We opened our gear bags to share our urban exploring gear. Check out the gear we use to get the shot and stay safe. No picture is worth risking your one life when it is so easy to wear the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

NO 1: 3M Respirator w/ P100 Filters

Protect your lungs by picking up a 3M respirator mask with P100 filters. Suitable for most explorations and very inexpensive. Will protect against particles such as mold and asbestos. Will not protect against gases so it may be a good idea to grab a set of carbon filters also.

NO 2: GoPro Hero Action Camera

A GoPro Hero is a great way to capture high-quality video at a wide angle. Using a smartphone for video provides a too narrow field of view. Use it as your primary exploring camera or as a second camera to record the entire explore just in case something wild happens or if you need to prove you did not take or damage anything.

NO 3: Godox LED308 LED Light

Light an entire room or hallway like no led flashlight ever could. You can also easily adjust the intensity and tone of the light. Go more than 1.5 hours on a single change. This is our must have. TIP: Don’t leave the battery in the light when in your bag. It can turn on and will get crazy hot and could catch your bag on fire.

NO 4: DJI Mavic Pro Drone – Fly More Kit

The most recent upgrade to our exploration gear. Perfect for capturing aerial footage as well as scouting out a location. This drone is well built and folds up so it can easily be transported in your carry on when traveling.

NO 5: Blixxo Lapel Mic

Great little microphone that works with all devices including GoPro. Comes with the wind cover that is a life saver.

NO 6: LED Headlamp

Wear throughout your explore or just when your crawling or climbing.

NO 7: Bump Cap w/ GoPro Mount

In this video, I show you how to make a GoPro bump cap hat that not only protects your head but also allows you to film your urban explorations with a head-mounted GoPro. We use this method to document 100% if our urbex adventures. Using an open frame housing on the GoPro also allows for decent audio recording. This setup would also be great for various other outdoor sports like fishing, hiking, or rock climbing. Check out our link below to everything you will need to make your own bump cap GoPro mount.

Here is what you will need to make your own:

NO 8: Bear Mace

Shoots like 30 feet. Great way to protect yourself from wild animals or wild people that may be living in an abandoned place. We always recommend running away or making friends but you never know when you will need some protection.

NO 9: Personal Pepper Spray

Great backup to your bear mace that is perfect for the explores where you want to carry the least amount of gear.

NO 10: Survival Whistle

We carry survival whistles just in case we would get separated and get hurt.

NO 11: Ka-Bar Knife and Holster

A great hiking knife that fits tightly in the holster. High-quality build and slim.

NO 12: Small LED Flashlight – 400 Lumen

Never forget your backup flashlight. A good small LED flashlight is perfect for if it is raining and you want to keep your primary light dry. About every 10 explores or so this gem ends up being my primary because I forget the batteries for my big light.

NO 13: Anker Battery Pack – 13000mAh

Never run out of power when you need it the most with an Anker Power Pack. TIP: Use a short charge cable and your phone and the power pack will fit in your pocket.

NO 14: Proline Tripod and Ball Head

Great tripod at a reasonable cost that has held up well for several years.

NO 15: Anker Selfie Stick

Great for not only selfies but more often than not great for looking over walls or in high windows.

NO 16: Mini Tripod

When carrying a full-sized tripod is a huge pain we just grab our mini tripod.

NO 17: iPhone X Smartphone

While many urban explorers use full frame mirrorless and DSLR cameras, we simply use our trusty iPhones. In the future, this may change, but for now, we are happy with the quality of photos we are able to take.

NO 18: Cables Cables Cables

We love our Amazon Basic cable. We have migrated from standard length to these super short versions. No more tangles.

NO 19: Ulanzi Metal Phone Tripod Mount 

We have several of these tripod phone mounts and they work great and will even hold a plus-sized phone with a medium thickness case with no issues.

NO 20: Spare Battery Bag

The best travel accessory is simply a purple Crown Royal bag. Perfect for carrying those extra batteries.

NO 21: Hiking Backpack

A high-quality backpack or fanny pack is critical to carrying all the gear. Hiking backpacks are supported by a hard frame that keeps the bad from resting directly on your back allowing airflow to keep you cool. They also have lots of tieoffs for gear.