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I’ll soon be headed to Mauritius for a week of sunshine, SUPing and sipping on cocktails. There are of course all the normal items I cannot go without, eg, camera, phone, chargers, drone etc. but there are a few items that some of you may find useful that aren’t the conventional type.

  1. I love to travel light

Lugging around 3 cameras and a drone on my back can often be a schlep so I try my very best to pack as lightly as possible. I am not the tallest person you have ever seen either. Coming in at 156cm I often look like a small tortoise waddling around airports. I start by decanting my shampoo, conditioner and shower gel into small containers. Every little bit of space saving helps. Especially as I always try to pack my tripod in my main luggage because of the weight. I often also pack a smaller lighter camera bag in my main luggage so that I don’t have to carry around the colossal but very handy Vanguard camera bag that I use around the resort that I am shooting at. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know what I would do without it – it fits me and my equipment perfectly and I wouldn’t change it for anything. It can just get a bit hot and heavy carrying it around in 35 degree heat.

Vanguard backpack


2. A small stick of Mosquito repellent in my camera bag

Whenever I am and whatever time of day I get bitten. Sweet blood?

The struggle is real...

The struggle is real…pretty isn’t it?

3. Snorkel, mask and booties

We don’t really want to suck on other people’s mouth pieces do we. I walk a lot when ever I travel and more often than not my slops have gotten stuck in the beach sand slush and ripped through the toe hole, leaving me barefoot.

On this particular shoot I lost my shoes until I left the island. I didn't actually mind at all :)

On this particular shoot I lost my shoes until I left the island. I didn’t actually mind at all 🙂

4. Lenspen

For obvious reasons.

5. Scarves

Probably one of the handiest items I have when traveling. The limits are endless. Shawl for outdoor dinners. Camera protector. Shade maker. Airplane blanket. Lens buffer. Phone cleaner. Drone helipad. You are probably thinking I have really dirty scarves whenever I return home…that is probably true.

Do you have any favourites to add to the list?