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jason and nikki wynn with all their favorite gear including electric bike cameras and more

Our Fave Gear – 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays!  There is much to be celebrated between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Boxing Day…and so many more.  Whatever you are celebrating, if it includes gift giving, this one is for you.

We’re home for the Holidays (first time in four years) and it feels oh so good!  We’re catching up with family, friends and already eating way too much.

For us, the holidays aren’t about gifts but rather giving thanks for all that we have that is worth celebrating.  Family, friends, good health…  May sound cliché but it doesn’t make it any less true.  Absence does make the heart grow fonder and we’ve been away far too long.

However, the gift giving tradition in America is still going strong and so are the never-ending wallet depleting sales.  But it really is prime buying time for those wish list items…and several things we paid full price for are now on sale.  Sad 😢 for us but happy 😁 for you!

Here is our tried, tested and traveler approved gift giving guide.  The items we think are so brilliant, you may need to gift it to yourself.  That qualifies as self-love, right?

We’re not encouraging buying stuff you don’t need, but any grand adventure requires some gear. We’ve been traveling full time since 2011 and have purchased a lot of gear that has stood the test of time and continues to travel with us. We never recommend anything we don’t personally use and love.

These are our opinions and not sponsored content by any of the brands or companies mentioned. There is a buy link located within each product, some of those are affiliate links.  An affiliate link simply means that if you click through and purchase (it costs you nothing extra) we get a few pennies too. If you enjoy what we do here, shopping through our links is a great way to help keep us creating and sharing.

Thank you for reading, watching and being a part of the journey!

 

dji osmo camera in action

DJI Osmo Action

Over the years we’ve had several action cameras from GoPro, Sony, SJCAM and YI. But the stabilization in the GoPro Hero 7 changed the action camera game (sooo good).  Now DJI has taken the action cam game one step further with a forward-facing screen.  Waterproof to 11m, Rock Steady stabilization, HDR video, 4k/60fps @ 100Mbps, replaceable lens cover and a ton of other features make this our new favorite action camera.  Straight out of the box it’s less expensive than the GoPro 8 and it’s $100 off for Black Friday.  Plus, we think the colors are truer to life vs the over warm GoPro colors.

We still love our Sony RX0ii but it’s more of an ultra-compact camera with pro features…it doesn’t below in the super wide angle action camera category.  Which is why we still like having an action cam in our tool kit.

nikki wynn using iphone 11 pro

iPhone 11 Pro

Cell phones just keep getting better, and the new iPhone 11 Pro is by far the best cell phone we’ve ever used.  Faster & smarter upgrades make this camera a serious photo/video tool.  It has an incredible dynamic range, an automatic night mode to capture photos in near darkness & a portrait mode that doesn’t leave me wanting for my dSLR.  With the 3 lenses it almost feels like I have the power of a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that fits in my pocket.

Finally, it’s a cell phone we’re excited to use for photos & video…which makes posting high quality imagery to social media way simpler.  I could gush about all the sweet new features but I’ll keep it simple and tell you: The new iPhone 11 Pro is worth the upgrade.

m2 gimbal with rx100 and other small cameras

M2 Gimbal

Let me be honest: Gimbals are a pain in the butt.  Setting up the gimbal for our big Sony cameras takes a lot of time and makes it a beast to carry around.  Even worse, it brings unwanted attention to us while we’re filming.  We’ve never been big fans of these big gimbals.  But then… we bought a gimbal for our action camera, which was much simpler to use but it only worked for tiny cameras.

Our goal is always to capture quality footage yet be discrete and compact. So, I’ve always dreamed of a small gimbal that would work for our Sony RX100 pocket camera.

The Zhiyun-Tech CRANE-M2 is the first compact gimbal we’ve seen that’s made for the RX100 and beyond.  It’s compact, lightweight and easy to setup: I can balance the gimbal in less than a minute.  With this setup I can capture super smooth, 4k video without making a scene.  It also has moving timelapse which I’m stoked about. I can’t wait to get out of the city and find some dark starry skies!

Best of all its multipurpose and works with cell phones, small mirrorless cameras (like the a6500) & action sized cams like the RX0, GoPro or Osmo.

jason and nikki wynn riding eco friendly electric folding bikes

Folding Electric Bike

We’ve had folding bikes in the past and loved them.  We only let them go because we were short on space and didn’t think the islands would be very bike friendly.  Oh, how we were wrong.

The collapsible nature of these bikes are handy for any traveling home (boat, van, RV, tiny home) and electric folding bikes are even better!

There are a lot of cheap, crappy e-bikes and a lot of solidly built folding e-bikes to choose from.  It’s going to come down to your personal preferences and what you want out of a bike.  Here are some of the features we like about our Blix Vika+

  • It’s all about range!  We can pedal around just like any bike using people power, or we can engage the pedal assist to kick up the pace or go into full lazy mode and let the motor do all the work.  The beauty of electric bikes is how much further we can travel: 45-mile range AND how fast we get there:  20 miles per hour.  Destinations that were once too far away, or hills that seemed insurmountable are suddenly achievable.  Who needs a car!?!
  • Style & Comfort.  We really dig the clean cruiser vibe of this bike and the attention to detail.  It just looks cool and with the wide, cushy seat and adjustable positions, we can ride in comfort for hours. No sore nether regions and no creaky backs.
  • Practicality.  The fenders keep the dirt and mud from flinging which means we can ride rain or shine.  The rear rack gives us a place to load up cargo (hello provisioning runs) and they have lots of modular options for extra storage.  Plus, the built in LED lights mean we can stick around for dinner after happy hour with no worries about riding home in the dark. And, the rear lights are connected to the brakes like a car.
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jason wynn rocking out with sony headphones

Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Wireless headphones are all the rage, especially now that Apple has launched their AirPods.  But it’s the new Sony MH-1000XM3 over ear headphones that have blown our minds.  The noise cancellation is top notch and when we put them on, we’re surrounded by the sound and all distractions fade away.  This is incredibly useful for editing video or watching movies on the go…or anytime.

The touch sensitive outer part of the headphone allows me to pause the music and answer the phone, change songs, adjust volume, etc.  If you want to geek out read the details on these cool features: Sense Engine, Adaptive Sound Control, Atmospheric Pressure Optimization and Quick Attention.  They’re comfortable, the battery last for days and now they’re our go-to favorite headphones for most situations.

We’re still happy with our inexpensive Anker Bluetooth headphones.  They sound good, they fit well, they’re IPX5 water resistant and the cord keeps them from falling out of our ear and being lost at sea forever.  The magnetic snap is a nice little touch that securely keeps the headphones around my neck when I take them out.  It’s extremely helpful while we’re out to sea or going for a lap on land.  We have the older version https://amzn.to/2D37ZX2 but I’d recommend the newer model if you’re buying now.

eco friendly reusable silicone bags to replace zip lock and tupperware

Silicone bags (Zip Lock & Tupperware Alternatives)

Plastics are horrible for the planet and all living things, this much we know.  A few plastic baggies here and there add up to major pollution – in landfills and in oceans as we’ve seen firsthand.

Scientists say if we keep up our plastic ways, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Then there are the food safety concerns. Chemicals from plastic can leach into our food – especially oily foods or anything warm.

Avoiding plastics whenever possible is key but finding good alternatives isn’t always easy.  We’ve tested at least a dozen alternatives and have landed on something we think works way, way better than the disposable plastic baggies.

Silicone bags are the peanut butter to our jelly!  They are multipurpose, watertight, lightweight, durable, freezable, oven safe and non-toxic.  Here are my top three favorite uses.

  1. We love good food and Jason has somehow managed to maintain the metabolism of a 15-year-old.  Keeping snacks ready to go in the fridge and on us at all times is imperative to his happiness…which is directly tied to his stomach.  These bags take up very little room, especially once they are empty.  These have been a huge improvement over rigid storage containers in our backpacks and limited fridge/freezer space.  Not to mention they don’t have lids to lose and they take up way less room in the cabinets!
  2. We live in a very wet environment.  Waterproof and leakproof are always a huge bonus.  Knowing that whatever we put in the bags will stay in, while the ever-present saltwater stays out, is fabulous! We use them to protect everything from food to passports, cell phones and even toiletries in our suitcase while traveling.
  3. Cooking and reheating!  I love being able to take leftovers straight from the fridge to a pot of boiling water for a quick re-heat. We don’t use a microwave or sous-vide but they do work for those too.

When we first purchased our bags, there weren’t a lot of options out there and Stasher was known for the best quality and having corporate & social responsibility.  Now there are new brands popping up every week at a much lower price point.  Just make sure the ones you go with are 100% platinum silicone, food grade, oven safe and leak proof.

Jason wynn happy about his reusable insulated drinking vessel

Insulated Drinking Vessel

Carrying a reusable drinking vessel is now a fact of life.  A necessary item to be taken everywhere, much like keys and a wallet.  Not only does it cut down on the amount of plastic/foam/paper cups we could go through, its insanely cost effective.  Have you seen the price of bottled water lately?  Yikes!!!

Bottled water sales in the USA were around 52 billion liters in 2017, surpassing sodas and soft drinks.  And the saddest part of all, half of it is nothing more than filtered tap water!

With the water filtration/purification system we have on board, our water is better than bottled water and about 1000% cheaper.  So, it’s a no brainer to bring our own bottle.

But, we use our drinking vessels for more than just water.  Sometimes its tea, coffee, kombucha, beer, wine, cocktails…ya know, just about anything we want to drink.  Which is why we always go for the double wall insulated.  This way our cold drinks stay cold, hot drinks stay hot and there’s no condensation or funny plastic taste.  And, they are made of stainless steel, not plastic.

We’ve tried lots of brands and these hold up the longest, have the best insulation, most user-friendly designs and optional lids:

Oh yea, and all three companies have good corporate social responsibility.  We like voting with our dollars and buying from companies with a conscience, so we feel good about recommending these.

Swag!!!

Of course, you can’t go wrong with gifting any of our Gone With The Wynn’s organic swag.

gone with the wynns apparel and swag

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (48)

  • Cyndee J. Gardnerville, NV

    Thanks for the tip about the Anker bluetooth ear buds. They are super comfortable and have great sound! I listen to a lot of audio books and love these ear buds the best!

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  • Todd

    Thanks for posting gear recommendations. I’ve got a ten year-old who is interested in film and I’m wondering how Jason got his start. Any tips on video/photography training for kids?

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  • Karen

    Hi- love reading about your adventures! Welcome back to the states for the holidays!

    We, too, are desperately trying to reduce our single-use plastic habit. We carry hot and cold drink containers, bring our own straws, bags, etc. Found some great fine mesh bags on Amazon for bulk produce.

    Found the silicone bags and clasps a while back. They are really good (you have to soak/clean them in hot water first to get the “interesting” smell off), and do a great job storing pretty much anything you’d put in plastic. Great for freezing, too.

    That said, we find ourselves often struggling to slide the closers on and off. Have you had the same experience? If you have, any clever solutions?

    Fair winds to you and yours 🌞

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    • Curious Minion

      Ah yes, the cantankerous bag sliders. I have those silicone bags & know exactly what you’re talking about. If you run a little water along the “rails” of the slider it should make it a lot easier. I just run a little water over the leading end of the slider and it usually scoots right in. If you have a really stubborn one you might have to wet the entire slider. Hope that helps!
      Curious Minion

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  • Elizabeth

    Thanks for another year of amazing videos and another good Goodies video for 2019. I bought the gimbal and upgraded to the iPhone 11 Pro based on your rec’s which I’m sure are solid recommendations Thank you both for the work you put into your vids, I know how much work it takes and really appreciate your channel!

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  • Jon Dudeck

    I hope the bikes work out for you. I often think “man they should have kept those folding bikes” as I watch you two walk all over running errands.

    I looked at the website but don’t see a weight. How much to they weigh? It might be a good idea to look into having a couple of back-pack carriers made if they are 30Lbs or less.

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  • MiiR

    This is incredible — thank you for the shout-out and excitement! We are business to eliminate single-use drinkware while also empowering people to live a better life — your support makes our work possible. Keep up the rocking work, and enjoy your holidays!

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  • Brian

    Happy Thanksgiving. How long do you plan to stay in the US? I’m curious, what did you do with the cats? Love your vids, thanks for sharing.

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    • Curious Minion

      The cats are hanging out with friends on a ranch. There are lots of other cool animals & they’re enjoying their holiday there. Nikki posted some pics last week on social media.

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  • norman Frenk

    some great ideas! I particularly like the bikes and the silicone bags (though, those plastic zip bags were meant to be reusable – but too many folks don’t!).

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  • Beth Miller

    Hi Nikki and Jason!
    Love, love watching you’re episodes! I was wondering something about the folding bikes. We’ve got a monohull without much storage. Do you think you will be keeping your bikes in the bags they offer – on deck, or would you go for a hard-sided type (hopefully waterproof) case to fit them, that you can tie down at the rail? We fear salt water wrecks everything eventually…

    Thanks so much!
    San Diego Sailors

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  • Frank D

    Any chance you guys could hang out in Tonga for say 4-5 years, give us a chance to get there? After seeing you two, Wife and I are heading to Miami in Feb to start boat shopping. Plan to follow your “wake”. Enjoy your stay on dry land before heading back to the tiny home. Safe travels.

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  • Colin Cattanach

    Hi both. Really looking forward to you guys visiting NZ one day. Thanks for tips, even though some are quite an investment (and those Blix bikes don’t deliver outside the US). Keep on travelling!

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      • Jon D

        A friend who lives in Switzerland has told me that pedal assist is the only type of e-bike that can be legally sold in Europe. Perhaps NZ has the same prohibition on throttleable e-bikes. (Which is INSANE because they are awesome. It’s great to be able to accelerate from a full stop through an intersection.)

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  • Ken Stephens

    Hi Nikki! For a great high tea, come to Australia! You’re headed toward us anyway 🙂 . Lots of high teas. My favourite is in Buderim Queensland and if you want to try, it’s my treat! Thanks so much for sharing so beautifully your wonderful travels. With love, Ken.

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  • Theresa kovacs

    Happy thanksgiving and merry Christmas! I hope we see videos of you guys in the states!

    Theresa

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  • Dinah Rogers

    Interesting list, thanks for sharing. It’s been fun to pause the adventures in the Cook Islands (phenomenal place) and see you “live” along with John and Peter and other RVers. We have to say, you don’t make very convincing kidnappers. Because of an air-time SNAFU, we haven’t yet caught the RVers TV show, but we will. Have a WONDERFUL time with your friends and family here in the USA, and safe travels in your comings and goings. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas-to-be. ~Terry and Dinah

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  • Alan Solomon

    Now that you are back in the states for a little and you saw Family and everyone. Did you see your Friend, Kent, the boat broker?
    He must have been glad to the see you two.

    Thanks. Happy Holidays.

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  • Voxxpopuli

    Received weekly email, (Nov 24 ’19) …
    Not sure when you recorded, but I’m sitting on my patio over here in Ft. Worth and the weather is fine… Actually it’s been decent all week… Must be the 3 yrs in the tropics…

    On a different note… I’ve included my Christmas Wish List… I’d like a >#%&!i:-X☆… Other than one of those, I’m good…

    Oh, Just purchased one of those triple lenses phones… Will be using the cam for the first time on T-day…

    Happy Thanksgiving…

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  • Jeffrey P Schueller

    We bought E-Bikes earlier this year. These things are awesome. We opted for a different brand with most of the features you have but at about half the cost. We have spent days riding around the Lake Erie Islands, We have found we can ride all day long when touristing around and making stops here and there. We also bought helmets with Blue Tooth that allow us to send voice messages back and forth, they also have bright led lights in the rear of them that can work as blinkers. They are from Livall.

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    • Ann C.

      Your E-Bikes sound interesting. What brand? The high prices on many brands are a barrier.

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  • mary

    Great gift ideas! Looks like you guys are set so I should buy some really good chocolate! 🙂

    I know you worked on editing the video all night because we didn’t leave the office until after 7:00 p.m. after a full day of filming.

    I’m sure you listed the credit on the last song. I would say Jack Johnson but I am probably wrong. Nice holiday song, I will add to my list. xxoo

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  • Joan Paucek

    Jason & Nikki, have a happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for a most enjoyable year of travel and sharing your life with us.

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  • WILLIAM DOMB

    Nice job on this compilation! Wondering about the smoothness of the Blix tires. Much of the area where we ride our Swagtron foldable is sandy and pretty slippery. They don’t make a knurled version for off-road use.

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    • Jeffrey P Schueller

      Some of these bikes from other suppliers can be ordered with 4 inch wide tires that are designed for riding on beaches and muddy ares. You may want to check these out.

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    • Jeffrey P Schueller

      Some of these from other suppliers can be ordered with 4 inch wide tires that are designed for riding on beaches and muddy ares. You may want to check these out.

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      • Jeffrey P Schueller

        Sorry for the repeat. Your system said I already said this so I thought it blocked my original reply.

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        • Curious Minion

          Nope, the system takes a few minutes to review comments for spam, so there’s always a little delay.
          Curious Minion

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  • Roger B

    Real Time Video? No time Warp? Darn. Looking into the Blix Bike. Those are very technologically interesting.

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  • Shane Choi

    Thanks for the gift guide. When I was a kid, I borrowed my older sisters bike to run to the store and was stolen. Now that I am grown up and able to afford one, I am replacing the lost bike. Thanks for the great tip.

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  • Chip

    Back on land, no boat etc. It’s like super heroes when they’re incognito just doing ordinary things. You just keep waiting for something to happen so you can see them in action.

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  • Franny

    Great list! Good to hear you like the osmo action… we picked up a gopro 7 to complement our other cameras and, while the sound is a hundred times better than the 5 it over heats and is generally just fussy. Love to see another product review from you guys 🙂 Have Great holiday season and safe travels back to Curiosity! Franny

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  • Frank Trinkle

    Your video equipment choices are perfect!
    From my own research, I already own the Osmo Action, the M2, and the iPhone 11Pro MAX. All are superb! “Birds of a feather…”
    In addition, I own the Osmo Pocket that I have come to really love and am getting ready to purchase a Sony RX100 VII shortly. (Waiting for a deal!)

    As a 35-year long Pescatarian (Saltwater seafood only), I love seeing what culinary delights you regularly cook up!

    Have a great Thankgsgiving and a Merry Christmas…then go back to the warm weather!! Cheers!

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  • Christina McKay

    Hi Nikki and Jason,
    thanks for sharing.
    I hope you have a great time with the family and those cyclones stay away from Curiosity.
    Did you bring Cleo and Singa or do they have a sitter?
    Happy holidays!

    All the best for you and your loved ones.
    Christina

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    • Curious Minion

      Cleo and Singa are staying with friends on a ranch (here in the States) & are in hog heaven! Nikki & Jason posted some pics on social media last week.
      Curious Minion

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  • Sandra Cada

    Love the silicone bags! My daughter would love them! We are trying to go platic free. Question…are you going back to sea travel? Love following your adventures. Living my dream.

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    • Curious Minion

      Yes, they’ll be headed back to Curiosity, all loaded down with duffel bags full of boat parts. Once they’re done some maintenance on the boat they’ll be heading back out on the water.
      Curious Minion

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      • Jon Dudeck

        When will CM be unmasked? My originally thought it was either Kate or Ken but Mary has always been a strong contender as well.

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        • Curious Minion

          Oh but where would the fun be in that?? That’s why superhero sidekicks all wear masks!
          CM

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