You don’t have to compromise your photography when, for some reason, you are forced to “Travel Light”. I actually prefer traveling light, because it helps me avoid the hassle, expense and long lines for checking bags.
I’ve a friend who can’t believe all the stuff that I don’t take on a trip, whether it’s for a week or a month. I’ve talked with gate agents who also can’t believe how little I carry on a trip. But guess what – it works out fine for me, because I don’t mind a little hand washing every few days.
How does this philosophy apply when a goal of the trip is to get some great photographs?
When traveling by most anything other than by air, there’s usually plenty of room for a camera bag, extra lenses, extra lighting and a tripod. But here’s a plan for when you’re flying and you want to take only carry-on luggage on the plane.
On the right you’ll see my camera, filters, cleaning cloth and extra battery and memory card. On the left is my “Travel Light” camera case, actually an old and faded airline amenity kit bag.
This is the filled bag with everything inside and protected. It can be worn around the neck or tied around the wrist and what is inside remains my secret. Would you guess that this could be my camera bag?
OK, I do own the camera bag shown above too, with a lot more capacity for extra lenses and accessories. But even here I feel I’ve picked a design that doesn’t shout “Wow, look at the camera stuff I’m carrying”.
These ideas have worked for me on many trips and I hope they can help you as well.