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A Reference Guide
When packing for a flight, ideally it should be done in a way
that enables you to get your gear onboard, inside the cabin of
the airplane. It’s important to note that there are no hard-and-
fast rules to abide by when configuring a bag, as the optimum
setup will vary depending on your trip and/or assignment.
Before you begin packing, consider the specific items you
need to bring with you, the airline’s carry-on restrictions, and
how you will be shooting at your destination.
Five Rules of Thumb to Follow Before and During
1. Know your airline’s specific size and weight restrictions for
carry-ons for each leg of your trip. The more you know prior
to arriving at the airport, the more likely you are to have a
smooth travel experience.
2. When possible, choose an airline with the most lenient
carry-on restrictions.
3. Take only what you need. Many photographers pack
too much.
4. Pack your bags in a way that best protects your gear.
Remember that airline, airport or hotel personnel may
handle your items.
5. Dividing your gear amongst various bags might be
necessary, although some airlines only allow for one
carry-on item. Again, know your airline’s specific flight
restrictions in advance to avoid headaches at the airport.
*All of these recommendations are addressed in greater detail further
on within this guide.
Packing Rolling Camera Bags and Backpacks:
Have you ever seen someone demonstrate how to actually
fill a glass container to show its maximum capacity?
First, larger rocks are placed in the container. Then pebbles
are added and the container is shaken to distribute the
pebbles between the rocks. To fill the space between the
pebbles, sand is poured in. Lastly, liquid is added until it spills
over the rim of the container. This is a great analogy that we
use when guiding people through packing larger bags.
Begin the process of packing your bag by having all of your
gear laid out on either on a table or the floor. This will give
you an opportunity to evaluate how many camera bodies,
lenses and accessories you need to bring with you. Spreading
out your gear provides another chance to consider leaving
behind redundant or unnecessary items, and alternatively it
lets you see what items you might be missing.
Place the largest of your components in or on top of the
dividers to roughly see where each item will fit. Once you are
satisfied with the basic layout of the large items, start pulling
and rearranging dividers to make those items fit comfortably
within the bag. Now place the smaller lenses, teleconverters,
backup drives, etc, within divided sections you create with
the smaller dividers. Fill in the gaps and pockets with your
smallest accessories.
We offer a number of gear layout examples on our website
for your specific bag. If you need additional packing guidance,
contact us for assistance.
Shoulder Bag and Beltpack Use
When traveling with less gear, you may not need the
large capacity of a rolling camera bag or large backpack.
Additionally, you might choose to use a shoulder bag as a
companion to your rolling camera bag. Then you can use the
shoulder bag for overflow and to work out of once you arrive at
your destination.
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