Trip Itinerary

Fly from Vancouver to Hong Kong to be part of the Red Bull Illume ceremony.  Spend 4 days in Hong Kong before departing to Bangkok where I will spend 2 days before getting a train up to the Cambodian border.  Cross into Cambodia and spend 9 days photographing around Siem Reap and traveling around the northern part of the country in a 4×4 vehicle.

 

Every trip and destination has its own specific requirements in terms of camera and personal gear.  On this particular trip to Cambodia I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling around once I get to my destination.  I’ll be using trains, Tuk Tuks, speedboats and 4×4 jeeps among other things so it’s imperative that I pack lightly so my luggage doesn’t adversely affect the trip.  My goal with this trip was to pack just one carry on bag with all my camera and computer gear, and one checked bag with support gear and clothing.  For the checked bag I chose the awesome Arcteryx Covert case which works very well for this style of trip since it’s rugged but also keeps a low profile.  I don’t want anyone to take a second look at my bags and start wondering what’s in them.  It has stow-able shoulder straps if you have to pack it on your back short distances and it has handles on nearly every side for slinging it around in and out of buses, jeeps and boats.

 

Further Reading

– I will follow up the trip with several extensive posts which will go into more detail about what worked and what did not for this particular trip.  You can find further coverage from Cambodia on this index page as it’s posted: Cambodia.

This page will detail other past and future packing lists for my other big photo trips.

 

As you’ll see in the video, I was able to fit all of this into two bags with ease:

Cameras

Canon 5D MK III (my personal camera)

Canon 6D (loaner camera for testing and review)

Lenses

Canon 28mm f/2.8 IS ( loaner for testing and review)

Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II

Canon 17-40 f/4 L

Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS

Canon 8-15 f/4 L Fisheye

Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS (loaner lens for testing and review)

Laptop & Accessories

Apple Macbook Air 11″

WD 1TB Thunderbolt drive

LaCie 500GB Rugged drive

Lexar USB 3 Card Reader

My Gura Gear “Travel Essentials” package – see previous post

Innate waterproof hard drive holder

Luggage

Mindshift Gear Rotation 180 Pro backpack (use coupon code DANCARR for free shipping)

Arcteryx Covert 70L

Support

Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Tripod

Really Right Stuff Pano setup

Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Pocket Tripod – For places that do not allow tripods (some temples)

Assorted Sandisk Extreme CF & SD cards

At the airport: Arcteryx Covert and Mindshift R180 Pro

Clothing

Salomon Techamphibian shoes – Feet are going to get wet at this time of year.  Better to have something that dries out quickly. Great for jungle hiking with river crossings.  Big Gore-Tex boots would be wrecked in no time.

Arcteryx Theta SV jacket and Alpha SL Gore-Tex Paclite Pants – It’s rainy season!

1 X pair of Prana Stretch Zion zip off pants/shorts – Legs need to be covered entering some temples. This way I can convert my shorts to pants for those moments and not have to wear pants all day in the heat.

5 X Shirts

1 X Pants

1 X Arcteryx Fortrez Hoody

2 X Shorts

1 Pair smart shoes (for attending the Red Bull Illume ceremony in Hong Kong, otherwise I wouldn’t have brought these along)

Sun hat and Icebreaker super thin merino wool scarf

Miscellaneous

2 X 4Sevens Quark Pro LED Torch for light painting at night.  I keep a small one on me at all times and a larger one in my duffel bag.

XL PakTowel – These things are incredible if you are trying to travel with minimal weight and bulk.

Assorted Outdoor Research stuff sacks and zipper bags.

Bug net

Zoom H6 Audio Recorder – For interviews and podcast episodes along the way.

Re-hydration powder in case of de-hydration due to sickness

Water purification tablets

Diarrhea tablets – Suddenly switching to eastern food means it’s a near certainty at some point….good to be prepared as explaining medical symptoms in a foreign pharmacy can be challenging.

Kleenex – Trains often don’t have toilet paper in Thailand.

Canon timer cable release for timelapse and star trails

HiTech Circular Polarizing filter

HitTech 2-stop and 3-stop soft edge graduated ND filters

HiTech 3-stop ND Filter and filter holder.

Bungee washing line – packing light means doing washing along the way

Bug spray and sun screen

Moleskine notebook for taking notes for my travel articles

Tom Bihn document wallet – keeps all your printed travel documents safe, clean and dry.

Final Thoughs

So this is the extent of the gear that I took with me.  It might look like a lot but in fact as you see in the video it fits into just two bags, with the duffel bag weighing in at only 20KG.  It really is refreshing to travel in this way, to feel relatively unencumbered by your gear.  It’s taken me several years and several hundred thousand miles of travel around the world to perfect this setup to a degree to which I’m happy but I think I’m finally getting pretty close to perfection.

 

Further Reading Relating To This Trip & Other Packing Tips

– I will follow up the trip with several extensive posts which will go into more detail about what worked and what did not for this particular trip. You can find further coverage from Cambodia on this index page as it’s posted: Cambodia.

This page will detail other past and future packing lists for my other big photo trips.

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