weather and most things you throw at it; it just gives you that peace of mind and not to have to worry too much about damaging it.
We did buy a few accessories like the media mod and attachments; which are listed below.
DJI Air 2S Fly More Combo
This was a big choice for us, whether to buy a drone or not. We were watching all our favourite travel YouTube videos and thinking that the drone footage looked amazing, but we were just not sure what type of drone to go for, or whether it was worth getting one at all. After doing a lot of research we decided to go for Air 2s.
This is one of the most recent drones from DJI and the main reason why we picked this one was for the updated sensor on the camera but also the extra sensors for obstacle avoidance.
Being a fairly new drone flyer, we wanted something that ensured we wouldn’t crash it, and having these extra sensors are absolutely fantastic!
After owning a few different tripods over the years, I must say this is one of the best tripods you can buy for travelling.
Its super lightweight at 2.6lb meaning it’s not too heavy when doing a hike and is something you can quickly attach to your camera bag.
RØDE VideoMic Pro+ Compact Directional On-camera Microphone
If you are going to record any audio then a good microphone is really important, bad audio can ruin a very good video.
We have tested a few cheaper ones from Amazon and while they have done a reasonable job, once we purchased this mic the difference was very noticeable!
This is one of the best mics you can get, it will work with anything that has a 3.5mm audio jack which means we can use it on all our cameras and iPhones with an adaptor.
Endurax Extra Large Camera Backpack Hardshell Backpack
Making sure that we could carry all the kit we wanted to carry was essential for us whilst we were travelling.
This bag has a lot of features from securely carrying all the camera and drone equipment, to having space for water and even lunch when we are out hiking.
The bag has a hard-shell meaning if it’s dropped or knocked into then it’s going to be safe. The best thing we like is that when we are in the heat, the bag has air pockets at the back, so it doesn’t make you all sweaty and uncomfortable when you’re wearing it.
Go Pro Accessories
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I love everything about travel, from seeing new places, learning about new cultures and trying new foods! I believe that travel is one of the best forms of education you can get, I have learnt so much about myself and about the world from travelling all over. Travel is something I feel so passionately about, and I love the fact that we are now lucky enough to have this opportunity to do what we love as much as we can, it’s a dream come true.
Before we started travelling, I worked in local government in administration. I had been in this job for several years and had reached a complete brick wall where I was so fed up, but didn’t know what else to do. The only thing I knew that I wanted to do was to travel, and had wanted to do that for many years.
There were hundreds and hundreds of places on my wishlist that I wanted to go to, and I knew that going on a weeks holiday maybe twice a year if we were lucky wasn’t going to cut it.
After being in lockdown due to the Covid pandemic, and working from home staring at the same 4 walls every day, 2021 seemed like the perfect time for us to take the risk to finally do what we had dreamed of for so long.
It was a hard decision to completely change our lives, but so far it has been the best decision we have ever made!
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