Travel photography: what photo equipment to pack
I’m going on a two month trips to many countries around the world and this time I’m trying with no suitcase – mostly and hand carry and a backpack to be flexible and fast on my travels (and i hate lines waiting for my suitcase)
Having to pare down my camera equipment to a back pack is an extremely difficult task and at the same time liberating. You really have to work with basics and have equipment that you can use daily with not too many lenses and accessories. But for general travel touring purposes you really can stick to a few basic equipment that can be used for a broad range of photo needs.
So what I include in my back pack you may ask, here are my photo equipment and accessories
1 . Extra small carry-on case for day trips to carry camera, accessories and snacks.
2. A small carry case for my CF Cards and a card reader.
3. A zip lock bag with all my other electronic accessories, cables, chargers, power adapters, batteries, filters, etc
4. A zip lock for my cleaning equipment of rags, blower, and q-tips.
5. Two external hard drives up to 1 terabyte.
6. Lap top computer.
7. Travel Monopod – this is more compact and easier for me to travel with for hand carry luggage on a plane.
8. Zip lock bags – (different sizes) are for many uses for more storage, snacks, dirty laundry, brochures and cards.
9. LED light useful for dark areas that need spot lighting including dark restaurants or long
10. A nice 8×10 lined journal for notes and ideas to jot down at any time along with a slew of pens
Cameras and lenses
Choosing your cameras and lenses are a personal choice on how much you want to carry and what you really need. I typically carry two DSLR bodies and two lenses 50 f1.8 and 18-135 f3.5, or my 24-70 f2.8. Also, I carry my I-phone and a tablet for back ups and instant photos that I can take on the go. So this is what I would be taking for most of my personal travel situations unless I’m on assignment, then it’s really up for grabs. How about you, would you take more or less than what I have prescribed?
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