Orvis Guide to Adventure
How to Pack Photo Gear for a Trip
Travel and photography go hand in hand. Whether your trip takes you fly fishing in Cuba, wingshooting in Argentina, or even camping on your local river for the weekend, photographing your experience is the key to sharing it with others and capturing memories that will last a lifetime. When traveling for adventure, packing the right photography gear, in a way that keeps it safe and accessible, can be a difficult task. But with a little planning, and some versatile luggage, you'll have the tools and confidence needed to capture the action on your next trip.
Packing a Cell Phone or Action Camera for Adventure Travel
Most likely you'll carry your cell phone in your pocket on the plane and an action camera (Go-Pro) in your carry-on. You shouldn't experience any trouble with TSA at the airport when carrying these items. If you're carrying your cell phone in your pocket, put it in one of the scanner bins at the security checkpoint. If your action camera is in your carry-on you can leave it in there and put your whole carry-on through the scanner. If you have spare lithium ion batteries for your action camera, they should be placed in your carry-on and not your checked bag. Take a look at the Travel Tips before heading to the airport so you can prepare your bags for safe and easy travel by plane.
Packing a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera for Adventure Travel
Preferences for camera gear can vary widely from one photographer to another. A common amateur setup recommended by many professionals for travel includes a mid-sized DSLR body, an f/2.8 24-70mm and an f/2.8 70-200mm lens, plus accessories (filters, backup battery, charger, etc.). One item that will most improve your shots is a circular polarizing filter. Just as your polarized sunglasses cut glare, so does this lens filter. The colors of the fish and the beauty of the water will really come through. With this setup, you'll be able to capture a wide range of images, while keeping your luggage volume to a minimum.
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