Oct 22nd


Nepal: Packing, Workflow, & Giveaway.

In a couple weeks I head back to Nepal for almost 2 weeks for our Kathmandu Within The Frame adventure. Each trip I do is different, but overall my packing has become lighter, thanks, in part, to changing technology, as well as the reality that I just can’t haul all the extra crap anymore. So what am I bringing to Kathmandu? Here’s the important stuff.

First, I’m bringing 2 bodies, both of them Nikon D3s bodies, which allows me to share batteries. I won’t bring a charger, just 4 fully-charged batteries, which’ll more than do me. In each of these bodies I have two 64GB CF cards, and the camera writes RAW files to both simultaneously. I’ll probably bring only two lenses – a 16-35/4.0 and an 85/1.8. If you look through my work in places like Nepal, that’s the lion’s share of what I use for my favourite work. And I’ll bring ND and ND grad filters, a polarizer, and a tripod, likely just my Gitzo Ocean Traveler.

This is all my gear for Nepal, though by the time I leave I’ll probably have talked myself out of the 70-200/2.8. Everything here, except the tripod, will go into the Bataflae 26 you see here. Add personal items like iPhone, passports, and my Kindle and it’s packed. I love this bag. Want one? Keep reading.

For workflow I’ll have my 11″MacBook Air, and a tiny 125GB SSD backup drive which is the original drive from the MacBook Air, having upgraded that drive to a 250GB drive. And I have a small USB card reader. I used to carry a 13 MacBook Pro, and at least two drives, all of which was at least twice the weight of what I carry now. But I spend so little time working on images in the field, what I really need is a way to look, to play, and to create at least one more back up. At the end of the day now I have all files on 2 CF cards, my MacBook Air, and my SSD backup drive. When I get home I export all my images as a Lightroom Catalog to a small drive, import those to my iMac and the external RAID drive, then again onto a drive I keep in a Pelican case offsite. Only then do I erase files from the MacBook Air, and format drives and CF cards.

For Antarctica or Kenya, the workflow items will be the same, but the gear changes. For Antarctica and Kenya I’ll bring my D800 as one of my bodies, which means another charger and extra batteries. I’ll bring larger lenses – adding a 70-200/2.8, and likely my 300/2.8. For Kenya, because it’s going to be primarily a portrait project I’ll also bring diffusers and reflectors. And my tripod is likely to be much larger.

The revelation after so much travel over the past 8 years is that I just don’t need all the extras (though those who’ve traveled with me will still wonder what the hell makes my bags so heavy.) I usually bring a couple pairs of jeans, 4 long-sleeve shirts, 4 t-shirts, and some underwear and socks that can be washed in a sink. As much of that as possible is merino wool from companies like Patagonia and Icebreaker. Nothing comes close to merino for keeping me cool in the hot, hot in the cold, and still somehow not sweating. Add to that a merino sweater, a fleece jacket, light rain shell, and a light toque (also merino), and I’m almost done. First aid kit, extra prescriptions, including spare glasses, and some basic repair items – like a bit of duct tape, wrenches for tripods, small screwdrivers, and superglue, complete the kit. Practically everything else can be purchased where I’m heading, should I need it.

I’ll be packing my gear, laptop, and the stuff I’ll wish I had in my carry-on when the airlines lose my checked bag, in the 26L GuraGear Bataflae. The Bataflae is an update to Gura Gear’s much-loved Kiboko bags, which have been my bag of choice as my travel has become more adventurous over the last few years. I’m also using their new Et Cetera cases for odds and ends (I’ll do a more complete review on all this stuff later.) The rest of my stuff will get thrown into my large Rimowa suitcase, which just seems to get more beat-up with every trip. In that suitcase is also my Think Tank Retro 30 satchel, which I love for just walking around with a little gear, a sweater, and bottle of water, way more convenient than a backback for days walking around the city making candid photographs.

As I was writing this I had an idea. So I fired off a note to my friends at Gura Gear and said, “Any chance you’d give one of my readers a free bag?” They replied within 5 minutes and said, simply, “Done!” They’re good folks, those Gura Gear people. So leave a comment, just make sure you put your name and emails in the fields asking for that info, and just before I head to Nepal, I’ll pull out a name, drop a line to Gura Gear, and one lucky winner will get the same bag I use, the Bataflae 26L. And yes, they’ll even let you choose the colour.

**Updated October 29 – This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Carlos Celis! My friends at Gura Gear will be in touch!

Comments (665)
  1. October 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! That’s pretty nice, mate.

    • Joseph V Smith

      October 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Hi David, thanks for the packing advice especially for multiple locations. And your image backup procedures. I really need to streamline mine.

      Joe Smith

    • Mark Reynaud

      October 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

      What an awesome trip. Thanks for setting up the giveaway.

    • Richard fisher

      October 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Love to see how you back the bag, especially when traveling to Africa

    • steve

      October 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      Sounds like awesome trip. Thanks for setting up the giveaway.

    • Tony Brown

      October 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks for sharing. Hope the trips go well. I am extremely happy with my 30L & 20L Gura Gear Kiboko backpacks & am sure the lucky winner will find likewise. Beware the 30L it packs all including the kitchen sink.

    • Mike McGeary

      October 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for the packing list–very informative. Wool when it’s hot as well as cold? Who knew? My Kiboko bag is great; the Bataflae sounds even better! Have a great trip!

    • Rick Cady

      October 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Great tips on what to take and packing. Any tips on tripods – heads that are ‘convenient’ for travel (recognizing a tripod is never convenient to be lugging around).
      Safe travels

    • Michael Strubel

      October 24, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      My wife and I will be doing the Everest Basecamp Trek in the fall of 2013. Any information on you trip would be great. Thanks for the bag I’m going to win!!

    • Lewis Soroka

      October 26, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Sounds like a great trip, with a great bag to carry all your goodies. Good luck.

  2. Fred Trask

    October 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Have an awesome trip! Thanks for sharing with us!!!!

  3. Nikki

    October 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

    That sounds like an awesome trip. Have a great time!

  4. October 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway, and happy travels!

  5. October 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

    In love with the grey one<3

  6. Aung Lwin

    October 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Cool, great giveaway. Also, any chance of you giving away one of your books, autographed of course :) Reading them changed the direction of photography for me completely, from gear oriented towards vision orientation.

  7. October 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Great article, refining your needs becomes easier as you travel more. Gura Gear bags look great!

  8. October 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    May your trip be full of wonder and Wow shots, Thank you for thinking of us your fans, looking forward to viewing your journey once your back, God speed and be blessed my fellow photog friend ..Chris

  9. October 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I’ve been looking for a bag!! :)

  10. Celeste Walz

    October 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Who doesn’t need another camera bag? Count me in. I can’t wait to see what amazing images you’ll return with.

  11. Annie Wallace

    October 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Got no bag blues so sending in my name and crossing my fingers!

    Happy travels, David. Enjoy those prayer flags dancing in the wind, the sound of zo bells tinkling in the dark, the smiles that that show hearts open to the skies, to the land, and to you.


    • David

      October 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks for the beautiful blessing, Annie. I’d rather have those in abundance than return with a single photograph. :-)

  12. October 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    David, interesting post. Thanks for sharing!

    Recently I returned from a holiday where I carried my 13″ MacBook Pro which I want to replace by a MacBook Air. I just wanted to know what you can recommend: the 11″ or 13″? I work in Lightroom and I’m not planning on heavy post-processing in the field. I only want to backup to the laptop, add keywords, and delete some bad images. At home, I will import them into Lightroom on my workstation. Will the 11″ be suitable enough for this kind of work?

    • David

      October 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      I can’t really speak to your own needs and preferences, Serge, all I can say is I love my 11″ and while I’m thinking about a 13″ it’s mostly because (a) it’s not that much heavier and (b) it has an SD card slot which my D3s bodies don’t use, but my D800 does. Still, the 11″ does everything I need for communication, writing, and Lightroom work as you described. Hope that helps!

      • Matthias Helling

        October 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        I’ve been in Nepal a few weeks ago with my 11″ MacBook Air. It works really great and is so small, gets in nearly every bag. I work with LR4 and also editing video of my 5DMKII with Final Cut X with enough working speed.
        Thank you for sharing your gearlist, and for the giveaway, David!

      • Joe L.

        October 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

        Have actually been considering the 13″ Air as I’m using (and considering getting camera upgrades that still use) SD cards, but also faced with a 2n hand 11″ offer I’m tempted to take.

        I think the 13″ Air’s SD slot is gonna tie me over :)

        And as always, do enjoy the trip!

      • October 23, 2012 at 7:03 am

        David, thanks for the reply. What I really meant was if the 11″ will be large enough to work in Lightroom. But I think that I probably will buy the Air 11″ some day.

  13. October 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Wow, that’s some light packing but looks efficient for sure! Hope the trip produces some great adventures and some wonderful pcitures! Thanks for sharing the opportunity with us too!

  14. Bill Purcell

    October 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Heck, I have a hard time figuring what to pack for a simple two hour trip! Thanks for all the details and tips!

  15. October 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I read in wonder at your travels with an excellent take on life.

  16. October 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Have a wonderful trip! Wish I was going. I hope you enjoy the new bag!

  17. Callum Aitken

    October 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Nice to know what you pack. Thanks for the info and have a great trip.


  18. Kevin Kim

    October 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Hi David, love your books and your blog. I hope one day soon I can attend your workshops for an educating aventure!

  19. October 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Get inspired by everything you write. (Even when there’s not a free giveaway.) Keep it coming!

  20. Laura Keeley

    October 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Has your light packing left any room for me in your bag?! Very jealous of your trip, have a great time and I look forward to seeing your photos

  21. October 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    David, I love every post with your packing lists (and Emily). And since this one has the paranoid* back-up thread – could this get any better. Yeah, actually it could since we get the giveaway…

    Anyway, have great time in Nepal. I hope you enjoy it and bring more superb photos! Good luck!

    *) Yes, yes: “It’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you”

  22. jafar

    October 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    thank you for the giveaway and for all the information you share.

  23. October 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Nepal, Kenya, and Antarctica? So awesome. I definitely need to get better with “packing light” my camera gear. Can’t wait to see your photos from Nepal!

  24. October 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I’m in serious need of a packing strategy re-think, and a new GuraGear bad might just do the trick for me.

  25. Clive

    October 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for an interesting and insightful post. I find it a challenge to find the right balance between too much or too little gear when on a trip. Great giveaway and I’m hoping you’ll post your thoughts on the D800 when you have a chance.

  26. Anna Domin

    October 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Have a great time in Nepal. I hope I’ll get a chance to go there one day too.

  27. Neil Vanderwolf

    October 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Had a great weekend David, thank you. My brain still hurts!

  28. October 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Awesome giveaway, and appreciate the articles. It’s really neat to know what other photographers carry around when they are travelling/adventuring. Hope Nepal is another incredible trip.

  29. Roberta

    October 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I need a lesson in packing light so this was a good read.

    Thanks for the giveaway~

  30. October 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Cheers for thinking of us – I’d love me a new bag as good as that.

  31. October 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Honestly, I’m surprised no battery charger. I’m in awe of your faith in those tools.

  32. Diana Ost

    October 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the great descriptions of what and how you pack, depending on shooting locations. It’s a huge help for those of us who don’t travel much and haven’t worked all this out for ourselves yet! It will make my next trip much lighter.

  33. Mark Hansberger

    October 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I would prefer to tag along to Nepal but the bag would be a great alternative.

  34. October 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Have a safe trip!!!!

    “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” Rumi

  35. October 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Have a great trip to Nepal! Looking forward to your report and pics.

    BTW, just got a Thunderbolt-FireWire adapter so I can use my FireWire based CompactFlash reader. Import with my MacBook Air is a blast now! Love these SSDs.

  36. Vasily

    October 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    David, thanks for sharing your adventures. It is so cool to be a small part of what you are doing from almost half a world away, and all in real time! Almost real time, anyway!

    You’re missed in the good ‘ol south, buddy!

  37. Merlyn

    October 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Safe travels. Looking forward to the next set of photos you will share.

  38. October 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I only carry a 24-70 f/2.8 & the 5D3, but end up regretting not taking something longer. I might try a similar selection to yours on my next trip.

    Have a safe and pleasant trip :)

  39. David Garrett

    October 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Safe travels David! I always love to see what you’re taking with you and why. It helps me sort through the feelings that I need to take more stuff with me than I need on trips :)

  40. Jeff Fieldig

    October 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Safe travels, my friend.

  41. Melissa Rees

    October 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I totally need a new bag! Wish I was going on this trip! :)

  42. Scott Nickell

    October 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    While “Vision is Better”, it’s also nice to get a glimpse into what pro-shooters bring to various gigs. Thanbks for sharing David, and safe travels.

  43. October 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Safe trip mate. You sure about not taking a charger?


  44. Melissa Reed

    October 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I totally need a new bag! I wish I was going on this trip! :) Safe travels David.

  45. Olivia Hjorth

    October 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Love the way you talk about photography. And travels.

  46. gina

    October 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    pick me pick me pick me …. have an awesome trip can’t wait to see the photos you come back with … pick me pick me pick me

  47. October 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Great to see what you take on these adventures David. I never considered a Macbook Air before, but its light weight and battery life make it an obvious choice :) Great give away too and thanks for offering it to the readers.

  48. Dave Benson

    October 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Looks like the bag would be a perfect fit for my planned visit to Iceland in March… and I could also introduce this particular product to my employer for consideration…

    Thanks for the chance to be a winner

  49. Paule Merlin

    October 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    David, let us know how your new bag performed when you’ll be back from Nepal and if you wished you’dd taken some extra gear w/ you afterall.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Johan Allmér

    October 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Nice post, really enjoy the reading. Have an great trip!

  51. Basak Prince

    October 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for the workflow info, very helpful. Have a great trip in Nepal.

  52. Stacee Derkson

    October 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Love that you share your experiences with us, makes it so much easier as an amateur to see how a professional does it!!!

  53. October 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Safe Journeys ahead David.

    With the amazing amount of gear some of us own, it’s always inspiring to see how simple others pack for their adventures.

    Looking forward to your amazing images from Nepal.

  54. Jason Barden

    October 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I always enjoy what you share as we follow along with your adventures.

    Good luck, safe travels, and may good light be with you.

  55. Chris Young

    October 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Great post! & good timing – i’m going through the exact same thought process for a 2 week trip in Japan. I have a ton of bags but none are suited for this next trip – the big question in my mind was whether or not i could sneak a 13″ macbook air laptop into the bag… your post gives me hope that the GuraGear packs can handle that + a long lens…

  56. Natalie

    October 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Have fun in Nepal. I konw you’ll make beautiful art!

  57. Elyse

    October 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and for letting us know how you pack. Enlightening in every way! Have a great trip.

  58. October 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    My name’s Donna and I’m a bagoholic. :-P

    As someone who is 50+, I absolutely relate to the need to lighten the load. Looking forward to your Nepal images. Enjoy your trip & no climbing over walls, ok?

  59. October 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I was not familiar with Gura Gear products until I read your post. Looks like a great bag and I’d love to win one. Enjoy Nepal!

  60. Stephanie Schan

    October 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    awesome giveaway! love reading your blog and admiring your photos!

  61. Martin

    October 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a safe trip.

  62. Stephanie Fysh

    October 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Love your travel packing tips!

  63. October 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I’m still stuck on your previous big stopper post. Are you using a polarizer in the lee holder or a screw-on filter behind it?

    Good to see the packing of fewer items. Enjoy WTF.

    • David

      October 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I’ve got a ring on my Lee holder that takes the huge (105 or 110mm?) polarizers. Still waiting for my polarizer to arrive. But still have the 77mm Singh-Ray.

  64. Neil Carruthers

    October 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Really like the portrait at the top of the post. Have a great time on the trip and bring back loads of good images!! It’s surprising how you gradually pack less the more you travel………

  65. October 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    just leave a comment? done.

  66. October 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Sure you don’t have room for an assistant in that bag? I have a passport and everything . . .

  67. October 22, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I am travelling to Turkey in early November and was just wondering what to pack, so your blog has been very timely and helpful. Have a great trip and I will look forward to seeing your photographs.

  68. October 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    that sounds like a great trip! thank you for sharing your adventures. and thanks for the giveaway :)

  69. October 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Interesting considerations taken between the 13″ Pro and the Air… very interesting indeed. Thanks for the perspective David!


  70. Ignacy

    October 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Sweet! Looks like a quality bag. Enjoy your trip.

  71. Sophie Crête-D'Avignon

    October 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing you travel packing/gear beta. And thanks for the giveaway!

  72. October 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks – I should have read this before I went to Nepal! Mind you I only had one camera. Nepal is a photographers paradise and slightly overload for shooting as their is so much – so to be in a group and debrief and chat would be awesome – have a great trip.

  73. Jeff Abbott

    October 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Awesome idea! Good luck on your trip and thanks for sharing!

  74. Carlos Celis

    October 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I want the Gura Gear! ANd I want to go, one day, on one of the within the frame adventures!

  75. Ken Reynolds

    October 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Awesome gear loadout, and thanks a bunch for the giveaway!

  76. October 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Have a SAFE trip and stay away from cliffs…

  77. Jon Baldivieso

    October 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Interesting kit! Thanks for sharing.

  78. Carlos Celis

    October 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I want to take part on the within the frame adventures one day!

  79. Darren Doyle

    October 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Always nice to see what people consider important and expendable. Enjoy the trip.

  80. October 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    A very generous giveaway! As always David, you’re an inspiration! Can’t wait to see the outcome of your journey!

  81. Tom Devlin

    October 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Good article. Less can be more.

  82. Tammy Dunbar

    October 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for everything you do to get some good information out there for us. Over the weekend during about 12-15 hours as a passenger I was able to catch up on some reading (Ten) and while I wasn’t immediately able to do the excercises — they got me to thinking. Thinking about my photography — that’s a good thing. Thanks again.

  83. October 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Can you raffle a trip to Nepal instead? ok, I’m asking too much…but the bag would be awesome!!
    Have a good trip David!

  84. October 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Very Cool! Never heard of their bags before.

  85. Andrea Gimblett

    October 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Been learning the less is more on trips even ones close to home. Been trying to lighten the load. I thankfully have not caught the bagaholic syndrome yet. Only have three, big backpack (carries everything!), small day backpack (bright orange) and one for just carrying camera and one lens for quick trips.

    Never heard of these bags but in the future will keep them in mind if I need a new one.

    Look forward to hearing about your Nepal adventures.


  86. October 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your insight on the gear. Maybe one of these days I can go on one of these trips.

  87. Gary Berg

    October 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Sounds like wonderful trips!

  88. October 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Have a great trip. I wish I could go with you. It sounds like fun. I agree with Matea that a ticket to go with you would be an awesome prize. Ah well. Enjoy your trip.

  89. Ed Mullin

    October 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing your packing list – that’s always a difficult thing to figure out. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who hedges on what lenses to take and waits until the last minute!

    And thanks for setting up the bag giveaway!!


  90. Michael Rego

    October 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Safe travels and that’s for yet more useful info

  91. October 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I can’t wait to see the images!

    I have a tendency to underpack & fret about it.

  92. October 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Obligatory contest entry comment.

  93. October 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Looks like a great Trip david. And a good bag to go with

  94. October 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Lying in a hospital bed looking at your packing list and wondering if two pairs of jeans would get me through a trip like that …. wishing like hell that i was packing a bag to get out of here. I think to be on the safe side you should take a couple of extra pairs of underwear… you just never know…
    Kim B

    • David

      October 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Not sure what put you in the hospital, Kim, but I’ve been there on the inside looking out and wishing I were elsewhere with fresh air in my lungs and foreign soil under my feet. Wishing you well and a speedy recovery.

  95. October 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I’m trying to plan a trip to Nepal next year and your article was a great help. The camera bag would also be a great help.

  96. PawelM

    October 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Have a great trip:)

  97. Boris Karnikowski

    October 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Hi David,
    the Bataflae 26L would impose a sensible limit to the growth of my photo equipment and still let me take it on trips. Sounds good – and if I win the lottery I will certainly pay the postage to Europe.

    Love Photographically speaking!


  98. Jörg

    October 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Weird name for a bag :-) Sure looks like they thought this one through … anyway: Enjoy your trip!

  99. Pamela

    October 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Happy travels! May you have many memorable moments.

  100. October 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Best of luck on your travels! And the bag looks great! Hope to win.

  101. October 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Always thinking of us! Thanks and bon voyage!

  102. WadeJ

    October 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Always happy to have another bag – have a fun trip.

  103. October 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Hope you have a good trip! I’ve been without my 85mm for months now due to various shipping errors, this post just makes me want it back more.

  104. October 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I enjoy your posts…and books, immensely. Godspeed and have a wonderful journey. Looking forward to great images. Thanks for the chance for the bag! Best, pm

  105. October 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Hope you have a good trip! I’ve been without my 85mm for months now due to various shipping errors, this post just makes me want it back more. I would love that backback!
    Hope all is well

  106. October 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Always good to read what other people are packing, and travelling to Katmandu would be wonderful. Winning a bag would be great as well ;)

  107. Dylan Stephens

    October 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Have fun on your trip!

  108. October 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Awesome give away!
    Wish I could go to Nepal I have friends living in Kathmandu right now and would love to visit. Maybe someday I can afford it.

  109. October 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Great to hear your packing choices explained. Similar to my own but I still carry too much gear. Have a great (and safe) trip!

  110. October 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Sounds like you are going crazy light for a two week trip. Good luck, safe travels, and thanks for looking out for your readers!

  111. Tex Schneider

    October 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Sounds like a superb bag! Would love to have one.
    Have a productive trip.

  112. October 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Sorry I missed you in Vancouver this summer. Next time! Enjoy Nepal!

  113. October 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Sounds like a great bag. Thanks for sharing your packing tips too.

  114. Ryan Davies

    October 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    8 t-shirts?! Cut down on those and you could fit that charger in!

  115. October 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Awesome! I’m a big fan of free stuff!

    Also, loved Portraits of Earth, looking forward to the next book!

  116. Kyle Reynolds

    October 22, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    You always have interesting information and photos to share. Thanks for sharing what you do.

  117. Wanda Ivey

    October 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Safe travels. Love following your trips and reading your books.

  118. Jerry

    October 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Really enjoyed the post. Have a great trip!

  119. jay-pea

    October 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Have a great trip!

  120. Tiffany

    October 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I hope you have a lovely trip. It is excellent of you to give away a bag!

  121. A

    October 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Someday i will win the prize! in the meantime, I just enjoy your words and images.

  122. October 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Nepal! A country that has been on my heart for a LONG time! Can’t wait to see your photos from this trip! And the gear bag sounds pretty sweet!

  123. Stefan Hahn

    October 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    What a wonderful glimpse into your travel preparings! Good journey! My color is grey or black.
    Best Stefan

  124. Elizabeth

    October 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    What a great giveaway! Thanks!

  125. Dan Terrell

    October 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I don’t need to tell you this, but have fun!

  126. October 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    *fingers crossed* I’ve needed a new travel bag for a long time now!

  127. Jamie Sobczyk

    October 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    So Jealous. One of these years I’ll make the time and budget and go.

  128. Mohamed AlFaris

    October 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I love your gear posts the Most :)

  129. Richard McLain

    October 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Have a safe trip and thanks for a chance for a bag. It looks like an excellent bag option. It was nice to see your travel options for gear. Nice minimalist selection often lets us focus on photography.


  130. October 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing all your knowledge….

  131. Jason Groepper

    October 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Have a great trip, I usually overpack camera gear so I am interested to hear how it goes with less.

  132. John Lemen

    October 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    That would be a perfect travel bag. Gura Gear is terrific stuff.

  133. October 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Best of luck for your latest adventure! And yes, who doesn’t need another camera bag. Many thanks for the great giveaway.

  134. Raymond Csirak

    October 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Very helpful post, thank you. Packing light means the gear won’t get in the way. Can’t wait to see the pictures from Nepal. Thank’s for the giveaway.

  135. October 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Enjoy your time in Nepal! Looks like a pretty sweet set up!

  136. Maia Milkhaluk

    October 22, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    We are on our way to Nepal today! Maybe we’ll see you there? Cool bag! Always looking for that perfect set up for hiking/trekking!

  137. Babs Perkins

    October 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing your revised packing/workflow info. Have a brilliant adventure!

  138. October 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I would *love* to win this bag!

    Are four charged batteries really enough for two bodies?? I can go through two batteries in a *day* with my D700, especially if I’m doing any long exposure shooting!

  139. Dan Carr

    October 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Sounds like a great packing plan. I’m not sure I’d have the nerve to go without a charger myself haha ! Have a great trip.

  140. October 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    The older I get the wiser I pack too. Twenty years of packing a single strap bag over 40 lbs has done it’s time on my shoulder. Take care on your travels and I’ll look forward to seeing your images. Cathie

  141. Daniel

    October 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Sounds like an awesome trip. After living in India I’d love to head back over to check out Nepal! Can’t wait to see some of your shots.

  142. October 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Can’t wait to see the images, and one of those bags sure would be nice.

  143. Stephan

    October 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Hope that you’ll bring home the pictures you dream of (plus some more you don’t think of yet)

  144. James Burke

    October 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Loving seeing how you’re paring down the gear you new to a kid carrying anything you don’t need. I need to learn that lesson!

  145. Patti Castagne

    October 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Safe travels, David. Can’t wait to see your images of Nepal.
    Best Regards,

  146. October 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Have a great time in Nepal, David.

    I really wish you’d just come to Australia already!

  147. October 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    That you’re not bringing a charger is giving me the willies! ;-) I’m already struggling with what I’ll bring for an Italian trip next summer. The release of the Nikon D600 has me re-thinking my original plan for something like the Sony NEX-7 or Olympus OM-D. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to haul my D3s or D700 through planes, trains, and automobiles but I also would rather have the familiarity of a Nikon body (albeit small) and the virtues of full-frame.

    That aside I think I need to track down some merino!

  148. Richard

    October 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Have a great trip David! I’m going to Turkey next week so this blog was well timed! Thanks for the great advice!

  149. October 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Take the 70-200 too – if you need some more ‘reach’, you’ll be glad you did!

  150. Bea

    October 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Nice giveaway. Can always use a new camera bag. :)

  151. October 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Always in the mood for a new bag… have a great trip! I’m still impressed/suprised you are taking only two lenses. Bravo sir!

  152. October 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Have a great trip!!! Can’t wait to see your pictures and my new bag!! ;-)

  153. Maureen Gilbert

    October 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Hi David, Great post and very helpful. I also am heading to Nepal in early November….maybe will see you there …that would be amazing. Have a great trip.

  154. Shawn Rimmell

    October 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Nice giveaway.
    I am also experimenting on reducing the equipment-list for the out-of-country trips.

  155. October 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I’m so glad you explain the “why” about what you take – that makes all the difference. Safe travels as always and watch your step.

  156. RA

    October 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I can’t wait to see your images. I was in Nepal last December and am pretty certain I photographed that very same Sadhu at Pashupatinath.

  157. Hunter

    October 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Bon Voyage!

  158. October 22, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I’d love to have a bag like that. If I do not win I congratulate the lucky winner anyway!

  159. October 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    This bag would be a dream come true. I’m a humanitarian photographer that is always on the go. That bag would go a long way. As always awesome blog!

  160. Mitch

    October 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Wow… nice small kit. I too have embraced the less is more concept in my travel photography. Now I only carry a Fuji X100 and a Fuji Xpro1 with a 60 mm lense.

  161. October 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Travelling light is the only way go…especially in Solo Modo. Thanks for the great inspiration that comes through your books and this blog. Enjoy and Bon Voyage!

  162. October 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Since you’ve just taken care of the thinking about which gear, and how to minimize, I just need a trip to pack for!

  163. October 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I LOVE guragear. Andy has designed some great bags without the weight.

    Thanks for the post on packing. I’m always interested in hearing how other photographers approach working in the field.

    – Scott –

    p.s. Stay away from walls….really.

  164. Vincent Peeters

    October 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for the give-away!

  165. Rohan

    October 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Nice read… staying light makes the whole experience more enjoyable…

  166. Don J J Carroll

    October 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Bon Voyage David!

    Can’t wait to see you in person and sit in on your Canadian Camera Conference 2013 sessions in Fredericton next June.

  167. alan

    October 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Nice bag but great info on gear For travel including personal gear

  168. October 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I never tire hearing how other photographers handle traveling with their gear. There’s always something to learn. Have a great trip!

  169. Nathan

    October 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for an amazing weekend workshop David! I’ll be sending you the link to my adventures soon. Take care.

  170. Amy Friends

    October 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    That bag sure looks like it can hold gear well, and if you trust it… It’s gotta be good! I’d love to be on the random draw! Thanks for the chance!

  171. October 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Godspeed David. Have a safe and successful journey.

  172. October 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Have a great trip. Look forward to seeing the amazing photos.

    (You remind me that I really need to work on having some sort of backup other than my external hard drive. But since I’m a hobbyist and usually just snap photos of my girls – I’ve been putting it off.)

  173. October 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I have been traveling to Asia for 20+ years and light is the way to go. I have learned that less lenses is also the way to go. It forces you to be more creative with what you have and for me at least I make better photographs this way.

    I am constantly tinkering with my packing lists, camera bags, etc. It seems a never ending quest to get everything just right. I still have not quite figured out the ideal photo kit, bag, etc.

  174. Alejandro

    October 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Buen viaje !! tengo tu libro “el encuadre perfecto” en español, esperamos otros mas….

  175. Andrew

    October 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Bon voyage! Looking forward to your posts and images from the trip. And judging from all the comments, Gura Gear is on many folks’ wishlists, including mine ^-^

  176. Keith Mitchell

    October 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    My wife and I took our ipad to New Zealand for a photography tour last year. Lightweight and portable it was much easier than my 15.6 laptop. I just kept my SD cards…just in case!

  177. james

    October 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    looking forward to hearing/reading about your travels. it’s also always helpful to me to read about what gear you bring, as a way to inspire me to travel light. best of luck.

  178. PeterTooker

    October 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Needless to say, you travel more than any 3 people i know. I have a good friend who has a new house in Sydney, he’s renovating an Inn in his wife’s hometown, Mauterndorf Austria, he has called London his home for the last 40 years, and he spends any free time he has with his family and friends here on the East End. You, my friend, put him to shame. All I can say is stay safe (NO CHASING SHERPAS UP EVEREST OR K2). It sounds like a great trip. Good Luck… Sincerely, Peter Tooker

  179. Thomas

    October 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing the list. Taking no charger for the camera is an interesting approach. I remember the “old” days where your mobile phone made it for a week or more without getting charged.

  180. Mel V

    October 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the info David!

  181. Glen Fabian

    October 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I love the fact you’ve switched over to SSDs for your backup. I traveled in Italy last year w my 13″ MBA and loved the light weight.
    Wish I was going with you on this one, though. Sounds like a fascinating journey.

  182. Yves

    October 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Have fun in Nepal. Safe travels.

  183. October 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  184. Dave Hoggan

    October 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Whilst, I’ve no chance of bumping in to you in Nepal, you’re in Antarctica at the same time I am. We may even bump into each other – it’s a small World….

  185. October 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for the bag giveaway offer!

  186. Mike

    October 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Wow, nice set of gear. You can always just take us on the trip too…

  187. October 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Enjoy the trip! Can’t wait to see the results.

  188. Deborah Hollister

    October 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I love seeing how the pros pack their gear! Thanks for the insights into your choices.

  189. October 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Yesterday I just booked a photo vacation to go to Nepal next spring I am super excited, so this post couldn’t come at a better time as I was wondering what of my camera gear I would take . Now I ave a better idea, I’ll be taking my D 800 and only a couple of lens, and a tripod. Thanks for the heads up. Travel light, right.

  190. October 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I Love David and need a Gura Gear bag! Please pick me. Thanks, Brandon

  191. October 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I have a question for you, which I’m not sure you would see within these heaps of comments (!), is that could you see yourself travelling with a much lighter system, like Fuji X-Pro 1, or Sony Nex 7?

    Btw, I’d love to have the bag too. :-)

  192. Tony Ho

    October 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you, David! It’s interesting to see how you seem to be able to pack lightly when it comes to your camera gear but quite the opposite when it comes to your clothing and such. When I travel, I am able to pack quite lightly with my personal items but can’t always seem to do the same with my gear (always have a hard time deciding which lens to bring so always end up bringing more than I need).
    Anyway, enjoy the trip!


  193. October 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    When are you going to Oaxaca again? Day of the dead is cool but you really need to go during the Guelaguetza!

  194. October 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Be safe (but not *too* safe) and make great images!

  195. MariAnne MacGregor

    October 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Oh I so need this bag! :)

    Have a great trip!

  196. Anne-Marie Bernier

    October 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Have a great trip. I’m looking forward to seeing the photos. Loved the article on whst you are taking as gear. Always a struggle to decide what to take along.

  197. Leora Effinger-Weintraub

    October 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Great post, awesome giveaway!
    Have a great trip!

  198. BK Kapella

    October 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Only 2 lenses?! Grey bag looks great. Since the Bataflae doesn’t have the laptop compartment (compared to Kiboko), does your 11″ laptop fit in a side? Thanks for doing this!

  199. Cherie Nguyen

    October 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Have a safe and adventurous trip in Nepal. Thanks for thinking of us readers for the giveaway.

  200. Terry

    October 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Have a great trip! Thanks for the ongoing inspiration and the give-away offer!

  201. Javier Casado

    October 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I travel with 16-35mm, 50mm, 105mm and 70-300mm… I wish I could get rid of some of that weight but I’ve just started learning.

  202. October 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Safe travels as always. Can’t wait to see some new and inspiring (as always) images from the roof of the world.

  203. Bryan Nelson

    October 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Enjoy the trip and thanks to you and Gura Gear for the give away. I still find it hard to leave the kitchen sink at home when I go on a big trip.

  204. Gale Browning

    October 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the packing tips. Katmandu is a crazy, colorful, wonderfully hectic, dusty village. Will be anxiously awaiting your images.

  205. Derek Asleson

    October 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm


    Just can’t wait to see more images from Nepal. Interesting how limiting the amount of lenses in turn expands ones abilities to understand them and procure their full potential! Safe travels and your work is always inspiring.

  206. October 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Have a great trip – looking forward to hearing all about it afterwards!

  207. October 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    It makes such a big difference carrying a small amount of gear. Thanks for the giveaway!

  208. Katherine Espina

    October 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Namaste David. Appreciate sharing your packing list and workflow. Please don’t forget to hydrate and mind the effect of altitude in Nepal. (I’m sure you know but just a gentle reminder :)
    Here’s wishing you a safe and productive trip.
    Dhanbayad, (Nepali for thanks)

  209. October 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    NIce giveaway! Thanks for thinking of it. And thanks for the helpful post — just as I’m thinking about what gear I really need for a workshop in Rajasthan, too :).

  210. October 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I’m stoked to see you carrying only two lenses. I recently bought a D800 and I love it. I also carry only a 16-35 f4, 50 f1.4 and a 70-200 f2.8. I just do not need to carry more weight or focal lengths for what I shoot.

  211. October 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Great post and wonderful giveaway. Looking forward to seeing some images from Nepal.

  212. Richard Kordts

    October 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Have fun. Cant wait to see some images.

  213. October 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Very interesting – thanks for sharing. I am spending 2 months on the road in SE Asia next year gathering portfolio material and preparing for an exhibition and travelling with cameras always throws up a challenge.
    This is especially so as the carry on limit is only 7kg now!

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  215. October 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    It’s always interesting to hear what gear people really bring when they travel. I always find that I bring more than I actually use — especially if I want to truly be in the moment instead of behind a camera. Have a safe and inspiring trip!

  216. Colin Moore

    October 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Kathmandu is fantastic! Can’t wait to see your images! Safe Travels!

  217. Bob Tankersley

    October 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks again for always being so open about your workflow! Hope to take a trip with one of your groups someday.

  218. Jean-François

    October 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Have a Great Trip David!!!

  219. Jeff Kennedy

    October 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Hi David,

    You’re an inspiration on the light packing front. It’s always a struggle, I find. I can personally vouch for GuraGear products, as I used a Kiboko bag for both carry-on transport and as my personal trekking bag on a 20-day trek in the Kingdom of Mustang in Nepal in 2011.

    The Kiboko was super-light, extremely durable and very easy to reconfigure. With two bodies, a wide angle and telephoto zoom, a RRS TC-23 tripod and BH-40 ball head, and the usual assortment of accessories, plus light-weight clothing layers, a water bladder and the like, there were days I was carrying 35 pounds of kit. I even used it for an all-day horse trek (only 20 lbs that day). For not being designed as a backpacking bag, it was surprisingly comfortable, and it carried beautifully.

    The quality of materials and workmanship is phenomenal. I have no doubt that craftsmanship will be on display in the new bag. It looks like the waist belt has better padding and the back now has ventilation channels. I’d love to try it out!!

  220. Shayne Middleton

    October 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Hi David have a great trip. I look forward to following your adventure on your blog. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide.

  221. October 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I too just made a similar switch to a MacBook Air for simplicity and weight. Good travels to you, I wish I were going to Antarctica with you.

  222. October 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hey David! nice article. Got me thinking for my christmas wish list :) Save travels!

  223. October 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm


    The thing I always appreciate about you is that you take the time to share with people you don’t even know. Your prose is as welcome as your persistence.


  224. Giles Bryant

    October 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you for once again dispelling a myth about photography and photographers. Now all I need to do is actually follow this advice when packing for my next trip and actually NOT put the kitchen sink in there too!

  225. Ken Chua

    October 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    thanks for sharing! the bag looks great!

  226. October 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Have a great and safe trip! Looking forward to seeing your photos and reading about it!

  227. Brian Irwin

    October 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Have a great trip.

  228. October 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Bucket list item: To go on a workshop travel excursion *anywhere* with you! You are a huge source of inspiration and for me, David. Thank you!

  229. Alan Olson

    October 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing your workflow and packing arrangements. And the giveaway as well.

  230. Martha

    October 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Have a fabulous trip! Thanks for your packing list. Can’t wait to see through your lens.

  231. October 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks! Gotta love new luggage!

  232. Eric Brock

    October 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Looks to be a great trip! I travel some, but I’d love to travel as much as you to the places you go!

  233. October 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Have a great trip – If you don’t take the 70-200 I’d love to know how you feel at the end (was the 85 enough :))

  234. October 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Oh man, I wish I were going to Nepal with you.

  235. October 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I’d reluctantly leave behind the 70-200 too.

  236. Helen

    October 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Thank for sharing your experiences, look forward to your pictures.
    Have a safe and wonderful trip.

  237. October 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Safe travels.

    Great give away!

  238. October 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Its always interesting to see what other photographers pack.

  239. October 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Wow! I love how you can get away with such a small amount of gear. I seem to travel more and more so your MacBook Air is really tempting me I must say. Best wishes in Nepal, look forward to seeing your work.

  240. Jeremy Joubert

    October 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Enjoy the trip!

  241. David B. Hoffman

    October 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Beautiful B&W portrait David! Love the detail and rich tones. Perfect!

  242. Alan Wicks

    October 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    As always your experience and insight has helped me to think more about packing for a trip to Spain this fall. But, I will take the charger – that plugs into the wall and into the car – and only three t-shirts.

  243. Fern T

    October 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Excellent review on great equipment.

    Good luck to all.

  244. October 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Great article, super cool give-a-way

  245. October 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Have a great time. It’s on my list as well, just haven’t made it there yet. Stay safe, and come home again. Preferably without an air ambulance this time.

  246. October 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Always interesting to see how other photographers pack for trips such as this. Thanks for sharing!

  247. October 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Awesome post, Thanks a lot. Have a safe and nice trip.Take Care.

  248. Rebecca Horrocks

    October 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Love your work. Thanks for the chance to win a bag! :)

  249. Kellie Graham

    October 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Have an awesome trip David. Will be waiting for the updates!

  250. Drew Eschbacher

    October 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    So how do you fit an 11 inch laptop into that bag? Safe travels.

  251. October 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I just learned about Gura Gear the other day. Definitely will give their stuff a closer look. Have a great trip!

  252. October 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Whow, have a nice trip David!

  253. Gary Benfield

    October 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    So envious! My weekend camping trip to the upstate region of the Carolinas will have to suffice for me! Can’t wait to be in the woods with my camera!

  254. Molly

    October 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing how you think about what you bring. It is an eternal struggle as I really want to take less but usually suffer the ‘what ifs’. And thanks for the chance on the bag! Bon voyage!

  255. October 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Hi David -look forward to your review of the bag. Almost went with one last year but ultimately decided on an FStop. This smaller version looks great.

    And did I read correctly that you were not taking a battery charger? It works for me for backpacking weekends … but I’m not sure I’m brave enough for two weeks.

    Regardless — safe travels. Look forward to your updates.

  256. October 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    It’s a win-win situation David. We get the possibility of a great new bag – you get to travel super-light to Nepal. My only wish is that there was room in a side pocket to join you!

    Have an awesome trip – Namaste.

  257. Caroline Lajoie

    October 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I don’t think I could ever pack like that. Safe trip. Thanks for the tips. I love your past pics from Nepal, can’t wait to see these.

  258. Paul Wallace

    October 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Sounds like you are set for adventure!

  259. Joan Anderson

    October 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Sounds like an awesome trip and an awesome bag. Enjoy, and safe travel.

  260. October 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Safe travels for an amazing journey!

  261. Gabriela Salazar

    October 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Reading this article reminded me of my recent trip to Nicaragua. Such a blast! Safe travels, David. Can’t wait to see the pictures!

  262. jason davis

    October 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Hey David. I have been lurking on your blog for quite sometime. I have enjoyed all your travels and adventures. Your words and vision have been a real inspiration to me; and its funny, when I feel frustrated or wonder what the hell I am doing. I peek in on your blog and it always seems just at the right time to read your thoughts. I feel inspired and recharged from your words and that my path, though difficult and challenging as it is, is the right one. And that its not just some silly dream that I should give up on.

    So thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing and inspiring more people than you probably could have ever imagined.

    If your ever in Montana and don’t mind a shadow for the day let me know. Safe travels. Cheers

  263. Tom H

    October 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Sounds like an awesome trip! I’m impressed you can do it with so little stuff. Safe travels!

  264. October 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Hi David,
    your gear selection sounds spot on, but despite the weight I would find it very difficult to be without a 70-200mm, considering your intended destination. Depends how you want to shoot I guess. Regardless, I’m sure everyone will find this post extremely helpful for when it comes time to make their own choices re equipment. And it should be mentioned, Gura really do make great purpose designed Gear. Safe travels.
    Paul Nevin

  265. Gordon R. Brown

    October 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Be safe.

  266. October 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I am curious about only taking two batteries and no charger. How long do your batteries last? I probably don’t take care of my batteries well enough to be able to do that. Have a safe trip. Looking forward to your photos.

    • David

      October 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      Leslie – I’m taking two EXTRA batteries. 4 total. The batteries in the D3s lasts a long time and I’m shooting fewer frames at a time than I ever have. 4 will be plenty.

  267. Dave Hill

    October 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Sounds like a fun trip…

  268. craig

    October 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Hey David,

    Does the bag come pre signed by you and Jeffrey?

    Happy trails,


  269. Kyle Kumasaki

    October 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    New reader from Gura’s Twitter. Have a great trip!

  270. October 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Enjoy, man! That’s really nice of you and the GuraGear folks.

    Glad you didn’t have to learn to pack light the way I did, running through an airport to catch a flight with a backpack with a 15″ laptop, a body, four lenses and all kinds of miscellaneous crap. In the first stages of Lyme disease. It did shorten the learning curve a bit, I’ll give it that.

    Thanks for putting the clothing brands in there too. Winter’s coming.

  271. Dave Ashworth

    October 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Hope you have a great trip and I hope I win one of those bags!! :)

  272. October 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Have fun in Nepal David.

  273. October 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    If you’re ever in Australia, let me know and Ill help carry your gear. Would be awesome to follow you around for a couple of days.

  274. October 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I’d love one! Realizing how heavy all this stuff is on my first trip dedicated to photography (right now)!

  275. October 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Hard to believe you can do so much when you pack so little. Have a great trip!

  276. Wojtek

    October 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for the gear suggestions. Currently in market for an Air and struggling on picking which one to get.

  277. Linda

    October 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Enjoy your trip and kudos for your great work.

  278. Andreas

    October 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Just love your blogs :D

    Enjoy Nepal. Was there only once was confused about my feelings but I realized that people in Nepal are some of the nicest I ever met and I sure like to go pack to experience a different Nepal again.

    Looking forward to see your photos from the trip.

    Cheers Andy

  279. October 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    No chargers. Love it. Have a great trip brother!

  280. dg

    October 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm


    keep up the great work, and have a safe trip!


  281. Patrick

    October 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Just upgraded from a Rebel T2i to a 5D Mrk III. Quite an upgrade (such in love!!), but pricey! Now, can’t afford a 400$ backpack, nor can I afford a MacBook Air! I’ll have to stick to my regulat backpack and my 13″ Acer laptop (the thing is killing me in processing time with Lightroom 4 !!! ). Think I might actually go back to LR 3… It just can’t handle LR4 :(

    Leaving to Myanmar in just over a week from now ;)

  282. Sun Lee

    October 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Wow, that is awesome! Have a safe trip

  283. October 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Have an awesome trip. I can hardly wait to see the images. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  284. Sharon Thomas

    October 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous trip and I love the way you’ve outlined the gear you’re taking and how you are cutting back but still have all you need. Thanks for having the contest too!

  285. Michael Colynuck

    October 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    11 inch laptop? I started programming almost 20 years ago on a 14 inch B&W monitor and I’ll never go lower than 15 inches again no matter how heavy it is… (famous last words)

  286. October 22, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Have a wonderful and creative trip. I also vote for a book package give away … Loved your Xmas present to Mali some years ago!

  287. October 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    That is impressively simple packing. Its so hard to not bring gear to cover every “what if?”

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  289. October 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Travel and live the dream. Bring memories for years to come. Thanks for all you’re putting out. You’re awesome!

  290. Sandy Silva

    October 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    David safe travels bring us back some of your magic….I’d love this bag….less is more just the bag I’ve been looking for…also what is the epson model you print your images on?

  291. Steven Parks

    October 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Nice looking bag, always searching for a great bag to carry two bodies and lenses on the plane, but once landed to operate as a day-bag. It is a challenge for any camera bag.
    I have a 16-35mm on order and it looks like you have the RRS BH40 or BH55 on your Gitzo…same head I have an love it.

  292. Matthias Helling

    October 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I’mjust back from a 3 week trip to Nepal, but wish I could go again and attend your workshop!

  293. Manoj Bawa

    October 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Great time to travel – clear skies and crisp air in the Himalayas.. look forward to your writeup on your trip.

    As I am building my lens collection, it is becoming clear as to why one ends up buying camera bags in search of that ‘One’ perfect one..

    Have a great trip.. cheers

  294. October 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Cool bag for a cool trip. Sounds like fun.

  295. October 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Hey David,

    Your lens choice is very similar to what I chose to take to South East Asia for 5 months this year (albeit mine was the crop equivalent). If its something I have learnt over the last 3 years, it has to be that gear and equipment is secondary to the skill of actually engaging people. If you can communicate an connect to people across language, social and cultural barriers you could make a great portrait with a £60 compact camera. Have a great time in Nepal and hopefully we will meet along the road at some point.

    All the best


  296. Dibesh

    October 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Hi, I am a Newar from Portland. I would love to hear how the new bag works out on your flight to Kathmandu- will it make it all the way and back as a carry-on? Enjoy your trip and eat a plate of momos for me. :-)

  297. October 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Safe travels!
    Can’t wait to see your images.
    Thank you for all you share.

  298. October 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I’m envious… again. I hope your trip produces great images and no medivacs. Travel safely.

  299. October 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Still trying to work out the “less is more” concept when it comes to packing my own photo gear, thanks for the inspiration and safe travels

  300. Regis Vincent

    October 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    You need to get a bigger bag so I can hide in it :-)

  301. Credence Wood

    October 22, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. Looking forward to your posts and photos from Nepal.

  302. October 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Nice insight David. I wonder why u bring D3s instead of lighter gear such as Nikon D600 or D800?

  303. Eric Bunn

    October 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Off to Rajasthan with Matt next year, one of these bags would be great. Have a great trip, can’t wait for the posts. Cheers.

  304. Jon

    October 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Compelling read. Safe travels.

  305. October 22, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Oh, my…and to think girls have a reputation for not packing lite. No way I’d want to lug everything you described. But love the bag. Looks like a great one.

  306. Craig

    October 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    David, I’m inspired by your packing tips. I always pack too heavy and never use half the gear I do take. Thanks again !

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  308. Greg

    October 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Safe travels, David…

  309. October 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Hi David,

    Have a great time and get back safely !


  310. October 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Bon voyage & good luck! And indeed, thank you for sharing your adventures and tips :)

  311. October 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Thank you for the help, and I enjoy seeing your work

  312. October 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    A great review and tips thanks. I do think I will need a bit more underwear than you though – lol. I would love to own the bag and test it out here in the rough and tumble of Africa….

  313. October 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Have a great trip. Thanks for your generosity of spirit.

  314. October 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I’m from Nepal. It’s great to hear that your coming to Nepal.
    What are your plans here?


  315. Bruce

    October 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    great article and thanks for the gear bag offer. Travel safe.

  316. October 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I’m glad you get to escape the rain!

  317. October 22, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Great post. Have always been traveling so light that have left the computer home, but the Air models are so small that have to think on that.. Have a lovely trip and look forward to seeing pics :)

  318. Doug Fowley

    October 22, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Safe travels, looking forward to seeing your images.cheers, Doug

  319. Tami

    October 22, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    love your posts and always appreciate your insights into travel with gear essentials. Have a wonderful journey my friend!

  320. Bertrand Gillis

    October 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I wish you a pleasant journey in Nepal.
    I will be in Yunnan in the meantime ;-)

    Thanks also for this great giveaway !

  321. October 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Great post David, travelling light on the gear, plenty of space for vision left. Looking forward to fill that GuraGear Bataflae with vision as well ;-) Have a safe trip and enjoy, Guy

  322. Lee Weikert

    October 22, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Good luck and safe travels. Enjoy the moments.

  323. October 22, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    David, all the best on your next trip. If I just had that GuraGear Bataflae, I could join you…

  324. Nancy k

    October 23, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Thx for the chance at an awesome giveaway!

  325. Mark Herring

    October 23, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Sounds like a brilliant trip. Have you thought about a trip to New Zealand ? I would join you in a minute.

  326. John Welsh

    October 23, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Best of luck on your trip, but I’m curious – why the different body choice for Africa? How do you decide which bodies are best for which situations?


  327. Alex Schneider

    October 23, 2012 at 12:25 am


    I always get excited when you’re talking about your upcoming trips. Makes me wanna leave everything behing and follow you. Have an awesome trip!
    And by the way, would love to get the giveaway.

  328. October 23, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Wow, you give away free stuff and suddenly over 300 people respond :) Still: I’m in need of a new bag, the current one is a bit too small for my gear, so I’d be happy to have one sent over the Atlantic!

  329. October 23, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Good luck! Where will you travel this time around in Nepal?

  330. Jason Gilbert

    October 23, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for the information and bag giveaway! Have a safe journey on your trip!

  331. Andrew Lawson

    October 23, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Thanks for the packing advice. I’m always taking too much stuff with me!

    Safe travels.

  332. October 23, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I just wonder if it’s enough in terms of lenses. 70-200 mm VR II 2.8 is heavy but so inevitable in truth. What your opininon about?

    Have a good trip in Nepal.

    More Thanks.

  333. October 23, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Enjoy your trip David, and thanks for the contest!

  334. Robert England

    October 23, 2012 at 1:46 am

    A couple of my friends have GuraGear bags. I love the simplicity of their gear, and the light weight. May your journeys be filled with easy passages, smiling faces, and great images. Cheers!

  335. Tim Palmer

    October 23, 2012 at 2:05 am

    David, have a great trip. Looking forward to seeing your gallery of images when you return. Thanks for thinking of us wih the giveaway.


  336. Nicolas Paquient

    October 23, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Great article as usual. Enjoy your trip and bring us some nice pictures.

  337. Stefan

    October 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Hi David,

    First thanks for sharing your gear, it reminds me, or better said confronts with my own and same problem, what to leave at home. Otherwise I share the experience, looking back what you really used in past gives a nice min list.

    I really wish you a safe trip ( means also coming back home in a normal way :-) and hope you can share with local people what binds us as humans, the warmth and love from our hart!

    Wow, what a beautiful photo from the man with his interesting haircomposition.

    Cheers from Dutchland

  338. Maarten Mennes

    October 23, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Thanks for the insight in your packing strategy!

    Inspirational Travels!

  339. October 23, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Have a great trip, David! And thanks for the opportunity!!

  340. October 23, 2012 at 3:53 am

    A great lesson on how to travel light… Some of us would’ve packed even the house in a bag :-) Have fun in Nepal! I can’t wait to see the pictures!

  341. Steve Anderson

    October 23, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Thanks for the giveaway (and thanks to gura gear too).

    More than the bag I want the pearls of wisdom you’ll come back with, with a few inspiring postcards while you’re gone.

  342. Eddie

    October 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Nice post and that bag looks very versatile !

  343. October 23, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Great stuff!!! But then again, it always is!

  344. Matt Willis

    October 23, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Thanks for sharing. Light packing is definitely key; less being more and all.

    Can’t wait to see the images you bring back. Knowing that you use so few lenses will definitely help me leave a lot of gear at home. Hopefully that will mean I’ll get less tired, stay out longer making photographs, and ultimately come back with better images!

    Have a great trip!

  345. October 23, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Toujours un plaisir de te lire, que ce voyage soit remplie de souvenir, de beauté et de sérénité.

    Good luck

  346. October 23, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I love the idea of that bag, Able to open as one unit, or just one side to get at what you need.

    You mentioned carrying a D800 with you on trips as well. Will that replace one of your D3’s in that case? Or will you be adding more gear? Also, what is the reason behind not taking a 70-200? Weight? Or will you be carrying a 85 and 135? Or mostly focusing on landscapes?

    Safe travels

  347. October 23, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I would love a new Gura Gear bag!

    Hope your trip is a blessed one!

  348. October 23, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Have a good trip. I really admire the tranquility to travel with so little chance of backup. But I guess that’s to be professional, right?

  349. October 23, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Best of luck… Looking forward to your tweets…

  350. Nick Van Zanten

    October 23, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Can’t wait to see the results of your trip. Good luick and safe travels.

  351. Hendrik Demey

    October 23, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Safe traveling!

    I’m jealous of You!

  352. October 23, 2012 at 5:08 am

    “…those who’ve traveled with me will still wonder what the hell makes my bags so heavy”

    Pretty sure you travelled a lot heavier than me, even a few years ago. Still, I resonate with the direction you are going. I’ve only used two lenses for all the landscapes on this current trip.

    Safe travels!

  353. Lynne Bergbreiter

    October 23, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the bag. I’m still looking for a better way to transport my equipment.

  354. Traian

    October 23, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Did you switch to ReallyRightStuff ballheads for your tripod or are you still using the one from Acratech?

  355. Jason Davidson

    October 23, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Have a great trip.


  356. Tom Blok

    October 23, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Thanks for sharing your approach to packing. It’s always a challenge. And my bags are always heavy!

  357. Chad Peters

    October 23, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Looking forward to the images from the adventure. Stay safe this go around.

  358. October 23, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Have a great trip!! Be safe, have fun and take great photos!!

  359. Bernard Siao

    October 23, 2012 at 5:47 am

    That bag looks really good

  360. John Doty

    October 23, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Wow – that would be a sweet bag to have. Thanks Gura Gear!
    Thanks for the post on traveling light. I have been working towards that for a while. I like being prepared but hate having to lug all the gear around.
    Have a great trip, can’t wait to hear more about your trip to the north. I have been thinking about a trip above the arctic circle since I got my drivers license oh so many years ago.

  361. Sebastian Kleine

    October 23, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Looking forward to seeing the images. And if I’ld win the bag I wouldn’t be unhappy.

  362. October 23, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Nice portrait. I like the new layout if your site

  363. October 23, 2012 at 5:50 am


    Thanks for the look into your process of preparation. I struggle with cutting down (“but what would I have gotten with the 70-200?”) and appreciate an insight into your thought process.

    And thanks for the chance on the bag!


  364. October 23, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Cool, stay safe and have fun.

  365. Owen

    October 23, 2012 at 5:57 am

    It sounds like you have this figured out.
    Your workshops are on my bucket list.
    I just have to figure out which one.

  366. October 23, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I suspect everyone wants to go with you – so I wont ask for that,
    I WILL ask to be in with the chance to win the bag though David – purrrleeeze :D

    P.s Can I come with you next time?

  367. October 23, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I told you that before your last trip – be carefull !

  368. October 23, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Thanks for the post, David. You continue to inspire me to do more with less, to choose high quality gear wisely, but not excessively, and then to get my butt out and make compelling images. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  369. October 23, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Hi David, have a great trip, looking forward to join one of your trips in the near future, cheers from Miami.

  370. October 23, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Sounds incredible – as always! Looking forward to hearing about it all! Have a great time! {{{{{waving}}}}}

  371. October 23, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Neat – have a great trip!
    Interesting to see your gear list dwindling. I am having a (forced) similar experience. Due to a broken walk-around zoom, i am currently making do with two primes (28 and 40 on a crop sensor – about 45 and 65mm FF). I’m missing the reach of the zoom way less than I thought.

  372. Dennis Mook

    October 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Safe travels. Smaller, lighter, fewer is better. Allows you to concentrate on your photography.

  373. Eric Walradth

    October 23, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Best wishes and luck on your up coming trip!

  374. Jim

    October 23, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Would love to get my hands on this bag. Thanks for the opportunity.

  375. October 23, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Love the idea of getting more efficient and that bag would help! I find multiple bags necessary on long trips since the adventure and your needs vary as the trip progresses. No need to haul a big backpack when a smaller messenger bag is more comfortable, it also doesn’t scream expensive camera equipment onboard.

  376. Angel Colas

    October 23, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Have a good trip!!

  377. October 23, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Wonderful information for traveler photographers like me. Thanks so much for the draw too!

  378. October 23, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Haven’t been to Nepal in awhile, hoping to get back there soon.

  379. October 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

    You are al lucky man. Next year I will do some voluntary work for one year in Nepal and my camera is goining to travel with me for a documentary. Can’t wait to see your pictures!

  380. October 23, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Bataflae 26L! Worth it for the name alone — there must be a bit of Scottish in there somewhere? Have a wonderful trip ..

  381. Aaron B

    October 23, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I am always so envious when you post about your impending adventures. Nepal is close to the top of my list for overseas travel. Have a great time. Looking forward to some new images.

  382. Michael Preston

    October 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I’d like a shot at getting this bag. Best of luck on your journey!

  383. John

    October 23, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Yeah for Prizes

  384. October 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

    LOL look at all those comments! :)

    I’m an F-Stop man, so not interested in the bag but a cool giveaway David.

    Just wanted to say that I love these posts. I’m not even sure why. But that umming and ahhing about what to take and the gear geekery I find really interesting. Interesting to note how you’ve gone more lightweight, I wish I could manage that (one day when they won’t let me on the plane I’m sure that will happen!).

    Have a great trip! :)

  385. October 23, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Wishing you blessings on your trip, David!

  386. Joan Masdeu

    October 23, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Have a nice trip!! Useful to see your working tools.

  387. Jonathan Kwok

    October 23, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Have a great trip! Reading your post brings a smile as I also often agonize over what to bring and what not to bring. Bag choice is critical and I guess one can never have too many bags. I hope to have the opportunity to try out the new Gura Gear bag to try out. I’m curious about your tripod choice for this trip. I’d probably have decided to lug the Systematic Gitzo but I guess you’ll mostly be doing hand held work hence the reason for the mini Gitzo. Wishing you great light and amazing opportunities!

  388. October 23, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Safe travels, David. When will we see you in Chile?

  389. John Abee

    October 23, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I’ve been a ThinkTank users for several years now after a time with MountainSmith and a decade or two trying everything Domke. Seems each new bag has it’s alure and advantages, but ultimately it’s annoyances that you ultimately decide you can no longer tolerate. Or was that my wives? Anywho … would love to try what you are so fond of David. Enjoy your adventure.
    – John

  390. October 23, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Thanks again for thinking of us David…

  391. October 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

    David, your comments re limiting what you take on a trip make so much sense. Reducing the weight to be carried and having a pack designed specifically to support camera gear while offering maximum comfort can only increase the enjoyment of a photo trip! Thanks for sharing!

  392. October 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Have a wonderful trip, David.

  393. Kyle

    October 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Hey David,

    My wife and I actually live in KTM, though we’re back in Canada at the moment for the birth of our Son. It would have been cool to meet up. I cant wait till we go back in Jan. You’re going to Nepal at the best time of year, hopefully the mountains will be visible lots. What area of town are you staying in?

    Anyways here’s my entry for the bag draw.
    Have a great trip

  394. Sarah

    October 23, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Looking forward to seeing your images, David!
    Love your blog.
    Safe travels to KTM and back.

  395. October 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Would love to win! Although if I did, my husband would roll his eyes at me bringing yet another camera bag into the house…

  396. Michael Leonard

    October 23, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Stay safe on your trip and thank you for all the education and inspiration you have given us throughout the years.

  397. October 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Bonjour David !

    J’ai acheté et lu votre livre L’intention du photographe, Comment donner un sens à vos photos en postprod. avec beaucoup d’intérêt. J’aime vraiment votre manière d’expliquer les choses et votre passion est contagieuse. J’admire beaucoup ce que vous faites et si jamais vous faites des workshop à Montréal, j’y serai pour sûr !
    P.S. Bon prochain voyage !
    Bien à vous.


  398. October 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

    David, have a great trip and be safe!

  399. John Dufton

    October 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Have a great, safe trip David.
    I bought the GuruGear Kimboko for my trip to the Antarctic. I don’t know how I managed without it on previous trips. The goods they sell are all of a very high quality & their service is excellent.
    Best wishes,
    John Dufton

  400. Shirleyc

    October 23, 2012 at 10:04 am

    The backpack looks to have great features! Have a great time on your trip to Nepal

  401. Wayne Kodama

    October 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Enjoyed your blog entry. It’s always a challenge to skinny down gear while traveling, for both photographic equipment and clothing/etc.

  402. October 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Have a great trip, can’t wait to see the images!

  403. October 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    If you’re in Pokhara, Guru’s at the end of the lakeside is a nice place to relax, enjoy the trip and thanks for the tips

  404. October 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Have a safe trip and good luck!

  405. heathre

    October 23, 2012 at 11:01 am

    well, that bag would be just perfect for my trip to ethiopia! (and it was really great to meet you this weekend David! really inspiring workshop)

  406. Craig Carlson

    October 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Nepal! You lucky Dog!

  407. Alesa Larse

    October 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I am a terrible over packer, so maybe this will help me start to decide what is really necessary.

  408. Craig Carlson

    October 23, 2012 at 11:10 am


    Nepal?!…You lucky dog…i love that hunk of terra firma. Travel safe.

  409. October 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Great timely post David as I am starting to think about my trip & what to pack to Myanmar. Have a wonderful & safe trip!

  410. Josh B

    October 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Already looking forward to the pictures from the trip!

  411. Richard Scheibe

    October 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    David. I enjoy reading about how others solve the equipment issues while traveling. Always a tradeoff between weight and flexibility.

  412. Jack Lipscomb

    October 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    With all of the electronic gear that begets more paraphenalia, this is a welcome view of your gear. Thanks.

  413. October 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

    What a wonderful trip this will be. You have inspired me to try to pack lighter for sure.

    This is a truly beautiful image. Such character in that wonderful face.

  414. Robert

    October 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Have a nice trip.

  415. Theresa J

    October 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and safe travels

  416. Els

    October 23, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Enjoy your trip…and your bags!

  417. Jeremy Slessor

    October 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Sounds like a great trip and a great bag too. Do they sell in Europe?

  418. Jonathan Roth

    October 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I’d love that bag… in need of a good travel bag!

  419. October 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I’m still reeling from the weekend and can hardly concentrate on work. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of your portrait project.

    Safe travels!
    (and put me in for that GuraGear bag)

  420. Craig Masmar

    October 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks for the insight on light packing. I’m currenly relocating to Panama where I plan to take advantage of seeing and photographing that part of the world. I tend to pack everything and regret it at some point. 4 batteries and 2 lenses – that’s a lot of trust in the reliability of your gear. Looking forward to reading about your trip and living vicariously through your photo’s.

  421. Benoit Botton

    October 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    David, your blog with one of the handful I keep returning to. Your books have helped start me on the road to developing my photography. So a BIG thank you to you. I hope to be able to join you on one of your trips next year for even more inspiration.

  422. Chris

    October 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Yay, free gear, Thanks David :D

  423. Colin McDonald

    October 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Sounds like a great trip. Wish I was going. Enjoy it.

  424. October 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Hi David,

    Like the blog post about Kathmandu. It’s always good to hear the experiences of others who travel a lot as far as what they carry on trips.

    Please put me into the Gura Gear Batflae bag drawing as well.

    About a month ago, I attended your webinar on Going Pro 2. It was a true revelation for me and my wife and we’ve been actively implementing many of your suggestions.


  425. Lisa John

    October 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Hi David, this was a helpful post. I’m always tweaking the way I carry my photographic gear to make things as simple and easy as possible. I want to enjoy the process of taking photographs and not be uncomfortable carrying too much around with me. Simplicity encourages creativity. As always, thanks for sharing!

  426. October 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Boy, could i ever use this bag! :) Living overseas and traveling back and forth means I need a good bag, and I’ve been looking for one! Thanks so much for all your great posts David. I have learned so much from you over the past couple of years, even though I don’t usually post. You are a great teacher!

  427. Brian Ivener

    October 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Best of luck in Nepal. Just finished Vision & Voice.
    Thank you very much for writing this.

  428. james

    October 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    love the traveling light approach! Peace be with you on your journey!

  429. October 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Well, I guess the temptation of that bag was just too much for me – this is pretty much my first post, how’s that? And looking at the string of comments, I’m feeling fairly pedestrian compared to the globetrotting crowd here! Mind, I’m also feeling fairly lucky, afterall, I do live in New Zealand! (and, yes, if I’m lucky enough to win the bag, I don’t mind covering the postage!). And thanks for refreshingly down-to-earth blogs and books, I just love them!

  430. David H

    October 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Have a great trip, David!

  431. October 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Wow! No charger! I’d leave one pair of jeans home, and take a battery charger! I’d also take more cards, and different lenses… I’m not thrilled with the 16-35 (better off with a prime: 24/1.4 or 28/18). I understand that your new passion with landscape dictates a tripod and ND filters… but…. some of us would do it differently…

  432. October 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Fancy bag! Have a good trip!

  433. October 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Can’t wait to see you’re new Nepal work! Nice work on scoring the giveaway too!

  434. patti

    October 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks to you and Guru for the generous bag offer . KathmanduNepal is brilliant. Tashi delek

  435. patti

    October 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Oops! I mean Gura!

  436. Eric

    October 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing what you pack for travel. It is very helpful to see what goes into a trip like that! I can’t wait to see the photos!

  437. Travis Allison

    October 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Winter IS coming. Great comment above.

    Thanks for sharing , David.

  438. October 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm


    It’s so awesome to get a clear look at your packing gear. I hope I win! =)

  439. James Lewis

    October 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Slight misunderstanding: Does a camera bag count as a carry-on by itself or can one have a properly sized carry-on as well?

  440. Victor Zminkowski

    October 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you for all the information and insight over the years. Great blog, awesome books. And a really cool bag. Nepal is incredible, as you know – have a great trip!

  441. October 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I love the detailed, behind the scenes info on pieces like this. Sometimes i get overly worked up when travelling with gear and i always end up over packing. Thanks for the info.

  442. October 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Halfway through Photographically Speaking.. under it (and impatiently trying to get to lol) Within the Frame…I know I’m working backwards but my library wasn’t cooperating :D I love the way you’ve written these, it’s like your speaking to me and not ‘lecturing’….. adore your work!!

  443. October 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    So useful and inspiring your post David! Hope you get in touch with the Himalayan Gods. For such a trip, have you ever considered a mirrorless system, if so, from a certain manufacturer? Good luck!

  444. Gwenn McGill

    October 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I’m currently traveling throughout SE Asia and have brought everything with me – including the kitchen sink! Ugh!
    I will save this post and use it as a reminder for what truly is important to bring along – and what I can leave at home.
    Thank you David! :)

  445. Duncan Scott

    October 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Whenever you need an assistant, give me a call…Thanks for all the lesions.. Always keep your teaching hat on. It fits you well..

  446. Dave Burnet

    October 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Have a great trip!! Stay safe

  447. Billy Pope

    October 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Great post! I just returned from Haiti and carried everything on. Camera bag with two bodies and three lenses. Small rolling bag for clothes and some grip gear. Leaving for Rwanda in a week and think hard on how to make it work. Just trying to keep it simple. Thanks again and safe travels!

  448. October 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing your gear list. It’s nice to see what’s others are using in the field. Have an great trip!

  449. October 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Love your work, mate! Also Gura Gear’s!eheh So hard to find it in Portugal! Almost impossible, so I’ll be rooting to land this here! Hope you have a safe flight and great pics! Cheers!

  450. Eric Potter

    October 23, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I do love your ‘whats in my bag’ posts! They give me an idea of what the essentials are.

  451. Bishop

    October 23, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Appreciate these posts and learning what you take with you. Always good to gain such insight!

  452. October 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for the great bag giveaway!

    Safe travels and enjoy every moment. I wish you could fit me in your bag and take me along. Your bag will be much heavier than! Can’t wait to see the beauty that you capture.

  453. Shamus Cromarty

    October 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a bag!

  454. Kris Ryan

    October 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I love that image…such a story he could tell. Great info! Thanks, as always, for your insights! Safe travels.

  455. October 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever won a giveaway. Maybe my luck will change. Thanks Dave!

  456. Derrick

    October 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I enjoyed reading this post and how you are travelling with less gear as your already formidable experience grows. Thanks.

  457. Mark Budack

    October 23, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Love your vision. Safe travels!

  458. Dave

    October 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    The more you travel, the more you know you can leave behind :)

    Enjoy Nepal – looking forward to seeing your shots.

  459. Katherine

    October 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Love that you are lightening your load. Ever though of going mirror less? Will you be posting on your weekend workshop ? Would love to commute from White Rock if you have another!

  460. Jack

    October 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Safe travels.

  461. October 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I always did like your pre-trip checklist posts. Safe and blessed travels, David!

  462. Ariel Estulin

    October 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    have an awesome trip in Nepal!

  463. Carol

    October 24, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Yet another wonderful post. Appreciate all the great info…..(now to put it to practice)……Thank you and wish you well on this and all your travels.

  464. October 24, 2012 at 1:08 am

    This sounds great David! I’ll also be heading to Nepal though slightly after you. In December towards the sacred lakes of Gokyo. Hope I get some good photographs then…

    Wish you all the best for your trip. Have a safe one.

    As you’re sure to hear often: On mani padme hum.

  465. October 24, 2012 at 1:27 am

    I’m trying to travel much lighter. D3 swaped for D800, another D3 waiting to be replaced with Fuji X.

  466. Sid Pai

    October 24, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Have a good trip dav

  467. Australian Adrian

    October 24, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Thanks for the insight and advice onto packing lighter. I will try harder this time.

  468. LeeAnna Carson

    October 24, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Sounds like a wonderful trip! Thanks for the chance at the bag!

  469. Nic Kuetemeyer

    October 24, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I love these tiny gear posts about what you’re taking on a trip. It always inspires me to leave one thing out of my bag

  470. Patti

    October 24, 2012 at 5:46 am

    wow…such lovely images…what a *job* to have…safe travels

  471. Janet wytrych

    October 24, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Have a great trip! Wish I was going. Can’t wait to see your images. Thanks for the info on packing. I’ve been looking for a replacement for what I’ve been using.

  472. Kelly

    October 24, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Safe travels…

  473. Timothy Grady

    October 24, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Have a great time in Napal.

  474. Andrew Taylor

    October 24, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Interesting post. I’m clearly taking too much camera equipment on trips.

  475. October 24, 2012 at 7:37 am

    David, again it is so interesting to get insight from you as to the many lessons you have learned over the years. I appreciate how you never lose sight of the balance between gear and vision. The reality that gear doesn’t make pictures, but how you can use gear to aid the photographer in making the image capturing process easier.

  476. Rachel Mallais

    October 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I agree with you about Gura Gear. I love those bags, very light. I already own 2 different ones. Now I need a smaller one for traveling lighter as well.

    Enjoy the adventure wherever you go!

  477. October 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Safe travels to you on your trip. May you and your stuff arrive safely, may you make good photographs, and may you and your stuff arrive home unscathed.


  478. October 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

    This would be a whole new style of travel for me. I normally travel by motor home, so I usually have everything I own with me. Oh, I usually end up using 90% of it.

  479. Gianluca Paolazzi

    October 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Hi David, I wish you a great journey.
    really appreciate if you can send the gift to China.

  480. October 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Getting ready to start a 5 city street photography project and need an amazing bag like this to lug my still, video and infrared gear!

  481. James Tang

    October 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

    David: Thank you for the interesting post.

  482. Matus Kelemen

    October 24, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Have a great trip!

  483. Don Davis

    October 24, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Still trying to find the bag that works best for me. Enjoy your trip.

  484. October 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Enjoy your trip – looking forward to seeing some great photos from Nepal.

  485. Jim Bostic

    October 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Looking forward to the photos of your trip.

  486. October 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Hi, David,

    Gura Gear rocks! The original Kiboku is the best thing that ever happened to hauling my gear around, and the addition of a laptop sleeve in the new bags has me tempted to spend money…

    Great site, BTW! :)

  487. Bob Burns

    October 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Sounds like a great trip and a great bag.

  488. October 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Being a camera bag junkie, I’m quite interested in this one, so thank you in advance! :)

    David, have a great trip & I wish you many great photo opportunities, which I’m sure you’ll find for yourself! ;)

  489. October 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Trip sounds great. Would like to see all that stuff go in the bag. Sounds like the larger bag would be needed when you start taking a 300f2.8 or 500f4.

  490. Charles Paul Azzopardi

    October 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Love your monochrome work, and seeing that Bataflae convinced me I need to get one for my work in Africa next years! Fingers crossed!

  491. David D

    October 24, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Safe travels. Good review.

  492. brian sullivan

    October 24, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I agree the kiboko is my favorite companion. Been on all 7 continents, both poles, and 250,000 miles with it. Looking forward to seeing the new model.

  493. Tom McMillen

    October 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Good luck, I’ll be following your blog.

  494. Rushdi Nackerdien

    October 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Love your work. Is that a Hoodman Loupe sticking out in your photo of your kit?

  495. Peter Buitelaar

    October 24, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Dear David,
    I’m a fan of both your Blog and Gura Gear. I bought my first Gura Gear Kiboko bag, the original, after reading your review. After buying and trying so many bags I liked the Gura Gear Kiboko immediately from the first day. A lot of space inside whiles still a relatively compact bag. After a period I bought the second Gura Gear Kibiko 22L for travelling more light with limited equipment, when you get older a must on long walks. Also a lot of gear is most of the time not used during a trip thus it is much better to plan a trip and bring the equipment that fits the job. What I didn’t try yet in hot climates are the recommended merino clothes. However, I used merino sweaters in colder climates. Maybe have to try that recommendation too ! By the way I’m mostly impressed by the excellent after sales and service of Gura Gear. The way how they solve problems is an example for the rest of the industry. I hope that one day they will also design a small compact roller to transport the bags in airports, etc. Have a nice trip.

  496. October 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Hey Dave – Kiboko is something i have fallen in love over and over since last one year when i first picked it up. The Bataflae looks really promising. Really wish if i could get my hands on one of those.

    I was just curious where do you fit in your MacBookAir ? inside the Bag or a separate bag ? Carrying a backup device like a laptop is something which has got me thinking since the point i have picked up a Kiboko.


  497. October 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Have a great trip David, wish I was headed out with you this time.

  498. John Trone

    October 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Nice article, David. Good strategy on how to pack for a trip. I hope the trip is enjoyable and that you come home with lots of great images!

  499. Todd Warnke

    October 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Have a wonderful (and safe) trip. Enjoyed the gear list.

  500. October 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

    That’s a great selection of gear for the trip.
    Compact and light when packed, and minimal weight when you’re using the gears.

    Bringing only what you need would mean, less weight on your shoulders and more pictures for us!

    Have a great trip!

  501. Tommy Hurtig

    October 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Wow, would love to go to Nepal! Someday! :-)

  502. Jan

    October 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

    This bag size would be perfect for my next trip. So hard to find just the right bag. Hope it works right for you. Be safe.

  503. October 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Great opportunity – thank you to you and the Gura Gear gang! And it will save me kidnapping a king for the ransom required to pay for this most wonderful of bags.

  504. Bob Joyce

    October 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Thanks for turning me on to the GuraGear Bataflae. Looks like a great alternative to the LowePro pack I’m using now.

    Looking forward to the pictures from this trip.

  505. jay forman

    October 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Safe Travels!

  506. Patrick Glaister

    October 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Awesome post! It’s great to hear about how (little) you carry!

  507. Kris Morgan

    October 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Packing light has always been a challenge for me so your tips will be a great help in meeting the challenge. Have enjoyed my Kiboko and am looking to downsize for lighter travel. Thanks for sharing and have a great trip. Look forward to seeing your images.

  508. October 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Oh Man! That bag is great!

    Happy travels!

  509. October 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Trip sounds great and the bag looks terrific! Looking forward to seeing the results of the trip. And thanks for the opportunity to win the Bataflae!

  510. October 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

    You will have an amazing time in Nepal. I went from Tibet to Nepal some years ago and loved it. And your portrait is amazing.
    But top of the range of all the places you go to comes (in my mind) Antarctica. Dress warmly because you will probably spend lots of time in a dinghy close to the water.
    I wasn’t aware of Gura Gear until I read your blog and have already ordered a bag (but not the Bataflae, which I hop to win in the draw!).

    Enjoyu your time

  511. Krzysztof Baranowski

    October 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

    good luck :)

  512. Beth Hooke

    October 24, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Have a safe and exciting trip!

  513. Randal Jaffe

    October 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Have an amazing time and look forward to hearing all about the trip.

  514. October 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for the tips! Safe travels.

  515. C Buckley

    October 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I am impressed at your confidence with so little kit. I suspect it speaks to many trips carrying way too much?

  516. Steve Bein

    October 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Best wishes on teh upcoming trip. I have a Bataflae 32L and love it. Teh versatility of your case should work well on the trip

  517. Dave Leswick

    October 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for the post with the packing info. I always struggle a bit with what to bring places so its nice to hear what a seasoned shooter like you brings. The adventures sound great and I hope to join you on one in the future.


  518. Leo Antonius

    October 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Hi Dave, safe journey to Nepal.

    I wonder why lots of photographers are using lightroom instead of photoshop?

  519. October 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Photobags are a bit like vases; you never have the right size and shape (not sure what this says about me…)
    This might be the right one..
    Enjoy Nepal!

  520. Mark Reynaud

    October 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for adding me to the contest. Enjoy Nepal. Lightroom rocks!

  521. Alan Kaplan

    October 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Great portrait. Love the idea of minimal gear. I need to learn to pack lighter myself.

  522. Nigel Roberts

    October 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Have a great trip! Look forward to seeing some of your images in another e-book.

  523. Josh

    October 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Love your insights David. Keep up the great work!

  524. Jim Goshorn

    October 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Thank you for all the postings you share; they are really enjoyable and often thought provoking reading.

    Have a fun, safe and productive journey!


  525. Roy Moore

    October 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for the insight on how you pack for trips.

  526. October 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Wow. Only two lenses, thats showing some real restraint! :P

  527. October 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Thanks for your input on this new bag and hope to get one !

  528. Jose E Fernandez

    October 24, 2012 at 11:00 am

    have a nice trip, thanks for the giveaway, its great to see how you pack for your adventures.


  529. October 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Hi David- Awesome that you have done this with Guru. They are amazing camera bags and i hope you have a great trip. I love reading your blogs. Hope to see you soon.

  530. Sharon Loudon

    October 24, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for the light packing tips and best of luck to you in your upcoming trips!

  531. Roger Wyrick

    October 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for the great ideas for traveling light. I always carry too much gear on international trips.

    The new Guru bag is exactly what I need.


  532. Andrea Corcoran

    October 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Hi there,

    This Gura Gear bag would be so perfect for my 12 year old son who is an up and coming photographer.

    Have a great trip- Andrea

  533. AnnieJo Eto-Guilford

    October 24, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Really cool to learn what gear you use on your travels. I bring too much even on short day trips. Great photography tips and packing tips, thanks for sharing them.

  534. John Wolters

    October 24, 2012 at 11:45 am


    A great insight what you manage to bring along during your trips and stuff in these bags. Have a great trip and great pictures!

  535. October 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Hi David, just found your website via an email from Gura Gear and your photos are exceptional. Wow. I also really appreciate your description of your workflow and tips for traveling light. I’ll definitely be following your website now. Have a great trip to Nepal; I look forward to seeing some photos.

  536. Juha Saransalmi

    October 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Good lights, David!

  537. October 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Light is good, especially with heavy bodies. I love my D3 but find myself wanting smaller and lighter. On of the reasons I like the 85 1.8 vs 1.4, and 35/2 vs 1.4 (cost obviously as well) but I find my neck exhausted at the end of 12 hour days lugging lots of gear.

    What is your reasoning behind lens choice? 16/40 for landscapes and 85 for portraits? I use a 20-35 and 50 often, but am working towards a similar set up, wide and tel and have it covered. 50 in the pocket

    Safe travels

  538. October 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    A new bag would be great. You can never have enough.

    Have a great trip – looking forward to the photos.

  539. Rolf Jungbark

    October 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    A general thank you for all nice and informative writing!
    On paper too: I got the “Vision and Voice” book from Amazon today, which I’m now looking forward to reading.

    It was interesting to read about what you pack as it provokes me into thinking a bit about what I pack myself.

    Have a nice trip!

  540. Louis

    October 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Wow! I’m jealous. And happy to see the new Gura design.
    Have a great time

  541. October 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I’m looking forward to browsing through more of your blog postings since this is my first time on your site. Reading your Nepal packing list makes me hugely jealous since I primarily shoot wildlife, and thus lug around a lot a lens weight. Gawd, it would be nice to travel with just two smaller lenses, and leave the longer/heavier ones at home. As I’ve been paring down my equipment, I’ve more recently been leaving the Kiboko at home. Perhaps a Bataflae is in my future….?

  542. October 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Love your remarks about how you usually carried to much with you, have the same experience. Will try to lighten my load here after. :D

  543. October 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Keep chasing the light! Safe travels. I’ve been using the same bag since I started shooting eight years ago – would love to travel lighter with something more efficient. Sign me up, please!

  544. Christian Engel

    October 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Have a wounderful trip!!

  545. Jeffrey Bedrick

    October 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I loved the blog. I think you have convinced me to replace my MacBook Pro with an air. And of course you have convinced me I need the Bataflae bag

  546. October 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I enjoy your blog and have it as one of my go-to sites on my RSS feeds. I’ve been fascinated with the Gura Gear products and It is nice to see what people are packing and what workflow they use.

    Looking to read to trip report!

  547. October 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic trip!

  548. Jim Nichols

    October 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Great bag write up. Have fun on your trip.

  549. Kari Helaniemi

    October 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for the interesting article and bon voyage!

  550. October 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Have a safe trip. I like URL pics.
    Best regards

  551. Jeff Hawk

    October 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Great work, David! Gura gear is the best, and their new line will serve the travelling photographer even better.


    October 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks for your bag gear. In futur i ‘ll read your report about the D800. After a D3 body return ton Dxxx will change your bag volume since the canon 5D you don’t use expert body camera.

  553. Denise

    October 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the world.

  554. October 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Looks like it will be an awesome trip. Looking forward to the photos!

  555. Erika

    October 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, that is travelling light. I need to consider swapping out some of my photo gear to make room for more data backups. Great post, thanks!

  556. Sarah

    October 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Have a fantastic trip! Safe travels : )

  557. Chris MacDonald

    October 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I’m always amazed how little you pack. I have to turn your fear article into motivation to leave behind equipment when heading out to shoot. I don”t always need every but of kit to simply go out in my neighborhood to shoot. I always have a fear that I won’t have the right bit with me and I will miss something. Small and light and let the vision guide you instead of tired and sore because my pack is to heavy.

  558. October 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Just came across your blog. You’ve got some amazing work. I’m also just deciding to go with either a new 13″ MacBook Pro or an Macbook Air. Decisions, decisions!!! How do find the Air out on location. Powerful enough to handle the D800 files?

  559. Retel

    October 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing your images. Have a great trip!

  560. Jeff Wright

    October 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Wow what a great guide to packing light. Thanks.

  561. October 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hope you have a great trip!

  562. Cris Hamilton

    October 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hi David.
    Glad to meet you. Your trip sounds great and really enjoyed your article on packing light. I love my Chobe bag and considering a MacBookAir to replace my larger, heavier 15 inch MBPro.

    Had a class with Andy a couple of years ago. Yes, great guy!!!!


  563. Betsy

    October 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Great article!

  564. October 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Glad to see I’m not the only one crazy enough to pack a shoulder bag along with my larger camera bag.

  565. October 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    It’s great for you to share with us what you take. I’m surprised you’re not taking a flash. Also, I’ve found the Think Tank Steroid Belt and attachment modules wonderful for adventures. Weight is on the hips, not shoulders or back.

  566. Oliver Rathonyi Reusz

    October 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I would have filled this out 5 minutes ago, but it took me that long to scroll through all of the comments ;-). I realized I had to rethink my gear choices after doing an overnight hike up the Golden Ears in August. I felt every pound of the absurdly heavy Manfrotto photo/video head( which I love and hate) and the 14-24 2.8. I will gladly give up those 2mm and 2.8 for the lighter 16-35. I also thought about your post from a few weeks back because after exhausting myself getting up to the ridge, I was rejuvenated by the setting sun and the light on the peaks. It was only later that, as you mentioned from your trip to Alaska (?), I was seduced by the landscaped. EVERYTHING looked so beautiful that I basically chucked all thoughts of making emotive images and strong compositions and just…shot. Lesson learned I hope. Hope you have a great trip(s).

  567. Gilbert Onaka

    October 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I enjoyed your thoughts on packing for Nepal. I was in Tanzania in July-August and also found the 11″ MacBook Air 11 mated with a portable external HD sufficient for my purposes. I’m eagerly awaiting your images from Nepal.


  568. October 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Safe travels. Enjoyed the packing. Mine changes with every trip, but the bag looks great.


  569. Bill Kearney

    October 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    David, just curious if you’ve considered complementing your FF gear with a m4/3 or NEX type system for your travels.
    Looking forward to your Nepal images.

  570. Dave Browning

    October 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Great blog – great tips – stunning work. I have a Kiboko bag I bought for a trip to Italy – it worked great. I’m glad to see that you like the new Bataflae – it looks like they have made improvements that I will like a lot. Have a great trip.

  571. GB Mukherji

    October 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I’m 63 years young and still enjoying my treks to the Himalayas, India. I now carry two Canon EOS bodies and miscellaneous items, including good lens cleaners and lint free wiping cloths, in a backpack that was presented to me by a colleague. Incidentally, before retirement, I was a development administrator by profession; so always looked for interesting placement of people within their work and living context.
    I think that most wilderness travel needs a good, weatherproof bag. My backpack, in one of my early treks, let moisture seep into my gear and I had a great problem getting the lenses back into shape. One Pentax camera conked off. So, please ensure that your new bag is really weather proof, especially at the zipper ends. Enjoy yourself with the simple Himalayan folks. Cheers.

  572. October 25, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Great post David! I’ve been having a great time reading both your posts and books from Craft & Vision, keep up the wonderful, inspiring work.

  573. Martin Vrlik

    October 25, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I can use another bag :). Have a safe trip.

  574. October 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Love your work, David. When are you going to do more traveling in Africa? I live in Gabon—lots to photograph here, and I’d love to see what you would shoot in Namibia.

  575. Jean Buithieu

    October 25, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Ah, the quest for the perfect bag continue !, this one is getting closer and closer to what we wish…. Until Gura Gear continues to listen and improves it again !

  576. October 25, 2012 at 3:10 am

    A friend sent me this. I am a photographer. I have learned to keep saying this to myself rather than bashfully admitting that “I take pictures for a hobby”. She sent me your writing about fear. You are so right. Now if I go to Katmandu; I know what to bring. Awesome portrait; thank you.

  577. Jussi Jääskeläinen

    October 25, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Only been to Nepal once so far, but it has to be one of the most photogenic countries ever. Hoping to go trekking there again one day.

  578. Stefan Fischer

    October 25, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Thanks a lot for this great insight to your trip planning and packing! Have a great and save travel!

  579. Fred Heidepriem

    October 25, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Wish l was packing my own gear to take on the trip. Of course it would include my newest bag, thanks to your blog. We will be watching for your new images!

  580. Rebekah

    October 25, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Good to hear how you do things – I am learning how to use lightroom and how best to travel with the stuff that accumulates. Thanks for sharing.

  581. October 25, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Thanks for the chance. Joe & Mary Ann travel sometimes as much as 37 weeks of the year. Having a durable, efficient bag would be great. With all the weight & bag restrictions put on by the airlines these days a bag specially designed with airline travel in mind is a great find!

    Enjoy your trip!


  582. October 25, 2012 at 6:41 am

    David –

    Thanks again for an excellent weekend at the Vancouver Gathering…one question on packing: do you bring any kind of blower (like a Giottos rocket or the equivalent) or other sensor cleaning tools, or trust that all will stay (reasonably) clean for the duration of the trip?


    • David

      October 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Dave – Was great to meet you here last weekend. Yes, I do carry a blower, brush, swabs, and a sensor loupe. Mostly tucked away at the bottom of my suitcase. The blower gets used a lot, the other stuff only with fear and trembling. :-)

  583. October 25, 2012 at 6:43 am

    What a great idea to get mega comments on your blog . . . offer a free bag. LOL!

    Being a wildlife photog, you travel too light for me. I usually have my husband carry the 500mm lens. Since I do not like LR, I carry a 13″ MacBook Pro, which serves me just fine for working in PS. I like to do some processing in the field so that I can post to potential magazine clients as well as Facebook.

    Just recently I had dinner with Andy Biggs, and he couldn’t stop talking about his new line of bags. I will be on safari with Andy in November so the new bag would be a nice addition. This new butterfly design would work great on safari, and a good test of its strengths and weakness.

  584. October 25, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Thanks for all the great books, ebooks, blog posts, etc.; love your writing. Good luck with Seven.
    Have fun in Nepal.

  585. ian marsh

    October 25, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Have fun in Nepal – looking forward to another ebook all about it

  586. Tina Blum

    October 25, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Please enter me in the drawing for the bag. I’ve promised myself your Italy workshop in the next couple of years, so I hope to be able to thank you in person!

  587. October 25, 2012 at 9:12 am

    The older I get, the less I wanna drag around with me! :) Thanks for yet another awesome giveaway!

  588. October 25, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I appreciate you telling your readers what gear you take to various locations. I have tried taking just a 24-135 and this forces me to concentrate on what I have in my hands right now. I also seem to bring home clothes I haven’t worn! Thanks for tip.

  589. Stuart Pendleton

    October 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

    You are my hero. My two loves, travel and photography. I want to be you when I grow up! I turned 54 last September. ;-) Happy travels to Kathmandu. Suva Yatra!

  590. César Silva

    October 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

    The idea to travel light is excellent! Thanks your sharing your thoughts!

  591. Andy Whitfield

    October 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

    The idea of travelling so light scares me (what if I forget something), which is probably why I ought to give it some thought. Have an amazing trip, sir…

  592. October 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    David, your constant efforts at getting amazing swag for your readers is much appreciated. Have a great trip.

  593. October 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Travel light. Light. Lighter… I keep telling it to myself everytime I have to pack, I’m getting better at it, but I’m not ready for leaving the charger at home yet ;-)

    13″ MBP + 7D + 50mm f1.8 are my workhorses for my (recently discovered) street photography passion. Besides that… Too much stuff for the “just in case”… Travel light…. Ommmm…

    Have a great trip and thanks for sharing and for the Bataflae giveaway from Gura Gear. So cool!

  594. Bob Thomas

    October 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Great trip. I live vicariously as you galavant around the globe. Hope to follow in someday.


  595. Bob Duff

    October 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I have one of the first Kiboko bags and love it. Would like a chance for an upgrade. Have a great trip.

  596. Raymond

    October 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Great give-away. I can definitely use one of these!

  597. October 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    One of these days I’ll get lucky!

    btw, great blog and I enjoy.

  598. Ted Burkett

    October 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Very interesting to see what you take and how little there is, looking froward to full reviews have a GREAT trip

  599. Howard Miller

    October 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    May the wind be always at your back.

    Travel safel.

  600. October 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Love my Chobe. Great craftsmanship and flexibility. Wishing you the best in Nepal

  601. Bob Williams

    October 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Enjoy your travels. Thanks for thinking about the give away.

  602. Mary

    October 26, 2012 at 3:49 am

    It’s wonderful that technology (and experience!) is allowing us to travel lighter. Thanks for the packing tips and enjoy your adventures!

  603. Pete Martin

    October 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Nice giveaway

  604. October 26, 2012 at 7:01 am

    It’s always interesting to see what gear other people take to remote locations. A 125 GB external backup drive seems a bit small for a couple of weeks? Looking forward to seeing some of your pictures when you get back.

  605. October 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip and if your equipment frugalness results in any moments of misgiving for not being able to capture a particular image. But I totally get the need to simplify based on types of images for your trips. That simplified approach also allows you to concentrate on the subjects.


  606. Don

    October 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I have their older, large bag and love it. The smaller pack with room for a laptop would be fantastic. I’ll have to get some sessions booked and pick one up, if I don’t win one :)

    Can’t wait to see your blog post with the details of your trip.

  607. Tod

    October 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Great post, and thanks for the giveaway!

  608. Peter Mountford

    October 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Those Gura Gear bags sound great. And it is amazing that so much stuff fits into one. Have a good trip. I travel to Vancouver regularly. I’d love to do a workshop with you if the timing works. Will subscribe to your site to find out dates.


  609. Terry McMillan

    October 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Love this blog! I check it daily. The Gura Gear bag looks awesome. Enjoy your trip and I look forward to seeing the photos when you get back.


  610. October 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Some day, I’ll join you on one of these trips. . . .

  611. October 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm


    Thanks for the continued educational posting. You continue to inspire.

  612. October 27, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I could definitely use a Bataflae bag!

    Safe travels David…

  613. October 27, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Thanks David!
    Just finished reading Vision Monger Making a Life and a Living in Photography. Quit my full time permanent position in Nursing last week. I’ll be calling you if I can’t pay the rent.
    JK :) Enjoying my photography more then ever.
    Enjoy your trip.

  614. October 27, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Wow, great info here! I spent a month in Nepal recently, and, as a novice to DSLR, learned a lot about gear while on the move.
    My next trip will be to Bali, Indonesia, and I’ll be sure to implement your lessons! BTW- Martin Bailey turned me on to Gura Gear this summer… I’ve been eyeballin’ ‘em =).

  615. Francesc Izquierdo

    October 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Thank you for the handy information (I was actually looking for a good satchel and now I know what to get ;-). And thank you for the the Gura Gear treat! I’m in, of course!

  616. Mike Yavorsky

    October 27, 2012 at 11:50 am

    That photo looks great in B&W. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Rachel Herrera

      October 29, 2012 at 5:46 am

      I would love to have that bag, it probably won’t help my photography but it sure be cool to sport some cool gear like David! :D

  617. Dave Patrick

    October 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    That sounds pretty light traveling to me. I still can’t manage that…

  618. Mike Pierson

    October 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Good info in this post. Interesting bag company. In the market, will check them out in more detail.

  619. Aaron Alfano

    October 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Great article. Thanks for the chance to win!

  620. October 28, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Thanks for sharing your planing and reasoning for how you pack. It’s nice to see others pack with a more minimal gear approach.
    enjoy your trip

  621. October 28, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Thanks for the great look at how you pack for your trips. I always like reading your advice and seeing your work.

  622. Johnny Isaak

    October 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Awesome site. I have come full circle as well – from few pieces of equipment to a lot and now back to the bare essentials. Please enter me on the bag draw. Best regards. Johnny

  623. October 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for the info, I always love to read and learn how other people go about their shooting life. Everything from the gear, workflow and the way they make it all come together. Thanks agin for the beta, and thanks for the give away hook up. Oh and put my name in the hat for the bag. And be safe and have fun on your upcoming trips, I look forward to hearing about them in future posts.

  624. Garth Jesperson

    October 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Been lurking on your blog for quite some time, never miss an update… Keep doing what you’re doing! Always learn something…

  625. October 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Your blog is always pleasure to read. Congrats on traveling lighter… tho’ what happened to the 35xx Gitzo that your buddy sold you on during your Iceland trip? Is that going to Kenya w/ you?

  626. October 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    As usual, you’re the photographer who most inspires me to let go of the computer and “get sh*t done”. Thanks.

  627. Robert Berkowitz

    October 28, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for providing great blog! Keeping my fingers crossed on the prize drawing.

  628. Lyle

    October 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Couldn’t be more jealous! Thanks for the opportunity!

  629. October 29, 2012 at 7:18 am


    Thank you for great tips on packing for travel.

    Have you had a chance to use The Right Stuff tripods?
    If yes, how do they compare in real life?

    Also, thank you for the chance to win the bag :)

  630. David Olmstead

    October 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Thanks for the good information. Always interesting.

  631. October 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

    ohhh – i love new bags. mostly because i have yet to find one that i really like :)

  632. Andre Joanisse

    October 29, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for the tips, happy and safe travels. Big fan of merino, fantastic fabric.

  633. October 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

    We’re about to reach our 666th. comment.

    All hail Santa!

  634. peter berg

    October 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    good advice thx David.