What's In My Camera Travel Bag

Posted on Wednesday, 11 May 2016

No doubt, when you're travelling you're going to want to capture every moment. Whether you like taking photos or videos, if you're anything like me you will most likely be boarding your flight with a bag full of equipment heavy enough to leave those big red marks across your shoulders! Here is a look into what's in my camera bag when I'm travelling overseas. I don't carry all this around with me throughout the days when I'm exploring - for example, my iPad never leaves the hotel room, but everything below comes in extremely handy at some point and I wouldn't leave for the airport without it! 

Travel Camera Bag

1. Nikon SLR D5300

My baby, my other arm, my travel accessory that I never leave home without. My Nikon SLR D5300 is honestly one of the loves of my life. There is an argument that SLRs take up valuable room and space and are very heavy to travel with, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love this camera and everything it can do. I love taking it on adventures with me and having it as a constant travel companion. My SLR has been to just as many countries and destinations as I have, and it never disappoints. It has been a great investment and I love it to death!  

2. AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

My most expensive camera purchase to date (even more than the camera body itself), but the one I am always the most grateful for is my Nikkor 18-300mm camera lens. Primarily purchased because I hate changing lenses and don't want to miss out on a beautiful picture because I need to change at the last minute. It has come in handy more times then I can count, allowing me to effortlessly change between shooting landscapes and zooming in for impressive detail, especially when fast moving animals are involved! Yes, it is very big and does make my camera quite heavy at times, but I absolutely love it and can't imagine not using it. It retails for around a thousand dollars, depending on where you're buying it from. You can check it out here on Amazon. 

3. Nikon Coolpix AW110 Waterproof Camera 

The perfect waterproof camera. The Nikon Coolpix AW110 is waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof and shockproof, while also including HD video, GPS and built in Wi-Fi. I have dragged mine into cenotes, oceans, waterfalls, rivers and pools and it always takes stunning images. It's also a good alternative for times when I don't take out my SLR, so even if I'm not planning on going swimming I always take it with me. I believe there's a new model since I bought mine, but you can view it on Amazon here if you're interested. 

4. iPad 

My iPad is essential in my camera bag. Every night when I'm travelling I transfer my photos from my cameras to my iPad. This essentially creates a backup of my images until I go home and transfer them to my computer and hard drive. I will also always airdrop any photos I took on my iPhone. Not only does this allow me to view my images in a larger format and edit them on the go, but it also allows you to have them stored for safety in the unfortunate (and hopefully unlikely) event that your camera gets lost or stolen while you're out and about, or a technology glitch results in them all being deleted for an unknown reason! Check out the Apple Store for current iPad models and prices. 

5. SD Card Camera Reader

So helpful, the SD Camera Reader goes hand in hand with my iPad as a back up tool that I never get on a plane without. The SD Card Camera Reader allows the easy transfer of photos from your camera to your iPad in minutes. Retailing for $45AUD from the Apple Store it is worth the purchase. In my opinion there is no easier way to back up your precious moments and images on the road. 

6. Floating Wrist Strap

This has come in handy more times than I could have imagined! From jumping into centoes in Mexico, to swimming in the Devil's Pool in Zambia, this floating wrist strap allows for my waterproof camera to remain firmly strapped to my wrist at all times, even if I let go of it in the water. I bought my one from B & H Photo Video New York for $4.99 but you can buy similar ones from any camera or technology store. 

7. Extra SD Memory Cards and Batteries 

In my opinion there are two extremely upsetting technology situations that you never want to be in when you're travelling. The first is obviously that your camera battery dies. Horrible; this is not a good situation for anyone, especially if it's early in the day! The second is that your SD card is full and you have to make the excruciating decision of what photos to delete to create more space. Easily avoidable by always carrying a spare battery and extra SD cards. I don't go anywhere without them!


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