The general rule here is to pack light, Eos Compact Bagpack. You’ll most likely be out and about all day (and possibly all night!) Bringing the bare necessities and a small bag is always more manageable. You’ll not only find your gear faster, but it’ll also be much easier on your back.
Whenever possible, try to bring your camera gear with you. Checking in your valuable gear is extremely dangerous and risky – we’ve all seen how badly some check-in luggage gets beaten up, Eos Compact Bagpack.
Most importantly, remember that you’re on vacation! As a result, don’t overthink it. Let’s get this party started!
What kind of camera? What kind of bag?
So, what kind of camera should you bring? We are firm believers that the best camera is the one you have with you. If the thought of bringing an expensive DSLR is too daunting, rest assured that a prosumer camera like the Canon PowerShot SX540 HS will suffice.
Its small size, weighing only 442g, makes it extremely portable. The PowerShot SX540 HS also has a versatile lens that can function as a wide-angle 24mm lens as well as a good 1200mm telephoto lens. It also has built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to share your photos almost instantly!
If you’re bringing a lot of gear, a well-padded camera backpack will help distribute the weight evenly across your back. However, since we’re advocating for light travel, let’s go with a smaller bag.
We prefer messenger bags because they allow you to access your belongings in a single motion. Smaller bags are also easier to keep close to your body in crowded places.
If you’re visiting a place where pickpocketing is common, use gaffer tape to cover up any obvious branding on your bag, making you less of an easy target.
Your bag should also be weather-resistant or weather-proof. The last thing you need is equipment that is too wet to function!
Prepare your camera bag
Don’t leave packing until the last minute! When packing your new camera bag for the first time, we highly recommend starting earlier.
Most camera bags, such as this Classic Camera Bag M(RL CL-01M), have adjustable sections (often with Velcro) to keep your gear as secure as possible.
That is extremely important. While you’re moving around, your camera body and lens shouldn’t move around too much.
It never hurts to be extra cautious! If you have extra lenses or camera bodies, we recommend putting them in their own padded compartment. This is to prevent any unintentional scuffs or knocks, so never overstuff your Eos Compact Bagpack.
Memory cards and extra batteries, for example, should be kept in an outside pocket if your bag has one. This makes it much easier to grab what you need and keep shooting.
Remember to bring some cleaning tools for your camera and lens. It’s always a good idea to keep a lens pen and some microfiber wipes in your bag.
Remember to bring more than one extra battery when travelling to colder places (especially destinations with sub-zero temperatures). In those conditions, battery life can easily become ‘frozen,’ and you don’t want to be left without power.
Bonus point! If you’re going to a humid, wet, or snowy location, here’s a clever trick to keep your accessories dry. To keep moisture out, use an airtight container.
A travel tripod is also very useful to have on hand. We prefer those that can wrap around anything to provide added stability.
All images were captured with the Canon EOS 6D and the Canon EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens.