Packing Equipment for the Long Haul

January 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I'm normally pretty reasonable when it comes to packing for a trip, often able to pack into a single carry-on for a weeklong trip.  When my husband and I travel together, we use one suitcase and pack as much into that as possible.

With the exception, of course, being our electronics.  We have a lot to bring on trips, mostly because I insist on bringing every single piece of photography equipment I own with us. That's a bit of a stretch.  I don't bring my light kit.  That's too much.

The list of equipment that I bring on a trip, however is as terrifying as it is hilarious.  Check it out: 

  1. Canon 60D DSLR
  2. Canon Rebel DSLR
  3. Canon Rebel SLR 35mm
  4. 28mm lens
  5. 50mm lens
  6. 18-55mm lens
  7. 18-135mm lens
  8. Portable External Hard drive
  9. Laptop - it's a PC but she handles well on long trips!
  10. Cleaning kit (including the Nikon 7072 lens cleaning pen system). 

I'm also all about portability, so while I have to carry all this gear on the plane with me, I still have to document all of the in-between moments.  I don't get really excited about having my camera out and having to put it back... and get it out again.  I've been playing around for awhile with ways that I can keep my gear on lock-down but still have something to use.

Which is why when I first saw the CamKix Universal 3-in-1 lens kit for smart phones, I squealed.  I'm not proud of it, but I squealed, and then  I did a brief (but animated) happy dance. It's not in any way a miracle transformation for my iPhone 5 camera, but it certainly adds both flare and interest to photos that can otherwise stagnate, and it's fun. I also downloaded the VSCOcam app for my iPhone, after a suggestion from a brilliant photographer (who also happens to be a fantastic friend). The app is free and comes with some basic editing options, which you can add to (careful, fees occur here!) if you want to.  I find it a really awesome and portable way to photograph and edit right from my phone - which is really what I like to do when I'm just taking snapshots. For me, it's a much better and affordable option than to buy a new point and shoot - I already had the iPhone, so why not utilize its capabilities? I do NOT recommend getting an iPhone JUST for this portability option.  If you don't have a smartphone, go for a good point-and-shoot.  I'm particular to the Sony point and shoots - they've always blown me away with their capability and the image quality.  Personally, I like the Sony Cybershot, but if you're looking for a newer option, go with the Sony DSC-WX300.  At around $300 it's cheaper than an iPhone 5 and you get much better image quality.

This week, my husband and I are headed to Phoenix, where I'll be doing an engagement shoot for one of my best friends.  But we'll also be wandering, exploring and most importantly, we'll be visiting the Grand Canyon! While I'll most certainly bring one of my DSLRs with me to the Grand Canyon and I'll definitely be using them for the engagement shoot, the rest of the time I'll be carrying my handy little iPhone around to document ALL THE THINGS. 
 

Because that's how I survive without breaking my neck all the time.

 

Cheers to you all! Happy photographing.

 

-Amanda Paulger-Foran
Owner, Mandible|Photography


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