How to Go Carry-On Only for a 10-Day Photo Trip - TDS Photo Podcast

This is The Digital Story Podcast #915, Oct. 3, 2023. Today's theme is "How to Go Carry-On Only for a 10-Day Photo Trip." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

I'm on my way to Sedona, AZ for our upcoming photography workshop. We will be working in a variety of beautiful settings, and I plan on coming home with plenty of pictures. And since a lot of my gear has to be packed in my suitcase, I'm going super-nimble and will be carrying on both of my bags. How could such a thing happen for a 10-day photo trip? Find out on today's TDS photography podcast. I hope you enjoy the show.

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How to Go Carry-On Only for a 10-Day Photo Trip


I have had such bad luck with checked bags that I've changed my approach to flying. I'd rather pay a bit more for a comfortable seat that allows my to board early and stash my suitcase in the overhead compartment. I hang on to my carry-on shoulder bag at my seat where I will have a laptop, iPad, and AirPods for the flight.

My suitcase is the amazing Solgaard Carry On Suitcase that easily fits in the overhead compartment. I also use eBag Packing Cubes which keep everything organized and provides extra compression for my clothes. But there's so much more that fits in my suitcase for this trip.

In my shoulder bag that complements the carry-on suitcase, I have my MacBook Pro 14.2" laptop, iPad mini, AirPods, more lenses, cable kit, and water bottle.

In the podcast, I explain how this all works together.

4 Productive Mindsets When Traveling for Photography

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For a lot of photographers, the act of traveling is a double-edged sword. We travel to be able to see the world and draw as much inspiration as we can from everything we see and experience. At the same time, the act of traveling often requires pushing out of our comfort zones and leaving behind a lot of the things that allow us to operate with fewer worries and limitations.

Traveling often involves the unpredictability of new surroundings, the randomness of photographic subjects, and the requirements (and limitations) of our gear. Travel is a huge equalizer that requires a lot of planning and a lot of energy to make sure that the experience is both productive and refreshing at the same time. Here are four things to keep in mind that might help you make the most out of your travel experiences no matter where you are going.

Here are four key points.

  • Don't Let Unfavorable Weather Stop You
  • Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room
  • Don't Forget To Be a Tourist
  • Connect With People

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I discuss what my findings are after testing my iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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