Last week we talked about What DSRL Lenses to Take when Traveling and in response had another question from the same reader, Trish:
“Thank you for your article on lenses, it’s helped a lot. I was wondering if you might do a follow up article exploring what else I should consider taking on my trip? I want to travel as light as possible but also want to be as prepared as I can. How much should I pack?”
Thanks again for your question Trish. Packing for a trip is a camera bag is a very personal thing and each traveler will have their own preferences as they attempt to balance weight issues with functionality but let me share a few of the items I pack as well as a few other options you might want to consider depending upon your own destination and requirements (Trish is a DSLR user and so am I so this will largely be aimed at people like us, although a lot of it will translate to point and shoot users):
• Extra Batteries – depending upon how many shots you tend to take in a day I find that most digital cameras these days don’t tend to run out of batteries in a days shooting. However it’s always important to have extra batteries for long days and those days when you forgot to recharge your batteries the night before. Some point and shoot cameras will take AA (or different standard size) batteries but I would recommend investing in a couple of sets of rechargeable ones as you’ll end up saving considerable money in the long run with them.