OUR URBAN EXPLORING GEAR

This is the compilation of the urban exploring gear we use while visiting abandoned places all over the world. The list is always changing but this is the gear we currently use and recommend. All links are to Amazon and are affiliate links. This means we get a small percentage but you pay the same price. It is a great way to support us!

Lighting

You are not going anywhere if you cannot see. Bringing the right flashlight is key.

Godox LED308 LED Light or Yongnuo YN360 LED Video 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 charge. This is a must have for urban exploration. The Godox is the better option if you want some to mount on a camera. The Yongnou is just as bright but also can do RGB Colors.

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.

LED308 PANEL LIGHT ON AMAZON

YN360 LED STICK LIGHT ON AMAZON

LIGHT BATTERIES ON AMAZON

LED Headlamp

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

LED HEADLAMP ON AMAZON

SAFETY / PPE

No picture is worth risking your one life when it is so easy to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment.

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.

3M RESPIRATOR ON AMAZON

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.

BEAR MACE ON AMAZON

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.

SMALL PEPPER SPRAY ON AMAZON

Survival Whistle

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

WHISTLES ON AMAZON

Ka-Bar Knife and Holster

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

KNIFE AND HOLSTER ON AMAZON

BELT CLIP ON AMAZON

Cameras

Getting great photos and video is a great way to share and remember your adventures.

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. We recently upgraded to the GoPro 7 Black and the Hypersmooth Stabilization is amazing!

GOPRO HERO 7 ON AMAZON

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.

METAL PHONE MOUNT ON AMAZON

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. With the new DJI Mavic Pro 2 now out you can get a sweet deal on the original Mavic Pro.

MAVIC PRO II ON AMAZON

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimble

Great for getting those super smooth shots and panos.

DJI OSMO MOBILE 3 GIMBLE ON AMAZON

Anker Selfie Stick

Great for not only selfies but more often than not great for looking over walls or in high windows. I love using this one for getting high up views looking down on a room.

SELFIE STICK ON AMAZON

Tripod and Ball Head

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

TRIPOD ON AMAZON

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:

1/4-20 x 3/8″ lg button head machine screw and rubber washer from a local hardware store.

ALUMINUM GOPRO MOUNT ON AMAZON

BUMP CAP ON AMAZON

VIDEO SHOWING HOW TO PUT IT TOGETHER HERE

Everything Else

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.

BATTERY BANK ON AMAZON

Spare Battery Bag

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

Hiking Backpack

A high-quality backpack or fanny pack is critical to carrying all the gear. 

BACKPACK ON AMAZON

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1 Comment

  1. Greetings!
    I’ve been thinking about contacting you as I know of a few buildings In Greene County that are really worthy of exploring.
    Then I had the thought that maybe instead of just exploring something with no outcome, an exploration could be focused on the worthiness of the building to be saved/restored/renovated. Maybe this video could create some excitement/motivation/ momentum to save a place before it crumbles.
    If you are interested, please let me know. If not, maybe you could teach me how to conduct one, edit the video, start a channel of my own, rent the equipment to me, etc…
    Thank you for your consideration.

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