24 May
Travel gear, cameras and lenses

Packing Checklist for Traveling Photographers

There are photographers and videographers who travel with Pelican cases full of equipment for commercial shoots.  But what if you’re a solo traveler, a backpack journalist or a digital nomad? Then you’re likely trying to fit your gear into two or three bags, and the bulk of your equipment is going be carried onto a flight.  In those scenarios, your big trade-off is traveling light vs. being prepared.

I created this checklist for myself, since I always have a nagging feeling that I’ve either packed too much or too little.  It’s a good baseline that can be modified – with less equipment, of course – but I find it to be a good reminder.

TSA locks and luggage tags
BAGS and SECURITY
  • Primary luggage / roller
  • Gear bag #2 or Pelican
  • Carry-on camera backpack
  • Ultralight day pack, bag or sling
  • Packing cubes and wallets
  • Bag ID & tracking tags
  • TSA luggage locks
  • Theft-proof camera strap
Camera lens
CAMERA EQUIPMENT
  • DSLR – Main body
  • 2nd body or Micro 4/3rds
  • GoPro or wearable camera
  • Wide lens
  • Mid-range lens Telephoto / zoom
  • Flash
  • Tripod, monopod and base plates
  • Reflectors
  • Remote or intervoltameter
  • Filters
  • Wipes or lens pen
LL Bean hiking shoes
CLOTHES
  • Shirts
  • Fleece or light jacket
  • Pants and/or shorts
  • Sports jacket / formal wear
  • T-shirts and underwear
  • Walking shoes and socks
  • Rainproof windbreaker
  • Belts
  • Sleepwear
iPad with Worldmate
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
  • Laptop
  • iPad or tablet
  • Mobile phone
  • Mobile WiFi or MiFi card
  • Apps – Travel, map, and airline
Camera memory cards
MEMORY and STORAGE
  • SD and Compact Flash Cards
  • USB thumb memory stick
  • Rugged, portable hard drive
  • Card reader or Eye-Fi
Zoom H2N audio recorder
AUDIO
  • Headphones
  • iPod, phone or music player
  • Portable digital audio recorder
  • External microphone
  • Audio cables
  • Wind shield
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DOCUMENTS
  • Passport
  • Flight confirmation(s) or ticket
  • Hotel confirmation(s)
  • Driver’s license
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre card
  • Credit cards & local cash
  • Cell phone data plan
  • Business cards
  • Train / car reservations
  • Photocopies of serial #s, docs
  • Pen for customs forms
Camera batteries and power equipment
POWER and ACCESSORIES
  • Portable backup battery
  • Power cord for laptop
  • USB smartphone charger
  • DSLR charger
  • 4/3 charger
  • Wearable cam charger
  • Spare batteries
  • Intl travel adapter
  • Intl converter
  • AA Batteries
Advil and Tylenol
HEALTH and WELLNESS
  • Neck pillow for flight
  • Prescription medications
  • Glasses or contact lenses
  • Toiletries
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance card
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