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Some people can travel light. I'm one of those people -- until I add laptops, tablets, cameras, drones, action cameras, and chargers to the equation. The few clothes I carry end up serving as padding for all that tech.
Staying organized and not losing stuff becomes a priority, and I've found that a smattering of gadgets and gear can mean the difference between remaining pleasantly organized and descending into utter chaos.
Bags are pretty personal things, so I'm going to make some general recommendations.
Waterproof roller duffel bags: These eliminate all my worries about things getting soggy, and give me the option of carrying or rolling my gear. They come in a variety of sizes, from tiny to huge, to suit how light (or heavy) you travel.
Sling bags: Perfect for drones and cameras. I find these much more comfortable than rucksacks. You can swing the bag to the front to get at things without removing it.
Shoulder bags: Ideal for small day trips or when traveling with a laptop.
2. Apple AirTags
Apple AirTags are lifesavers, and I have them liberally sprinkled about the place. There's one on my keys, another custom one modified for my wallet, and some hidden in bags. (Don't leave them in plain sight because the bad guys are looking out for them.)
Glow in the dark tags/tape: Much cheaper, but need a burst of light to activate the glow. Tags are great to attach onto important devices and even zipper pulls, and I put stickers on things like chargers and power banks. (You can write on the sticker with a Sharpie, and that writing will be readable in the dark when the tape glows.)
These are handy for everything -- from when your hotel room lights suddenly go out to digging around in your bag for things. My all-time favorite is the Nitecore GITD -- it's super-bright, easily recharged via USB, and can be used to spot fake paper currency.
I know we're all supposed to use the flashlight on our phones, but this is a good backup for when the battery is getting low, or you need a tiny light that you can hold in your teeth.