I get asked a lot, what I take when I travel. This guide include’s a list of things, I pack whenever I travel, and a range of bags I used based on the airline, my destination and amount of camera gear I’m taking. I use everything on this list, and can happily recommend everything included.
Some of the things on this list, will probably not be applicable to you. As each person’s needs and travel style varies, we all have different preferences for things like suitcases vs backpacks. Plus depending on the location you may not need some of this stuff.
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My Travel Gear
I have a range of bags that I take with me, depending on my needs. The bag I take depends on the airline’s restrictions, and how much camera gear I’ll be taking with me. I always try to travel hand luggage only, but if I am taking a lot of camera gear I do end up having to check in a bag. As I already use a backpack for my camera gear, I put my clothes and laptop in a rolling case when going hand luggage only.
I prefer using hard cases, but you might find that soft cases are more to your liking. I also love cases with 4 wheels, as I find them easier to roll along.
I love taking some folding duffel bags with me, that fold down quite small. They give me extra space if I end up buying too much, and save me having to hunt for another bag while travelling. They’ve been really useful for trips to Tokyo, and Taipei as I love bringing back tons of snacks like Konyakku jelly. I normally end up with one duffel bag stuffed with snacks for my return. It also acts as a backup, in case my rolling case breaks.
I always take a filter water bottle with me, that I use at home as well as when travelling. This allows me to save money as I don’t need to buy drinks and helps the environment. Plus, as I have mast cell activation syndrome & can react to water, the filter removes most of the things that I might react to – making water safe for me drink.