HOW TO: Packing up for 3 months

As you may or may not know, Anka and I are traveling for 3 months: we are after Dimitri.

To make it easier to walk around cities when we arrive, we've decided to travel with backpacks. You are forced to travel light (or at least as light as possible) if you don't want to plow under the weight of your bags every time you pick them up. I think we managed – sort of — to reduce everything to the bare minimum.

So, you might be wondering what I am traveling with and what choices I've made regarding photography gear.

As I have mentioned above, I have two bags.

My main bag, the one I carry on my back is a Osprey Aether 70.

It is loaded with clothes, toilet kit and all the essentials. In it I also carry my Elinchrom Quadra battery pack, my 100cm octabox and my Benro carbon tripod. Total weight: 19kg.

Now, the important bag, the one I carry on my belly and makes me walk like a pregnant woman, the gear bag.

I wanted to go with a "non-photobag-looking" bag so I chose the Deuter Freerider Pro 30. Inside, I use the new TrekPak system. It's the best combo. EVER! I love it!

Anyway, packed inside are the following:

  • Phase One 645DF, P40+ back and 80mm LS lens
  • Fuji X100
  • A ND1000 filter
  • 11'' MacBook Air
  • Elinchrom A-head for Quadra + cable
  • One 1TB hard drive (Anka carries a backup) on which I save all the photos
  • A mess of chargers and cables
  • A solar charger
  • A Kindle
  • A Moleskin notepad
  • One hard drive packed with movies (just in case)
  • A pair of noise-cancelling earphones

Total weight: heavy!

Now you might wonder why I chose these cameras as they don't give me a very wide range of focal lengths (the Fuji is 35mm and the 80mm lens acts like a 50mm). I chose the Fuji for its light weight, its 35mm focal length (great for street photography) and its retro look. Also it is very discreet and quiet. I chose the Phase One for its high-quality files and its ability to sync flash at 1/1600th of a second (tech talk alert!). I can't wait to take some portraits…

That's about it. I wrote this post in Kazan and tonight we are off to Ekaterinburg for a short stop before heading out to Tomsk in Siberia.

You all take care!