Packing for Bali - Favorite travel gear

Bali Ubud landscape

We are traveling to Bali tomorrow for one month and it's time to do the packing. 

Here's some essential stuff I usually take along with me.

 
Canon travel gear

Canon EOS 100D + Canon 50mm + Canon 18-55mm + Sigma 10-20mm + Tamron 70-300mm

I'm gonna post some travel content during the trip and that requires camera gear. It's kind of annoying to travel with SLR and all the lenses but I've noted that it's even more annoying to not have them with you when in need.

 
Skross world adapter pro

Skross World Adapter Pro

Along with all the gadgets comes a bunch of chargers. Normally the wall sockets in cheap bungalows are so old and loose that you can stick almost anything into them. But sometimes it's good to have a good old travel adapter with you.

 
GoPro Hero3+

GoPro Hero 3+

This one is a bit old and rugged but I haven't seen the need for a new one. It still shoots decent quality video in daylight and gives cool wide angles. When the sun goes down this little thingy is quite useless though.

 
UE ultimate ears Roll 2

Ultimate Ears Roll

This waterproof Bluetooth speaker is one of my favorite travel accessories. I really like the design. It's cool that you don't have to worry it getting wet and/or sandy when going to the beach. The sound quality is also pretty amazing for such a small speaker.

 
iPhone 7 travel gear

iPhone 7

I think this one is kind of obvious. Can't even remember how I survived alive from my first backpacking trip to India when we didn't have smartphones. Though it's nice to be offline while on a vacation, these things do also make traveling so much easier. 

 
Macbook Air 13"

MacBook Air 13"

Slim, lightweight and almost 10 hours of battery lifetime. Already few years old but still this laptop is one of those things I tend to take with me wherever I go.

 
Supreme Flip Flops

Flip Flops

Standard equipment.

Apple Watch Series 2 - License to swim

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When Apple first introduced the Apple Watch series 1, I wasn't so stoked about it. With a quick look at the specs, it seemed like it was released way too early. And I don't like my apples raw. I decided to wait for the next generation.

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Last year they released the Apple Watch series 2 along with the big Nike collaboration announcement. The keynote was appealing and I thought that now would be a good time to jump on the Apple Watch train. 

Three main upgrades compared to the old one were the new S2 chip, built-in GPS and waterproof design. All these features seemed good enough so I ran to the local Apple store and pre-ordered my Nike+ model. 

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The wait was pretty long. Don't remember exactly how long, but I believe it took over a month until I got my watch delivered. In fact, I can't see the point in releasing a new product without an ability to ship it to customers. Maybe this is just one of Apple's "we can do this, so screw you guys, we do this" kind of things.

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Watches have always been my favorite accessories to wear. But since the day I've started wearing my Apple Watch I've been wondering do I really need this mini-computer on my wrist. And there are pros and cons.

Pros: 

  • It's cool to have a wearable gadget with you where ever you go. 
  • It measures your activity and beats your conscience up if you're being lazy ass shit.
  • You can go for a run without your phone and still listen to music and track your exercise.
  • You don't have to dig your phone from your pocket so often anymore (though you do that anyway).
  • It usually tells you the time.

Cons:

  • You'll have to charge it (almost) every day. 
  • Measurements aren't always so accurate.
  • Every time you move your hand in a movie theater, your wrist lights up.
  • More watch faces and apps would be nice.
  • Having tattoos around your wrist makes it hard to track your heartbeat.
  • You get hooked up on hi-tech and don't want to use your old cool watches anymore
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Talking about the activity measurements and the accuracy. It's kind of obscure area. Sometimes the measurements are really on point but annoyingly often they are not. 

We bought the exact same watches with my fiance (Nike+ 42mm and 38mm) and the activity results are usually pretty unequal. Though this might also be a hardware issue.

One thing I'm also wondering is the Apple's magnetic charging plug. Why can't it be charging from the both sides of the button? 

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Altogether the Apple Watch is a pretty handy gadget. It's easy to check your messages on the go without having to pick your pocket. It's easy to mute your calls by just laying your hand over your watch. It's easy to put the timer on when trying not to burn your pizza in the oven. And there are dozens of other cool features packed in this little thingy.  Also the quality of the case and display (even with the aluminium version) is reasonable and it doesn't get scratched too easily. 

Still I'm not sure do I really need this. But if they ever release Apple Watch Series 3, that's definitely one I need.

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Apple Watch Series 2 Nike+

Aluminium case
S2 dual core processor
Built-in GPS
Water resistant 50 meters
2nd generation Retina display

Superdoob score
★★★☆☆

Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless - Affordable bluetooth headphones

 
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I've always been big a fan of wireless products. The future shouldn't be about flying cars and self-lacing sneakers. It should definitely be about wireless stuff. Most of the great new designs are still more or less ruined with cables and wires. Not only do they make things look messy but they also break way too often. I believe almost everyone has lost a pair or two of headphones due to a cord accident.

Luckily Apple turned the page and got rid of that 3.5mm headphone jack and opened the big market for Bluetooth headphones. Wireless or not, good headphones don't grow on trees. Even harder it is to find an affordable set with descent sound quality.

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I actually bought my first Bluetooth headphones right after purchasing iPhone 7 last fall. The first setup was Powerbeats2 Wireless, and that one sucked ass big time.

After few days struggling with poor fit and almost ridiculously loud bass, I returned them to store and got Onkyo E700BT in-ear buds. They've been serving me quite well but I wanted to get wireless headphones with a headband.

Swedish audio product company Urbanears released the first version of Plattan headphones in 2009. I remember buying my original pair of Plattans from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport somewhere around their first release. I've used them randomly since and really like the snug fit and sound quality. Three years ago they released a wireless version of that same design and that's still worth a try.

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Featuring 14 hours of playtime, washable headband, foldable design and easy touch controls on right earpiece make these a great deal in my opinion.

iPhone pairing was successful on the very first try and pairing hasn't failed since. Compared to my other Onkyo buds this is a great achievement. Their pairing seems to have problems now and then. Pairing Plattan ADV Wireless with MacBook Air and iMac was also easy peasy. 

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Details are pretty low-key and Scandinavian style. Which is actually good. The headphones don't feel as cheap as they really are.

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Charging is done by mini-USB and on the other earpiece, there's a 3.5mm headphone jack if you want to share your sound with that old school non-wireless friend. That actually comes pretty handy when you're watching the same movie from a laptop on a loud plane.

Sound quality and other details, of course, can't compete with high-end headphones, but I think that's obvious. All in all, Plattan ADV Wireless is a very good choice when you're looking for headphones in under 100€ price range.

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Urbanears ADV Wireless Bluetooth

Weight: 170g
14hrs playback time
Frequency response: 10Hz-20kHz
Impedance: 60Ω
Sensitivity: 98dB

Superdoob score
★★★★☆