So often, when people talk about "travel", they are referring to traveling via airplane.
I travel a lot (but not overseas). . But I don't fly - I drive.
One of the main reasons that I drive around the country, instead of flying, is because of the need to transport all of the photography gear. . Air travel isn't at all practical for me because there is no way to take all of the stuff I need on a commercial airline flight. . When I travel, I typically take:
Two camera bodies.
Four lenses, including two huge ones:
. . - 300-800mm f5.6
. . - 400mm f2.8
. . - 100-400mm
. . - 23-105mm
Tripod, Wimberley gimbal head, ballhead
Computer - 27" iMac, along with keypad, mouse, extension cord, surge strip, and card reader
XL bean bag (stuffed with heavy winter socks)
. . - heavy winter coat
. . - waterproof camo insulated parka
. . - heavy waterproof camo insulated pants
. . - boots for extreme cold
. . - boots for regular weather
. . - street shoes
. . - shirts, pants, long johns, socks, etc
. . - gloves and hats for regular cold
. . - gloves and hats for extreme cold
. . - 7' by 9' tent
. . - 3 layers of foam sleeping pads
. . - zero degree sleeping bag
. . - blanket (for when the 0 degree bag isn't enough on its own)
. . - single burner camp stove w/ 4 butane fuel canisters
. . - coffee perculator
. . - two thermoses
. . - insulated mug
. . - plate, bowl, fork, spoon, can opener, water bottles, etc
Photo blind, or blind-making materials for impromptu blind construction
ALL of this stuff is necessary for many of my ventures, yet there is no way I could ever travel like this via airline.
Plus, when you take an airline, the flight gets you to somewhere kinda near your destination, but then you still have to rent a car, which is a ridiculous expense. . And you also usually need to stay at some kind of hotel or lodge because you couldn't bring your camping gear with you - another ridiculous expense. . I mean, if you need to keep your photography ventures at, say, $40 or $50 a day, total, how the heck do you do that if you fly to your destination???
So I guess I'll bring myself back to the title of this thread - TRAVELING WITH EXCESS GEAR. . I don't travel with excess gear, because I use all of the stuff I bring, and therefore none of it is "excess". . If I didn't need it, I wouldn't bring it. . Every bit of the gear gets used, and contributes to my ability to get all of the photos that I want to get (the one exception is the ballhead, which I bring as a backup in case the Wimberley fails).
The way to travel with all of the necessary gear is to drive your own vehicle from your home to the photo destination. . Even if the destination is 3,000 miles away, it still works out to be more cost-effective to drive your own car, provided it is a car that gets good gas mileage. . Plus, you will have all of the things you need when you arrive at your photo spot, instead of having to do without some things. . Doing without some things invariably keeps you from getting some of the images that you could have captured, had you been fully equipped.
I drive a little Toyota Corolla, a compact car, and all of the aforementioned gear fits with plenty of room to spare. .The Corolla gets 35-36 miles per gallon, which I think is good, but not great. . The only factor I considered when choosing a car was how it would perform on photography trips, on a cost analysis basis.
So lets not overlook driving as a viable means of cross-continental travel. . It is especially practical for those who use a lot of gear when on photo ventures. . And it is also especially practical for those who value saving money more than they value saving time. . But it is amazing how quickly you can drive from one side of the continent to the other, so it really doesn't even take as much extra time as one may think.
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