Like most photographers, Manny Ortiz loves to geek out when it comes to gear and really appreciates the items of tech that make his work that little bit easier. In this video, he lists seven items that he simply cannot live without.
As a minimalist, my list is probably a bit shorter than Oritz's, but there are still some absolutely critical pieces of kit that go into my bag ahead of every shoot. Taking a lot of short-haul, budget flights and carrying only hand luggage, I have to be extremely selective, and while I don't mind the trackpad on my MacBook Pro, my cheap plastic travel mouse (similar to this one) makes my life infinitely easier when I'm on the road. Sure, there are nicer mouses, but I know I can shove this one into the bottom of a bag and not worry about batteries or the cost of replacing it if it gets damaged. Best of all, it weighs only a couple of ounces.
Those who spend a huge amount of time in front of the computer will appreciate how crippling carpal tunnel syndrome can be. Ortiz's method of overcoming his own workflow-induced pain is excellent, and it's something that you might want to keep in mind even if your wrists seem fine. This is a condition that sneaks up out of nowhere and can completely prevent you from working, despite seeming so trivial.
Of course, a bag appears on Manny's list. Personally, I've greatly appreciated my Peak Design Everyday Backpack over the last couple of months. Worth noting on the back of Ortiz's SD card recommendations: be careful when purchasing online as some websites have struggled to weed out counterfeit memory cards, with imitations of SanDisk Extreme PRO being a particular problem.
No doubt we each have our own essential pieces of gear, so be sure to leave your recommendations in the comments.