Traveling is probably one of my favorite things to do as a photographer, especially when traveling internationally. The world is such a big place with so much to see and learn about a different culture and different people. We have the advantage to document these experiences through our images, in an effort to share our adventure with others or maybe even brag a little bit. Packing your camera bag for an international trip can be a bit of a headache sometimes because you don’t want to forget anything you might need. It won’t be as simple as a road trip where you can probably turn around and go back home but rather you’re stuck with what you have. In this article, we will be talking a little bit about that in regards to what you should pack in your camera bag as a photographer traveling internationally and looking to document the journey.
The first step to ensuring you’re prepared for an international trip is to make sure you have the right camera bag for the trip or a good camera bag overall. There are a few things to look out for when choosing a camera bag for traveling internationally. One of those key things is accessibility and durability. The last thing you want while traveling internationally is to have a bag that is not easily accessible when on the move. This can be very frustrating and cause hindrance during your transit or while shooting. The next key thing is durability. Nobody want’s to be in a country they are not totally familiar with and have their camera bag fail them in the field with all their equipment in it. This is probably one of my biggest fears as a traveling photographer, so I ensure my bag is ready to endure whatever environments I’m about to be subjected to.
There are other things to consider when picking out your camera bag as well such as the number of compartments and your comfort. Compartments mean a lot when it comes to a good camera bag because you will always need a place to store away something, no matter how small or big it is. Compartments will help to properly organize and protect your gear while traveling in the event that you need to find anything, you know exactly where it is. Also, your comfort is very important as well. One of the cons to traveling as a photographer is that sometime you walk around with so much equipment just to be sure you have everything you need that you end up walking with a huge bulk on your back. If you do indeed need all that equipment, then you should at least try to carry it all around comfortably. Many camera bags come with technology that helps to equally distribute weight on your shoulders and back to avoid any strain or pain. It makes walking around with a whole studio on your back that much easier, regardless of how heavy it is.
Protecting your memory cards is very important as they can get damaged very easily. As a result of that, I encourage you to carry all your memory cards in what is called a hard case. This will help to protect them while in transit or on the move. Anything can happen and sometimes we can see where things can get loose and move all over your bag.
We can’t predict the future but we can prepare for it as much as possible so that we don’t suffer the consequences. Packing your cleaning kit when traveling internationally is very important for many reasons. One of those reasons is being prepared for the worst in terms of the environment or atmosphere you might find yourself in. You can never be too sure what somewhere else has in store for you and your camera so make sure you’re prepped and ready.
If you don’t already have one, then I do recommend looking to getting one before you go on or plan a trip. External hard drives are very important as a photographer, especially one who is traveling. You can never be too sure how many shots you’re going to take on a trip as a million things might catch your eye.
Not having or picking your external hard drive will limit you as to what you can capture if all your other memory cards are full. With your hard drive, you will have the freedom to dump your images daily onto it and have a piece of mind that you have all your shots already secured and backed up.
Last but not least, look into getting a travel-friendly tripod. These can really come in handy when on the move and are very cost-effective along with not adding too much weight to your already heavy camera bag.
Traveling the world is filled with so anticipation and curiosity. I hope this article has helped you get prepared for your next international trip. I look forward to sharing more tips with you again very soon.