Tomorrow I leave for Alaska, but I’ve been packing and repacking my camera bag for a few weeks now. As a photographer, we all know the struggle of packing the perfect bag. Take too little – regret it … take too much – regret it. It’s probably easier to walk a tight rope than to pack a camera bag for a trip.

I decided to pack only the essentials this trip. Thanks to the Olympus 12-100 PRO I feel confident in taking less. This lens is FANTASTIC. This lens will be my travel lens and will always be in my bag but what else did I bring?

The Bag

My Peak Design Backpack

I tried at least 10 bags before I bought the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L. I found a good deal on eBay on a pretty much new bag. I have the Peak Design 10L Sling and love it. The sling is my every day bag so I knew I would love the backpack.

I did ask my friend, Victoria Diaz, about her experience since I knew she had the bag and loved it. Victoria shot a short video for me with all the lenses I was taking and showed me how it all fit in and that is when I pulled the trigger and bought the bag. I have to say with all my gear backed in this bag is awesome to carry!

The Camera Gear


  • Olympus EM1mkii – This is my beast camera. This thing is awesome. It’s weather resistant so if I get some rain on it, I don’t have to freak out. The video is superb. The stills are seriously amazing. Am I gushing yet? I debated taking my PenF but with no weather sealing I decided to leave it at home this trip.
  • Olympus Tough TG5 – I have a 6 hour Kayaking trip through all kinds of terrain and while I trust my camera on the water, I do not trust myself not to flip over and lose my expensive camera. I bought a float strap for the tough so it’s good to go if I end up dropping it in the water this camera is ready to take a beating.


  • Olympus 12-100 PRO – As I stated above this is now my go to travel lens. I feel so very confident with this lens. I’ve shot with it in bright light and dark forests. It has an impressive range so I can do wide landscape shots or zoom in and get the details. I have a feeling this will be on my camera 90% of the time.
  • Olympus 75-300 – I wanted a little more reach for wildlife shots. I am NOT a wildlife photographer but when in Alaska. I actually borrowed this from my friend Paula Ponath (Thanks Paula!).
  • Olympus 17mm 1.8 – I debating bring the 1.2 version but the small form factor of the 1.8 won out. I’m not even sure I will use this lens but in case I want to I have it.
  • Moment Wide Lens – this is for my iPhone 8+ in case I feel like shooting some photos or video on my cell phone.


  • Rode VideoMicro – I want to start vlogging so I bought this mic and will see if I can build up my courage to shoot more footage that just what I see around me.
  • Peak Design Field Pouch – this has all my assorted chargers and cables and has the perfect cubby hole in my Peak Design Backpack.
  • RAV Power Pack – Just in case my iPhone or iPad need a little extra juice
  • Extra batteries and a charger
  • Loads of memory cards
  • Circular Polarizer – lots of water and sky so I decided to throw a polarizer in my bag. I looked at the weather and decided against an ND filter since it’s going to be cloudy pretty much the whole time and I don’t think I will have the time to spare to slow down enough to get a proper long exposure.
  • Joby GorrillaPod 3k – I opted not to bring my big tripod and just to bring this. Since I’m not doing long exposures and I trust my camera’s in body stabilization to help me this tripod is all I need.
  • iPad Pro – I will edit photos on the go. My iPad pro is an amazing machine.
  • Sennheiser HD 4.50 Wireless Headphones- after reading a lot of reviews I decided to pick up a pair of these used on eBay. They are amazing.

The Books

I always like to take a few books for consuming while traveling and unwinding at night. I picked a few great photography books for this trip.

I’m looking forward to leaving in the morning. I won’t be blogging while I’m gone and not sure how much I will be on social media so look for images when I get back in town!