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Packing for International Photo Travel: Madagascar

I often get asked how I pack my photo gear for international travel. In this video, I share some tips for packing gear, and show you what is going in my bag for an upcoming trip to Madagascar.



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Pelican Air 1615 Case: This beefy case is perfect for checked luggage. I got tired of my expensive "indestructible" luggage breaking after a year or two of use, so I decided to switch over to Pelican's rugged cases. This is a simple case with wheels, but it packs a lot. Pelican's Air material is lighter in weight, but still retains Pelican's signature crushproof strength.


Fotopro X-Aircross 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod: Click on the link to read my review of this lightweight but surprisingly stable travel tripod, and for a special discount code.


Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM lens: Click on the link to read my review of this remarkable lens.


Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Di III VXD lens for Sony E-Mount: A fast lens perfect for close wildlife encounters.


Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD lens for Full Frame Sony E-Mount: Another great Tamron lens for wildlife and intimate landscape photos.

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Ian what do you use in your carry on to protect your gear and keep it in place?

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Ian Plant
Ian Plant
Aug 18, 2022
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Hi Sherri, if you mean security protection, I don't do anything, I've never had a problem with someone trying to steal anything from my carry-on bag. If it is of concern to you, I guess you could always bring a small combination lock and put it on your camera bag after passing through security.

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Frances Gallogly
Frances Gallogly
Aug 17, 2022

One thing we felt we unfortunately had to do this year that we did not in the past was pay extra for "comfort" class. It is hardly more comfortable but it gets called earlier and pretty much guarantees an overhead luggage storage for my camera gear. Some of the economy seats don't have overhead storage any more. Air travel grows more and more awful.

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Ian Plant
Ian Plant
Aug 18, 2022
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I've had to do that too with a few local flights in international destinations. That's where I encounter the most onerous carry-on restrictions,. I've learned to pare down my carry-on bag to include only my most essential gear!

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