Packing for a Photo Trip

Packing for a Photo Trip

I know it’s been a while since I wrote anything personally on the blog. Sorry!  I’ve been so busy growing my photography business that I’ve not had a lot of time to sit down and collect my thoughts.

I’m a couple of days away from leaving for my next workshop, a Fall trip to Wyoming to lead a group in the Grand Teton National Park.  This is always a phenomenal place to photograph, but especially in the Fall and the Winter (we also lead a winter workshop).


Teton Halves

As I’m prepping my vehicle for the drive from Oregon, I’m starting to create a mental packing list of everything I need to bring. For most trips I don’t need to make an actual list of things to bring….I’ve been doing this long enough that I can pack for a trip, clothes and camera gear and accessories in about an hour without (usually) forgetting anything. For larger trips though, or ones that are more remote without access to stores, I do still make a physical checklist to help my packing and ensure i don’t forget anything.

Brooks Bear

Recently we took a group up to Alaska to photograph the bears in Katmai National Park.  On this trip, we are far removed from civilization so if I forget anything there is no way I’ll be able to pick it up at the local store.  Batteries, memory cards, charging cables, clothes, toiletries, etc….I can’t forget anything.   As we were prepping the group to go, we received numerous questions about what to bring, so what I did was clean up my packing list and then shared it out with the group to help them to think about what they should bring.  Most found it extremely helpful and it’s something that I think I’ll do going forward for our other big trips.    I remember when I was a new workshop attendee heading off to a place I’ve not been before, I would have welcomed such a list from the leader to help me and give me some confidence in what I was bringing.

When you go on a trip, do you make a physical packing list so  you don’t forget anything? Or, do you find it more work than benefit in doing this?  I’m curious what other folks do.

2 thoughts on “Packing for a Photo Trip

  1. I usually only use a list on the really big trips like Alaska or Iceland. The other trips in the US where I mainly fly to, I have it down and like you feel comfortable with this. I have also paired down my bag sizes and they are generally very full and I know approximate weight so if one is not full or weighs too little I do a double-check. The other thing that changes things up if the trip is to a very cold location such as the Tetons in December, then I have to be a little more careful in packing.


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