It can be hard to pack for a trip. There are so many things to consider. The first is what is the duration of your trip? Is it a day trip? A long weekend or is it longer? This could make a difference on how much clothing, photography gear, if you need to take your medications with.  So, think about your needs in this regard.

The second is: What time of year are you going? Winter? Summer? Fall? Spring? All come with their own challenges, and you should be prepared for all of the conditions you could encounter. This includes clothing as well as protection for your camera gear. It’s nice that a lot of bags are being sold with a rain sleeve. You should also have a good one for your camera. 

The third thing to consider when traveling is if you are driving or flying. You may opt to drive and take extra tripods, lenses or clothing, but when you fly space and weight are a definite consideration. So, make sure you know the airlines policy before you fly and keep your expensive gear with you at all times.

The fourth item to consider is what type of trip this will be. Are you focusing on landscapes? Wildlife? Or are you looking for that intricate flower? Lens selection is a key component to a successful trip. An example of this is if you are planning on shooting night sky, you want to make sure you have your widest angle and fastest lens along. Wild life you would want you biggest telephoto and a macro lens if you are looking to get some real close ups. Or are you just looking for general photography. Then you might be able to get by with something like a 24-70 mm. 

Below you will find a generic packing list. It is meant as a general guideline to get you started. Make it your own just like your photography and make that next trip a success!

  • Sturdy Tripod
  • Remote Shutter Release and/or intervalometer
  • Polarizer – to help remove the glare from the water and rocks and to bring out colors.
  • Neutral Density Filters – at least a 4x, but the higher the number the better.
  • Fast wide-angle lens for night photography.
  • Medium telephoto lens (70 – 200mm zoom lens to work well)
  • Large telephoto for wildlife (150-600mm if you have it). You can also use an extender.
  • Microfiber Towel and lens cloths.
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Rain Protection for Camera – unless it is lightning, we will shoot in the rain.
  • Rain Gear for you (in case of rain)
  • Sunscreen
  • Layered Clothing
  • Camera Manual
  • Spare Batteries & Memory Cards
  • Laptop and Card Reader
  • Software we will be teaching on will be Lightroom and Photoshop