Instantly Minimise Your Travel Photography Gear

by | Oct 5, 2018 | Gear and Reviews

After a recent holiday, I discovered two essential items that greatly simplified my travel photography experience, allowing me to capture amazing shots without the bulk of traditional gear.

The Challenge of Travel Photography

As a photographer, I often find myself torn between the desire to unplug during vacations and the opportunity to capture stunning images in a relaxed setting. The key challenge is finding the right balance between bringing enough gear to capture high-quality images and avoiding the burden of carrying too much equipment.

My Minimalist Travel Photography Kit

1. Compact Camera Bag Insert

  • Description: A padded insert that transforms any backpack into a camera bag.
  • Benefits: Incredibly affordable (around £7) and highly versatile.
  • Contents: I was able to fit my Panasonic Lumix GH5, a 12-35mm lens, a 42.5mm 1.8 portrait lens, a battery charger, a spare battery, and a couple of lens filters.

2. Apple Lightning to SD Card Reader

  • Functionality: Allows for direct transfer of photos from an SD card to an iPhone.
  • Editing on the Go: I used Adobe Lightroom CC Mobile to import RAW images directly from my GH5 and edit them right away.
  • Considerations: Be mindful of your phone’s storage capacity. My 64GB iPhone couldn’t hold my entire 128GB SD card’s content, but it was sufficient for daily photography needs.

My Experience and Workflow

Editing and Sharing Photos

  • Process: After a photography session, I selected the best images, imported them into my iPhone, edited them in Lightroom, and then shared them online.
  • Advantage: This workflow allowed me to enjoy photography and share my experiences without the need for a laptop.

Gear Management

  • Ease of Carrying: The camera bag insert was light and easy to carry in my hand luggage.
  • Space Efficiency: The minimal gear took up very little space, making it perfect for light travel.


My travel photography experience was significantly enhanced by these two items. They allowed me to enjoy photography as a relaxing activity, rather than a professional obligation, while keeping my gear to a minimum.

Key Takeaways

  • Simplicity is Key: You don’t need a lot of gear to capture great travel photos.
  • Balance: Find a balance between capturing memories and enjoying your vacation.
  • Efficiency: Efficient gear can make photography more enjoyable and less cumbersome.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with travel photography and any tips you might have. Do you face similar challenges when deciding what gear to bring along? Share your thoughts, and let’s discuss how we can make travel photography both enjoyable and manageable.

Until next time, happy shooting and traveling light!

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