Not only are we chasing a world record but we’re capturing stories as we travel and we need to lug all our own gear, so here we cover camera gear, computer and power supply.
Remember, this is 2012, doing this in 2022 I’d be rolling out with a very different setup.
We started with the MacBook Air for its size and weight thinking it would be adequate for quick edits on the road but it didn’t end up having the grunt to create and export video content quickly, so we upgraded en route to the 16” MacBook Pro with bumped up specs.
Always having duplicates of files is critical as there’s no chance of going back for the shot! I threw in a few 500GB USB drives for this.
Power supply. I went for a folding solar panel and battery from Brunton (they don’t make them anymore). This only had a USB out and so I had to make sure I had all the necessary cables for charging things from it. The idea for this whole setup is that I can drape the panel over the rear panniers while cycling to power the battery pack and then charge all of our electronics from the battery.
Navigation. A Garmin GPS with very basic maps globally but enough to point us in the right direction. We’ve also found we can cache Google Maps on our iPhone when we pass through internet locations and then turn off the mobile data and still see our little blue dot because the location taps into other technologies (GLONASS etc). We’re not carrying any physical maps because the rate at which we move through different locations would make it pointless or fill our luggage.
Oh, and almost forgot, I hauled a tripod. Not the smallest one.