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Too many Carry-ons!

Hi all,

I’m looking for some useful advice regarding how everyone manages all of their carry-ons while flying (since I won’t check my gear or any expensive items). Typically, I have a large domkee, with my bodies and lenses, a purse (cell phone, wallet, passport), a laptop backpack, a small light kit, a fanny pack i use for shooting, and usually something else (small suitcase, another bag with film cameras, film, etc), often adding up to at least 4 carry-ons (which leads to me being kicked out of the security line.) Is there a meathod to this madness? Perhaps consolidating, but in what means… a small carry-on roller suitcase? Bigger camera bag? Feedback would be appreciated… Thanks.

by [a former member] at 2007-06-27 03:46:22 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Texas, home , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

less is more , how many cameras do your realy need ? roller siutcases are nice in airports but wont be much use on a dirt road or in a 3rd world city. i used a camera packback in india over jan/feb jammed every thing in it and loved it.

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2007 04:06 | Christchurch, New Zealand | | Report spam→
First print this out:
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1248.shtm

You can carry on 1 camera bag in addition to your 1 carry on and 1 personal item (in the US). That gives you 3 items. Show the printout to the TSA person if they give you trouble, most will. Check the carrier’s policy too and print their policy. If you got 4 or more items, get a light bag to put your fanny pack (shame!), purse, smaller items in and consolidate them. I use a rollaboard size duffel bag to consolidate my camera bag (large Tamrac) & misc stuff when I fly overseas. Combined with my laptop case I’ll have 2 and don’t have any trouble…. unless I’m in places where they weigh my carry ons, got over 50 lbs total:( If all else fails, check in your non essential stuff. I use a pelican case as a suitcase to make sure my stuff survives in case I find myself having to take a commuter jet.

by Tommy Huynh | 27 Jun 2007 04:06 (ed. Jun 27 2007) | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
oh yes, very smart! I never thought about bringing a TSA form… brilliant (even though I may still get kicked out of line for this ;o) And Pelican case, another great idea. Thanks! ps – shame? you mean my fanny-pack… because its nerdy. I know, I look like I’m from 1992.

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2007 04:06 | Texas, home, United States | | Report spam→
:) Well I always say being a photographer means not being afraid to look silly, that Pelican case I told you about is also my backpack, I rigged up some shoulder straps on it and people look at me like I’m absolutely insane when I walk around with it :-D I rec the 1650 BTW. Also makes a good safe when you leave your stuff in sketchy hotel/hostel/shacks.

by Tommy Huynh | 27 Jun 2007 04:06 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve been wondering the same thing.

I’ve got a medium size camera bag filled with a couple RFs, eos-1, soon to be added canon dslr, and a handful of lenses. I also have a medium size pelican case fitted with my laptop gear. I would really like to also bring a backpack stuffed with film. That would equal three carry-ons, which I worry would give me problems.

I’m assuming my film or laptop would be considered my one personal item…

ed. I’ve been worried about TSA giving me problems, but I assume if I print that out they can’t really do anything about it.

Sorry for the million edits…just woke up and my brain isn’t functioning yet!

by Nigel Gray | 27 Jun 2007 12:06 (ed. Jun 27 2007) | Sarasota, FL, United States | | Report spam→
hey Erin. less is more, even if it only LOOKS less. never carry more than two items. back packs are really good, because you can keep them on and it will be more likely that security wont notice them. i rarely check in luggage, only when going to cold places and or carrying body armor and so. ususally i can fit everything in my carry ons and never get busted. im talking about two bodies, 5 lenses, 15 inches pb, bgan, 3 phones, two swiss army mid size sealed bags with wires, hds, cables and chargers, small hygene kit, spare batteries, one change of pants and t shirt, few underware and socks. all fits in a small F4 domke bag and a medium size back pack. the back pack is real heavy though, around 40 pounds so im currently dragging around a carry on trolley and replaced the F4 with a small ( real small ) camera back pack. if things dongt look too big then they wont usually ask you to weigh your carry ons at check in. if they do then hit them with all you got. right on

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2007 14:06 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
i usually carry both stills and video, and still i don’t understand how you manage to get 4 carry ons. i have a porta-brace bag that i fixed up with foldable troley wheels, so i can take them off when needed. the porta brace includes all my video and photo gear and sometimes even my laptop, but i usually have a small backpack for my laptop and other things. i carry an empty Domke J3 or newswear pouches in my check-in bag/ troley, so when i reach destination, i empty half of my porta-brace into that.
as Tommy said, most airlines consider camera gear allowed above the regular 1-2 piece carry on. just print out their own charter from their website so you can show them if they give you trouble. (not just TSA) just don’t go through heathrow! never again!!!

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2007 15:06 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | | Report spam→
Guy, I think I’ve figured out your super-power… packing! The way you described your compartmentalization is truly amazing! (ok, you mentioned one extra pair of pants and shirt. What about your pajamas?)

Guilad… for me, 4 carry-ons is nothing! I once traveled to southeast Asia through 5 airports with 5 carry-ons plus a tripod. Dallas-Minnesota-Japan-Singapore-Sri Lanka, in addition to hand-checking 90 rolls of medium format… and this was a year after 9/11. I believe it was my greatest accomplishment ever. Perhaps my super-power is persuasion with airport security. ;-) haha. (granted, this was a dumb undertaking, as I’m surprised I didn’t get arrested for being the crazy bag-lady at the airport)

But honestly, after reading the posts, I’m inspired to minimize and go to 2 carry-ons. I’ll try to roller case and / or backpack idea. Keep the advice coming… love it!

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2007 15:06 | Texas, home, United States | | Report spam→
Erin, unfortunately, i’m not a beautiful (goody two shoes looking) blonde girl… i can’t get away with what you can. and my smile is not as pretty as yours… as you know, i’m a scruffy, terrorist-looking very big man with no patience for security stupidity… however, I don’t loose my cameras in parties and then hitch-hike back to Spain… ;-)

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2007 15:06 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | | Report spam→
Erin, remember this about Guy Calaf: He wears his body armour on planes just to keep his shit out of the hold. He is pretty though, for a man.
What has worked for me, is that when the airlines rep tells me I need to put my bag down in the belly of the plane, (and it is always the airline rep, not the ATA people at security) I pull them aside and tell them “I have $15,000 worth of cameras in this bag, are you gonna be responsible for it?” All done with a fine Gringo grin of course. They shoe me to the back of the plane as if I just handed them a C note. It helps to have your gear in one or two bags like Guy says. I’ve been using a roller bag/backpack by lowepro, a big one, all I have to do is take the lap top out to make it fit in the overhead. Don’t start carring heavy bags on your shoulder or back, you will regret it by your 35th birthday. Use roller everything before it’s too late.
It is true, Guilad looks like the leader of a sleeper cell.

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2007 17:06 | Berkeley, United States | | Report spam→
A photog vest can hold a lot of gear and is the only option when flying on small airlines/planes where carry on is limited to ONE 10 lbs piece. Head bin compartments are too small anyway…

by Olivier Boulot | 27 Jun 2007 18:06 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
one bug out bag (basic military surplus 3-day survival backpack) and a photo vest. You can customize the bag with compartments just like a domke bag.

by Jon Anderson | 27 Jun 2007 19:06 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
http://www.pipergear.com/prodview.cfm?catid=2&item=43

or get spiritual about the whole thing

by Paul Rigas | 27 Jun 2007 21:06 (ed. Jun 27 2007) | Grass Pants, Oregon, United States | | Report spam→
Yeah Paul, thanks for the link, that is one of the better bags, highly recommended. Though if you want cheap there is plenty of military surplus on ebay for about $20.

by Jon Anderson | 27 Jun 2007 22:06 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
eros, i’ve already passed my 36th birthday, and i couldn’t agree with you more, my right shoulder is so twisted and misshapen compared to my left one, after years of carrying bags…but that’s a good excuse to get a massage, right?

here it is:

1) backpack or roller thing with laptop + scanner + hard drives + diary/address book/etc.

2) camera bag with 3-4 cameras, 4-5 lenses, flash.

3) hand-held see through plastic bag with film for hand inspection. you can shove this bag into one of the other bags after they’re done with it.

everything else can and should be checked. my experience with TSA has been uniformly positive, much better than with uneven guys before 9/11. Budget the time for them to swipe each and every one of your rolls of film, make chit-chat while they do this, and it’s all OK

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2007 22:06 | New York, NY, United States | | Report spam→
A few years back I developed a weird inflammation of my shoulder and it felt like liquid fire to the touch. My regular doctor couldnt fix it, so I went to an acupuncturist (who grimaced when he saw the thing and said, “I have no idea what that is” — but he fixed it). Since then I have sworn off camera bags. The Piper Gear BOB is spacious enough (3280 cu in) that you can dispense with the camera bag altogether. Along with a vest and a pair of cargo pants, really you are good to go.

by Jon Anderson | 27 Jun 2007 23:06 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
I just got to California from NYC, Im here on a job. I just went roller.

Best thing I ever did.

Seriously, get a roller case.

by [former member] | 27 Jun 2007 23:06 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Same here with the shoulders. With me it has something to do with the trapezius muscle and travels right up to my head. Have to say I rarely use the heavy SLRs etc. any longer.
I never carry a camera bag around. Its only purpose is for storage and carrying on and off airplanes if necessary. Don’t need all that stuff with rangefinders.

Age has nothing to do with aches and pains. c1950 and in denial.

by Paul Rigas | 27 Jun 2007 23:06 | Grass Pants, Oregon, United States | | Report spam→
While most of the discussion so far is about the number of bags you can carry on, airlines are also cracking down on the weight of those bags. This is especially true if you’re traveling outside the US, so be prepared to deal with that issue as well.

by PJ Heller | 28 Jun 2007 00:06 | Santa Barbara, CA, United States | | Report spam→
I flew back from Dublin to Dulles, via Copenhagen, and the blokes at Dublin tried to make me check my only carry-on a 20" because they said my Domke F6 was too big to be considered a personal item. (Note, I said F6 and not F2 or F1x) I only had the F6 and the 20" carry-on. The security notes it was SAS. I got my way through commenting that this is what I was allowed when I came to Ireland from DC in the first place. (which was true!) Ironically enough the guy who sat beside me had a carry-on, a personal, and a saxophone.

I’ve noticed United is the worst on enforcing carry-on restricted, but a lot of it seems to be on the security itself.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 28 Jun 2007 01:06 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
Pajamas?

by Barry Milyovsky | 28 Jun 2007 01:06 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
What do you guys on rollers do when you run out of sidewalk?

by Tommy Huynh | 28 Jun 2007 02:06 (ed. Jun 28 2007) | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
Tommy: get “off road” rollers, or… it’s a little complicated… pick up the bag from it’s handle! (or pay someone else to do that for you)

by [former member] | 28 Jun 2007 02:06 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | | Report spam→
That is complicated… if it’s a 3 mile hike to where you gotta go. If it felt bad on your shoulders, I imagine it’s hell from a handle. Different strokes for different folks I guess…

by Tommy Huynh | 28 Jun 2007 03:06 | San Antonio, United States | | Report spam→
Rollers is the way to go as my right shoulder is not 100% after a bad fall while shooting.

I am sure most everyone has heard of them by now, but for those who haven’t, check out the ThinkTank gear:

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/ttp_product_ArprtScrty.php

And to answer your question Tommy, when the sidewalk runs out, with this ThinkTank Airport Security you just pull out the shoulder straps and lug it.

It’s a bit pricey, but certainly worth it. The added features have been thought out and are a big plus.

I also use a Zuca rolling case (http://www.zuca.com) to hold and transport my portable lighting gear. It’s a great case that is very durable to stand or sit on, very light, and is sized for overhead compartments on planes. Mine holds two Norman 400B batteries and two Quantum heads along with wire connectors, Pocket Wizards, filters, magic arm, clamps, diffusers and security cables.


When needed, I have repacked it for red carpet/sport events and been able to put a 400/2.8, two bodies and a laptop in it no problem.


I always travel with my LowePro Stealth backback. Not only is comfortable, it holds an amazing amount of gear along with the laptop and change of clothes and toiletries. I’ve lived for a week out of that one bag alone carrying all I need.

by Michael A. Mariant | 28 Jun 2007 03:06 (ed. Jun 28 2007) | San Luis Obispo, California, United States | | Report spam→
A close to empty small leather pack except for a change of clothes, a couple of pouches/ toiletries, flattened out with a pair of ockie straps ………………. with a couple of sturdy used plasic bags for the camera gear, put the gear in the pack on destination… spend most of the travel in SE Asia clothes are no problem, buy use and give away

by Imants | 28 Jun 2007 04:06 (ed. Jun 28 2007) | dead set in, Australia | | Report spam→
i had to laugh.. ‘one change of pants and t shirt, few underware and socks’ works for guys… a girl’s
got to look good too. hey Erin, really liked your
work on your new site.

by julia s. ferdinand | 28 Jun 2007 04:06 | chiang mai, Thailand | | Report spam→
i second olivier’s opinion on photographer’s vests. although i dont wear one when working, they’re great for travel, as you can stuff 4-5 lenses and maybe even a body or two on your person. comfortable? no! but it can be an effective way to get that extra gear past security and not pay for excess baggage/weight. and as everyone says, go roller. . .. . .

by [former member] | 28 Jun 2007 04:06 | Hanoi, Vietnam | | Report spam→
A word about the Piper Bug out bag: They suck. Mine has ripped at two major stress points (by the handels) and a tear somewhere else where there should be no stress. Teru went through the same thing with his. Stay clear.
As for roller bags, lowe pro makes them with back straps, but the whole kit is too heavy to realistaclly use as a back pack. I just use my roller bag while in transit, stash it at the hotel and then take what I need in small bags, and a simple combo of military belt and domke pouches. If you go on a serious mission in the jungle or some shit, scale down your gear. since when do you need a million pieces of electronics to make good pics? less shit=less shit to lose or get jacked for. sez me

by [former member] | 28 Jun 2007 04:06 | Berkeley, United States | | Report spam→
Ok, lots of options here: military surplus, piper gear, think tank gear, rolling cases, Zuca rollers, chit-chat with security, and lawsuit threats toward airline reps… :-) all fantastic ideas.

I think I’m sold on rollers so far…

I just got a message from Tomoko Yamamoto (who for some reason is not able to make public posts from his computer) who said that he packs silk pajamas, because they fold flat and don’t take up a lot of space. Very interesting…

BACK ACHERS, LISTEN UP: For those of you with shoulder problems, I highly suggest trying out either Bikram or Ashtanga (aka: power / hatha) Yoga. Its not just a trendy/hippie thing (tho it is), as a lot of people think. Its a true lifesaver for the back. I used to train for marathons, so I have some issues with my lower-back, but Yoga has really helped. Bikram (heat yoga, where the room temperature is at 105 F, 40.5 C) will be the hardest hour in a half of your life (and can be a bit expensive as 10 sessions can go for more than $100), but your back will love you for it. Its like getting a deep tissue massage, plus you get a cardio workout, stretching, and you build muscle. Ashtanga is a bit less intense (and without the heat)… both concentrate on the back, neck and shoulders.

*For those of you who live in Nyc, you can do yoga for free: www.yogatothepeople.com, at 12 St. Mark’s place, between 2nd and 3rd. Great studio.. and its FREE!

Thanks Julia for the kind feedback. :-) good to hear from you.

And yes, Guilad… i would probably still be stuck in France if it wasn’t for your compassion. Again, thanks for your help. I owe you about 10 beers. And very funny, “goodie two shoes…” i like that.

by [former member] | 28 Jun 2007 05:06 | Texas, home, United States | | Report spam→
Actually those 10 beers are a perfect medicine for the back ache too, and the result is much more fun than Ashtanga… so i’ll take you up on that if you drink them with me.

by [former member] | 28 Jun 2007 05:06 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | | Report spam→
thanks for that Erin. yoga? my shoulder kills me. i’ll try it. hope you’re doing well. :)

by julia s. ferdinand | 28 Jun 2007 05:06 | chiang mai, Thailand | | Report spam→
As much as roller bags are practical, I have a theory that they draw attention from the airline staff that spot you just before you get on the plane. Often I see business types getting their roller taken off them just before boarding the plane. I use a combination backsac type bag & domke or domke & portabrace. Both jam packed with stuff, heavy as hell…but going back to a previous point…not looking like they are heavy as hell.

Once a stewardess tried to take my backsac like bag off me (weighing close to 30kl) saying that if it ever fell out of the baggage rack onto someone it would kill them. I argued (sucessfully) that it was so full and so heavy and their hold were so small that I could jam it in and it would never fall out, I would have to pry it out. This worked.

For the first time in about 12 years of travel I got my second bag taken away recently. Outgoing through Heathrow I got away with two bags, using the lots of expensive technical gear argument. On the way back I got stopped at security, asked to speak to a surpervisor and tried the argument…well a few weeks ago your staff let me take two bags. This really made him angry and he started yelling at me that I knew I was in the wrong and yet I tried etc etc etc. I knew the battle was lost, but as I was on the way home I could afford to off load some stuff. So I packed anything that wasn’t too fragile or valuable into the portabrace, checked that…and shoved everything else into the backsac bag, into my pockets, into the small of my back..and I hand carried my laptop. After security I pulled out a plastic bag that BA gave me, offloaded everything from my pockets and in front of the security folks was back up to two bags, but no one cared.

Heathrow and flying SAS (the only ones who ever forced me to weigh my carry-on) are the things to be wary of…

Sorry to ramble.

cb

by Chris Black | 28 Jun 2007 09:06 | Geneva, Switzerland | | Report spam→
Michael,

“I also use a Zuca rolling case (http://www.zuca.com) to hold and transport my portable lighting gear. It’s a great case that is very durable to stand or sit on, very light, and is sized for overhead compartments on planes.”

I just had a look at that…wow. Can you really stand on this one? And which model you’ve got? The one with the american flag will not cause any problems with airport security, at least in the US, don’t know about Teheran Central Airport or Phnom Pengh International ;-)

by Heinrich Voelkel | 28 Jun 2007 10:06 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
I always travel as light as possible. I
use one medium size holdall(Karrimor)and a Domke that can hold either 2 35mm with 3 lens and/or a medium format kit.
I usually take 4 pair of underwear, same amount of socks, 1 pair of trousers(pants) 2 or 3 shirts. The rest of the space is saved for film or other photo related gear.
My philosophy has always been if you can buy it where your going don’t carry it.
I don’t take any lovely smelling things. A razor, a bar of soap and toothbrush/paste.

It amazing how much shit people lug around.

by [former member] | 28 Jun 2007 12:06 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
The more people travel the less they carry. The less people travel the more they carry.


—Anonymous (actually I just made it up.) LOL.

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 28 Jun 2007 13:06 | Fort Worth, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
Well I certainly dont want to give anyone a bum steer — I thought the Piper Gear BOBs were supposed to be a great deal. However, if those have a tendency to rip and tear, one can always buy the military surplus versions I mentioned. There is also this Oakley bag which is selling on ebay. Me, I have always used the cheap surplus stuff. It is inconspicuous and durable

by Jon Anderson | 28 Jun 2007 13:06 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
I used to have a roller bag that could be carried as a backpack as well.

by [former member] | 28 Jun 2007 13:06 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
anyone been using those crumpler backpacks ?
It seems they can load lots of stuff and are well organized.

by Olivier Faye | 28 Jun 2007 14:06 | Cologne, Germany | | Report spam→
Here is a link : www.crumpler.de/?page=details&product=ZV-001&view=1&size=

by Olivier Faye | 28 Jun 2007 14:06 | Cologne, Germany | | Report spam→
Most of my flights originate from the USA so the 22-inch carry ons are allowed. However, I got busted once on a flight from Vienna to Paris where they wouldn’t take my US sized carry-on. Fortunately there was only pajamas in the bag that day ;-)

Does anyone have problems getting 22-inch bags past Europe’s 19-inch limit?

by Thomas White | 28 Jun 2007 14:06 | Denver, United States | | Report spam→
Backaches!!!??? I envy you guy who only get backaches. I carry too long, it pulls on my bad kidney, and I drop like a brick.

I second, third, tenth the mil-spec surplus. I drop Domke inserts in a medium ALICE pack all the time and use it as a photo backpack. The bags look less inconspicuous than the Domke does.

by Aaron J. Heiner | 28 Jun 2007 15:06 (ed. Jun 28 2007) | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
Heinrich,

Re: the Zuca rollers, “I just had a look at that…wow. Can you really stand on this one? And which model you’ve got? The one with the american flag will not cause any problems with airport security, at least in the US, don’t know about Teheran Central Airport or Phnom Pengh International ;-)”

I have one of the original ones from two years ago and it is still going strong with no sign of wear at all. And, yes, it is absolutely strong enough to stand on (I weigh 200lbs!). I have sat on it, used it as a table to transmit from, etc.

They now have the Travel model that is a bit smaller and with only one set of wheels that does fit better in overheads. Though I will say the double set of wheels is great for stairs.

Whenever I use it, it does draw some attention for it’s different design, but most photographers get all reved up about it and go buy one. (I think the Stealth black is the way to go. I’d stay away from the American flag.)

I also modified mine by sewing in a Domke insert with a cloth cover so I can fill the insert and things won’t fall out of the insert inside the Zuca when I roll it.

by Michael A. Mariant | 28 Jun 2007 16:06 | San Luis Obispo, California, United States | | Report spam→
Make sure you know the rules at each airport you’ll be going through—the amount of carry ons varies. I flew out of New York to London with a backpack and camera bag with no problem, but when I flew back from Heathrow, I was told I could only have one carry on. One bag was full of cameras, the other full of film—I refused to put either under the plane. Their suggestion: go to the luggage shop conveniently located directly across from the security line and buy a suitcase to fit both. The cheapest one was 100 pounds (almost $200). Heathrow makes NO exceptions and that includes having film hand inspected. Uggh. I hate airports.

by Annabel Clark | 28 Jun 2007 18:06 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Mark, a razor really isn’t necessary though it seems most people use them. I am not sure about underwear; I don’t know what most people do about that.

by Barry Milyovsky | 28 Jun 2007 22:06 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
Free ball it!!!

whoops…I mean…

by Nigel Gray | 28 Jun 2007 22:06 | Sarasota, FL, United States | | Report spam→
How about shipping the heavy stuff ahead of time using Fed Ex or some such? Gets expensive, I know, but it’s less expensive than it vanishing from checked baggage.

by Paul Treacy | 29 Jun 2007 02:06 | Home in New York City, United States | | Report spam→
I know that pelican makes a case that is rather tiny (made for airplanes) that holds at least two bodies and a few lenses…it also has wheels, and have heard if you cut the top layer of foam out you can get one of those foam condom things for your laptop and it will fit perfect. Then you can just carry else in a backpack. You might try packing your purse in a bag then pulling it out at your destination.

by Dominic Bracco II | 29 Jun 2007 13:06 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
in my opinion pelican cases loook cool and are strong but they weigh so much. really good if you re the kind of shooter that can charge a client for 1000 usd of baggage overcharges each way…. i have two but stopped using them because of the weight. they re great to protect gear if travelling long ways though. i love the whole domke approach to the trade. cameras get scratched in them but who cares, as far as they work. 10 pounds less of gear is a lot when you have to carry it long ways. even airoprts can be long ways nowadays.

by [former member] | 29 Jun 2007 15:06 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Can never have enough carry ons.

Carry on up the Khyber was the best, although Carry on nurse and Carry on camping were also pretty good. I always make sure I have plenty of carry ons with me.

by Mikethehack | 29 Jun 2007 20:06 | Way up my ass, United States | | Report spam→
Amabilia makes a great case – bit pricey but worth it. I bought the dark gray one. Doesn’t look too camera-y.
2 cameras, 3 lenses, 2 strobes, 5 batteries, audio recorder and shotgun mic and 1-2 flat assignment folders fit into this fabulous roller case:
http://www.amabilia.it/
model #LG4919T
retail site:
http://www.thebestthings.com/cases/amabilia_legend.htm

I could throw that thing into traffic and it would bounce back without a dent. Fits perpendicular into overhead. Weight hovers around 35 pounds with all gear inside. Has a lock. I can comfortably throw it up into overhead compartment.

add’l carry on:
1. big plane: camera backpack> for laptop, all cords, purse and such i
2. small plane: Duluth Pack with all the gear. These bags are indestructible. Put backpack in check-on luggage.
http://www.duluthpack.com/product_detail.aspx?product=Portfolios

by [former member] | 29 Jun 2007 21:06 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Carry on Screaming.

by [former member] | 29 Jun 2007 21:06 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Carry On Screaming (1966), a spoof horror film, with the Gothic atmosphere of a Hammer production. In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted this the 40th greatest comedy film of all time. Harry H. Corbett guest-starred in the Sid James role. Most famous line is a lustily-delivered “Frying tonight!” from Kenneth Williams.

by [former member] | 29 Jun 2007 21:06 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I realize we all have our own solutions and this is my solution (for the moment) from the climbing industry. Packing For Air Travel (kit is re-built at destination depending on the work)

Overnight/light:

30L daypack

Kinesis Photo Belt

Overnight/medium trip:

30L daypack

Kinesis Photo Belt

55L backpack (checked below)

Extended trip:

30L dayback

Kinesis Photo Belt

Rolling Duffel w/ empty 55L backpack inside (checked below)

30L Daypack has:
computer stuff, essential toiletries (incl. tp), one change undergarments, collapsible water bladder

Kinesis Belt has:
2 bodies, three lenses, batteries, MD/mic, strobe

55L Backpack:
for longer trips,in some cases it can be made ‘small enough’ to be a carry on

Rolling Duffel
it’s soft-sided so pack accordingly. I’ve used the 55L pack as cushioning. Can carry small strobe kit, stands, extra clothes, or whatever is non-vital to the core work you are doing.

One thing I should confess: I get a lot of this stuff at discount so I’m sorry if you balk at some prices. I also don’t have a satphone or body armor to deal with.

Be aware of reflective piping, trim, or logos on gear if working in conflict zones (I have yet to). Colors also tend to be bright. Also, the 30L pack I’m recommending is the next-gen of what I have. It has a zipper down the center of the back and is an easy way to have stuff stolen from you in a crowd.

The rolling duffel is pretty sturdy but has three soft sides. It has great wheels, I’ve carried 70lbs of climbing gear in it and run it down stairs in NYC. Tough. But the frame in it makes it 10lbs empty. Handle design/compression straps are great but you’re not going to be wearing it like a backpack unless you want to look like a Balti porter.

Also, bags. Compartmentalize everything as best you can without adding weight. Cables, etc. in color-coded zip bags (thank you Jack Gruber). Clothing in stuff sacks (compression if you like) or skillfully stuffed around fragile gear into all available spaces. If headed to cold weather, high end climbing clothing in subdued colors will be a good compromise for durability, weight, and function. But expensive. I recommend Arcteryx and Patagonia (like the puffball series). Cloudveil and Mountain Hardwear aren’t bad and Outdoor Research is getting a lot better. Haven’t like North Face for years. Sorry, it’s all US/Canadian brands.

Gear Links: Kinesis (system depends on your gear) http://www.kgear.com/h/

30L Sidewinder Black Diamond Backpack http://www.bdel.com/gear/sidewinder.php

55L Quantum Black Diamond Backpack
http://www.bdel.com/gear/quantum.php

(I use a predecessor, the Shadow, and removed the metal frame)

Patagonia Weathershed Max 6200cu in.
http://www.patagonia.com/usa/product/collection.jsp?OPTION=COLLECTIONS_DISPLAY_HANDLER&catcode=MAIN_SP07_US.CLOTHING_GEAR.PACKS/TRAVEL_GEAR.WHEELED/DUFFEL_BAGS#yc

(they also make an overhead-sized version which I haven’t used)

Accessory bags
http://eaglecreek.com/accessories/packing_sacs/ , http://eaglecreek.com/accessories/packing_cubes/Pack-It-Quarter-Cube-40138/ ,
http://www.outdoorresearch.com/home/style/home/storage/storage_stuffsacks/HCS

Water bladder (and also filtration on this site)
(http://www.msrgear.com/hydration/dromlite.asp)

Black Diamond (and Metolius.com) make excellent heavy-duty duffels you can carry as a backpack but they have no frame and no wheels. Just FYI.

by Tim Matsui | 29 Jun 2007 23:06 (ed. Jun 29 2007) | Seattle, United States | | Report spam→
a photo vest/jacket stuffed to the brim.I’ve got my domke jacket up to 9kg.two big black bodies.two big black lenses 12"ibook magazines,a couple of flashes,book,lightmeter filters,assorted odds and ends,petzl light,toothbrush,paper,pen.journal,medicine(say they’re goat medicines-like in the terminal)wear all the clothes you have.all cameras around your neck.smile smile smile.good bags/rucksacks are worth the money paid in the long term.lightweight clothes.forget film.plastic belt buckle.boots made for bomb disposal don’t have any metal so you can avoid taking them off.
sense of humour is a good thing to keep with you at all times.
wheels can be a godsend.but crap ones are terribly irritating.

by Emanuel Ferretti | 30 Jun 2007 01:06 | barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
Where do all of you encounter the problems with carry-ons? Is it in the security line or as you are boarding? I usually spread my stuff out into at least 5 trays for security, so they can see it better. Then I repack it into 2 bags and a vest for boarding.

In Mumbai, though, security said one bag only, so I scrambled to fit everything into a single bag. Afterwards, I saw lots of passengers with two carry-ons, which left me to wonder if they just knew how the game was played and repacked after they had cleared the security line.

by ron erwin | 30 Jun 2007 15:06 | Missouri, United States | | Report spam→
I once heard of the advice…’Don’t carry more than you can run with’, I guess that’s more to do with camera equipment when on a job. But it’s a good point to remember. Especially if your arriving at an unknown airport and want to make a quick break from the crowds or heading for the taxi rank.

I use a Domke f2, tried other bags, but always seem to come back to the Domke. I must admit to initially having a slight worry about the overall lack of padding, but it’s a great bag, and that quickly passed. It’s also very unassuming and doesn’t scream… Expensive Camera Kit!! Especially when it’s been through wet, dust, rain and other environments and a couple of turns through the washing machine. I also have 4 Domke belt pouches, 2 large and 2 small, it’s very rare that I would have all 4 on a belt together,would end up looking like Batman or something!! But the 2 small are a regular feature as is one of the Lowepro ‘snap lock’ pouches. This obviously has multiple uses but I tend to leave this empty and use it as a lens changing bag, especially in dusty environments when all the dust seems to make a point of aiming for your sensor! Lens off, into pouch, new one on and then get the back cap onto the lens just removed when able.

by Ian Forsyth | 08 Jul 2007 14:07 | Saltburn, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Dear all,I travel mostly in Africa with most assignments involving carrying all camera gear, sat phone, tent, bed, sleeping bag, food, etc. I have managed to carry ALL my camera gear, lenses, cables, chargers, sat phone with IT’S cables and extension cords on the plane with a Lowe pro trekker. All the no essential like clothes (they can be bought in finally destination if they go missing), tent, mozzy net, stove for making REAL coffee every morning, medics, etc goes in a backpack on the plane. If I am not allowed on the plane with the Lowe pro trekker on my back then I DO NOT BOARD THE PLANE…..:) I twice lost bags including sat phone with Emirates from Joburg to Iraq and to cover Tsunami so I will never do that again. Also found Lowe pro Stealth good as you can carry loads of gear and it does not look to big and bulky on one’s bag while standing in the line for check in. Ps, T-Shirts are smaller when rolled up and stuffed in a bag than when they are folded in two…..

by Kim Ludbrook | 09 Jul 2007 14:07 | Johannesburg, South Africa | | Report spam→
kim is right on the lowepro stealth. ive got the back pack one and its great. it doesnt look that big although i think i was able to fit 50 pounds of gear. get ready to have your back broken though.

by [former member] | 09 Jul 2007 14:07 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Michael was right on about ThinkTank. I use the Airport International, which has tons of room and a very solid build. It holds two bodies, seven lenses, a flash, and my cables, batteries, and chargers. I carry my laptop in a Vyper exo XL from booq – booqbags.com. As for my other gear – clothes, toiletries, etc. – I carry a Mountainsmith photo backpack (can’t remember the model) which has plenty of room and doubles as a photo bag while I’m shooting. It also has a built-in rain cover, which I’ve found to be useful on more than one occassion.

I’m brand new to the Lighstalker community and this is my first post. It’s nice to see so many responses and such solid feedback here.

Good luck Erin on shopping for rollers!

by Roger May | 12 Jul 2007 14:07 | Raleigh, NC, United States | | Report spam→
’Don’t carry more than you can run with’, Ian is so right.
on the plane i take with me my lowepro computrekker to have everything with me and when on the field i use an off trail 2 with extra pouches attached but there are time were i use an ordinary back pack.

by [former member] | 14 Jul 2007 19:07 | Nicosia, Cyprus | | Report spam→
When travelling by air I always take my huge Sony DSR400 video camera with me on the plane along with a roll-on case (like the pilots use) for video accessories and my laptop. I either store the camera on top of some pillows in the overhead bins on larger-bodied aircraft, or have the flight attendants store it in front of the plane.

We only experienced problems going through Heathrow on our recent trip to Ghana. There was no way the supervisor at LHR was going to allow us to take on an extra carry-on. My camera was it, my partner took my roll-on, and we had to check his laptop into the hold. I’ll never fly through there again with camera gear.

Sgt Frank Hudec
Cameraman/Canadian Forces Army News
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by [former member] | 15 Jul 2007 13:07 | Ottawa, Canada | | Report spam→
From a thief’s journal: “Do not steal more baggage than you can run with.” So, there are advantages of schlepping heavy bags.

by Barry Milyovsky | 16 Jul 2007 00:07 | Calatafimi, Sicily, Italy | | Report spam→
Just get this and get it over with:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/443984-REG/Pelican_PCS247G_PCS_247_RSV_Wheeled_Case.html

If you want a hard case,

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/330231-REG/Pelican_PC1510B_1510_Watertight_Case_Black_.html

by Wayne Huang | 18 Jul 2007 20:07 | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | | Report spam→
True, Stefanos and Ian but a thief will also tell you not to steal any more than you can run with.

by Barry Milyovsky | 18 Jul 2007 22:07 (ed. Jul 18 2007) | new york, United States | | Report spam→
I can usually fit everything in one Lowepro Computrekker Backpack. I hand-carry my thinkpad, two bodies, three lenses, and two flash, chargers, cords, et al. The stands go into the checked-in luggage.

by Erik Lacson | 22 Jul 2007 11:07 | Manila, Philippines | | Report spam→
I just bought the Think Tank Airport International bag for a trip to Belguim and it worked great. It even has a built in cable that came in handy on the train.

http://thinktankphoto.com/ttp_product_ArprtInl2.php

by Aaron Lee Fineman | 02 Aug 2007 14:08 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
I haven’t flown for a while, but will be soon – does anyone know if London Gatwick is as much of a pain in the arse as Heathrow appears to be?

by Nicola J Cutts | 02 Aug 2007 15:08 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I flew out of Stansted earlier this summer and it wasn’t even a tenth of the hassle that Heathrow is. Can’t vouch for Gatwick, but I imagine it isn’t as bad either. At Stansted, I didn’t need to consolidate everything into one bag. Only went through security once. Only showed up about 45 minutes ahead of the (international, ryanair) flight. Heathrow, on the other hand, which I used a few weeks after Stansted, was miserable. As a result of their security measures, a teapot I was carrying got broken…

by M. Scott Brauer | 03 Aug 2007 21:08 | Seattle, WA, United States | | Report spam→
Historically, the sight of a broken teapot has resulted in instant enlightenment.

by Barry Milyovsky | 04 Aug 2007 00:08 | new york, United States | | Report spam→
Or death!

by Gregory Sharko | 04 Aug 2007 00:08 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Oh man, either one of those would’ve been better than going through Heathrow security.

by M. Scott Brauer | 04 Aug 2007 04:08 | Seattle, WA, United States | | Report spam→
I cringe at the thought of going though Heathrow. (Or LAX)

by Aaron J. Heiner | 04 Aug 2007 12:08 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
Aaron—I flew out of LAX a cupla weeks ago. Flew thru security with a bunch of Canon and Leica stuff with no hassles and no looks. American Airlines domestic. Don’t know about the other terminals.

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 04 Aug 2007 13:08 | Fort Worth, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
Wow ! Ladies and Gents: it seems you carry a whole closet with you on planes: how do you manage where you arrive ? You leave it all in your hotel room ?

Well I ‘ve done my share of lugging: I’ve travelled far with a 617 Fuji + (150mm 300mm) + Mamiya 7 (with 65mm) and a Leica M(35mm)+ Sony Laptop in ONE Delsey Pro Back pack….Tripod and film in the suitcase.

These days I carry a LowePro Minitrekker with two bodies and thats it: no need to arrive exhausted !

and If it doesn’t fit in dont take it !

PS great pictures Mr Fulton

by Christian Catafago Carle | 05 Aug 2007 17:08 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
Interesting comments and very useful… My personal experience with Heathrow was less than satisfying. They would not even let me carry my 5D around my neck and my laptop in its bag… so I stuffed all my underwear and stuff in the small camera bag and laptop bag and carried my roller aboard.

Another airport to watch out for is Bucharest. The check in people all work for the airport and if you show them more than one carry on they will make you check it. So don’t show more than one carry on, cuz no one else cares.

One solution in Europe, especially in the Bucharest, Budapest, Vienna, Prague area, is to take the train… I fly into Vienna or Budapest, then go from there. No airline or airport hassles…

Post Heathrow, I now carry my laptop and 5D in a backpack, my tripods in the checked suitcase and buy clothes when I get where i am going. I also avoid Heathrow like the plague…

Another place to avoid is Delta Kennedy… arrival hell…and make sure you have at least two hours between connections there.

by Michael Moore | 06 Aug 2007 04:08 | Seattle, United States | | Report spam→
Here’s another plug for the photovest. I managed to shlep almost 25kgs of gear on board a KLM flight to Uganda to do a combo video/photo project.

10kgs of battery packs and Hdds in the vest and PD-150, Fuji S2Pro, Laptop and 25hrs worth of MiniDV tape in a SwissGear Laptop Backpack.

Had no problems in Schipol. Probably one of the nicest airports IMHO.

by Andrés Corazón de León | 06 Aug 2007 17:08 | Granada, Spain | | Report spam→
Thank you ‘M’, sounds like Stansted is worth the risk…or I might just get the Eurostar to Paris and catch a train from there…it sounds like flying isn’t worth the pain when travelling around Europe.

by Nicola J Cutts | 07 Aug 2007 08:08 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Two cents here. Last year at Heathrow I had my camera bag and a back pack. One carry on only they told me at security check. I managed to stuff my cameras into my back pack (making it extremley heavy) and put it throught the x-ray. As soon as I got to the other side I unpacked and off I went with two carry ons. No one seems to check you after that.

by Cazalis | 07 Aug 2007 13:08 | Seville, Spain | | Report spam→
Me too Carlos. Sometimes I could get away with it because I’d have my wife and two kids with me. But last time I was taken to task so I did as you did and away I went. There were four of us with five carry on bags. Previous to that we had six.

by Paul Treacy | 07 Aug 2007 13:08 | New York, NY, United States | | Report spam→
First time poster. I’ve been traveling a lot from LA to Belfast over the past year and invested in a Tenba PG 17c laptop/camera bag. In it I can easily pack my Canon stuff(body,3 lenses, chargers etc), PowerBook, WiebeTech Dock with 2 drives. I am sooper impressed with the bag. Not something I want to hike the back woods with but it seamlessly gets me through airport security. I also pack my old Domke bag in my stowed luggage for carry stuff in the field.

by bobby durston | 17 Aug 2007 12:08 | Magheralin, Northern Ireland | | Report spam→
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by A H Henry | 17 Aug 2007 18:08 | S E Michigan, United States | | Report spam→
for travelling i use the lowe pro stealth backpack, i can fit laptop, 2 pro bodies, 3 lenses, batteries,2 flash, some clothes
around 35-40 pounds

Last out of town job i also put a studio flash in a very small lowe pro padded shoulder bag and i checked in my lightstand, softbox and extension

by Pierre | 19 Aug 2007 16:08 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
I fly with:

Camera backpack where I stuff my darlings – cameras and lenses.

Shoppingbag (instead of purse) which exactly fits my laptop, plus wallet, book, passport etc.

Cabin suitcase where I fit in my smaller camera bag, filled with flashes, cords, and other equipment. Plus extra stuff, like some clothes etc if there’s space.

And of course 1 or 2 check-in suitcases crammed with other stuff.

by Lina Haskel | 22 Aug 2007 09:08 | Stockholm, Sweden | | Report spam→
You guys in the U.S. are lucky. In the UK you can now only fly with ONE on board bag. Its a nightmare trying to get around this and digital has certainly made it easier for not having to go through the hand search yes sir no sir/ please thank you/ look i always get it hand searched/ get me your manager routine. But for art projects I still wanna use my film gear. What to do! Its a pain but probably not impossible. Wish i could just pay a a nice backsheesh to smooth the process. I’d be up for that. I’m done with arguing everytime I go through Heathrow.

by Luca J Sage | 28 Aug 2007 13:08 | Brighton, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
laptop backpack for all my electronic shit and personal stuff ( passport, etc)
Airport International ( www.thinktankphoto.com) for my camera gear. I usually ask the airline for fragile storage. when they ask me what is in the bag and what it is worth, I think of a number ( >$50K)and that means they panic and tell me to take it on the plane.
on my last trip that meant me and my gear getting home to New Zealand, through Aus instead of direct, as planned. My luggage and tripod turned up 5 days later.
Joke:
a photog goes up to the luggage check in and says; I want to send this case to Ulan Bataar and this one to Rio.
Staffer: we can’t do that!
photog: why not? you did it last time!

by Tony Bridge | 02 Sep 2007 21:09 | Christchurch, New Zealand | | Report spam→
Hey all,

SO, i am currently at the airport, and guess what…. I have only ONE carry-on! That’s right! I squeezed all my camera and computer equipment, lens, cables, hard drives, laptop, pocket camera, wallet, passport, ipod, and even some vitamin bottles into this pretty sweet roller, Peican pack. A bit heavy, but its sturdy, has a hard-cover case, durable, and can fit into over-head bend. It can even fit some clothes too, into the slots for the lenses. I also ended up buying a Storm hard case for my strobe lights (that apparantly is water proof and can float if it happens to fall overboard, or get stuck in a monsoon!), which can also fit into over-head.

Thanks for the advice! I’m always open to any carry-on suggestions, as this is just the beginning… (pretty soon, i’ll need carry-on cases for my carry-on cases… ; )

by [former member] | 02 Sep 2007 21:09 | Texas, home, United States | | Report spam→
When I was flying back to the US, I had two carry-ons. I wanted to be sure that my processed films would not get squashed or bent, so I put in a bag separately from my backpack. Before I did that, I had asked a young man at the entrance of a Swiss Air check-in counter. He went to ask about my question for me, and the answer was yes. I also asked him if they would do a hand-check of films, and the answer was yes, so I put the left-over films in the same bag as the processed film in page sleeves. I took out the unexposed films in a clear plastig bag and asked for a hand-check. I got one. The woman who checked the films later told me that I should not have asked for a hand check, but she did the hand-check anyway. This was a Zurich airport.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 03 Sep 2007 03:09 (ed. Sep 3 2007) | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
I have to carry a digital and an analogue system: D2xs with 17-35 and 80-200 lenses, plus am M6, an M7 with 21, 35 and 90 lenses. I wrap the big 80-200 in a thick towel and put that in my hold luggage. The rest with charger, cards, 2 flashes, batteries, and at least 70 rolls of film fits into my Lowpro Rolling CompuTrekker Plus AW. I highly recomend this bag. It has wheels, a removable backpack system and fits into an overhead. I carry this and a crimpler computer bag for my laptop, ipod and documents. Haven’t had any problems but I do avoid Heathrow like the plague!

by Sean Sutton | 04 Sep 2007 12:09 | Lund, Sweden | | Report spam→
I carry 2 bodies, 16-35, 70-200, 2 flahses, laptop and a few bits and bobs in my stealth ruck sack. Thats the minimum I can get away with to cover a job. I will carry on the 400 and put in in the over head and check the carry case with my bag which contains the monopod plus my chargers and other cables.

As long as you have the minimum with you to work thats all you can do.

by Aubrey Washington | 04 Sep 2007 14:09 | Glasgow, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Yeah, you got to bite the bullet and actually check on some gear.

I’m more of a portrait photographer so lighting is a must. That means a minimum 2 checked on bags for me although it’s growing.

I use a regular wheelee suitcase with a lowenpro insert that will hold 2 meduim format cameras, 3 lenses and a q-flash and quantum batteries as well as light meters and slaves. Then I pack a backpack with my laptop, and film and usually one other body. Normally no one says boo to my purse, but if they do I put it in the back pack.

Clothes and liquids in one bag, if it’s a one day shoot in my stand case. Strobes etc in another case. I also now put extra stuff that is important but not crucial in a checked bag (extra quantums, q flash, 35 mm gear…)

This way you have what to work with if the airline looses a bag but you get to a point where you just have too much stuff and you need to check on.

This is where assistants come in super handy since they can take some extra bags for you too. And start flying Delta exclusively, become a medallion holder and then you’re allowed to travel with 3 bags up to 70 pounds.

As far as TSA allowing you to travel with 3 carry on bags, that’s to get through security. Print out that form and all, but it won’t get you on an airplane with all those bags. That is up to the airline. And the way flights are so full these days, good luck.

by [former member] | 14 Sep 2007 21:09 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Personally, I carry all my gear (two bodies, three lenses, laptop, charger, HD) in one camera bagpack, a lowepro computrekker. I can fit everything!!!!. My domke bag, when ussually uses when I am shooting, is packed with the luggage. It is very travel like this.

by [former member] | 14 Sep 2007 22:09 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
I have been dealing with this issue for a while now. I typically will spend over a month with just an all-weather camera backpack (of average size) and a carry-on sized duffel/shoulder bag. The catch becomes when having to walk more then three miles or climb things with the shoulder bag throwing off your load (and not making your shoulder very happy in the process). I have tried to build or find online a backpack that separates into two bags (as in a backpack and duffel-style bags, not big and small backpacks), that can then be reassembled voltron-style for longer treks. I did find a similar setup from Kata bags (backpack + waist pack), and they were very light bags, but unfortunately their awkward design left too much to be desired. If anyone knows of any similar setups, hints would be appreciated.

So far I have also been able to avoid traveling with my lighting equipment, the thought of checking my strobes makes me cringe horribly. Kudos to those of you who do it.

by Tod Seelie | 15 Sep 2007 00:09 | Copenhagen, Denmark | | Report spam→
Make no mistake, Aaron and all you out there who read this post or write for it, if you find that you have to travel through Heathrow, no matter what you buy, how you pack it, or whether the damn thing rolls or not, you will ONLY BE ALLOWED ONE (period) carry-on at Heathrow. This is a very serious thing, and impossible to talk around, so for the fore-seeable future, everyone should be warned.
Jeff

by Jeffrey Barbee | 18 Sep 2007 09:09 | Johannesburg, South Africa | | Report spam→
Thinktank Airport International.

(going to test out the low divider set soon)

by Kendrick Kwok | 18 Sep 2007 12:09 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
wow, i read that many carry way too much gear and stuff, to each his/her own, which is fine, thats what this thread is about, here is my travel kit.

1 national geo backpack, slide small mac in the slot at the back, pack 1 body, 17-40mm lens, and a 70-200mm lens, spare battery,charger and CF cards, minimal clothing on top and minimal toilet items, around my waist goes a thinktank pack with a few extra small pouched on the belt and i wear a camera vest only for the huge storage in the pockets if i need it, thats it, never check luggage and never had any problems anywhere i have traveled, when the plane lands i get off go thru customs and head out, makes for a nice small and easy kit to travel with, if i need anything else like new shorts, t shirts, shoes or whatever including asprin and such, this can be purchased cheap in most all places i have been, including the remote areas of the rainforest on the island of borneo!

this kit never changes if i go for 1 week or several months, uaually i don’t even fill the pockets in the vest and the pouches around my waist! perhaps i might buy a few magazines and snacks for a long flight, but it all goes with me, no extra cases or bags excapt the one on my back, which is great cause when i am in a developing country and travelling on a motorbike, the pack is small enough that it can go on my back or strapped to a rack on the bike.

on another note, i usually have a spare body packaged in a box back home ready to ship out in case i have a failure, don’t usually worry about it too much as i also carry a small point and shoot that takes great clean images so i can continue if really need.

by James Helmer | 18 Sep 2007 13:09 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
I carry my laptop and a few essential supplies in a bug-out bag, and my cameras in a domke bag. My belt system goes in my checked baggage. I got all of my stuff into three bags overseas: the bug-out, camera bag and an Army parachute bag (used to stuff parachutes in after jumps). Body armor, clothes, extra dvds, books… made for more efficent travel.

by Bill Putnam | 20 Sep 2007 05:09 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→

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(Photographer)
Accra , Ghana
Tony Bridge, Photographer, writer, pho Tony Bridge
Photographer, writer, pho
Christchurch , New Zealand
Tomoko Yamamoto, Multimedia Artist Tomoko Yamamoto
Multimedia Artist
Vienna , Austria ( VIE )
Sean Sutton, Photographer Sean Sutton
Photographer
Manchester , United Kingdom
Aubrey Washington, Photojournalist Aubrey Washington
Photojournalist
[undisclosed location].
Tod Seelie, Photographer Tod Seelie
Photographer
Brooklyn, Ny , United States ( JFK )
Jeffrey Barbee, Photojournalist Jeffrey Barbee
Photojournalist
(http://jeffreybarbee.blogspot.)
[undisclosed location].
Kendrick Kwok, Photographer Kendrick Kwok
Photographer
Hong Kong , Hong Kong
James Helmer, James Helmer
Toronto , Canada ( YYZ )
Bill Putnam, Producer. Bill Putnam
Producer.
(Video-Photo)
Washington, D.C. , United States


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