1.Extra Battery – Always carry an extra battery or batteries depending on the battery back up of your particular camera model, the number of days you will be travelling and location of your travel. Many a times your adventure may take you to places where there are no charging points. In such cases, an extra pack of battery comes in handy and you don’t lose out on capturing your adventure. Also, when buying a battery pack I would recommend that you buy original battery compatible with your camera model and brand. There is a lot of 3rd party stuff available but in case there is some issue you may end up damaging your camera. You generally find information about the battery (specifications) in the literature/ manuals that comes along in the box during your purchase.
2.Right Back pack – There are endless options available in the market to choose from. So depending on your equipment and budget you can pick the one that best suits your requirement. While picking your perfect backpack, you should keep the following things in mind:
- The bag should have a thick layer of padding, especially at the bottom.
- The bag should be big enough to carry all you equipment.
- The bag should have a compartment to hold you tripod and it should come with a rain cover.
3.Rain Cover – Like any electronic equipment, your camera is not water resistant. It can catch fungus if it gets wets. In addition to that, water may also damage your camera’s internal mechanisms. To get rid of all this, you can get rain covers for your camera on rent or online. It is advisable for you to carry one if you are headed to a location that may have rainfall. In case you are unable to find a suitable rain cover, use durable plastic bags as substitutes. Even though durable bags are not a full proof solution it proves beneficial at times.
4.Camera Insurance – Most of the camera equipment are very expensive and it is advisable to take insurance for the same.
5.Temperature – Every camera has a maximum temperature limit. Your camera may not function if the temperature drops below a certain limit or even the other way round. This limit would vary form camera to camera. It is always better to do your research and find out about the temperature of the location that you’re headed to and then take a call whether to carry your camera along or leave it behind.
6.Filters – The most common filter used is the UV filter. I suggest that you buy one for all your lenses. It acts as a protection layer and prevents the camera lens glass from scratches or cracking in case of impact.
7.Cleaning kit – A camera is like a baby for most of us and we may also care about its cleanliness more we care about ours. Always carry a cleaning kit in case dust or sand particles get inside your camera. Dust and sand particles may damage your camera and this may affect the quality of the images. There are numerous options for kits that are available in the market. I recommend you take a kit that includes a cleaning cloth, cleaning solution, a dust blower and a dusting brush.
8.Tripod – Always carry a tripod. It is important while taking photos in low light conditions. Every tripod has a maximum loading bearing capacity. Most common tripods take about 2-3kgs of load. In case you carry high-end equipment and lenses, it is better to check the load bearing capacity of the tripod.
9.Secondary Camera– Even though the mobile phone acts as a secondary camera, I recommend that you carry a point-and shoot or a basic camera (not DSLR) with decent specifications. This is not mandatory but just a suggestion in case you happen to damage your DSLR camera.
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