How We Pack for a Short Weekend Away
We spend a lot of our time away from home and we've packed our bags over and over, so by now we pretty much have that whole thing down to a T. Obviously the clothing that we take depends on our destination but most things have come to be our staples.
Our cotton canvas bag from The Gray Store is first in - we went for a 'W' because we put our dirty washing in there to bring home with us. It's really great to keep our worn clothing in and we can throw it in the wash with everything else when we get home.
When it comes to clothing we start with what we'll be wearing while travelling. I tend to wear layers so I can quickly adapt to my environment! As we usually end up in warm greenhouses we err on the side of hot weather and just add jumpers when we get outside.
It might sound really obvious but we always make sure our phones are 100% charged before we leave the house, and we pack a charger too - ours plugs into the USB point in the car so we can recharge as we drive.
A huge part of our travelling is being able to document it so we can share it back here. As a professional photographer I make sure that my batteries are always charged so that I'm ready to shoot every day. We mix our tools depending on what fits the situation; I shoot with Canon 5Dmk iii's as well as a Canon G16. The iPhone comes in quite handy too! Our bag always has spare batteries and (if we're off for quite a while) a charger.
When I'm using a light kit I like to use a 'normal' bag instead of one that shouts 'geeky photographer' and I'm yet to find the perfect one for me. At the moment I use a removable inner pouch that keeps everything protected, and can be transferred from whatever I'm using at the time.
We use these pencil/document cases to put all the little bits in, that way we can keep everything tidy and easy to find. Different sizes come in handy for different items - larger ones work for toiletries and the smaller ones for stray hair bobbles and all the things that find their way to the bottom of a bag.
This guy comes everywhere with us. He's our waxed canvas Ally Capellino holdall (we call him 'Ally Cap') and in the 4 years he's been with us we haven't thrown anything at him that he can't handle.