My main camera bag packed and ready to go.
By John Lechner
How to pack for a photo trip
As I finalise preparations to head to Bali for a week long shooting trip I took some time to take you through what is in my bags and why.
It's important to understand I will be carrying three bags but each has a separate purpose and role.
Those three bags are:
- Checked suitcase. This carries, my clothing, tripod, an empty daypack and my no fragile camera gear such as wet weather hoods, mini tripods, attachments and chargers.
- Carry-on camera bag. This time I am taking a backpack as I expect to do a bit of hiking to locations. But if I am travelling to a urban location I would take a roller bag. This carries all my fragile camera gear, bodies, lenses, laptop, hard drives, memory cards, filters and more.
- A small messenger bag. This is my bag that I use for stuff I actually want to use on the plane. So it includes my paperback, iPad, pillow, eye mask, earplugs, toothbrush & paste, basic medicine, snacks and water.
The reason I differentiate between my camera bag and my messenger bag is that the camera bag is large and bulky. Once it goes into the overhead locker it stays there. The little bag is small enough to stuff under my seat and access throughout the flight.
There's an obvious issue with the way I travel. That is my hand luggage exceeds the normal allowance for airlines. Most allow only 7kg of hand luggage. My two hand luggage bags for this trip are about 15kg, about the same if not more than my checked luggage.
There is only one way for me to get under the 7kg limit and that is to check camera gear. I'm not inclined to do that EVER but if I did I would need to invest a few hundred dollars in a Pelican case like the one below.