Gear: Final Thoughts
A few final thoughts on gear is think about what your mini system is going to be. Fine, you're taking a whole big bag of cameras, but what are you going to take on that evening walk when you want to go lightweight and you're going to hone down on things. And so, it can be either a smaller bag or even just a smaller lens just to lighten the load for you. Let me give you a few favorite photographic travel accessories. I love the dedicated vertical L-grips that you can get for specific cameras. But sometimes I travel with multiple cameras and I really only need one generic universal mounting system for the tripods. And so this 3-legged L-bracket, I found, works on multiple different brands of cameras very easily for when I'm using my tripod I can bring one adapter that works on multiple products. Which I found helpful. I always want to bring this so that I can clean the sensor when I have a safe, clean environment for doing that. I talked about this pen for cleaning the sensor. As I say, ...
it's done a very good job. Sometimes that headlamp comes in handy along with the glasses so that you can get in nice and close and see that you're doing a good job. Some cameras annoyingly have a power cord that comes with it and in order to charge without that what you can do is that you can bring a ... buy a right angle plug adapter or a duck head plug adapter and that plugs in and makes your charger a travel charger. Saves weight, simpler, you don't have to bring a big cord with you. Solar charging for those of you who are going to be far away from electricity. I was working with a friend who had this ADDTOP solar charger and he was working with it on the Fuji batteries and he was just blown away at how well it charged those batteries. Goal Zero makes some really nice stuff. They tend to be higher end, more industrial. So if you're going up to Everest, base camp for the next eight weeks, you might want one of those up there. Power inverter ... there's probably a lot of good ones out there but something like this where you get a couple of plugins and a couple of USB ports cause there's a lot of cameras that you can charge off the USB ports just like our phones. And the things that I try to always have with me is a battery, a memory card, and a cleaning cloth. In fact, I even had a sewn case that I could put all these items in and they now make one from Think Tank at least as far as the battery and the memory card. So if you just kind of have one pack, you can throw it in your pocket, you know you have it, you an leave the camera bag at home, bring a nice little cleaning cloth with you, and if you're out shooting, you run out of batteries, memory card has a default problem, you can just stick in a new memory card. So those are things that I always have close by me. Alright, some more final tips for gear. Every night I try to get my bag back to its normal position so I can just wake up in the morning, pick up the bag and it's ready to go. Mentioned this before, I'll say it again. Don't put important stuff in your checked baggage. Watch out about leaving gear in hot cars, in sunlight. Don't leave your camera bag in the rental car when you're going into the restaurant, sitting there in the sun, it's not safe, for several reasons. If you're going into really humid environments, there are silica gel packets that you can get that you can put in your camera bags. And if you're going to be carrying two different hard drives, don't carry them in the same location. When I'm on a trip, I've got my camera bag, which has my two memory cards. I got my laptop bag with my laptop. And my hard drive, I actually break one of my previous rules I put that in my checked baggage. What if my two bags with me got stolen in the airport and the only thing that came through was my checked bag? At least I have my photos. And I'm willing to donate that hard drive if it happens to get stolen cause I'm backed up in multiple places. So, backing up different locations.