04 Jul Photography Travel Kit: Choosing a system to meet your needs

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Millican Dave rucksack with two Hadley inserts—Hadley Small and Hadley Pro—to the right

Photographers the world over have been searching fruitlessly for the “perfect” bag in which to carry their equipment since Oetzi wandered the Alps in search of that elusive sunset shot. Sexist though it may sound, I am of the opinion that what shoes and handbags are to the fashion-conscious woman, so gadget bags and backpacks are to the travelling photographer. The quest for the optimal solution is endless and the choices bewildering to say the least.

Let me lay out some parameters here. I specifically use the verb “travelling” to differentiate between bimbling about with your camera and a couple of lenses closer to home and the need to have something to transport in comfort, security and safety a more extensive kit plus the paraphernalia of modern life on a longer journey, a short citybreak say, or a multi-night trip.  Such travels often involve what some call “multi-modal” transportation; perm any two or three from car, bus, train, ferry, aeroplane, walking, horseback, sedan chair, cable car, etc.  

The ideal bag for the peregrinating photographer is thus simultaneously large, small, discreet, easy to spot, easy to carry, hard to steal, waterproof, dustproof, theft-proof, organised, easy to work from, secure, comfortable, flexible, protective, robust, squishy, crushproof. It is a backpack, shoulder bag, tote bag, it is black to be discreet in urban environments and khaki to reflect heat in hot climates. Oh, and empty it weighs less than two Malteasers and a

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