Everyone wants to capture picturesque moments on vacation and I’m not any different. I want to be able to capture candid moments, grand scenes and textural details that can take me back to any memories of a trip, to evoke the feelings I had in that moment and to share it with others back home. As I’m packing for my trip to Hawaii, I thought I would share with you guys how I pack and take care of my camera equipment.

Shooting equipment wise, I like to take photos primarily with a DSLR. I find it gives you the most versatility with different lens options and a more professional outcome. For more action packed items I like to use my GoPro as it’s more compact and can take on water and impact better than a heavy DSLR camera. For video purposes, I will usually shoot with my phone primarily, but I will also use my GoPro and DSLR to supplement footage, it really depends on what I have on hand in the moment. As it has been said before, the best camera is the one you have on you. All three yield different Β footage quality but it’s good to have similar settings across the board to get smoother transitions.

If you want to know what I have in my camera bag, keep on reading!

What I’m packing:

  • Canon DSLR Rebel SL1
  • 15-85mm f3.5 lens
  • Fixed lens at 24mm f2.8
  • Extra batteries (x3) and charger for DSLR and GoPro
  • GoPro Hero Silver 4
  • GoPro Accessories: clips, floater, wrist strap, suction cup…
  • MobileLite Transfering Device (I use this to back up my memoryΒ cards or to transfer things to my phone to post)
  • USB stick
  • Memory cards: multiple SD cards and micro SD cards
  • Charging cables
  • Gorilla Pods, small and large/tripod
  • LowePro camera bag and rain cover
  • Plastic Bags – Great for impromptu raincovers for your camera
  • Silica gel packets – helps keep the humidity out of your equipment, throw a couple into your camera bag
  • Rubberbands
  • Microfiber cloth

In terms of packing and storing equipment, I like to keep device specific things separate, so all DSLR cables and accessories will stay together in a bag, same with GoPro stuff in another, so on and so forth. I find it easier to manage and I’ll also know exactly where things should or if something goes missing. Also quick tip: bring tiny elastics to help hold cables together for ideal cable management! Elastics can also double up to hold back your hair if you have #longhair problems like me.

After a trip I like to thoroughly clean out my camera and gear, things collect sand, dust, salt… and can ruin your equipment. For my GoPro, I clean right after use because I don’t want salt water or any other bacteria or mud getting crusty on it so I clean it with fresh water and soak any accessories as well to get them all squeaky clean.

For some people who aren’t huge into photography this may all seem a bit excessive but do what works for you! Can’t wait to share trip photos with you guys!



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