Tomorrow I am leaving for a long awaited vacation to Greece. It’s a family trip, but that doesn’t mean I am not intending to take as many photos as I can reasonably do, so most of my carry-on luggage will be filled with photographic equipment. As before any photo trip, I make a checklist of everything I need to carry. My checklist, of course, includes a number of items that I own, but there are some things that everybody should not forget to check before leaving, therefore I’ve compiled a generic list that should cover all of the essentials.
If there is anything that I’ve missed, feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you.
- Check that all your batteries are charged.
- Format all your memory cards.
- Thoroughly clean your cameras, lenses, and filters.
- Don’t forget to carry a lens cleaning cloth, rocket blower, duster, and everything that you might need, but be careful of airline restrictions on liquids.
- Check that you have your battery chargers, cables, and adapters.
- Check that you have charged batteries for all your extra devices, like remote control, intervalometer, flashlight.
- Verify that you have enough locks for all your bags.
- Give a good cleaning to your tripod; make sure there is no sand in the joints. See this article by Varina Patel on how to do it.
- Set the correct time on all your cameras, according to the time zone of your destination.
- If traveling with a laptop or tablet, verify that you are bringing everything needed to transfer images to them: card reader, USB cable, iPad camera connection kit.
- Bring a backup device, if you plan to download images to your laptop.
- Check that you have enough business cards. I recommend using moo.com to print a pack of business cards, each with a different image on the back: they make for great conversation starters.
Have a nice trip and good light!