Camera (DSLR): My feelings on the type of a camera to take have changed since I first started traveling. In my initial ventures to Australia and New Zealand, I relied on a Canon Elph (pocket camera) and my Iphone 4 camera/video. While these devices were functional and MUCH more compact, after traveling with a friend who took pictures with her DSLR and comparing the quality among the photos, it wasn't even in a contest as to how much better her pics were than mine. Some of that might be due to knowledge (which I am a newbie on) but even without knowing much about cameras, the auto settings on a DSLR completely blow away those of a compact camera. And at least for me, I'd like to blow some of these pictures up after my travels for my place back home. The downsides of the DSLR camera are clear: It is bulky, noticeable, and more expensive (equals more "prized" by a thief) and thus this makes the camera more of a burden overall. Despite such downsides, if you want to get the most out of your experiences and pics, I recommend trying to figure out how to make space for a DSLR.
IMPORTANCE: 7 out of 10