Travel Photography: What to Pack and Where to Go

If you’re planning a trip or already have your holiday booked, you’ll naturally want to take some photographs to remember the places you visit once you’re back home. But how can you make sure your shots are worthy of a spot in the family photo album?

Clifton Cameras, a Sony cameras retailer, explains what photography equipment you’ll need to pack, as well as the perfect spots for those holiday snaps.

Your packing list

Here is the essential equipment you’ll need, helping you take the shots you want without maxing out your luggage limit:

  • Camera
  • All-purpose zoom lens
  • Wide-aperture prime lens
  • Batteries and charger
  • Memory cards
  • Polarizer filter
  • ND filter
  • Tripod
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Camera bag and rain cover

Of course, airlines restrict the types of items you can take on-board, whether the items are in your hand- or hold-luggage. The electronic devices you can take onto a flight vary by country, so always check with the relevant authority. Make sure your devices are charged before you get to the airport. Lithium ion batteries exceeding a Watt-hour rating of 100 Wh must not be put in your hold luggage; you can carry up to two spare batteries for portable devices in your hand luggage. Likewise, batteries containing lithium metal or lithium ion cells and devices powered by fuel cells must not be put in hold luggage. Double check your travel insurance policy, as sometimes, photography equipment may not be covered under a standard contents policy.

Where to photograph?

For those of you who are planning their trip, or thinking of where to go next, here are some must- visit locations that will provide the perfect backdrop for some stunning shots:

Iceland — from icy blue lagoons to Skógafoss waterfall and the volcanic lake of Mývatn,
there’s much to photograph in Iceland.

Hawaii — for an exotic trip to a far-flung location, choose Hawaii; there, you can photograph
everything from Pearl Harbour to the tropical plants of Nā Pali Coast State Park.

Great Barrier Reef — a wondrous location like this is made to be photographed, so take
aerial shots to show the scale of the area or go underwater to photograph the Reef’s many

Norway — during your time in Norway, snap away at colourful houses, The Royal Palace in
Oslo and the aurora borealis, providing you visit in the winter.

Dubai — there are many iconic landmarks to photograph amongst Dubai’s cityscape,
including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.

South-East China—film-buffs will want to photograph the karst forests of Zhangjiajie which
inspired the movie Avatar, while Tianmen Mountain and Elephant Trunk Hill are all worth a

Vermont — Stow and Middlebury in Vermont make for historic settings, while Lake
Champlain and Mount Mansfield are not to be missed.

Borneo — you’ll get plenty of diverse photos during your trip, as you shoot the Sultan of
Brunai’s palace and photograph orang-utans in the world’s most diverse rainforest.

Croatia — take photos of everything from the Dalmatian Coast’s clifftops to the Pula Arena
and Diocletian’s Palace.

Southern Brazil — Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana beach and Iquazu Falls should all be on
your to-photograph list.

Now you know where to go, all you need to do is book those flights and jet off — happy holidays!