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Bring this, not that: What to pack for the Galapagos Islands

April 23, 2019
What to pack for the Galapagos Islands. Find out what to bring, what to leave at home, when the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands is, and other tips in this Galapagos packing list. | My Wandering Voyage travel blog #travel #galapagos #galapagosislands #packing list

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most unique, biodiverse areas on the planet. With creatures that you won’t find anywhere else on Earth, volcanic landscapes and waters teeming with life, it’s no wonder that many people have Galapagos Islands on their bucket list. Because it’s so incomparable, it can be hard to figure out what to pack for the Galapagos Islands.

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The ultimate guide to improving your travel photography with a smartphone

April 19, 2019
With the powerful device in your pocket you can take incredible photos of your travels. Here is the ultimate guide to smartphone travel photography. | My Wandering Voyage travel blog #travel #photography #tips #travelphotography #smartphonephotography

Sitting in your pocket or your purse is one of the most powerful pieces of technology to date. That’s right your smartphone. These beasts can take and edit photos as we’ve never seen before, and that’s why smartphones are increasingly replacing heavy cameras when people travel. But to use them to take amazing photos, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of the smartphone as well as photography basics to take your smartphone travel photography to the next level.

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Packing for an Alps road trip

March 20, 2017
Packing for an Alps road trip | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

With packing, I find there is no happy medium. It’s either “Shit I can’t believe I forgot that” or “Why did I bring that”, there’s no middle ground. When I was packing for my Alps road trip, I knew I needed to be strict.

Planning outfits was the easiest way to figure out how much clothing I really needed to bring. Call it what you will (cough – A-type – cough). I know okay. I LOVE planning. Deal with it. I brought the least amount of clothing without feeling dirty, plus I knew most items would be under a coat anyway, so wear something three times in a row was acceptable.

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Day Hikes Trip planning What's In My Bag?

What’s in my day pack?

June 4, 2016

Packing for a day hike is relatively simple. You got your essentials: Water, food, insulation, sun protection, etc. Here’s my take on the simple daypack for local hikes:

My pack is a hand-me-down from my dad. It’s an Arc’teryx that he purchased when he was training for an adventure race. I’m in the market for a new one but haven’t decided yet what to purchase. Until then, this little guy works perfectly.


Map and rain sleeve. The rain sleeve is perfect. Not only does it keep the map dry, but it also clips on the front of my bag, meaning the map is always within reach and I’ll never lose it.

Compass. This thing comes with me everywhere. If you don’t know how to use a compass, I highly suggest learning. It’s a great tool to have in case you get turned around. I also thinking that knowing your directions, even loosely is important! If you’re more comfortable with a GPS, bring that along too, just make sure it is all charged up.

Protection from elements

Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, lip balm all for obvious reasons.

Buff. I usually carry both my buffs. They are great for keeping your neck warm or protected from the sun. I also use them as headbands or keeping my forehead from being burnt to a crisp in that sun!

I have a fleece sweater that I wear or bring with me if I know it is going to be cold.

Hiking essentials

Knife. Great for cutting into yummy oranges or other great general uses.

Headlamp. There have been many times I’ve needed illumination, even in the middle of the day! It’s great for geocaching.

Camera Gear

I always pack my trusty side-kick, my Canon 60D. I’ve had this camera since 2011. Along with the 18-200mm lens, it’s not exactly light weight, but it’s trusty and I like it.

I also pack a Sony ActionCam and my iPhone6.


What's in my hiking pay pack - my wandering voyage


  • Some duct tape for more poor feet.
  • First Aid Kid
  • Hiking log and pens. Don’t forget to check out my post on hiking logs!
  • Electrolyte tabs
  • Trekking poles