It’s been a busy few days getting ready for my exotic trip to the Galapagos Islands. This trip has been planned since last summer, and has given me plenty of time to plan ahead on what type of camera equipment to take, and how to carry it with me.
First starting with purchasing the Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ backpack. I wanted something that was manageable for my smaller stature, but still fit the large camera equipment I was planning on taking. This backpack has two handles. One on the top and the other on the side. The shoulder straps can be tucked into the bag when not in use. The bag also has its own rain cover tucked inside.
After reading a number of other blog posts and photographer websites and knowing the type of images I would like to capture, here is what made the cut into the bag:
- Two Camera Bodies: Canon 5D Mark III
- Canon 500mm f/4L IS II
- Aquatech Softhood Collapsing Hood (packed in main case)
- Aquatech ASCC-5 Soft Cap (packed in main case)
- Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM and Lens Hood
- Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and Lens Hood
- Canon EF 15mm Fisheye f/2.8 rented from Borrowlenses.com
- Filters include:
- Lee Big Stopper
- Grad ND Filter
- Circular Polarizer
- Zeiss Pre-moistened cleaning wipes
- Rugged Neoprene Memory Card Case
- Battery Charger, remote switch, Flash Drive and rugged case.
The total weight of this bag ended up being 25 pounds. I’ve heard that the weight limit on Aerogal from the mainland to Galapagos is 22 pounds. Here’s hoping this bag will make the cut.
The checked bag allowance is 44 pounds (other accounts 50 pounds) and with a 23 inch featherweight suitcase, the total ended up being 35 pounds. Finding that a makeup kit bag works perfectly for storing the variety of electronics kept things nice and neat.
The cruise ships usually have one 110V plug and one 220V plug. First was to solve the multiple plug requirement. Finding the above one outlet plugin extender is a great solution. Two USB ports, and three electric.
Within this bag hold my photo imaging backup system:
- Dell Windows 8 Tablet w/USB port and SD card reader
- Installed on Tablet – Full Lightoom 5 software
- Transcend Multi Card Reader
- Transcend 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub
- Toshiba 2TB Canvio External Hard Drive
- External USB Mouse and stylus pen
Within the main suitcase is:
- Really Right Stuff TVC-24 Versa Series Travel sized Carbon Fiber Tripod
- Wimberly Gimbal Head II
- Cabela Dry Sack Medium
This trip is certainly a photographer’s dream and trying to maximize the photo opportunities while minimizing equipment and weight has certainly been a challenge. The thrill of being so close to nature and the wildlife on the islands is worth a little bit of hefting.
Hope this helps with your travel planning and safe travels.