A question I get a lot is “what do you carry along during your project”? Especially when people see me arrive with nothing more than a backpack and a small suitcase and this is all I own while traveling. Well, actually it’s all I own, full stop. A lot of thought went into finding the best bags and what to leave behind. But, I think I have succeeded in bringing everything I need to cover almost every scenario I can encounter (heat, cold, rain, snow, a hurricane,…). Even better, I don’t think I’ve missed one thing along the way. So without further ado, here’s what’s in my bag(s):
- F-Stop Guru. Perfect camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag. Waterproof, pockets and straps everywhere to store and attach stuff, and most important you can access your camera and lenses from the back.
- Pacsafe Toursafe EXP21. Hand luggage size, big wheels and sturdy.
BAG 1 (F-Stop Guru)
This bag is mainly for all technology and other small camera related items I need to have quick access to.
- A waterproof GoPro housing.
- GoPro Hero 2. Old but still does the trick.
- GoPro Flex arm.
- Gopro Jaws. To attach a GoPro to almost anything.
- Sennheiser earbuds. I have to buy a new pair almost every year because I really (ab)use them, but they are awesome. Perfect to keep noise out also, and put on some rain sounds when trying to sleep.
- LensPen I always carry around in my bag. Small and light, but gets dust and fingerprints of my lenses when needed.
- HAMA USB3 card reader. Eats up every time of card you throw at it (not really).
- Flash stand, but also doubles as a stand for the GoPro.
- Hotshoe mount for my GoPro, so I can film what I’m shooting.
- “Business” cards.
- Protective case for my external HD.
- Spare battery for my camera. Best. Investment. Ever.
- Giotto Rocket Air Blaster. Blasts that dust on my lens in a heartbeat.
- Hoya Circular Polarizer.
- Eagle Creek Pack-It cube for all small USB cables and chargers.
- WD My Passport 2TB external HD for all images. I always carry 2 around that are a mirror of each other as backup, and try to separate them as much as possible (the other one is in the other bag). Even with 2TB of space I have to buy a new pair every 100 days on average.
- Nikon charger for the camera batteries.
- ASUS Zenbook laptop.
- Laptop charger.
- Nikon 85mm 1.4G lens. Can you say Bokeehhhhh?
- Nikon 24mm 2.8 lens.
- Nikon 50mm 1.4G lens. This is what’s on my camera most of the time.
- Nikon D800 camera.
- Kenko macro extension tubes. Perfect for jewelry shots.
- Nikon SB900 flash. For when you need a splash of light.
- F-Stop Medium Internal Camera Unit (ICU). They sell these in different sizes and they fit in all F-Stop backpacks, so you can mix and match them to suit your needs, or remove them when you need the whole backpack.
BAG 2 (Pacsafe Toursafe)
Here you’ll find mostly clothing and other practical stuff. I really like the Pack-it cubes as it enables me to get everything I need without making a mess all the time. Pretty important when you’re on the move the whole time..
- Laundry sack. As I often throw my laundry in the washing machine together with others, it’s easy to keep my stuff together this way.
- Eagle Creek Pack-it cube with general stuff like tape, GoPro accessories, cables,..
- Gloves. Because you can’t take pictures with frozen hands.
- A lock to attach the bag to almost everything, for example in the train when you’re sleeping.
- Candle. Got this from a good friend when I left, to use when I wanted to feel a little bit at home away from home.
- Second batch of “business” cards.
- Toilet bag.
- Sleeping mask. You have no idea how many people don’t have blinds.
- Ziplock bags.
- MeFOTO Globetrotter travel tripod. Lightweight, folds almost completely flat and can be used as a monopod.
- Packtowel. Just in case.
- WOSS Resistance trainer. When I started I planned to keep doing my workouts during the project. But then life got in the way.
- Kevin Murphy hair clay, to keep my hair stylish.
- WD My Passport 2TB external HD backup.
- Eagle Creek Pack-it cube with everything pants related: 6 boxer shorts, a jeans and 2 (swim) shorts.
- Another Eagle Creek Pack-it cube for my shoes.
- And another Eagle Creek Pack-it cube for socks.
- You guessed it, an Eagle Creek Pack-it cube with T-shirts.
Not on the list
As I was wearing clothes when I took these photos (phew!), some items are not on the lists above:
- Marmot PreCip rain jacket.
- Wool sweater to get me through the cold days and when I need to be stylish.
- Chrome Industries Merino Hoodie. Warm, practical and provides extra street cred in the hoods.
- Black jeans.
- Gray T-shirt.
- Nike sneakers. Red.
- Bank and other similar cards.