I’ve been told I would misplace my appendages if they’re weren’t attached. It’s true. Whenever I leave the house I can be heard chanting these three words, “wallet, keys, cell phone,…….wallet, keys, cell phone”. This little chant has served me well, but I haven’t been able to apply the same method in packing up my photo gear. I mean, “camera, batteries, 85mm, 200mm, fisheye….and so on”, is just too much for this guy’s brain to remember. So, I’ve spent the last few years developing a checklist for my photography gear based on the duration of the trip . I can’t simply work off a set checklist because it doesn’t make sense for me to take my fisheye for portrait shots (or does it…hmmm) but at least I have a guideline for packing. I know when I’m traveling for a few days to shoot portraits I won’t need my extra batteries, extra card reader…etc. However, if I’m taking a much longer trip I have a tendency to throw the “kitchen sink” at it and it’s this list that has taken a few years to narrow down. I remember trekking in Peru carrying my bag (weighing in at 30lb) thinking to myself, “oh, yeah I’ll need all this stuff….dammit!”. Only to realize at the end of the trip I only utilized about half. My fisheye saw no love on the Peru trip, however I took some really cools shots with it in New Orleans. I tend to think it’s best to err on the side of caution when you have the space and time to do so. If I’m traveling and working from a hotel room then I tend to pack a little more than let’s say I do for a backpacking trip. I’ve put together the master list (kitchen sink) so feel free to check it out by clicking HERE. What gear do you pack when you plan for a trip?