I don’t travel as much as some photographers, but I am still constantly trying to improve on my packing process and systems. I have found packing to be faster when I keep all of my photographic items compartmentalized and self-contained. What does that mean? It means I have broken down specific items and equipment into individual bags that contain all of the necessary items for using the equipment included. It’s always nice being in the field and knowing that I have all of the necessary charging cords, batteries, and accessories for each piece of equipment right there in the bag. I purchased two sets of travel bags from Amazon and have divided equipment into the following photography kits:
In the first of the small bags, I carry two GoPro bodies along with charging cords and extra batteries. I have also fit the waterproof housings, attachments, bases, straps, and memory cards.
The second small bag contains all of the items I need when shooting video for recording quality audio. In this bag I keep my Rode VideoMic Pro, Rode Deadcat Wind Muff, Beachtek 2-channel audio adapter, an extra 9-volt battery for the microphone, along with all connection cords.
In the second medium size bag I store my Elvid 7” Video Monitor with connection cords, an LP-E6 battery, HDMI cable and the included hot shoe mount.
DATA BACKUP KIT
I’ve found the medium travel bag perfectly fits my backup solution. I’m able to store 2 1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drives along with two copies of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables.
This bag is stuffed! The large bag contains all of the items I may need while using my laptop computer on the road. Included is an Apple wireless Mighty Mouse, 4-port power strip and surge protector, Google Chromecast, 16GB USB thumb drive, thunderbolt to HDMI adapter, headphones, USB expansion ports, along with each of every type of connection cable I may ever want or need.
The final bag I carry contains all of the chargers for each of the different battery types in my camera bag. This includes 4 chargers for my main body batteries along with a charger for my point and shoot Canon G15. I have also managed to fit my complete tool kit inside of this bag for on the road repairs.