I might be the worst at planning my travels out of anyone I know. It seems, someone as well travelled as me would be much better at this skill of figuring out routes of travel and scheduling things. But the truth is that more often than not I really just wing it as best I can. That being said, one thing that I rarely forget to do is set up a checklist of things I need to bring along with me. Because really, there is nothing worse than being stuck in the middle of a country like Paraguay thinking to yourself, “damn, I don’t have any insurance”. My travel checklist includes a number of things that you might not expect the average person to bring along with them on their travels. But remember, I’m not your average traveller.
- Insurance: Although it’s really hard to get proper travel insurance to cover camera gear and electronics, it’s always possible to get good insurance to cover your health and safety and really, when it comes down to it, that is really what is important isn’t it?
- GoldBond: You’re probably thinking Really? But trust me, when you’re somewhere warm and sweaty there is nothing more soothing than a little bit of goldbond powder. When other travellers see me with my trusted yellow can, their eyes open with excitement and envy. This stuff is gold.
- Duct Tape: There is an old Canadian saying that goes like this: “duct tape fixes everything”. And the truth is it does. I have use duct tape to fix my shoes, patch a hole in my bag, and even waterproof my camera. I’m sure I’ve only barely touched on the many uses of duct tape, but I don’t leave home with out it.
- Memory Cards: In North America we are blessed with cheap memory cards. In the rest of the world you can find them, but they are really expensive. Also, you might not find the right ones to work with your camera. Pack about twice as many cards as you think you’ll need.
- Universal Converter: You can find converters pretty much everywhere, but save yourself the hassle and go get yourself a good one before you leave home. If you can get one converter that covers all your plug-ins than you save yourself the hassle of trying to find one for each new country you enter.
- Spontaneous Attitude: As much planning as you can do, there is nothing better to bring along with you than an attitude that says, “I am open to change”. If you bring along the last one, you don’t need much else.