I believe that capturing your memories is extremely important. I have been taking photos as long as I can remember. I started with film point and shoots to a Kodak DX3700 to a Minolta SLR to a Konica-Minolta Dimage Z2 to different models of Canon Powershots to finally a Canon Rebel XSi. I am a very amateur videographer, but I am learning my mistakes as I go along. It does not really matter what type of camera, as long as you have one to capture you adventures. I will share with you the cameras, lenses, and miscellaneous gear I currently use:
Canon Rebel XSi – My trusty DSLR camera body.
Canon Power Shot – My light-weight, will you please take a picture of me camera.
Toshiba Camileo S20 Camcorder – My video camera.
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens – This is the main lens I use.
Canon Kit Lens – A backup lens that I normally never have with me.
Tripod – Useful for taking time lapses, night shots, or when you need stability.
Camera Battery Charger – Make sure to have all chargers for all devices, or you will be regret it.
Spare Battery – Stay name brand if you can afford it.
Spare SD Cards – I usually carry two 8GB spare cards.
Intervalometer – For time lapses or night shots.
Polarize Filter – Makes colors warmer and skys bluer.
Velocity 7x – Photo Sling Pack – I use this as my main purse when traveling.
Pelican Case – For air-tight protection.
Photographing My Reflection in Chile