I have had a couple of posts before about packing and different types of camerabags for travel, and I have made it on of my specialites when it comes to travel and photography. A lot of testing and failing when I have been travelling have made me find that I claim that the following characteristics is necessary for a good camera bag that you are bringing with you for travel.
1) Space for a lot of gear
2) Easy to bring along on day hikes.
4) “Air port security” sensible
5) Cabin luggage approved
7) Rain cover / Weather protected
So , I have Pelicases, suitcases, small backpacks, special camera backpacks with ziplocs towards the back for added security, with weather sealing for hiking, and different smaller types bags for spesific camera types. But if you are going on a longer photo trip. Non of them will be without compromise.
First of, let me show what I am planning to bring on my next trip. I am going on a short trip to South East Asia in a couple of weeks.
In the main compartment
– 2 DSLR bodies
– A small handycam
– 5 lenses (1 big 120-300, 70-200, and there more normal sized lenses)
– A teleconverter
– A external flash
– Two Blackrapid Rstraps
– A couple of external harddrives
In the smaller compartments
– Cleaning kits
– Extra batteries
– Extra memory cards
– Different cables and chargers
And in the outside compartment, I am bringing a small laptop or tablet.
Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Pro Runner Backpack
So why did I end up with this bag? The main reson was the amount of gear that I wanted to bring, and the most practical when you are on the move is a backpack, and since it is cabin luggage approved it is possible to bring even on smaller regional airlines too. Another major advantage with the backpack is when we do the security check at the airport. Bringing a lot of electronic gear is a true and valid way of getting picked for a closer securty inspection, so one of my favourite features is that I can open the backpack as a suitcase , and the inspectors can check that everything is as it seems without removing it. When I have used smaller backpacks for camera gear before I often end up taking everything out, and that can be a little bit stressful in a crowded control.
The backpack also have other features that are well known from Lowepro. Compression straps in the front to make a snugger fit, a “cup” for a tripod, and a raincover that can be pulled over the pack at your convenience.
All in all , a very nice bag that I hope can bring me many good images from all over the globe..