GEAR FOR THE TRAIL

Hiking and Camera Gear for Vloggers


When hiking on the trails, the name of the game when it comes to equipment is the lighter weight, the better.  This is especially true when filming on the trail requires an ensemble of camera gear to bring the beauty of nature from outdoors to your screen.

In my experience traveling and filming on the trails, my goal was to develop "the Swiss army knife" of camera bags.  This is a set of equipment that is both effective for mobile vlogging and as light as possible.  This is due to the fact that nearly all pieces in my gear kit serve more than one purpose.

Below you'll find a comprehensive list of compact filming gear that I carry with me when I go out filming.


Zhiyun Smooth 4 Camera Gimbal

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Camera Gimbal is an affordable mobile phone stabilizer that packs some advanced features over the competition.  Notably, this gimbal has a manual wheel for zoom/focus control and is full integrating with the popular phone app Filmic Pro.
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DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Camera Gimbal

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is a compact and lightweight smartphone gimbal, which saves space in your pack without compromising on quality. The combo unit also includes a lightweight mini tripod.  This gimbal is compatible with the Moment camera app.
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Lightning/Mini USB Charging Cable

Simple and affordable, this charging cable utilizes the built-in charging port on the Osmo Mobile 3 and the Zhiyun Smooth 4 to recharge the battery on my iPhone 11 Pro.  That way I can maximize my shooting time while maintaining the proper balance on my smartphone gimbal.
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Universal Gimbal Counterweights

You need to maintain a proper balance in order for a gimbal to work properly.  Equip an adjustable counterweight to keep balance when your phone has accessories like the Moment Camera Lenses.
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Smartphone Lenses by Moment

Smartphone cameras are limited compared to a DSLR Camera. Enhance your smartphone photography with award-winning Moment Camera Lenses.  I prefer the Macro Lens and the Anamoprhic Lens.  Compatible with iPhone, Google Pixel, and Samsung Galaxy with accompanying Moment Phone Case.
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Xenvo Squidgrip Flexible Tripod

This flexible tripod is sturdy enough to support the weight of a smartphone gimbal.  The legs can be flat on the ground, bent around objects on the trail, or held like a selfie stick to get dynamic movement in your shots.
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Saramonic Blink500 Wireless Microphone

The Saramonic Blink500 Wireless Microphone is incredibly compact and a great price.  You can record using the included lav or directly from the built-in mic on the transmitter. The system is also modular, and can work with different receiver setups to match any camera.  Best of all, the smartphone receivers can be attached while using a gimbal.
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10000mAH Power Bank

A power bank is always a great thing to have on a hike.  I use it to charge my phone when necessary, but it also serves as reserve battery power for my gimbals and my Saramonic Wireless Microphone.
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Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 350 Camera Pack

This camera backpack by Lowepro is a perfect hybrid gear pack for the hiking blogger.  The lower portion holds camera gear securely with padded dividers, while the top half is a large enough to hold essential hiking equipment.  The rear access panel and waist strap allow you to easily access your equipment without putting the bag down in the dirt.
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Zoom H2n Digital Field Recorder

The Zoom H2n is a compact and versatile audio field recorder.  Capture the sounds of nature in full HD audio for your nature vlogs.  This recorder also has a mounting screw on the bottom that is compatible with the Xenvo Squidgrip Tripod.  For full details, see my blog post: Zoom H2n: The Most Versatile Budget Recorder.
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