So you’re getting ready to leave for your next trip, but aren’t sure exactly what camera gear to bring? Here is what I pack and how I pack it – for beginners. 

Camera Gear

The Basics


Canon 6D SLR – This is the first real camera I ever bought, and holy cow I love it. It has a very easy interface, but so many features. I learn something new about it almost every day. It produces amazing quality photos. It’s lightweight, durable, and has a good hand grip on it. I couldn’t be happier with it. 

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Camera Gear


I have three lenses that I use on a daily basis. The first is a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8. It is my wide angle lens, and is great for taking pictures of landscapes, buildings, and even bedrooms. 

The lens I use the most is my 50 mm f/1.8 lens. It is a great lens for portraits, and gives me amazing bokeh. I use it for pretty much all of my typical “blurry background” but make me look pretty and 

My third lens is an 80mm f/1.8 lens. It is also great for portraits, but when comparing it to my 50 mm, I can get much clearer photos of me from a further distance than my 50mm can. However, my 50mm enables me to be closer to my subject, and get more in my photo then the 80mm. 


I use to carry around a very cheap tripod I bought on amazon. It is super lightweight, but not very efficient when packing because the handle stuck out so weird. I just bought the Zomei 55″ Compact Lightweight Tripod off amazon. It fits perfectly into my suit case and weighs only 2.6 pounds. 

I also carry a Manfrotto MTPIXI-B Mini Tripod. This little guy is amazing because he fits in my purse when I don’t want to carry a tripod, but might need something just in case. He comes in handy a lot more than you would think. His neck also turns, making it easy to angle him


I always make sure i have two backup batteries, my camera charger, and an extra SD Card. I usually use a full battery and a half during a full day of being a tourist. I have both a 64G and a 32G Card, which allow me take around 2000 images shooting in raw format. Sometimes I bring a UV Filter that fits on my prime lens to protect it from dust and get a little bit better color in my images.  

For my iphone I bring a set of clip on lenses just for fun. They force you to get creative with your images. I have a clip on macro lens, fisheye lens, and a wide angle lens. My favorite is the macro lens, because you can get insane detail of something so tiny!

Go Pro Hero 7:

My boyfriend has a Go Pro Hero 7 that we take with us and use to get videos. It is great for blogging (though we haven’t tried that yet) and can take some pretty awesome shots. He has a ton of accessories for it, but we mostly bring a stabilization handle, and we want to get a dome for summertime underwater shots. 

Another great feature about the go pro is that it also take pictures, and it allows you to pull pictures directly from the video. 

If you are just starting out, this a great way to start, and covers all of the essentials you may need. One last note: it saves you money in the long run by investing in high quality gear from the beginning rather than cheap gear that you have to constantly replace. I learned the hard way!