How to Pack Your Photo Gear for Travel

Packing for any trip can get overwhelming but when it comes to choosing your photo gear what do you bring? As photographers, we are faced with this dilemma every time we travel. After years of trial and error, the quickest advice I can give is packing LIGHT!  Need more insight than that? Keep reading!

Where are you going?

Your destination (and photo ambitions) will determine your gear.  Will you be hiking in the mountains or taking a road trip? Photographing wild animals or architecture? Making these creative decisions before you leave will help you pack more efficiently. My personal go to is a 16-35mm lens. I rarely use anything else on hand so I usually pack accordingly knowing this.

HIKING - LANDSCAPE - YOSEMITE

16-35mm

ROADTRIP - ARCHITECTURE - WILLIAMS, AZ

16-35mm

ONLY TAKE WHAT YOU NEED!

I USED TO PACK UP ALL MY GEAR IN FEAR OF LEAVING SOMETHING BEHIND BUT NOT ANYMORE!

The trick? Pre-plan your shoots so you only take the bare essentials. Unless you are willing to carry around the added weight don’t pack it because seriously, the last thing you want to be trekking is that heavy 300mil  around for no reason.

Also by taking a limited amount of lenses, you’re forcing yourself to get creative with those lenses you DO have!

ONE BAG DOESN'T NECESSARILY FIT ALL

MEANING there's a different bag for every person, every trip, and every scenerio. On roadtrips I'm bringing a light kit + a pelican case which houses all my photo gear. This might not be the case however if I was flying somewhere. Choose what best fits you and remember less is more!

Apps for the Traveling Photog

What's in the bag???

HERE'S A LIST OF MY GO TO'S

  • 1 DSLR BODY – Currently Canon
  • 16-35MM LENS – My favorite lens for shooting landscape and architecture.
  • 50MM LENS
  • 24-105MM LENS – TBD based on where I’m going
  • GOPRO W/MINIMUM ACCESSORIES (usually car attachment)
  • INTERVALOMETER – For long exposures, time-lapses, composites
  • COMPACT TRIPOD – ATTACHES TO TRAVEL BACKPACK
  • 1 – SPEEDLIGHT w/colored gels
  • FLASHLIGHT
  • BATTS + CARDS

EXTRAS

All the extras you’ll need so lightweight you’ll barely notice they’re there.

Rain sleeve

Yes, it even rains in California so keep this on hand for those surprise sprays.

Zeiss Lens Pads

Smudge free lenses when you use this before each shoot!

Sensor Cleaning Kit

Finding dust in your photos? This kit should help with that.

Canon 5DMII
5sec @f16, ISO 100
105mm

DON'T BE A NOOB

KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT!

GrandCanyon
NOTHING SCREAMS AMATUER LIKE FUMBLING AROUND WITH YOUR GEAR. 

So now that your bags are packed and you're ready to hit the road there's only one question left to ask...

WHERE TO?

Apps for the Traveling Photog

What’s in YOUR camera bag? Leave a comment below!

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