Camera gear is definitely a personal preference. Depending on where I'm going and what I'm shooting, I'll switch between a full-on DSLR kit, mirrorless kit or simple a digital rangefinder-like camera. For travel photography, weight is always a concern for me - I like to be as minimalist as possible (camera kit and luggage). IMHO, here are the essentials:

  • Camera

  • Wide angle & Zoom lenses (to cover 16-200mm)

  • Batteries (yes, plural ... at least 3 for DSLR & 5 for mirrorless)

  • Battery charger (I've forgotten before)

  • Tripod (don't forget the release plate)

  • Camera bag (rule of thumb - all camera gear goes into ONE bag)

Optional accessories:​​

  • Filters: ND, Polarizer & GND

  • Intervalometer (aka cable release)

  • Camera User Manual (preferably on your phone to save weight)

My general rule of thumb is ... if you can't carry it all by yourself, don't bring it.


You don't have to spend too much on these. I've had good luck with inexpensive ones - especially for leisure travel. Carry weight, load capacity (how much weight can the tripod hold <camera+lens> and folded length <to fit in my luggage> are key features. Carbon fibre will provide the lightest option.


These are certainly optional. I use them sparingly myself, but in landscape photography, you can get a bit more creative in your captures as well as being able to control overall scene exposure. Getting ones that don't emit a different color (aka, color cast) is critical to retain original color rendition. Round screw-in filters are most convenient, but square/rectangular ones are required if you want to use Graduated Neutral Density filters - they come in handy while shooting sunrise/sets.


I have tried many camera carry bags and have found a roll-top camera backpack to work best for my needs. They have a padded camera compartment at the bottom and equal amount of space in the top portion for misc. travel necessities.