Unless you’re a really avid photographer, a tripod might not be something you think you need when travelling. The flavour of the moment seems to be ultralight travel; one bag, a few articles of clothing, as little extra gear as possible. Which is fine, if that’s what you’re into. But my background is in photography, and there’s no way I’m not taking my camera with me… and I recognize that not having the stability a tripod offers will seriously limit my photos. Good, sharp night photographs, handheld? Good luck!
I’ll be publishing a post some time in the next month or so that lays out all the gear I’ll be bringing with me to China, but I’ll also be making a series of posts that spotlight specific pieces of gear, and my rationale for choosing them. This is the first post in the series.
Unless you’re hiking the Inca Trail or the Annapurna Circuit, a pair of full-on hiking boots it probably overkill.