Photo tip - Travel photographer's equipment checklist

05th March 2010
I'm off to Iceland tonight. The hope is that I can take some nice shots of the northern lights, otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis. However, if the BBC weather forecast for Iceland is anything to go by then I may have to re-focus my attentions and shoot rain-lashed landscapes, misty valleys and wind-beaten Icelandic fishermen.

So, since time is of the essence I thought I'd cheat today and kill two birds with one stone. Here's a checklist of things that a photographer should take on holiday or on a foreign assignment. I had to write the list anyway, so it made sense to share it. I'm back next Thursday with more photo tips and photography marketing ideas and with a bit of luck and a fair wind, some decent photos. Here's my packing list (with a few extras thrown in that you may need, even though I don't):

Photography equipment
Camera(s) and lens(es)
USB cable
Lens cover
Flash
Tripod and tripod head
Beanbag
Filters and any filter holders
Camera cleaning equipment
Travel power plugs/adapters
Extra camera batteries, AA batteries for flash and chargers.
Film or memory cards
Portable hard drive
Laptop or web-book
Camera instruction book (if you're not familiar

Crucial non-photographic items
Passport/visa
Credit / debit cards
Flight tickets
Any coach or other connection tickets
Travel insurance
Currency/travellers cheques
Driver's license and insurance documents if you're hiring a car
Confirmation numbers for hotel, rental car, and other reservations

Other useful items
Maps, guidebooks, phrasebook
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
First aid kit
Useful medication (Travel sickness, headache, indigestion, Imodium)
Glasses/contacts and sunglasses
Cell phone and charger
Binoculars
Long distance phone card
MP3 player

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