Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of requests from people asking me: What equipment do I have in the bag so I made this small video for you guys going over all the things in my bag as well as some useful travel tips!

Check it out:
For those of you interested in winning a Think Tank Airport International V 2.0, scroll down to the bottom of the page for more details!

Disclaimer: No company sponsored this post. Some of these item links ARE affiliate links which give me a % of sales if you buy from them.

Travel Tips summarized:

(see video for full description/explanations)

1. Heavy carry-on? Plan A: Pull the “Limited Liability” card.

Most airlines have a limited liability policy and you’re NOT ALLOWED to check in expensive items so if they complain about your gear being too heavy, ask if they want to insure the gear. If that doesn’t work

2. Plan B: Wear your equipment

There is no limit to how much you can wear on you so bringing something like a Newswear Chestvest or an UNDFIND Waist Shooter to wear your equipment on you, weigh your gear, and put it all back in.

3. If you’re only allowed a carry on and no laptop bag (like on budget European flights)

Remove the straps from your bag and hold it to your body like a book – it becomes a personal item! A low profile laptop bag like an Artificial Intelligence 17 V3.0 helps a lot!

4. Travelling with special gear that is TSA approved? Include the user manual.

The Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Li-Ion Kit that I travel with may look intimidating to the uninitiated so I include a small user manual with a little post-it that has SECURITY written all over it next to my batterypack that describes what the pack is for just in case the security folks get antsy. It’s far easier to include the user manual (or a couple pages of it) then trying to explain to them what it is and why you need it.

5. Grab a universal power strip to charge your electronics

Rather than bring 20 converters, bring one and a power bar to charge your stuff! Grab a Universal Travel Power Strip
so that you won’t have voltage issues!


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Think Tank Airport International V 2.0

Pros: The most solidly built bag ever, amazing ball bearings, fantastic padding. Closest thing to a “hard case” you’ll get that’s actually portable. TSA approved travel locks built in… overall an amazing bag. International travel size and fits just about all you need except a 300mm lens. Fabric is water resistant made of ballistic nylon. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

Cons: Heavy.

Price: 369.75$

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Artificial Intelligence 17 V3.0

Pros: Solid build. Compatible with the Airport International. I get the 17″ simply because it gives more space for my plethora of random cables. Vertical design actually makes it easier to carry in crowded places and offers a lower profile non-traditional laptop look (attracts less attention).

Cons: The strap is not the most comfortable. Not very padded.

Price: 59.75$

Useful travel gadgets:

(in no particular order)


Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Speaker

Pros: Amazing sound quality, bluetooth + built in microphone, can download SEXY voices, great battery life, water/shock resistant

Cons: Hard to find in orange (it was a limited edition). Not the loudest speaker in its category.

Price: 146.99$


Mogopod V2.0

Pros: Light, portable, and very cool dual gear action makes it super easy to stretch out and tidy up. Makes a great light pole when combined with one of these spigots.

Cons: The spigot tends to unscrew itself if you put something too heavy on the opposite end. Would require something such as loctite to hold things together properly.

Price: 79.99$


Zagg iPad Keyboard

Pros: This keyboard doubles up as a case so it not only protects the iPad but transforms the iPad into a place to send type out ideas, emails or more esp. when on a long flight. iPad batteries last significantly longer than computer batteries! It’s also great when you find a hotspot with only 30 minutes of free wifi… doubles up as a second device after you’ve used up your first 30 minutes with your laptop!

Cons: Can make your case a bit bulky

Price: ~99$. Depends on model. Some are even backlit!

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Leatherman Squirt Keychain

Pros: It’s tiny, portable, has just about every tool you would need on a set and acts as a keychain. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee!

Cons: So small you occasionally forget to put it in your check-in bag.

Price: 26.18$


Nasty Clamp

Pros: Light, strong, portable & clamps onto pretty much anything. Great for clipping a speedlight, Zoom H4N or GoPro!

Cons: Sometimes doesn’t work as well on thinner tubes

Price: 59.95$


Newswear Chestvest

Pros: Comfortable, durable, has back support which is great for long days on the field, practical and can fit 2x telephoto lenses and more. Great in case you get stopped for having overweight carry-on and need to “wear” your equipment.

Cons: Not very stylish

Price: 89.95$


Inflatable Neck Pillow

Pros: Super portable. Helps you sleep… anywhere – Plane, Train, Car, Floor… Removable cover means you can even wash it!

Cons: Not the most comfortable travel neck pillow but the portability is worth the tradeoff.

Price: 12.00$


Universal Travel Power Strip

Pros: Save money on converters, charge efficiently, surge protection!

Cons: ugly.

Price: 19.99$ on and it even sells in Canada

Photography related gadgets:

(in no particular order)

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Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Li-Ion Kit

Pros: Super light weight. Battery recharges to 75% in only 45 minutes. Travel-safe fuses means no problems flying with the batteries. Tiny flash heads means you can keep them safe by bringing them on your carry-on. Rugged weather resistant battery, solid cables and LED modelling light make them great for on location shooting.U get 300-400 full powered shots off in slow-recharge mode.

Cons: Asymmetrical power settings means that flash power of various heads are actually linked by a 2/3 : 1/3 ratio. I hate ratios. Expensive, but it really has no competition.

Price: On sale at 2799$ in Vistek Canada, 3100$ at B&H.

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Rotalux Deep Octa 100cm

Pros: Can be dismantled to save space, but also has solid foldable design. Extremely well designed, solid construction. Great light distribution and provides a nice focused but soft light source. Overall the Rotalux line of stuff is ah-mazing.

Cons: Slightly expensive.

Price: On sale at 319.95$ in Vistek Canada, 314.99$ at B&H

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Custom SLR M-Plate Tripod Plate

Pros: Never forget your tripod plate ever again (Manfrotto RC2 and Arca Swiss compatible). Super solid and compatible with the CSLR Glide Strap family of stuff that makes a super comfortable camera strap, even with a 70-200 strapped onto it.

Cons: Difficult to remove if you switch from photo to video. Takes a while getting used to if it’s installed on a battery grip.

Price: 74.95$


ProDot Shutter Upgrade

Pros: You either love it or hate it. I love it. Helps me find my shutter button easier, surprisingly comfortable to use.

Cons: They fall off with wear & tear 🙁

Price: 9.95$


Pocketwizard TT5

Pros: Compact. Hypersync and FP sync make you get the most bang for the buck out of your flash systems. Built in compatibility for White Lightnings, Einsteins and Alien Bees. Low profile, folds into nothing and is compatible with the AC3 Zone Controller that allows you to control your flash remotely!

Cons: Expensive & less range than some competing products but it’s got a lot of R&D that’s gone into it with some awesome customization functions. Settings must be configured using a PC, which is kind of inconvenient.

Price: 220$ on Amazon, 219$ on B&H


PocketWizard Plus III

Pros: Love the backlit display. Half-press makes the Pocketwizard III great for a backup trigger as well as a remote camera trigger when combined with the appropriate camera cable. Reliable and robust. Great range. Plays well with the TT5s

Cons: Expensive & doesn’t have the fancy TTL functions that the TT5 has.

Price: 150$ on Amazon, 150$ on B&H

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SIRUI Carbon fiber Tripod N2205

Pros: Super portable, tiny, lightweight. Folds so small (18.4″) that you can easily fit it into a small backpack. Solid construction and overall fabulous

Cons: Vibrates slightly.

Price: Only 229€ on Lovinpix and 466$ on Amazon

Note: I just discovered 3 legged thing. I think I’m in love with Brian and may just have to chuck the SIRUI.

The rest of the Nikon toys:

The Giveaway! (expires June 20th!)

Giveaway Vonwong

After sharing my video with the kind folks over at Think Tank they offered to giveaway an Airport International V2.0 to a lucky individual! The draw will take place on the 20th of June! Share on whichever social media network you prefer and leave a comment to be eligible! Share an inspirational story, message or other and your comment counts as double!


“For Benjamin Von Wong, an image that tells a story is an image with purpose. To bring these visual stories to life, Ben owes it all to two crucial components: inspiration and post-production. His upcoming two-day seminar details his personal approach to these components. Day One (June 18) covers discovering and channeling inspiration and motivation while Day Two (June 19) focusses on the technical aspects behind high post-production values.

Learn more:

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  • Adil

    I want it !!! haha. Is that the video you shot on a sunday afternoon?

  • Guest

    Great advice! When travelling for pleasure and not business, I often like to challenge myself by bringing only one lens with me. It helps me to worry less about the gear and think more about the trip. On a recent trip to Chicago, I decided to bring a DX 35mm F/2.8 with my FX D700. That was an interesting challenge.

    Also, I’ve shared this post here: 🙂

  • vese

    Great tips you give us!Thanks

  • Lauren Green

    This just got me super excited! Would love the chance to win the ThinkTank, would be perfect for carrying our gear to our wedding in the DR!!! If only we could afford you to photograph it for us 🙂

  • Great advice! When travelling for pleasure and not business, I often like to challenge myself by bringing only one lens with me. It helps me to worry less about the gear and think more about the trip. On a recent trip to Chicago, I decided to bring a DX 35mm F/2.8 with my FX D700. That was an interesting challenge.

    Also, I’ve shared this post here:

  • Eva

    Sneaky, I would add bring a business card for security. It saves me some extra x-rays and swab tests on occasion

  • gtvone

    I WOULD LOVE TO WIN A THINKTA…oh, wait! hehe.. nice one, Benjamin! Thanks!..

    • Mike Swiech

      Haha. Not like you need any more bags to line your hallway there :P.

  • Michael Seirer

    thx for the tips, love that the jawbone is in the list 🙂

  • To choose the best photo equipment for a long road is one of the most difficult things to do, it’s always possible to get there and find out that you need something that is home.

  • Elizabeth Beard

    As I don’t have a good travel case, this would be AMAZING!!!

    As an inspirational story …

    I was working the print station at a Help Portrait event a few years ago and there was an older gentleman was holding his portrait, staring at it very intently. I asked him how long it had been since he’d seen a photo of himself and he looked up at me and asked how long ago grade 6 had been.

    It strikes me how, even in this digital age, there are people who don’t have any record of their life. A friend and I now organize 2 Help Portrait events a year in our neighbourhood.

    The reaction people have to a printed copy of a photo in their hand is amazing!

  • Francois Bergeron

    I want this baby, thanks for the tips!

  • Claudio Foquina

    I am surprised that you have not had any problems with the pocket knife attached to the gaffer tape, pink unicorn PRICELESS and I am huge fan of the Custom DSLR camera strap system/tripod mount.. The Airport International bag is just super cool, now I have to go to my local shop and check it out my self, thank you for the great informative video, really enjoy looking at your creativity in photography and dude WHERE DO YOU GET ALL THAT ENERGY!! ? lol

  • Spencer

    Defiantly could use this bag!! Love seeing your work and the BTS Videos that you post. Such awesome talent and creativity.

  • BroadenFocus

    Although I haven’t used it on a airplane, I built a custom light bag out of a large suitcase I bought for cheap at a thrift shop. I tore the insides of it out and bought a couple yoga mats and some lime green duct tape. I cut pieces of the yoga mat to line the insides of the gutted suitcase and wrapped them in green duct tape so I could see in the bag easily. I then spray glued them to the inside. You can also make dividers out of the yoga mats. Mine holds 2 stands, all the cords I need, a set of grids, weights for light stands, batteries, tape, gels, all the little pieces. A 1200 w/s Speedotron pack, 2 heads with reflectors, and a couple light stands. I then hang a octobox folded up in a case from the rolling handle. I also attach my urban disguise bag to the rolling handle and can get everything on location in one trip!

  • James

    I need this bag

  • Brett Schumann

    That is truly awesome. I cannot believe you managed to get all that in such a small amount of luggage. I am impressed. Did you play Tetris a lot ?

  • Tomas Söderström

    Very helpful since I’m heading to London next week and Stockholm the week thereafter. As always, keep up the good work!

  • Julius Ise

    great video this week!

  • JnoJo

    Thanks for sharing with us on what’s in your bag! An eye-opener and useful tips!

  • Denis Fotógrafo Toranzos

    Dude iM from Bolivia a small country where photography is just a myth, being photographer is the hardest way of living, thanks to your blog i feel inspired to dare to be different, and to do what i love regardless the market, oh one more thing, i lost my left eye when i was 16, and i can barely see from my other eye due to very advance myopia (thanks god we have auto focus now), but you know what, i just love this so much that i decided to take the chance! thank you for inspiring me!

    • I’ve heard of blind photographers getting famous, you can do it too 🙂 All it takes is the will !

  • Nicholas König

    Man, is that Think Tank awesome! I surely would love to own of these bad boys, but if I don’t win, congrats to he/she who does! 🙂

  • Magellan

    This is an AWESOME article. Thank you, Von Wong!!! The biggest problem I’ve run into is having to carry all of my essential gear in my carry-on since I fly out of a small airport, usually in United’s Embraer. I’ve tried various small suitcases, but nearly always end up having to gate-check them at the plane.

    Anyone have any advice???

    • i don’t know what the size limitations are but the think tanks are built to international flying dimensions. :S Just check and look at the flight dimensions and compare them to the bags!

  • Thanks for the info! Very informative!

  • Benoit Lefebvre

    I now know what will be my next travel case!
    Good article Ben!

  • Hansel

    You are so very creative !

  • Mike

    As a traveler, this is gold. Wear your equipment … genius!

  • Julien Payette-Tessier

    Toujours nice de te lire ou de t’écouter parler de photo!

  • Ģirts Rutkovskis

    Thanks 4 the video! btw how many times you have had to wear your gear on the filghts? 😀

  • Chris Paine

    Great tips, love your work! Going to have to get me one of those Mogopods. 🙂

  • Mathieu Pothier

    Love it! Thanks Ben 🙂

  • Jean-Michel Lussier

    Best of luck to all participant. great post as usual Ben and thanks for sharing the goodies! 🙂

  • Xeniya Balsara

    Plus knife, clamp, pillow and universal power charger I carry tape. Cannot remember all situations when it helps.

  • Maoz

    Thank you very much for the opportunity, I love this bag 🙂

  • Meghan Good

    Loved that video very informational! My favorite part was when you talked about the unicorn because I totally wondered about that and meant to ask you! Also that Think Tank bag looks extremely awesome!

    • pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows <3

      • Meghan Good

        Yay! Unicorns with sparkly horns <3

  • Matthew Ziörjen

    I’m about to go on a flight to Europe and you just answered all the questions that have been looming in my mind! Thank you ^_^

  • Tomasz Andrysiak

    have the same tripod 🙂

  • Cyril Rana

    I’ll be short: Pick me!!!!! Jokes apart, i would really love to own this gem. Not just for photography but mainly for filmmaking. I’m a student of filmmaking and cinematography(which hooked me on to photography) and i roam around with just a carry bag with all my equipments and props. I don’t own a car and hence makes traveling even more difficult especially when you have loads of stuff up upon you in an already crammed up train…huff.

  • Amilee Hagon

    Dude. Very cool information and sharing it with my love for him to use! <3 (kermit the frog flail) Yayyyyyy!!!

  • Peter Tsai

    Good 411 here Ben, always pull those fuses and gaff tape them to your batts too! (bring spares just in case as well!)

  • Blake Clarke

    Yeah! 🙂 Many thanks Ben.

  • Sylvain

    Nice post .. very interesting. Thx

  • Jullian Pablo

    There’s actually really good tips there.. lots of things that can pass unnoticed like that simple unicorn. haha And it really makes a hude difference in some cases.. The aircompany i was traveling once lost my bag and just because of one simple colorfull thing, i was able to help them find it very easily.

  • HoManCheung

    count me in, sadly i don’t have an inspirational story but having traveled with camera gear it can suck, i’ve not only had a lens stolen right off my camera while on holiday, but security once smashed the LCD on the back of my GH2.

  • Guest

    Wow… I’ve actually wanted to know about some of the stuff you use. So, thanks for breaking down your equipment list! So much cool stuff 🙂

  • Renee Robyn

    Thanks for sharing… Now I know in detail what’s in those bags we keep hauling around 😉

  • Marius

    Nice tips for carry on the photo equipment in the plane. I will use in the future ! 🙂

  • Carolynn Sullivan

    Great info! Thanks!

  • james

    thanks for the tips 🙂 time for a haircut 😉

  • Love your personality, it’s hard to find good Photographers on YouTube that don’t bore you and will keep you interested, very great tips as well!

  • Martin Aubertin

    Ninja Packaging! Nice to see how in how small all this gear fits in. Hope I can do the same if I win !

  • Aud1073cH

    I’ve read of a guy who travels with a starter pistol (the kind that uses blanks, to start a foot race) in his camera bag. Even without ammunition, airports must give his bag special treatment, and take extra care not to lose it because it contains a firearm.

    I think I read about it on lifehacker or boing boing or somewhere.

    • It’s not just that they’ll loose the bag… they might break its contents! Don’t trust it 😛

  • Annalisa D

    Awesome sauce! Thanks for sharing the deets now what your pack 🙂

  • Leo DSi Do Brasil

    Awesome ! I really need this bag when I travel to Brazil ! :p

  • Andy

    Very useful info. Thanks

  • HsiMay Ul W

    You have got some sweet sweet gear! Love it. So want that ThinkTank bag, it looks awesome!
    The flight carry on, bane of my travels especially on budget airlines. I always bring my modified jacket with tons of pockets to fit all my lens, camera, and tablet as well as an extra change of clothes, its a hybrid photo vest sewed into my jacket and can carry 15kg -20kg load of stuff. That along with my deceptively small backpack that weights 15kg, modified and foamed my backpack, coz i cant afford that pricey ThinkTank gear!. Totally works, have been doing that on my 3 year world travel trip and I dont travel light! Took it from north to south americas, central asia, south east asia and micronesia.

  • Paul Curuti

    Nice, I really need one of those.

  • Björn Lubetzki

    Thanks for the tips again. I have to travel in about 3 month and I will use some of the tips.

  • Patrick McEachern

    Awesome tips Ben!! I’ve been looking at that Ranger Quadra Kit for a bit.. Really think I will be picking it up in the fall! You carry that on with you?

  • Jacob Jolibois

    Great tips and really sick bag! A must-have for sure. Thanks for the video!


  • Oumayma B. Tanfous

    I have to travel in 2 weeks and I was looking for a blogpost like this. very useful!

  • Eric Devir

    Good stuff Benjamin. Thanks for sharing your travel secrets!

  • kenyee

    Shared on twitter. I try to keep all my gear in a backpack including laptop. The Lowepro Fastpack 350 works for me except I wish the straps were a little wider for the heavy days.
    One time, on a rather full flight, the flight attendant was wondering if I could put that under the seat in front of me…started pulling it out, then realized it weighed 30 lbs and wouldn’t compact down and changed her mind. It’s nice that they don’t weight stuff you carry on 😉

  • Hans Werner

    Thanks for sharing all this awesome equipment! Very handy.

  • Marie Kidd

    Some really great tips here- thank you so much!

  • Wayne Lennon

    The tip about insurance will be very useful, my bag will never be checked into the hold….even if it is protected by thinktank build quality.

  • duckthroat

    Haha very nice page and I like your videos! really cool stuff.

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  • Neil McAndrew

    Tip number 3 never occurred to me, it’s genius in its simplicity.

  • Euan Mclay

    Can always count on Von Wong to tell you of anything ‘Wong’ with things! Great source of Inspiration aswell!

  • Richard Dumoulin

    Really an interesting post! Thanks for all the infos! 🙂

  • Mark Kidsley

    useful tips!

  • Erik W

    so so so much lesson on this video, very simple yet detailed explained… indeed i love the pink unicorn… cant find other well experienced mentor to have this tips for me…. u’re awesome Von….

  • Andrew Phillip Randall

    Loved this tips but I Always take lots of small 8gb/16GB cards instead of one big on in-case of corruption of data I know its rare but it happenes! 🙁

  • Solange Desjardins

    Nice advices! Thanks! 🙂

  • Yan Ouimet

    De très bon conseilles! Merci!

  • Mel Nader

    Thanks for the advice! Now just missing to buy the most of the gear! lol
    ps. nice haircut! 🙂

  • Mel Nader

    Thanks for the advice! Now just missing to buy the most of the gear! lol
    ps. nice haircut! 🙂

  • Scott Roeder

    Awesome breakdown for traveling photo setup! I am always trying to find the best ways to travel with my photo gear, both for personal trip and for jobs. It’s also great to see all of the small tools and accessories that make your photo kit complete. Thanks!

  • Daniel Sather

    The neck pillow is invaluable 😉

  • Sven Uckermann

    😉 Traveling to a von wong workshop is quiet insterational 😉 Greetings Sven

  • Niels

    I’ve been looking for a travel bag with wheels on it and now with the giveaway the airport international is in reach.

    As a student in europe making my money by photographing i don’t have the budget to buy and bodies and lenses and camera bags and tripods. Sadly all the budget goes to first priorities such as the body, lenses and batteries.

  • Anita

    Think Tank is my dream equipment.

  • Johannes Kaihua

    Great video love to shoot on the go! Some serious equipment as well!

  • Aaron Srader

    I love the Unicorn tip.. Very informative video ..
    Thank you for sharing..

  • OMG! So cute Von! I loved #1 and #2 – didn’t know this and I am certainly going to use it for domestic flights within India – I always dislike arguing with the flight staff and this should quickly put things in order – unless they themselves have no idea what “limited liability” is! Unicorns are not my style – I think I’ll find a frog 😀 Thanks for sharing – it’s my first time on your blog / seeing your work – bookmarked!

  • The Unheard Voice

    Just a tip for your next video with that mic: Occasionally in the vid, it’s catching air from your speaking and thus muffling your voice. By keeping it lower on your chin, you can avoid that issue and still be heard clearly.

    Thanks for the share =]

  • Sonal

    Thanks for sharing these tips!

  • Matthew Ryan Donahue

    I recently had the opportunity to attend a Von Wong workshop. It’s as epic as you might think. If you get the chance, grab your gear and haul a.. to get there. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Vinay Anantharaman

    I bet there was quite a bit of trial and error with figuring out what works for you and your travel gear. last time I travelled with all my camera equipment, literally nothing compared to you, it was a nightmare. I was scared I was gonna lose cables and chargers.

  • Do you ever find that something like a Pelican case would offer more protection for your gear? Plus, the cases can be used as seats, stools, portable tables, and more.

    • They’re very very non-ergonomic. I have a pelican case and hated it. The idea is not to ding them around. Besides, I can sit on my Think Tank too 😛

      • They may not be very ergonomic, but they’re tanks. (And, no, I’m not getting paid for this 😀 ) I’ve flown small connecting flights where, due to the size of the aircraft, you can’t even take standard-sized carry-on with you, and they won’t allow you to carry that much gear on your person. So, it has to be checked in below. In cases like that, I prefer the peace of mind that an indestructible case provides.

  • Haejong Gwon

    Thanks for the useful tips!

  • That was just awesome, I didn’t knew about those loopholes that they have.

  • Andrej Eling

    Thanks for the useful tips, great video.

  • Nancy

    Thank you for sharing this very valuable info.

  • Matthew Everett

    I’m still not sure how you manage to get around with all this, let alone fly in Europe/Asia. That’s a ton of gear! Good tips though, which I shared on G+.

  • Bill Burton

    Great info – thanks!

  • Sam Tsang

    Thanks for sharing Ben, great post!

  • Carlos Magariños

    I think you’re missin pen and paper! XD very nice video.

  • Moj

    Last year I had a terrible memory of carrying my photography equipment without a proper camera bag. We headed to airport with an old grandma hard case luggage with my expensive camera equips wrapped with shirts! apparently the bag wasn’t safe enough because after arriving and opening up the bags, my nikon 85 mm, which I have paid good money for it at the time, was cracked. it Pissed me for the entire vacation. It forced me to buy some safe camera bags afterwards. BTW it was Amsterdam…

  • Arseny Gurevich

    Thanks for sharing this great info, and for all the inspiring videos!!
    hope to win this bag :)) could really help me with all the gear i’ve got!

  • Mateusz

    Thats Just what i need!
    I always have to rent a car for my stuff.
    I want to small down my equipment so everything i REALLY need is in 1 Bag…
    Thanks for the tips Ben!!!

  • Awesome video and presentation. I have heard of these Think Tank Airport International bags for quite awhile and always seem to be quite impressed, especially that you are able to bring it as a carry on. The TSA locks are great and especially the lock down component, so that one cannot use the ballpoint/Bic pen attack on the zippers and just roll the zippers back over the tracks to hide that they’ve opened your bag. I do prefer a hardcase for checked luggage, but if you can get by with carry on – this is the way to go!

    I was also surprised to see you carry own the Ranger lighting equipment! I usually just pack speedlights for this though that is certainly very limited. I’m amazed that you pack 2-3x as much as I do for photography gear and I thought I had already perfected and maxed out my gear packing options! Way to go above and beyond!

  • Love the video – unicorn tip was awesome 😀
    Shared to Facebook!

  • BrodieQ

    Great video, thanks for the detailed info

  • James Lawson-Smith

    Some great tips there.

  • Stanly Ipkiss

    Universal Power Strip!

    respect the little things in life 🙂

  • Raymond Bayot

    3 legged thing..I’m curious.

  • Enrique

    Very informative video! I’ve got more than a few new tips for my next trip. Thanks for that.

    One question, i noticed you have a full frame and a crop sensor bodies. Why did you choose the crop sensor as a backup (assuming it is your backup)?

    I also travel with straps and carabiners to be able to fix and attach things every now and then.

    • I shoot BTS videos and the D7000 is the only other camera I have that does video (I have a d700 and a d300)

      Also if ever I need the 1.5x crop factor it can turn out to be practical!

  • Dave Nunez

    Great tips! Do you have any recommendations for durable lightstand bags? I’ve worn out and broken my cheap eBay one as well as my more expensive Kata bag. I’m looking for something that’ll carry a couple of stands, a pair of White Lightning strobes, and a few associated accessories like the battery pack, reflectors, grids, cables, etc.

    I’m looking at the Photoflex Transpac, but I haven’t heard much about it’s durability. Thanks!

    • I don’t have the Transpac but I have some nice photoflex gear and quite like it. Sorry I can’t particularly recommend anything that’s stood out for me yet!

      • Dave Nunez

        Thanks Benjamin, I’m stoked to get out there more, though the amount of gear is getting to be a burden. Do you always have an assistant to help with the load and setup?
        On a recent shoot I actually borrowed my kid’s toy wagon to pull some extra gear up a hill!

  • Timothy Tinyan Lai

    i never like travelling with my lens. TSA tends to look at me funny, and then require me to rescan my gear. then after they take it all out, stare at it, and then place it in the scan bins and scan again. nerve racking and annoying.

    • haha its just a lens scan, whats so scary? If you have nothing to hide there’s nothing to fear 🙂

  • christian lavoie

    cool stuff!

  • Rob Johnson

    As someone who spends a lot of time travelling (especially by plane) Its nice to actually learn some new tricks! I’ve worn my gear more then once to save it from the underbelly of a plane. How much trouble do they give you going through screening with all that electronics?

    • Gotten even through Israeli border control. They simply make you take everything out in a worst case scenario. No biggy 🙂

  • James King

    I’d love to have half this stuff :/ Awesome share with great tips! Thanks!

  • Ton of great tips here, thanks for sharing!

  • mingyang sun

    I want that bag!!! lol well, I never have the luck but I always try! hahahaha

  • Kyle

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Chris Rylee

    I’m going to Peru this summer to volunteer and hopefully take portraits of the people that I stay with, this video and blog post could not have come at a better time. You rock!

  • Mark W. Brown

    Great video… Do a lot of traveling myself and the “there is fragile stuff in this bag” works every time. Though in the middle east I did have all my extension cords taken away. Still not sure why… But none-the-less most airlines will allow you to bring on expensive travel equipment.

  • Jo Gorsky

    You can be sure that I’ll check that page again next time I plan to travel.
    Excellent tips that I wish I’d though of last time I flew.
    Bookmarked and shared with fellow photographers and traveling friends !
    Thx 🙂

  • Mike Swiech

    My wife and I are going to be surpursing my daughter on a trip to Cuba. She has been wanting to fly on a plane for the longest time and, now is the greatest time than ever. My wife has been in remission for 11 years now from cancer. She just graduated from nursing last year and this year she graduated from becoming an Operating Room Nuruse. Her and I our treating our daughter on a trip to Cuba so she can swim with the Dolphins and I will be photographing it all so we have memories to last a life time. She has wanted to fly on a plane for the longest time, and now both my wife and I are able to make that happen for her. I would love to be choosen as the winner if given the opportunity. Many thanks and keep up doing what you are doing.

    • Wish you luck dudeski! Either way – wish you guys a great trip to cuba. It’s a great place to visit. WIsh you the best with your wife.

      • Mike Swiech

        Thanks much appreciated. I’ll make sure to pass that off to my wife. I hopefully will see you in Toronto on the 18th and 19th. Just need to check on my schedules that week.

  • Hemal Mamtora

    Really useful video, you have so much amazing stuff in your bag… 🙂

  • ErwanLight

    Holy shizz, that’s a lot of comments!
    Just filling in for Valgas, that broke ass little genius would greatly benefit from a bag like that 🙂

  • Christopher Watson

    Always willing to share your experiences to make us all better. Thanks

  • Bahram

    On my check in bag I use some bright tape, preferably bright red duct tape (available at Walmart), and write on them destination flight number and my personal information (destanition and flight number with larger font). So far airlanes never lost my bag!

  • NV-Photography

    Would like to win the bag need a new one so would me cool to win this one

  • Joseph Padiernos

    Awesome! Just what I needed!

  • Khanh Huy Phan

    nice ! love your reviews ben!. keep it up!

  • Natasha Glenn

    great info for destination shoots!

  • Akira Schüttler

    Awesome post. Thank you for sharing all your experiences in travelling with us!
    I think the bag would be a perfect fit for all my equipment and travel issues.

  • Akira Schüttler

    Thank you for sharing all your experience!
    This bag would be perfect for all my equipment and travel issues.
    Thanks, Akira.

  • Matt Alexander

    Fantastic tips, loving the limited liability part, Will be definitely using it. Thanks so much for taking the time to pass on some really handy advice.

  • Jameson Chua

    i’ll just put my comments in a simple way,

    Great Tips!
    Great Gears Recommendation!
    Great personal oppinions!
    one of the best blogged Travel Tips for Photographers. 🙂

  • Michael Desmond Cox

    I’m amazed at the amount of very useful gear you pack into your travel kit.

  • Henry Doody


  • Cory Albrechtson

    Great travel gear advice

  • Carlos Gouveia

    Great advice here, especially for the photographer on the run. Thanks Benjamin 🙂

  • Frederic Seguin

    I am a travel photographer myself but still found some very useful tips in there. Next time try to include where you got that unicorn. Also, I would have liked to know which hard drives you use and how you back up your pictures if you travel only with an ipad

  • Don

    Great tips, thanks! I made some of this up myself on a trip to Chicago a few weeks back. I packed a Kiboko 30L pack with cameras & lenses on one side and my Elinchrom Quadra on the other. In a large suitcase I packed some nano stands, a softlighter II 36″ and a 110cm x 90cm softbox with a few odds and ends. It all worked out except I wanted to bring my new Fuji X-Pro1with lenses which I carried in a separate messenger bag (Hadley small). I had a checkin agent eyeball that messenger bag for a moment until I proudly announced it was my purse. She waved me through and all was fine with my Kiboko stored above and my Hadley under the seat in front of me.

  • Joe Gunawan

    Great tips Ben! I highly suggest Custom SLR’s laptop bag split strap to replace your Artificial Intelligence strap. I did the same for my UNDFIND bag and it is super comfortable. New versions are longer, so the complaints on the short strap doesn’t apply anymore:

    • Cool idea! I used the UnDfind bag strap instead of the Artificial Intelligence one! haha

      • Joe Gunawan

        Oh yea, your shoulder will thank you once you get the Custom SLR strap. Best strap I’ve ever used, in my opinion =)

  • Dude, thanks for the tips. I really like that bit about “do you really want me to take these out and wear them?” haha

  • Mervyn Lim

    The videos and images shown during it work as well as explanation is really inspirational for those who love photography! It’s a dream to be able to reach that standard and creativity in photography in the future! Look forward to more tips and techniques!

  • Andrey Ivanov

    For those who want to travel light, I’ve realized that my Think Tank Restrospective bag is phenomenal for carrying stuff around cities. Also I carry a Lowepro backback with my 24-70 and 70-200 🙂 The bags fit a lot of things, including space for some speedlites, pocket wizards and whatever you feel like bringing, including laptops iPads etc… 🙂 I think that von wong made a way better guide than I ever could, so listen to him, but I felt like tossing in my 2 cents for what I have taken on travels abroad 🙂 So far haven’t had problems with security :p

  • Miguel Charles

    Je n’aurais jamais pensé à une licorne en peluche!!! Thanks for the advice!!
    PS: Où est la photo de la licorne et son prix (Pas à vendre) LOL

  • josmer

    Great video and advice. I’ve always thought think tank was a great band. This just confirms it. Thanks!

  • Cole Ewert

    Great video. It is always intresting to see what photogrphers carry with them when they travel and all the different ways they have tried to cut weight and size of the items they carry.

  • Megan A

    Thanks for the tips. I haven’t yet had issues traveling with gear but every time I do the next time I bring less and get by with what I have.

  • Sherwin Herana

    leaving comment. Von Wong, you are one awesome photographer.. BAZINGA!! 😛

  • Braxton Klavins

    Well, This is interesting. Wish I had all of that gear.

  • Razvan Velev

    Cool post! I liked the one with the personal item, will come in handy with my ipad 🙂
    I have flown in Europe so far and I too have an advice for us : travel light! I had all the gear I needed to shoot a wedding in Paris + spare clothes fit in my airport friendly Tamrac.
    And that’s just one story 🙂

  • Lance Vun

    Wow thanks for the helpful tips Benjamin! I had an experience where all my gears + laptop weights 35+ KG and I was worried that the airport might not let me go on the flight! So I asked a friend to meet me at the airport to pick up most of my clothes so she would courier it to where I was going. Talk about being a newbie traveller! xD

    By the way do you have any advices with regards to visa? Do you just use a tourist visa or business one whenever you travel? Thanks!

    • I just travel on a tourist visa, I shoot a lot for pleasure .. just to put content out there for u guys 🙂

  • Jay Scott

    I’m really curious about Quadra Rangers, but haven’t really seen them in a person’s hands or how convenient they are. Just need a rental place in Saskatoon to take the next step and give them a try. Thanks for the solid video.

    • I believe Vistek might be able to ship you a rental unit… I’m not sure though! They’re the exclusive dealer of Elinchrom in Canada!

      • Jay Scott

        I never thought of them. Didn’t realize they rented. Thanks!

  • Arthur Shin

    WOAH. That is a TON of stuff in a very compact way… I couldn’t do that with clothes even if I wanted to… lol…

  • Ian Zhang

    Nice tutorial, Thank you.

  • John Lill

    Thanks for sharing Ben! Very helpful to see how someone with your talent and skill manages their gear. Definitely need to re-evaluate my set-up after seeing this!

  • Zandro Zafra

    i’ve always wondered how it is with destination wedding photographers with their equipment.
    thanks for the tips!

  • John Tobin

    You Can’t Go Wrong With Tips From Von Wong!!

  • Trav Williams

    Nice job; I love seeing what photographers actually have in their bags (or, in this case, AS their bags). When traveling internationally I have been accused of carrying a weapon because my tripod had metal points in its feet. Surely I meant to terrorize the plane with my (loosely translated from Indonesian) “triple-sword”.

    Thanks for the insight!

  • Peggy Casey

    Thank you for this opportunity. Although I am an amateur photog, I am entering to win for my niece in law,”kim”, K.Feragen Photography While Kim was in school learning photography her partner had a serious tragic accident. He fell off the sky train elevator at the Surrey Sky Train,spending over a month in a coma. Kim stayed by his side putting her schooling on hold and has remained positive and supportive,sweet and sincere still 1 1/2 years later. THey have moved to another city to resume parenting of two small children. She is starting her profession from scratch again. Kim has a natural talent and I feel she is always giving to everyone else, I would like to see her receive something in return. THank you

  • Joel Lim

    great tips! will pull the limited liability one the next time i get yanked for carrying too much!

  • Edward

    I will be going on a trip to Peru in two months! The V2.0 by think tank would be an awesome gift and would do wonders in the rough terrain.

  • MarkB10

    Interesting strategy to overload the bags. Bookmarked for future reference.

  • Paul Forrest

    I use Think Tank bags and I swear they are the best, most versatile, easy to lock bags. These videos here give some good basic tips, some I know, many I learn so good work guys and thank you.

  • Dan Alexandru

    Hey Von, this is a great post! Especially the tips in dealing with ‘friendly’ airlines 🙂 Really useful altogether!

    • Guest

      I’m leaving to study abroad in France tomorrow (my first time leaving the states!) and this video happened to pop up on my newsfeed, so helpful! THANK YOU!!!

  • Dan Alexandru

    Hey Von, this is a great post! Especially the tips in dealing with ‘friendly’ airlines 🙂 Really useful altogether!

  • Guest

    I’m leaving to study abroad in France tomorrow (my first time leaving the states!) and this video happened to pop up on my newsfeed, so helpful! THANK YOU!!!

  • Weasel

    I’m leaving to study abroad in France tomorrow (my first time leaving the states!) and this video happened to pop up on my newsfeed, so helpful! THANK YOU!!!

    -Zach Gerberick

  • Trevor Thoreson

    Awesome video, this gave me some great tips for future traveling

  • Chris Ennis

    A solid range of advice. The various ruses to get a bag on board are very useful.

  • RickMarquez

    Awesome tip on the insurance liability for heavy carry ons! So glad I ran into this article!

  • Neil Shearer Photography

    Wow, what an amazing ammount of stuff you take! I actually ahve a lot of the same items, but have never considered taking my Quadras with me… I would usually borrow equipment when I get there, maybe next time I’ll just give it a go… Oh and another workshop in the UK please… I couldn’t make the last one!

  • flamencofilm

    Looks like a really good bag & great tips you’re share here. Thanks for that!

  • flamencofilm

    Looks like a really good bag & great tips you’re share here. Thanks for that!

  • Rodford Bucalon

    thanks for sharing..prodot hmmm..and think tank airport international V2–>your mine! =)

  • Rodford Bucalon

    thanks for sharing..prodot hmmm..and think tank airport international V2–>your mine! =)

  • Tod

    Great tips, Von! Thanks for taking the time to share your gear and these great travel tips!

  • DN

    excenllent tips, i wonder if my airport security 2 would fit international flight spec

  • DN

    excenllent tips, i wonder if my airport security 2 would fit international flight spec

  • Kris Blucher

    As usual, can’t watch your videos without learning 100 things. I don’t fly often, but when I fly with my gear next, I’ve bookmarked this to make sure I’m packing appropriately! Love it.

  • Mike

    Dude, your chillaxed way of talking about photography just makes me smile. These are obviously great tips.

    Btw. it r my birfday, I can haz bag?

  • Much appreciated video and post. Covered some things I hadn’t taken into consideration for when I travel with a bunch of heavy photographic gear for the first time that’ll come in handy when the time comes.

  • Nicholas Lim Wen Yao

    Wow O_O 26kg

    Really good tips for all travel photogs 🙂

  • Bálint

    Can’t belive this package is enough for almost everything you need to have a good work. Awesome!

  • Terri Sullivan

    that bag, airport international v.2 by think tank, looks like the perfect travel carry on…I am going to Europe in less than a week and will be looking to find the bag to take with me…a back pack and a camera bag all in one…

  • Great post, looks like some awesome gear. I’m going to have to get one of those bags, and an interesting ornament for it.

  • Terryfy

    Hey thats great energy and great tips.
    I’m getting ready for Trans siberian train adventure and I cover all my 3 cameras with gaffa tape (duct tape) so show no brand or model…and it loos crap…maybe a good tip for travellers or photographers in more dangerous areas. Plus it protects as well from scratches…This seems to be the bag!!! I like when is tested and resisted all.


  • AP

    great suggestions!

  • Warren

    Thanks for the video. Now I know what I can carry when I head to Germany in 5 weeks. Oh and the unicorn is cool for identification.

  • Lorenzo Oznerol

    Thanks Von. I really liked the “Limited Liability” card tip. Can’t imagine what the staff’s reaction will be like!

  • Kailuo Tao

    Thanks for sharing! Great tips!

  • RJ Woodgett

    Think I will substitute the pink unicorn with an old beat up sneaker and gym socks. Maybe that will be a deterrent

  • Sam Tsang

    the quadra battery is soooooo light!!! Thank for showing me how to use that system Ben! I tried to use the hypersync adjustment, but i still got a black band at the bottom of my image, will get you to show me at profusion 🙂 See you soon!

  • colton

    Great video! Always good to hear other travelers’ tips and tricks to tweak what I do already.

  • Emery Bach

    Now Who would know more about traveling light than you Ben. !

    Great Video, Greater Gear :)…..

  • Redpandaman

    Never knew about the converter power strip. Much easier than schlepping multiple plugs and converters. The newswear vest is great and evenly distributes weight around.

  • Kristi Whitman

    These are great tips! I travel with minimal gear, so I just carry a Kelly Moore bag. It looks like a purse, so airport security doesn’t even blink when I walk by. Jo Totes or Epiphanie are other good companies, if anyone is looking for a similar bag. The designs are mostly geared toward women, but there are a few unisex bags that are really nice too. I’m not affiliated with any of these companies, just like their products.

  • Night

    Pink fluffy unicorn made my day!

  • Gary Goldberg

    Lets try this again….Liked the video, some great travel tips, and I’m just wondering how you’re getting that Leatherman Knife on your carry on baggage…..

  • CNehm

    Love the vidio keep up the good stuff

  • Richard Roesler

    Salem use tips, while I do not travel as much these days all things are subject to change? So if your tour in the US ever comes to Texas I will need advanced notice in case I have a sell a kidney or something?

    • Actually i’m planning on Texas in October! Stay tuned!

  • Tracy

    Great tips. I tend to overpack — inspiring to see how much useful gear you get into such a small space!

  • Corby

    Great tips, I already learned most of them the hard way as a travelling snowboard cinematographer I was flying all over with multiple snowboards and gear plus film cameras and tripods you definitely can’t fit in your pocket.

  • Ryan Dimal

    Not sure if it let me post last night. Anyways lots of cool ideas and great new stuff I should buy! Thanks for all the great info. Been looking for something like the news wear chest vest.

  • Ian McIntosh

    Great tips. Looking forward to more posts.

  • Ian Smythe

    After returning from a trip to Thailand I realized that I had been bitten by the travel photography bug! Winning the Think Tank Airport International v2,0 would give me the ability to pursue this passion with ease and a sense of security which is so comforting to have while traveling abroad with my entire “life” in bag. Thanks for all of the great content you create for us photo junkies! Cheers.

  • Damian malloth

    I’m considering to buy this Quadra equipment! Seems great!

  • Guy Buys

    Thanks for the tips, I’m leaving tomorrow to Italy so got them just in time! Maybe next trip with the airport international …

  • Matthias Höing

    Yeah Bro great Stuff!!!

  • Tyler

    This has me wanting to clear some space on my VISA for things I’ve been looking for 😀 Thank you Ben 🙂

  • Brian Reese

    How are you getting through with a Leatherman multi tool?

  • Olof Berglund

    I don’t have any great travel story to tell but when I go traveling outside of Sweden I take off my ballhead of my tripod to fit it inside my travel bag. Most lenses and body/bodies goes into the carry on bag. I would love one of these to ease my paranoia when traveling!

  • Lim Kim Zhuan

    The 1st tip works all the time. Since I started underwater photography, I have increased my carry-on luggage weight. I can never part with my photography gears and regulators.
    I also bring along a canvas shopping bag to keep my laptop and off load some of the other heavier items if I know that I am going to be weighed. Its considered personal item and never gets weighed.

  • Tyler

    Thanks for the great travel tips. I’m always travelling for work, and I can’t help but bring my camera.

  • Csaba Istvan Papp

    Nice presentastion. Wish i have the money to fill the thinktank 😀

  • Khaled Elkhawaga

    I never win anything.

  • Doug

    Great information, thanks for the very useful tips.

  • Tim Rygh

    I was debating on getting the Think Tank international, but I settled on the Street Walker Hard Drive because I was going into some rough terrain that wheels would not work in. I fell in love with the Street Walker Hard Drive, and thus everything Think Tank makes, so I really want the international now for more urban use. Can’t go wrong with Think Tank.

  • Tim Rygh

    I was debating on getting the Think Tank international, but I settled on the Street Walker Hard Drive because I was going into some rough terrain that wheels would not work in. I fell in love with the Street Walker Hard Drive, and thus everything Think Tank makes, so I really want the international now for more urban use. Can’t go wrong with Think Tank.

  • Jeremy Haynes

    Awesome stuff!!!

  • Jason Chau

    Awesome tips!

  • Joel Palmer

    I happen to be really tall (6’9″) and can usually get a smile or something from the TSA agents when I travel. I even got one guy to give me a way-up-high high-five every time I went through security! A little friendliness and a smile goes a VERY long ways with those people. In fact, a little friendliness and a smile goes a long ways with most people!

  • April Seney

    Great tips and awesome gear! It’s good to see what you think is needed.

  • Marie-Helene Tremblay

    Thank you Benjamin, very useful and fun to watch!

  • amy jett

    This was great! I never realized that the rule in regards to Limited Liability insurance for airlines, so it will be nice to have that in the back of my mind if I ever get stopped for weight limit on my equipment.

  • Guest

    Just graduated and starting out as photographer and could really use the bag! Loved all the tips!

  • Silvia

    Just graduated and starting out as a photographer. Have a couple of international trips in my future and could really use the bag! Loved the tips for getting past the weight limits and the unicorn!

  • Hayk Manoyan

    Great advice! Thank You

  • Nikon_700

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for the great video, lots of good tips for a traveling photographer. Just got back from 2 weeks in the UK, wish I had watched this video before I went. Would love to have this bag.


  • Rachel Jones

    Lots of great information – Thanks! You’ve definitely put my mind at ease for my next flight! -shared to Facebook

  • Luis E.

    about to fly in a couple of weeks with my gear, very helpful and insightful blog. deff need to find the manual for my vagabond mini and highlight the travel restrictions.

  • Zsombor

    Thank you so much for the information! Very useful!

  • Guest

    I started photography 3 years ago with a point and shoot during highschool. Now I’m majoring in photography and have my own DSLR as well as a film slr. Looking back makes me realizehow much I have learned. It doesn’t seem like much as I’m learning, but these past 3 years have given me a wide range of knowledge. I hope to expand my knowledge even more and become successful enough in a photography career to add more gear to my bag and support myself. Good luck to all the aspiring photographers out there and follow your dreams! Live your passion!

    ~BMC Photography~

    • Brandan Calhoun

      I don’t know why this posted twice, sorry!

  • Brandan Calhoun


    I started photography 3 years ago with a point and shoot during highschool. Now I’m majoring in photography and have my own DSLR as well as a film slr. Looking back makes me realize how much I have learned. It doesn’t seem like much as I’m learning, but these past 3 years have given me a wide range of knowledge. I hope to expand my knowledge even more and become successful enough in a photography career to add more gear to my bag and support myself. Good luck to all the aspiring photographers out there and follow your dreams! Live your passion!

    ~BMC Photography~

  • Christos

    Nice advice, and also good buying tips… You just made my wishlist bigger 🙁

  • matt.gebhart

    Thanks for the tips. I booked my first few travel weddings this summer so this is very timely for me as I plan out what gear to travel with. Does the pink fluffy unicorn attract unwanted attention from children? (shared on twitter)

  • Alex Lucas

    Very helpful thanks for the tips

  • Hairfire Tibi

    Great tips!! I like the list with all the gear, really helpful!!

  • Tony Cottengim

    Great informative video!

  • really cool gear and thanks for the tips on what to get with us and how to deal with heavier equipment. Now my photo backpack weights 16 kg. It got quite heavy for my back, but what can I do without leaving gear at home?

  • Ted Ulrich

    Great read! And for an inspirational comment: “There are two types of people – those that think they can, and those that think they can’t. They’re both right”. I think that was Gary Vaynerchuk.

    • Ted Ulrich

      Pardon me, I must have read Gary quoting Henry Ford! 🙂

  • Angel Gasperini

    Well i didnt take in consideration that my backpack camera bag was gonna get sooo heavy. cant really carry it for more than 20 mins so this rolling bag would be awesome. thanks for the tip on the pink unicorn. Im gonna put this fluffy dog from the Alzheimer’s Community Care Inc. 🙂 who’s gonna steal that

  • Rodrigo Bender

    The wealth of information I’ve been able to gather from Von Wong’s videos has been extremely helpful in training and guiding me as I continue to improve and expand our brand. Thank you for the tips and inspiration.

  • Chris Javier

    Thanks for the tips! Great read.

  • acmwallace

    I took my powerstrip to the Philippines years ago… plugged it into a local outlet and BANG!. It was a US strip, 120V… I found an Ace Hardware in Manila, and bought a power strip there, good for 240V. Now, one adapter, and all my chargers (they can handle 240V) plug into it….

  • Abel Sanchez

    I have been needing a travel bag. Thanks for the chance to win one. Great info.

  • Rachel Spence

    Great tips! Never would have thought about the unicorn thing. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Brooke Warren

    I’m doing a photo story and photojournalism ethics project in Chile this fall and your video was super helpful for me to decide how and what gear I need to bring. My “unicorn” is a tag that says “you won’t look good in my clothes.” Haha

  • I’m newer photographer in the underwater space. Since my shark dives usually require a lot of dive/photography equipment and significant travel, this was very useful. I’ve been looking for some new gear in these product categories, and winning a Think Tank Airport International v2.0 would be icing on the cake! Thanks for the great info!

  • Adam

    Fantastic list… love the recommendations! Thanks!

  • LisaOsta

    Cool Video!

  • Awesome tips! I never thought about the insurance thing. Great thing to know! Thanks BVW!

  • SuicidalPlanet

    Sure would like to win this since my think tank bag was recently stolen from the trunk of my car.

  • Marty Lang

    Been following you for a while now Von, love your work and your videos !

  • Alff Henry

    I love think tank bag and gear I have one bag and the Think Tank belt and holster. Hope to get more bags with security system. I will be checking you out in Toronto at the ProFushion show, can’t wait for that.

  • Sean Trostem

    Been meaning to get a Think Tahk for my next bag!

  • Fernando Villavicencio Mesinas

    The Pink fluffy unicorn might be the coolest thing in all your baggage. 😉

  • Nick Keck

    I want to thank you for always sharing your knowledge and inspiration with us. You’re really helping out aspiring photographers. I think it is a great opportunity for any photographer to be able to work with you. You’re the kind of person that it would be impossible not to learn something or be inspired from.

    Take care


  • Eric

    NYC Soon!?

  • Mahesan Selladurai

    Very talented photographer, coupled with excellent baggage and excellent tips provides people like us an eye opener and vital information.

  • Wesley Kam

    Cool, very interesting to see what you carry around the world!


    Really like the “Plan A” and “Plan B”. Another trick learned…. Thank you..

  • Alff Henry

    I love think tank bag and gear I have one bag and the Think Tank belt and holster. Hope to get more bags with security system. I will be checking you out in Toronto at the ProFushion show, can’t wait for that.

  • David Ian Bautista

    Great info, thanks!

  • Shai Ben-Naphtali

    Excellent video! Hope to win as well 🙂

  • Alff Henry

    Tip: if you have press passes from pass or present events keep them all together and very visible when you open your bag at check in. They give you a lot of leeway as a pro.

  • chiathau

    Great sharing on travel. I have been always and this have give me a very good idea on how to pack up for my gears. 🙂 Thanks for the great sharing Von. 😉

  • Adin Softic

    Great tips as always, thanks for sharing. Just wondering could pink elephant replace unicorn?

  • Tony Guillaro

    Benjamin Wong is one of most kick ass photographers out there and a true inspiration…

    And on a side note, I would love this bag lol

  • marcoschreiber

    Great video, BVW! Love the ThinkTank too. Dragged a lame case with bad wheels to and from Brazil. Good to know!

  • marcoschreiber

    Thanks for Plan A.

  • Scott

    This is an amazingly helpful post! i’d say just about everyone has the dream to travel with their photography – i know i do!! maybe if i win this bag i’ll be one step closer 😀

  • Frederick Loo

    Oo Oo OH! PICK ME! PICK ME!! ME! ME! ME! 😀 I NEED That rolly polly baggy! I want to become mr. jetstar international tanking my nikon “pew pew” safely! 😀 mmmnm smexy bag come here please 😀 *hugs* MINE!!

  • Paulo Hodgson

    Great blog. Thanks for the tips.

  • Black Light Shoots

    Thanks Ben! Make sure you have a couple extra usb cables too! Saved me headaches during my month back in the Philippines 🙂

  • Phil

    Thanks Ben, great tips! ear plugs … invaluable advice!

  • eClipse foto

    WOW! Je n’aurais jamais pensé pouvoir trainer autant d’équipement dans si peu d’espace et surtout de façon sécuritaire… Like you said its our life in those bags can’t take a chance of braking it! Thx for all this!

  • Phil

    I am very impressed about the tips for budget European airlines. Personally I never had any problems, but then I usually only limit myself to the absolute minimun of equipment I need.
    Also, have you ever tried any of it with/on Ryanair?

  • Stéphan Rocoplan

    Thanks very useful video ! and lots of very good advice !

  • Great video and tips 🙂

  • Jorge Huerta

    Great video Von, I’ve actually just started traveling and purchased my first camera travel bag so your pointers are very useful and timely. Thanks for all your sharing :0)

  • Eric Daoust

    Great video, very interesting! I’ve always wondered how to bring all that equipment if I were to shoot out of the country… I was wondering though… I know in some places the customs officer will be reluctant to let you in if you’re going to work in that country… With that amount of gear guess it’s hard to pass it as “vacation” gear… Do you tell them you’re going to work or pretend you’re traveling for a vacation? Anyway, as I said, great video! 🙂

    • when has a customs officer actually opened your bag as they chat with you asking who you were visiting? They don’t even look at what you carry !

  • Dieter Schoeters

    always wanted a think tank bag to get all that stuff off my back… 🙂 Some good tips here, thanks!

  • Gretchen Wavra Bautista

    Very useful tips!! I probably wouldn’t have thought of wearing items right away.

  • Jeremie

    Now that’s quite a bit of gear more then I’m us too seeing. Bag would still be very handy to have.

  • Eric Dobis

    Nice video with useful travel information.

  • Martha Schlesselman

    Great video – thanks for the tips! And shared with a lot of pizazz too! I’ll bet your shoots are alot of fun! 🙂 Now, off to check out these products in-depth!

  • Melissa Rowat

    Love the all the tips and gear! Thanks for sharing Ben!!

  • Christoper Carlos

    I feel foolish for buying a Zeikos Bag LOL i thought it would come in handy for more immediate shoots held all 3 of my most used lenses and a slew of other nick knacks. One use and it was gone. I can not wait to be at this level one day soon! 😉

  • Epiphanie Salome

    “Pink Fluffy unicorns…” Can´t get it out of my head. 😀

    Thanks for the vid.

  • Andy Wagner

    Thanks for the insurance tip, normally had to go through the wearing it all process.

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  • José Miguel Stelluti

    Grande benjamín!!!! mi historia la cuento en español primero y ahora en ingles… yo me compre un espantoso maletín floreado, solo para poder verlo cuando saliera a las correas de equipaje. Y después de viajar a Chile y a Cuba, se rompió, creo que fue porque inspiraba odio y los trabajadores del aeropuerto pensarían que contenía un montón de peluches o collares de Hawaii.

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  • Scott Kuo

    Love the tips, not all applies but many will be used or at least considered.

  • Ihab Mokayed

    I would love to get one you know! O:) Hahaa

  • Christopher Cooke

    awesome vid! Id love that think tank bag!!!

  • Tiana Hacker

    That was a lot of useful information! I’m always very nervous about flying (and haven’t since our TSA), so I end up driving – even if it means going cross country. The information you provided makes me feel like I’m armed with knowledge. Thank you, Benjamin!

  • Edgar Juárez

    I’m currently traveling. but I’ll definitely keep this in mind for my next journey

  • Chris

    This was an awesome video, I’m always trying to figure out a better way to pack my gear and figuring out what kind of bag is best suited for this.

  • Daniel Leu

    Nice post! Thanks for sharing

  • ameripol

    I’ve been a pro travel shooter for magazines for 25 years. Great gear set-up. Wish I had the small quadra’s rather than the big ranger AS, though they’re great. Only problem I see with your set up is the chestvest makes you look like you’re a suicide bomber.

  • Steven

    I don’t understand the “will you insure or Limited Liability card” idea… would you expand your explanation on why that works. What happens after you ask if they will insure? Do you get it on as checked? Do they let you carry it on? etc… Great video and info. Thanks in advance!

    • Well they won’t insure it is the point – they aren’t responsible for any of the contents which is why expensive items are considered as personal items and shouldn’t be counted in the weight limits! It doesn’t always work so try to print something out and/or be prepared to wear your gear!

  • Kip

    I laughed soooo hard when you mentionned “Forgetting your tripod plate at home… ” Happened to me when I went to Mexico last time­. Love the vid, and like me you seemed to have forgotten to pack clothes … o_O

  • Steve B

    wow! you have everything i would like to have. The Ranger Quadra looks amazing! Im working on my equipment. The Think Tank bag is perfect.

  • Schtoopid

    Thanks! Awesome video..

  • Mārtiņš Avotiņš

    though i have less equipment when travelling, i found sending stuff separately via courier much easier for me

  • Robert Tarczyński

    Great video and great tips 🙂

  • Ali

    I never had a problem with the size but the weight is an issue. I will try your suggestions next time.

  • Sharon

    Wonderful tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Barry McBeth

    Thanks for the tips Benjamin, they will come in handy for my first trip to the East Coast at the end of June.

  • Evelyn Ford

    Thanks for the travel tips! It is always so stressful before a flight, hoping you will get your gear on-board. You were awesome in Vancouver recently at PPOC’s event! (June 20th is my birthday – wink)

  • Brody Sakazaki

    Great advice, thank you!

  • residenthamster

    Great tips!

    Will be planning to travel soon, so this came just in time.

  • Sam

    Great info, thanks for the tips!

  • Justin

    Sweet giveaway! I’ve got one GOOD experience with Air Canada, flying out of Calgary.
    The ticket agent asked me to weigh my pelican 1510 (which is nearly overweight to start with). After I opened it up, seeing that it was packed with cameras, she told me not to worry about it. I rolled on through. An Airport International might help a bit to tip the scale, but let’s hope AC continues this thoughtful measure!

  • chris

    these are useful and cool tips…

    and of coz TTP international is a bonus if I win 🙂

  • khairil ajhar jaafar

    these are very good tips..i usually have problems carrying my camera but since i have brought a lot of gears i usually checked in my lights and holders but camera i hand carry.
    Maybe i should consider airport international as i’ve tested it very durable and tough.!! :p

  • Dan

    Someone should mention that the weight limit for carry on is not just a random figure that they made up, It’s there because that’s how strong the lockers are.

    In the event of hitting major turbulence, overloaded lockers could actually cause structural damage to the aircraft.

    Don’t think of it as a game to try and carry on excess gear, the weight limit is there for your safety. Use a pelican case to store your stuff securely and simply check it in. Your own equipment insurance should cover it in the event of it being damaged or lost.

  • Happy_Tinfoil_Cat

    Loads of good info! Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I think your kit is almost perfect (I dumped my TT5’s).

  • Byron Tran

    One thing that wasn’t addressed previously was that what if you go on-board, but they run out of overhead space and the flight attendant wants to “valet” your bag? It’s happened to me more than once with $15,000 in lenses, etc… I have heard horror stories about that getting lost.

    I’ve also heard of people in the US (as I’m not familiar with international/European laws) who know that they’ll have to check in bags will check in a firearm with the bag because airlines will have to track the bag so they don’t lose the firearm. (Disclaimer: I don’t own a gun and I don’t know your local gun laws at the start or end of your trip. I do not own a gun so I don’t know gun laws. I am merely repeating what I’ve read in the past.)

  • Kevin Mah

    Nice review and gear selection

  • Isaac Gibbs

    I Pretty much hate camera bags,..But i haven’t invested or found the perfect bag yet, i have managed to carry much gear with a Chrome messenger bag, padded with clothing for the most part. Normally my gear set up is always more than i need, but i’ve learned my lessons many times. I’ve also used many other waxed canvas duffel bags,. and Now i just bought a Incase bag,.. but it pretty much feels like it’s going to break,.. and then i went with a 15″ laptop instead of the 13″ after the fact so,.. now i need a new bag. For the most part i am a on a bike or a skateboard when i shoot, but now moved out to Texas and do neither… I take all my equipment with me on the Road in a Van with a full load of Carpentry tools, as i work in many different cities throughout Texas.

    This bag would def. work well for this type of Rugged travel,.. i’d only hope to get those Strobes to throw in the Bag! I didn’t realize how small they really were,.. This was helpful!,.. I admire Quality Work in the bag,.. Probably one on the reasons i kept with the Chrome bag,..They make quality bags that are waterproof,.. but mostly not ment for cameras.
    Current Equip for travel.

    Macbook Pro 15″

    Nikon D200
    Nikon n90s
    50mm 1.8d, 35mm 1.8g, 28mm 2.8d , and a Sigma 70-210
    2 Nikon Sb600s
    Giottos tripod,
    1 gopro hero1 and mounts
    1 wescott apollo orb and stand. and a Manfrotto C.Fiber Mono Pod used mostly for a Light boom also.. lol. it’s so perfect for that!
    Wescott mirco apollo
    Gary Fong collapsible defuser.
    Gel pack. and filters
    Camera Sensor cleaning equip and magnifier glass.
    Compact flashes, and film.
    And other random goodies..
    I normally have multiple lens cleaning clothes on my keychain,.. camera strap and bag zippers also, i find that is a good place to keep them.

    I will def. share this type of stuff
    here’s a link to my bag, and Blog

    Instagram @beardslyriver

  • Christopher von freymann

    Thanks for add where too buy the items you talked about.

  • nathanphotographer

    Great video! Many things I didn’t know i needed!

  • Serge Aganze

    I want it!! Very practical advice Ben

  • Jerry Chen

    I have some awesome earplugs, i want to send you.
    They should help block out the snorers, even the heavy weight snorers… cough cough…
    Wonderful post! Love the info you’ve shared.

  • Brandon Tigrett

    I actually just found out about your story into commercial photography Ben, and it really hit home with me because I am on the exact same path as you. My goal is commercial photography, but like you I had just finished college and my parents are leading me towards the “real world/ big boy job” but photography is my passion. I loose sleep over it when my mind goes into overdrive with creative ideas for shoots. My story is so similar to yours and I’m very happy that I just found out about your work and your story. You have reinforced my dreams and that you don’t have to follow any certain path to reach your goals. Thank you Ben Von Wong!! Also hopefully I can get this bag to help me in my travels because flying with my whole kit is a pain in the butt. 🙂

  • Steve Feldman

    great tips, thanks

  • Eugene Breaux

    I will be showing this to my students, very good advice.

  • Thank you. Great tips.

    I especially like the idea to put the Quadra’s user manual in the bag as I always get questioned about the strange looking blocks of whatever it might be on every flight. I feel Elinchrom owes me as I’ve instructed at least 10 different airport security guys on mobile flash this year alone. 🙂

  • Varun

    I ALWAYS pack in a Canon vest in my carry on. In case I see the flight reps actually weighing other people’s carry on, I do a quick dash to the restroom to put on the vest and some of my equipment in it. I have also found the TT Shapeshifter to be the best inconspicuous travel bag for camera gear.

  • Graham Leggate

    Thanks for the travel tips.

  • Regis

    Thanks for sharing ! You have helped me already pick a new travel tripod

    • wait! I may have found a better one….

      • Regis

        oh really, send me a pointer if you can (I’m leaving in 2 weeks).

  • Nick Verbenec

    Thanks for the great vidoe. I just started doing a bunch of traveling and I found some of your tips helpful.

  • getsomephoto

    Great info.

  • adamzdebel

    Unfortunately I can’t afford such a bag and most of the times when I travel with my cam I just put it into regular backpack. To secure it I wrap my camera in sport towel. That way it’s not only small but also pretty much durable.

  • PJ Pantelis

    Hey benjamin, do they allow you to take the tripod on the side of your carry on bag like that?

  • GavinTanouye

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the videos!

  • Maria Kitteh Vako

    i love traveling, and i cannot live without my cam. it’s not as new and progress but it is epic and i’m in love with it.

    could have been greater than great to actually have a priffessional bag for traveling with gear.

    your videos do inspire, please continue doing what you’re doing.

  • Tristan Cook

    Just ordered my pink fluffy unicorn from amazon… Gonna hang that on my ONA union street messenger bag. My girlfriends going to love walking around with me and my unicorn.

  • epb729

    This video is great for first time international travelers like myself. I’m taking a trip to Paris in August and have been pretty nervous about taking my camera gear and the hassle I might get from TSA and the airlines as well as the airlines. A friend turned me onto Think Tank gear and I would love to have this bag for my trip. I also love the other comments with all the tips and tricks from all you seasoned travelers! I’m flying Delta and hope it goes smoothly.

  • breiff

    Great video with plenty of useful tips. Perfect timing on the bag as I’m looking at buying a new one!

  • Jan Wosnitzka-Koch

    FINALLY! Someone has heared my prayers for some useful tips on small and light equipment. I do not have enough space at home to keep studio equipment so your tips are much appreciated! Thx a lot.

  • Botond Barabás

    So what’s in the ai bag than??

  • Rob Woodcox

    Love this video Ben! Haha I got to see this in person and now I have it on record for when I need to do the same thing 😛 You are a brilliant man! Thank you for sharing your efficient process!

  • Cookie Katze

    My friend is a wonderful photographer & would probably love this as a gift, he always sends me really pretty cat pictures, & I know he’d have so much use for this wonderful package.

  • You really are a ninja for passing by with a 26kg carry on luggage!! Loved your tips for being able to do this!
    Also, would love to win this incredible Think Tank bag. Really amazing..

  • Martin Barabe

    Very interesting, i travel a lot for work and never without my camera and some equipments.

  • Garrett Allen

    Great Post!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Christina Codd

    I always get bright bags and add random stuff on it to find it. Maybe Boba Fett’s face. Thanks for another awesome video!

  • John Smith

    Smart video, thanks for sharing.

  • rmcphotographs

    Ben, great video. Can’t believe you fit all that kit in the bag. I am flying to Cape Cod with my wife and 3 yr old. This would make bringing my gear that much easier.

  • myk_06

    These are really some great tips for photographers who are looking to travel via airplanes! Thank you for these! I should really get me one of those unicorns!

  • Karina Paez Klatt

    Great tips! I never thought of some of the things you say here.
    This will come in handy next time I have to do some travel myself.
    Thanks! You really are my favourite.

  • Ihab Mokayed

    This is super helpful, BOOM!

  • Juan Fernando Rodriguez

    man…. I’ve been actually looking to get that Airport International. I’m heading to Brazil right now and I had to retrofit my bags to work as camera bags but meh, not really doing their job…. this will help me immensely

  • eric

    Merci! Super instructif et plaisant comme toujours

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  • Ivailo

    You are great. Thanks for sharing all that information with us. 🙂

  • Kerri-Jo Stewart

    that’s the bag I want! Didn’t know about the AI 17 v3- and thanks for the other tips!!

  • Lander Vanhoof

    It’s not that I fly that often, but when I do I no longer take my bulky DSLR along. It has been replaced by a basic 1980’s analog SLR.. But that could change if I win a ThinkTank camera bag, then I would drag along my Mamiya’s where Ben is jealous of 😉

  • Yair Mayer

    i wish i knew about this bag before my last trip, would have saved me so much trouble(And backackes… totally my fault)

  • Antony Gomes

    Great article!
    The Mogopod is definitively on my wishlist =D !

  • Marie Kidd

    Thank you so much for this great info! 🙂

  • Sefi Ninio

    Great tips!
    I wanna win the Thinktank bag!!!!

  • Vladimir Ladev

    Like the ranger heads, good tips :} cheers

  • Joel Varjassy

    Awesome stuff!!

  • Benoit Esmein

    I just moved to Australia for a year (or two?) and had a hard time fitting all my gear inside a small backpack. I had to leave my beloved film cameras at home, even though there are so many great things i could have shot with film around here… Wish I’d read those tips beforehand…

  • Thomas Zlabiroth

    Your tips are really useful! I’ll definitely use them next time i’ll travel ’till the other end of the world!

  • Adnan Wolf

    I should buy all that over the next decades! 😀

  • David Perez

    Solo la vida te enseña lo que es la vida.

    Only life teaches you what life is.

  • picolo2000

    Amazing piece of gear. Dunno how I lived without it !

  • Vanessa Dewson

    Thanks for sharing! Love the tip for gaffer tape! I’ve started doing photo tours and am always looking for tips to make it easier for myself to bring what I need with minimal hassles.Would love the Think Tank International V2!!!

  • Martin Howard

    Perfect timing! My camera bag finally gave up the ghost and I had no clue what to get next. Thanks for the review and tips.

  • alex scott

    these are some great tips! I have also read in the airline policy that a photographer is supposed to be allowed an equipment bag in addition to his carry-on and personal item (yes 3 pieces!) but if you don’t have that policy to show them, then the threat to need $50,000 insurance should save you any day! although my travel bag is filled with only $10,000 of gear

  • Hunglau

    I’ve quickly outgrown my Airport Essentials pack, so getting something new would be wheely wheely good 🙂

  • Leonel

    Nice tips. Thanks for sharing and encouraging

  • Eric H. Adeleye

    Excellent video. It is always interesting to see what professionals like yourself use. Do you have problems with using the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra strobes in sunlight? I would definitely love to own a pair of those some day soon. I plan on upgrading from the D200 to the D800. Why did you decide to get the D800 instead of the D800E?

  • John Silveira

    Fantastic travel tips. I’m going to try some of them next time. Another good tip is that if you’re traveling with your wife, daughter or lady friend etc. you can put your lenses, camera or whatever you can in her purse as it’s a personal bag and they never weigh a ladies handbag. That is if it’s a big purse and you ask nicely you’re golden. Cheers… 😉

  • kim nielsen

    Love you tips, Now I only need to make some savings 🙂 Best regards Kim Prasanna From Denmark,

  • Terrix Lin

    Thanks for the great videos!!

  • Awesome tips! Thanks! I want to marry my current think tank bag!!

  • Awesome tips! Thanks! I want to marry my current think tank bag!!

  • Teo Morell

    Very useful tips. $50k is a lot to carry on.

  • PerEricJansson

    Thanks for sharing all that useful information! Especially on how to get through check in desks.
    Maybe I am missing something, but tripods for the flash heads? Are they checked in?

  • PerEricJansson

    Thanks for sharing all that useful information! Especially on how to get through check in desks.
    Maybe I am missing something, but tripods for the flash heads? Are they checked in?

  • Vesy Valcheva

    Great info I wish I knew it sooner. SD cards yes now I take a lot of extras and all 32GB cause one time when I was Aruba one of my cards got damaged somehow due to a lot of humidity and I lost all photos and I couldn’t recover them. I tried to retake the photos the next day. I was glad it happened in between the travel because I had plenty of time to reshoot. I like the monopod I might get one. Oh and yes the unicorn is cute I use bunch of hair ties and bows, plus I write name address all over in little notes and inside I always put paper as big as the luggage with all info just in case.

  • Tyler Metroff

    Im not sure how I would feel about the pro dot shutter upgrade. But kind of a cool idea!

  • Bobby Gozali

    The sharing is awesome, your photos and videos are awesome, you and the team are awesome. Do you mind if i share them in my web site. I can feel ya, I always want to carry a lot when I travel, but weight and size limit is always a hindrance. That tinktank is a dream bag, and now, i wish I had one like that.

  • MichaelK

    Awesome tips. I am hoping to find more ways to combine my love of photography and traveling in the future. Thanks for all the tips and inspiration!

  • Ning Wong

    I include a Sawyer PointOne Squeeze Water Filtration System – that way when i’m travelling in strange places and I want water…I just use my filtration system and i’m good to go!

  • Vesy Valcheva

    Did they announce the winner yet? Probably not me, but who knows.

  • slapman21

    Hi, you’ve got almost the same gear that i have(and something that i want).
    Quick question, when you travel your quadra heads you just use them attached to the EL adapter, and obviously with no bulb protection.
    I usually travel the quadra with the normal reflector and front traslucent cap, your way seems to dangerous to me, but do you have any problem or advice to travel them without without front caps?

    Almost forgot, you do a great job, very inspiring!

    • My ThinkTank bag is almost like a hard case… I’m really not worried 🙂 Also i carry that with me all the time so it’s on my person!

      • slapman21

        Thank you for your reply.
        I’ve got an airport security v2.0 so I know it’s “like” an hard case, but not exactly an hard case. I’ll try to put the heads like you do.
        Greetings from Italy

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  • Boaly

    1 & 2 are definitely very useful to know – cheers

  • Macie A Carter

    I would be honored to receive this, but if not I will assume it went to someone needing it more – I’m okay with that. A story? Well, recently I was able to take a few photographs of my mother. I was staying with her caring for her post surgery. As much as she know photography is a part of my life she has never allowed me to shoot a picture of her. She is extremely against it – has been all my life. I promised her I would do a great job (b&w making use of shadows). So a few weeks ago she finally said yes. Now I can’t fathom why she allowed it, but I took advantage. After the fourth click she had had enough. So, this is my proudest moment as a photographer – mom allowing me to finally take her photo (no one in my family knows either). Silly to some, but beyond significant to me.

  • gregwendt

    Great site! Fantastic work and helpful info

  • Sérgio Henriques

    Dream like equipment

  • Teqnik

    You do some amazing work Benji V dubs.

  • not2timid

    Great list, and thanks for the uber useful information.

  • nomadinca

    lots of useful information, Benjamin.
    I am glad I was tuning in on CL when you were talking! I’ll be following your work.

    ps. i wouldn’t mind winning the ThinkTank either, if it’s not already given out in June 🙂

  • John Archer Ortiz

    Thank you very much. Im also a self taught photographer that was serching for the perfect gear to travel and im happy to say that now i have my wish list to get the same gear you have. I just waned to ask you what lenses you use? Thank you again 🙂

  • Love this list – already recommended it to several people. Torsten @

  • John Young

    Really well put together. I’m new into Photog/Video but it’s a lot like being a Soldier. If you’re ever wanting to shoot in Arizona, I’m a great guide and pack handler.

  • John Young

    I wouldn’t mind getting a “freebie” either,..but I’m willing to work for it!

  • Dorothy Wong

    I’m so glad I found you through my friend’s FB post about your underwater shoots which led me to your YT acct which eventually led me to your blog. You do amazing work and are really an inspiration to us all! I recently just flew around and road tripped across america shooting at all the locations I passed by. I had camera equipment on me but I ended up using just one of my lenses (the most versatile) the whole time due to camera equipment being heavy and difficult to carry around without protected bags/holsters to carry them in. Checking them in was also a concern so I wouldn’t be opposed to checking out the think tank bag for my next travel. Travel shooting is a recent hobby I picked up in the last couple years and hope to one day become an artist like you – one who creates unimaginable images and emotional stories through the camera 🙂

  • Matthew Rakola

    When I travel with the Elinchrom Quadras I always pop out the fuse and tape over the battery terminals. (Folding over the tape so the stick from the tape doesn’t gum up the contacts.) Airports are kind of weird about lithium batteries so I go out of my way to show them that I’m addressing their concerns. Also, I include a pack list ON TOP of all the gear with full explanations, including, next to the Quadra line item, the words “fuses removed, terminals covered”. I only travel every 3-4 months, but I’ve never had a problem

  • tony allison

    Awesome video man and the new site is cool! I think I could put an Airport International V2 to good use, spending half the year travelling in West Kalimantan, Java and Sumatra! I’m waiting for someone to release all terrain wheels for jungle trekking!

  • Datch

    Buy a Chestvest if you want to look like a terrorist and don’t want to get past airport security.

  • Shun

    I am curious. Are we allow to check in the Lithium Ion Battery? I am traveling to Asia next month, I am not sure if I should check them in or bring them as carry on.

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    Thoughtful discussion . I am thankful for the info , Does anyone know where my assistant might be able to get access to a blank a form example to complete ?

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  • Jeremy Yabut

    Thanks for some of the tips. Especially #1

  • Curtis

    Thank you for the tips, I just discovered your blog and was happy to see an article on something like this…

    One question though…say you’re trekking in a remote location, how do you stay compact and still take survival essentials (I.e. Clothing, food, shelter etc.)? I will be doing some photo/video journalism, from July-August, through desolate areas of China and was curious what you recommend from your experience.

    Thank you again!!