We’d all be travel photographers in an ideal world, paid to crisscross the globe on a rich client’s tab and take stunning photographs of exotic locations. Sadly, for most of us the reality is rather less perfect. We get away once or twice a year, and have to squeeze in our travel photography while keeping everybody else happy.
Nevertheless, some travel photography is better than no travel photography so when you get to do it, you better make it count. If you want some excellent advice on technique, then this excellent list of 79 travel photography tips is a good place to visit. But first, we want to let you know what you need to pack.
Below we’ve compiled what we believe are the 8 most essential travel photography accessories you should pack for any photo holiday.
If you have another piece of gear you can’t travel without, then do please let us know in the comments!
1. Battery grip
Why you need it: All-in-one alternative to spare batteries – you don’t want to run out of power in an isolated spot
We recommend: Ansmann Battery Grip
2. Airline-friendly bag
Why you need it: Never put your camera in check-in luggage. It might never arrive! Get a decent carry-on bag instead.
We recommend: Think Tank Photo Airport Antidote V2.0
3. Essential item: International plug adaptor
Why you need it: So you can charge your camera batteries and plug in your laptop from Brussels to Bangkok
We recommend: Fujifilm World Adaptor
4. Essential item: Portable hard drive
Why you need it: Backs up and stores all your precious photos when you’re away from your PC
We recommend: Epson P-3000 Multimedia Storage Viewer 40Gb
5. All-in-one superzoom
Why you need it: You can travel light and don’t have to keep changing lenses
We recommend: Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
6. Circular polarising filter
Why you need it: Enhance blue skies and contrast as well as reducing reflections on glass or water
We recommend: Jessops Circular Polarising Filter
Why you need it: Back up your pictures on the move, review them on a big 10-inch screen and upload them to websites
We recommend: Asus Eee PC 1000 HE
8. Travel tripod
Why you need it: Sharp shots in low light – at dawn, dusk and after dark
We recommend: Joby Gorillapod Focus