British Virgin Islands – What’s in my Camera Bag?

It’s amazing how much equipment you can cram into a camera bag when you travel. That being said, it’s almost impossible to actually use your gear when this much equipment is stacked up so this is more of a travelling to your destination set-up.

Lowepro Mini Trekker backpack :

  • Nikon D800 body
  • Nikon D300 body (spare body)
  • Sigma 15mm f2.8 lens
  • Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 lens
  • Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens
  • Nikon SB800 flash
  • 77mm Circular Polarizer
  • 2 – 77mm Nikon NC filters
  • 8- Secure digital cards and case
  • 4 – Compact flash cards and case
  • RODE VideoMic Pro and Dead Cat
  • HOLUX Blue tooth GPS
  • 2 – Nikon EL-14 batteries and charger
  • DTSE D800 grip with EL-15 battery
  • Tusa dive mask and
  • miscellaneous gear such as lens cleaner, business cards, shutter releases and small screwdrivers.

This backpack weighed in at 10.5 kg (23 pounds). This is slightly over the carry-on baggage weight limit but if required I could easily remove an item and slip it into a pocket. No one asked!

LowePro filled with gear

LowePro filled with gear

Additional equipment packed into a computer bag and suitcase includes:

  • Sony 13.3” laptop
  • Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod
  • Manfrotto monopod
  • 2 tripod heads

What should be noted about this collection of gear is that I often wouldn’t be carrying this much. Being on a boat I decided to pack some extra gear into my baggage as back-up and also bring a few items I thought I might want. Typically if I wanted to travel light I would probably only take a monopod and leave some of the heavier gear at home, including the spare body if I were to be in an area where a replacement body might be readily available. I know not carrying a spare camera seems like an odd decision but in all my years of using Nikon equipment I have never had a body or lens quit working. As well, in all these years I have only damaged one lens to the point that I had to retire it from service.

All of my main photography gear fits into the Lowepro Mini Trekker backpack that comes in at 10kg (a little more!), the maximum weight allowed for carry-on luggage for most airlines. While I own a few camera bags that carry more gear I find that for extended periods of time that they weight too much, are too bulky and basically just get in the way. You would also not be allowed to carry them onto the airplane if they were weighed and the idea of checking a large bag of camera equipment bothers me. Better to go light and work with what you have!

My Sony computer, mouse, chargers, eBook reader and other office stuff all fits into a small computer bag that I carry on the airplane as well.

I snuck a few of the extra goodies into my checked baggage, specifically the tripod and monopod that are bulky and get in the way with carry-on. While I would prefer not to check a bag, with Cherie and I together it made sense.

British Virgin Islands, here I come!

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