Gone with the Grins

What’s In My Carry On Bag? 2015 Edition

What's in my bag? A fuji XE-1, Lowepro Hatchback 22L, and MeFoto Backpacker tripod among other things.It seems that “What’s In My Carry On Bag?” is all the rage lately on various blogs, and me wanting to be cool and all, I thought I would also share. Because I love gadgets and cameras, my carry-on bag is mostly filled with those items… plus a few comfort items sprinkled in. So without further ado, here it is. Just follow the numbers:

  1. My Bag – It’s a Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW – This is my current favorite travel bag. It holds everything that I need and does the job with ease. It has separate pockets for camera gear, a tablet, personal gear, and water bottle holders. It has a built-in rain cover to boot.
  2. Fuji X-E1– This is a great little travel camera. It gives me full manual control and features an amazing 18-55 f/2.8-f/4 kit lens. I’ve recently upgraded to the Fuji X-T10 to address some of the things I didn’t like about the X-E1. You can read more about why here.
  3. Fuji Remote – You won’t find this in a store. I made my own DIY shutter release cable out of a film canister, buttons, and a pre-wired cord.
  4. Memory Card Holder – A small zipper wallet that holds my SD memory cards. Excitement factor…zero.
  5. LEE Sev5n Filters – I use my LEE Sev5n filter holder with a Big Stopper ND filter and a .9 soft graduated ND filter. A must for landscape photography with water or bright sky.
  6. Fuji Battery Charger – Not much to say. It’s the charger for my Fuji camera batteries.      I wish it plugged straight into the wall instead of with a cord. UPDATE: I bought a little right angle plug adapter and can now plug the charger directly into the wall so I don’t have to carry the bulky power cord. Right Angle Plug Adapter
  7. Emergency Poncho – It’s cheap, super lightweight, and has saved my butt on a few occasions.
  8. Proporta Gadget Bag– Sadly the Proporta Gadge Bag is no longer made. A cheaper but not quite as flexible solution is the Op/Tech Accessory pouch.
  9. Audio Technica ATH-ANC7b – Noise cancelling headphones that are great for saving your ears from the constant engine noise on long plane rides. You can also listen to music with them. I’m still deciding if the bulk is worth it, especially for shorter flights.
  10. Flashlight and Lens Cleaner – The Princeton Tech LED light is super small and lightweight yet very bright, while the Spudz lens cleaner is great for camera lenses or eye glasses.
  11. Amazon Kindle – A great e-reader. I’ve recently upgraded to the Paperwhite after the screen on this one got cracked.
  12. Kleenex – I never leave home without them. Period.
  13. Jockery battery backup– A USB battery recharger to keep your devices going when you can’t find a plug. It also has a flashlight.
  14. Water Bottle – You have to stay hydrated!
  15. Glif – An iphone to tripod adapter. Great for taking selfies and time lapse videos with a tripod.
  16. Apple iPad – I usually carry this instead of a computer. I can check emails, access Facebook, watch cat videos, and do basic photo editing using the Apple SD card adapter.
  17. Lumbar Support – Airplane seats were not made for my spine. My lumbar support is the only thing that keeps my back comfortable during long flights.
  18. MeFoto Backpacker Tripod – An amazing little tripod that is super small, fairly light, and has an Arca-Swiss plate. As the Brits say, a nice piece of kit.
  19. L.L. Bean windbreaker – Lightweight and easily packable. It’s my “go to” jacket when I get chilly or if there is light rain.
  20. I usually travel with three camera lenses. An “all-in-one” travel lens for 90% of my shots, a wide angle lens for landscape and architecture, and a fast prime for low light shots. The two lenses shown here are the versatile Fuji 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 and a wide angle Rokinon 12mm f/2. Currently my kit lens is functioning as my fast prime until I get the Fuji 35mm f/1.4.

Click here to see the details on my travel camera system.

We also have a Pinterest page with all of our favorite travel gear. You can find it here…Travel Gear on Pinterest. 

I tried to be as specific as possible; if you have any other questions, let me know. I’d love to hear about all the gear and gadgets that you carry in your bags, too!