Shockingly, this stuff doesn’t take up as much space as you might think. The SLR is ALWAYS with me. We never carry the hard drive and the laptop in the same bag so that if one is stolen, we at least still have the other (both have all our photos on them).
Acer Aspire One Netbook I hogged this for the first half of the trip, so we bought another one for Justin after 6 months. Totally worth it.
2 Kindles – We didn’t bring these originally, but after nearly 2 months of being unable to find anything decent to read, we broke down and had mom send them to us in Chile.
Headphone splitter (for watching movies on laptop. A must have!)
Canon EOS Rebel T2i with 18-135mm Zoom Lens + extra battery
Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod + BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level We love this, it allows us to take photos of both of us in random places when nobody is around to help us out. It’s about 2 pounds, but much smaller than standard tripods. If you only have a point and shoot you can get one that is much lighter and smaller.
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5 TB USB External Hard Drive – for photo storage
Power converter plug kit
One of the plugs that turns one outlet into 3 outlets. We bought this super cheap at a hardware store and it is fantastic for allowing us to charge multiple things at once.
Phone (no phone plan, more for alarm/GPS/wifi use)
Chargers and cords for everything. We also brought a short ethernet cable, just in case. It has come in handy a few times when a hostel has internet, but no wifi. We can then plug in our own computer and not worry about keystroke loggers etc. All the chargers and converters go into a stuff sack so we hopefully don’t lose them.
USB thumb drive – this has come in handy when we need to print something. We save it onto the thumb drive and take it somewhere to be printed.