travel essentials | in my camera bag

I always love hearing about blogger’s favorite photography equipment so I figured I’d give you all a peek of what’s in my camera bag… because being snoopy is fun.

Travel Essentials in my camera bag
1. Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Gray. While we were traveling across Europe, I used this mini tripod all the time. It was sturdy enough to hold up my DSLR while taking night shots of the Colosseum in Rome, and small enough to fit in my camera satchel. Because the legs are flexible, we were able to attach it to different surfaces and adjust the height while it was sitting on the ground. I highly recommend picking up one of these!
2. Nikon D600 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera. This is my baby. Like I’ve stated in my FAQ section, I started on a Canon EOS Rebel T2i but switched to the D600 when I returned to the States and wanted something a little more advanced. I didn’t plan on dropping Canon for Nikon, but I liked how this specific camera felt in my hands.
3. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime AF-S Nikkor Lens. This was the second lens I purchased for my camera body and I haven’t felt the need to buy anything else (yet). I use this lens for almost all of my portraits and it’s great for street photography.
4. ONA The Bowery Camera Bag – Antique Cognac. The ONA Bowery bag is crafted with gorgeous Italian leather and is the sturdiest camera bag I’ve ever owned. It doesn’t scream “I have expensive camera gear in here!” and I can fit my camera body, a couple lenses, memory cards and filters in it for a day trip.
5. Promaster Digital HGX Ultraviolet (UV) Filter – 58. I use this UV filter on my prime lens. It protects my lens glass from scratches, chips, and smudges.
6. Promaster 58mm Digital Circular Polarizing Filter. This is my favorite filter to use because you can adjust the color of the sky, reduce glare, and manage reflections on different surfaces.
7. SanDisk Extreme 32GB SecureDigital Memory Card. My camera body holds two memory cards so I use two SanDisk Extreme 32GB cards when I take photographs.
8. Lowepro Pro Roller x100 Camera Bag. We have this exact roller bag and it is perfect for carrying on camera equipment. It’s small enough to fit in any overhead plane compartment, and large enough to fit my camera body, my husband’s camera body, multiple lenses, a laptop, iPad, and other accessories.
9. Tamrac S.A.S. Compact Filter Case. Because I have a variety of accessories inside of my bag, organization is important to me. I use this small filter case to keep everything in order.
10. Sunpak Ultra 7000 2-in-1 Tripod/Monopod. This tripod/monopod combo is pretty awesome. It was a purchase I made because I wanted to be able to take family photos and group photos on vacation, etc, and I don’t regret it at all.
11. iMo Native Village Camera Strap. This is my favorite camera strap! It’s bright, comfortable, and makes my camera feel more personalized.
12. WD My Passport for Mac 1TB Portable External Hard Drive. I back up all of my images on an external hard drive because 1. My MacBook Pro often runs out of room, and 2. Because I’m paranoid. I do it mainly because I’m paranoid because I’ve heard horror stories of people losing ALL of their photographs. I’d be devastated.
13. Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Lens. This is the camera lens I bought with my D600 body. It’s a versatile zoom lens and I’ve really enjoyed it.
14. Wacom Bamboo Connect Pen Tablet (CTL470). I bought this tablet because it was such a good deal on Amazon. I wanted to be able to doodle on different photographs for my blog and although I’ve messed around with it, I haven’t published any of the photos. I need to get on that. For now, it sits in my camera bag… waiting. Tear.

Ok, and that’s about everything. What do you guys carry around with you?

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Filed Under: Photography, Travel, Travel Essentials26 Comments
  • Lisette

    This may be a stupid question, but how do you use a monopod?

    • Postcards from Rachel

      You can place it between your legs when you’re sitting down. :)

      • Lisette

        I shall refrain from making the obvious observation regarding this piece of information ;) xoxo

  • Kelsey

    These are great recommendations! I have been thinking about upgrading my lens from the kit lens on my Nikon D3200 and a UV filter would be great. That strap is so cute.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Thanks, Kelsey! I just feel better knowing that my lens is somewhat protected with the UV filter!

  • Rachel Brandt Fisher

    I’ve been thinking about getting a tablet like that. You and I travel similarly.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      I should really start using it more often!

  • Samantha

    Love this! I love my Canon DSLR camera but have had it for less than a year and am still learning so I love seeing the other equipment that photographers use!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      These are some of my favorite posts so hopefully it was helpful!

  • Jade @ Earth to Jade

    Awesome post, Rachel. I’m always interested to see what other photographers keep in their bag. At the moment, I’m just toting an insert that I bought from Amazon that can fit my camera with the zoom lens on it, plus my 50mm & 28mm as well as a few extra memory cards but I need something I can travel with that isn’t a backpack so I’m tossing up between an ONA & a Kelly Moore bag. Ahh, decisions!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      Have you seen the new A Beautiful Mess/Kelly Moore satchel bag? I’m obsessed with it!!

      • Jade @ Earth to Jade

        I have! I really like it but not sure if it will fit my MBP as well. I just wish I could see one in the flesh to help me choose!

  • Chelsea Scally

    Love this check list. I just pinned it. That external HD would be perfect as I already have a phobia of losing everything in my mac (It happened before about 9 years ago!) MY current ext. HD is a POS. Nothing that can travel well. Thanks for posting!

    • Postcards from Rachel

      I really like this external hard drive. I also have a cheap case logic holder for it when we’re traveling!

  • Tracy O’Neill

    I have an iMo strap on my camera and I love it! It’s longer than the Nikon strap that came with the camera so it rests more comfortably when I wear it across my body. I think my next purchase will be a tripod and remote.

  • thediynurse

    I love this! We are selling our house to travel across the nation [and then move out of the US] and I plan on blogging the whole way. We just got a new point and shoot because I notice I sometimes leave behind my DSLR since its so heavy. I’ll be getting that tripod. I’ve been wanting something lightweight and easy for traveling.

    Have you done posts about traveling with pets before? We have two cats and a dog and will be traveling by car. I’m so looking forward to it. Said no one ever lol.

  • Z K

    I’ve had my eye on that bamboo tablet for FOREVER but was never quite sure how I’d utilize it – any suggestions?

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    When I travel, I just carry a little point and shoot camera because I’m too lazy to decide what to pack. Thanks for making this list– now I can bring everything I need and more!

  • Andi Perullo de Ledesma

    Love your gear!

  • Annessa

    This list is so helpful! I just bought a Canon T2i, and am in the process of familiarizing myself with it and figuring out what I need. I love that camera bag, I’ll def have to look into something similar seeing as I have no idea how I’ll be carrying my new camera around.

  • LB

    Love these! Miss you!

  • Stephanie

    Love that bag!!! And you have some awesome gear!!!

  • Carly @ Let Us Wanderlust

    You have an enviable collection of camera gear! It’s amazing. Next on my wish list is a tripod! I’d love to be able to shoot photos of family and friends and not leave anyone out (the poor person taking the photo!)!

  • Ellen Drs

    OH, I just ordered my 50MM 1.4, can’t wait for it to come in :) I also recently swapped between Canon and Nikon, but been using my boyfriends Nikon for a long time, therefore the swap. I’d still like to have an 85mm with either 1.4 or 1.8, but first –> savings

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  • Nadia

    I love the Gorilla Pod, I take it with me whenever I leave the house with my camera! I have an old Bamboo tablet that I still love too, I use it a lot for small design projects. It takes some getting used to but it’s fun to play around with!