This was our first big trip with the my three new toys:
1. 2 x go pro hd2 cameras with dive housings.
These cameras were amazing, went all day and lasted 2 hours easy of continual recording. Frankie (@frankiepho) was using a hand held floating short pole for his gopro while I used the head mount mostly. Some of our videos can be seen at YouTube.com/wade85 under Redang island
2. Goal Zero 10 solar battery charger
Used this device every day. Whether as a battery extender for my phone. Or a full solar charge for the go pros on the dive boat. Built to last go any where. Do anything. Matter of fact as I am sitting on my bus for the three hour trip from Sydney back home to Canberra it is charging my phone now.
3. My spot communicator.
I have the little black model that connects via my phone to track my location, share ' I am ok' messages and god forbid if I needed it the SOS function.
I try and be self reliant as possible seeing holidays as missions to complete rather than places to go. I always have a communications plan and should the other 2 modes, my phone or email fall over or the country I am in decedent into the dark ages suddenly I can still sent my parents, colleagues or trusted friends messages such as ' help, I am safe but I need to get out of here' messages. Also the tracking tool was good for my parents to see when I would be back from a long day trip into the remote hills and rice fields of Bali.