The vacation you have booked and anticipated is finally close enough and you can already feel it in the air. Although most people aren’t traveling for the first time, the question arises again and again and before every trip: What should I pack in? How much is too much and what’s too little? One thing that always comes along though is our camera, of course. But in which bag should we pack it and which items shouldn’t be missing? In order to capture every moment in a picture on our journey, we have compiled some tips for you on what you should take into account while packing.
The camera bag
First of all, it’s important to pick the perfect bag, one that fits all your needs. Without a bag you can’t pack it, right? In general, the following basic principles apply to all different camera bags: easy to transport, soft and safe inside and of a compact size. These parameters may differ from person to person. In order to get a suitable bag for yourself, the best thing to do is to consider how many things it should be able to contain. The best piece of advice is to test different bags in a professional store and select the one that suits you best. If you already have a bag, there’ll be no need to decide which one to take, unless you’ve got several.
The next question is: Which camera should come along on your trip? To answer this question it’s important to think in advance about which pictures and motifs should be taken. For example, no photographer would go on extended photo tours without his or her SLR camera. But if the trip is going to be very dynamic and full of energy, taking an action camera can be a good idea as well. For amateur photographers, who primarily want to capture moments and don’t wish to walk around with heavy equipment, compact or practical system cameras are the ideal choice.
The agony of choice: the right lens
Choosing a lens follows the same principles as choosing the right camera. It depends on the purpose and the project and the individual preferences. Again, you should consider beforehand which image motifs should be captured. No matter if landscapes, street art or portraits – every motif has different demands regarding the lens. If you want to cover every genre with the appropriate lens, just take the ones you’re most comfortable with when shooting at home. For people who are a bit lazy when it comes to packing and who follow the credo “the less, the better”, a lens with a large zoom range is best.
One thing that shouldn’t be missing is the right tripod. Which size the tripod should have depends once again on what you intend to do with it. Also, consider which other equipment you may still need, such as a card reader, various filters and bezels, other storage media such as USB sticks and external light sources.
Before starting your journey
To get fully started right at the beginning of your journey, there are a few things to take care of in advance before leaving. Ensure that all batteries are charged, that the memory cards are empty and that the camera is already cleaned. Also, before you leave, write down all the serial numbers of your valuable equipment and deposit the information at home, just in case. Another tip: Put a small business card with your data inside your camera bag, so an honest finder can return the bag in case of loss. We hope, of course, that this will remain only a measure of precaution though.