2018-10-20 | India - What to pack? - Kevin Downey

I recently had the opportunity to experience India for the first time. It was a long trip but an amazing one. The people, the culture and the sites were amazing! I was able to visit both Hyderabad and Mumbai on this trip. From the photo side of life I wanted to see the "real" India and not just the tourist highlights. I decided to highlight the "people" more in this work then in   some of my past trips - telling their story.

This trip presented a dilemma to me. It wasn't primarily a photography trip so I couldn't bring a lot of gear - I wanted to bring my entire studio of "stuff" but I had to limit myself to a single piece of carry on. I packed and repacked over the course of a few days to whittle down what I was going to bring to a minimum. I'm happy to report that I used every piece of gear I brought and that it also fulfilled all my "photo needs" while I was there. For non-backpacking trips this is my new "goto" travel kit.

So the final list was: Fuji X-H1 body, XF 16-55mm 2.8 lens, XF 55-140mm 2.8 zoom, 2X lens extender, Profoto A1 speed-light, FLM carbon tripod with an  Acratech head and my small parts kit with some spare batteries and chargers. All of that fit into my small Peak Designs everyday bag. I admit it was a tight fit but an easy carry. As an added bonus the bag also fit my laptop and a few other things I needed for my meetings in India.


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