Thursday, July 29, 2010

air travel, personal

I am leaving for London on Wednesday....so excited! I've run into several issues along the way but apparently God really wants me to go because he gracefully & graciously worked all of them out. One of the things that slightly concerned me while preparing for my trip was my camera equipment and how to transport it. I didn't want to stick it under the plane with the other luggage and wanted it to be safe...so I turned to Jamie Delaine and asked about her travel bag of choice. She referred me to the awesome Think Tank Photo Bag....while super nice, super ridiculously expensive. I mean really people...give us a break. apparently it is compatible with the Bazooka Tripod Case....whatever that may be.


what's a traveling photographer to do.....?! Use your noggin', that's what. Mom & I came up with a 'brill brilliant' (as the english would say) compromise with a start to finish total of $61.

Total savings: $270ish.

So, in case YOU are traveling internationally (or nationally?), here's how you can have one of your own.

Start with a generic suitcase..preferably one with extra storage compartments and a second zip compartment. This one happens to be Swiss Army.

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The inside of the bottom layer will be filled with two pieces of foam. The first piece (depending on how large the suitcase) I used was 1".

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The second, .5"

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Layout your equipment on top of the foam until you're satisfied with it then trace your items with a super terrific sharpie. I love sharpies...

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Use a razor blade to cut out your compartments. If you become injured during this process, this blog post will self destruct leaving no evidence that it was my idea.

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Since this looks kiiiiiind of ghetto fabulous, I used a lavender pillowcase to hide the g-f'ness.

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Gather the pillowcase a tad around the edges so that there is room for it to snug the compartments. Shove the foam into the bottom half of the suitcase....mine fit perfectly. I don't suppose everyone will have that great of luck, though. There you have it, friends. Safe, much less expensive, pretty nifty camera bag.

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Since I'm using this as my carry-on, I was glad to see that it had room for my laptop and a change of clothes. You know, juuuust in case.

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2 comments:

  1. ah! NO WAY. today i was mentally adding "research & buy traveling camera suitcase" to my To Do list... and then realizing how things add up so quickly.

    you, kristin partin, just made my day.

    have a happy trip!

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  2. what an amazing idea! thanks so much for sharing this!!

    have a great time in London!

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