Powerful Macbook Pro
If you're going to use applications like DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro X i'd recommend you get the most powerful laptop you can get. I am using a pretty much maxed out Macbook Pro. It has a 1TB SSD hard drive, very fast processor, 16GB RAM and an awesome graphics card. I would never be able to work on things like 'The Story Of The Vamps' (my debut DVD) on the road if I didn't have this kind of power. Of course, the reason it's so great for being on tour, it's super thin, so easy to put in protective case and put in either of my travel bags.
Thunderbolt Hard Drives
These Rugged 1TB thunderbolt / USB 3.0 drives are brilliant. They are SSD's , so incredibly fast , super quiet and of course the outer orange rubberised casing protects from inevitable bumps and jolts on the road.
The Canon C100
Apologies for the dramatic photo! My newest member to the bag... The C100, a cinema EOS camera made by Canon. Aside from the C300, in my view, one of the best documentary cameras around, certainly the best i've used. It's pretty light, but not too light I can't go hand held (too light and you are more likely to get micro jitter when you film). Built in ND filters, simply incredible sound via a shotgun mic and the built in pre-amp, the grip... makes me wonder how I used to even hold a camera before I got this! The screen, is pretty damn good, I haven't struggled getting critical focus with it much yet. Peaking, Waveform monitors, Audio Levels, etc etc... I am concerned i'm actually in love with this camera.
A trio of lenses...
Starting back left, that's the Tamron VC f/2.8 24-70 lens, it has image stabilisation (a must for video, especially on the road like my job entails). This is my everyday never ever leave at home lens, if you see me filming, there's about a 85% chance this lens is on the camera. Next its the dude at the front, a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens with an E mount adaptor on the back so I can attach it to my Canon camera body. This is very rarely used, though a lovely lens. I use it only in very very low light areas. Last but not least, the Canon L Series 16-35 f/2.8 lens. Optically I love this lens. It's great a the wide end and with the crop factor of the C100 sensor there's almost no distortion.
C100 Petrol LCD Shade
The Petrol LCD screen shield is really great, and really cheap. It's well made however, and when i'm outside in bright sunlight reduces the need for me to attach and EVF so I can focus. Again this speeds up my setup as all I need to do is loop it over the LCD screen.
That photo may be confusing. Basically this little piece of genius is stuck on the window with 4 suction pads. Pop your lens through the opening at the back, tighten the cord around it and boom, no reflections from the glass if you film or as I do a lot, timelapse through the window. Try it with and without and you'll see what a massive difference this bit of kit makes, essential.
iPad (and iPhone) ... and yes, I know it's 7!
My iPad mini and iPhone are used all the time for work. I use Evernote premium to stay organised and keep everything in project folders. I also use things like VSCO Cam on my phone for taking photo's when my X100S isn't with me. My iPad is also my library. I might not get much time to relax on tour, but if I do i'll generally read. When you have limited space, the iPad, for me, is perfect as it's very thin and small, so takes up no space. My iPhone is used a lot for notes on the go and sometimes doubles up as an extra audio recorder when I connect my RODE Smartlav to it during interviews. Of course, more importantly than any of that, it keeps me in touch with family and Soph when i'm away for long periods.