1. Camera bag
There are many types of camera bags, from backpacks to shoulder bags to roller bags. Regardless of the type you choose, make sure it’s comfortable to carry, and is sturdy enough to protect your expensive gear. Do some research ahead of time to find a bag that will fit both your gear and your style of travel.
2. Lightweight tripod
Tripods are essential for taking pictures in low light conditions, but since regular tripods tend to be heavy and bulky, you may need to invest in a separate tripod to take with you on your travels. The ideal travel tripod would be foldable and lightweight, while still being sturdy enough to handle the weight of your camera and heaviest lens.
3. Notebook and pen
Since it can be difficult to remember all the details of the photos you’ve taken while travelling, a little pocket-sized notebook and pen can come in handy when you need to jot down information about the people, things or places you’re photographing along the way.
4. Spare batteries
Carrying a few extra batteries is a good idea even when you’re shooting in your own neighbourhood, but it becomes even more important when you’re far from home and won’t have easy access to power outlets.
5. Extra memory cards and card reader
Like the spare batteries, carrying a spare memory card or two will ensure you never miss a shot due to inadequate storage space. The capacity of memory cards has increased greatly over the years, so depending on how many photos you normally take; you may only need one or two extra cards. A card reader is also a must if you want to be able to backup your photos regularly while you travel.
6. Lens filters
Lens filters, like UV or polarizing filters, are generally inexpensive, and in addition to reducing glare, increasing contrast and enhancing colours, they can also prevent your lenses from getting scratched if accidentally knocked against a hard surface.
7. Travel adapter
Even if you’re bringing extra batteries, you’ll still need to charge up between photo shoots. So in addition to bringing your regular camera battery charger, it’s a good idea to invest in a high quality universal travel adapter.
8. Camera cleaning kit
If you’re shooting outdoors, a simple cleaning kit is essential if you want to get sharp photos and keep your gear in good working order. At the very least, make sure you have a few microfiber cloths and lens cleaning wipes. Carrying a few Ziploc bags of different sizes is also a good idea, as they can be used for everything from protecting your gear to keeping things organised.