What’s in my travel bag: Maui

Have you ever wondered what a travel photographer takes with?

Travel Bag

I am a newbie travel photographer and don’t take as much equipment as photographers that have been doing this for years. I love seeing a behind the scenes peek at other’s gear. I think seeing what other’s use is a great way to learn and help figure out what you may need. I say may because all you really need is the camera but there is a lot of items to help make even better photographs.

I also think I need to update my camera bag. I need something I can carry all my equipment plus my laptop. I have pretty, purse like camera bags. They are great for going out but not for traveling. I can’t decide between a roller bag that can go in an overhead bin or a backpack, which would be great for hikes.

Anyway… here is what I packed for Maui:

  • Canon 60D camera body
  • Canon 18-135mm lens
  • Canon 70-300mm lens (great for whale watching except the boat was rocking and my pictures are blurry)
  • Canon 50mm (although I did not end up using this
  • UV and polarizing filters for each lens
  • Cody BrownSignature Filter Kit for my 18-35mm lens
  • Joby camera strap
  • Extra batteries and charger
  • Manfrotto travel tripod
  • Remote (which I didn’t end up using as much as I expected)
  • Laptop
  • Epiphanie camera bag
  • Microfiber cloth to clean filters and lens glass


*Whew* That is a lot of stuff and my bag was full. Next time I would probably leave the 50mm at home. I love that lens and it can make great landscapes but I am limited by the lack of zoom.

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Jenna Volden studied photography in high school and college but ultimately ended up with a business degree. After spending 10-plus years in the rat race she returned to her first love, photography by starting her own photography company. She can be found either chasing sunsets around the globe or making women feel like rock stars in her home studio. She is currently based out of Phoenix, AZ.

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