Photography Packing Checklist

I am a checklist kinda gal.  I create a packing list every time I travel so I don't forget anything.  I make notes on which bag configuration worked best, and if during the trip I find something new that was not on my list that would come in handy to have, I add it. 

I have several different camera bags. When I'm ready to go out on a shoot, I choose the appropriate bag and then I stuff my gear in it.  Because I'm always switching bags, I occasionally would leave a critical item behind. This happened to me once when I left my tripod plate in the pocket of one of my bags. 

I decided to create a packing checklist. I printed it, laminated it and it hangs on the shelf  where I keep my gear.  Each time I'm ready to go out, I review the list and make sure I have all of the items I need before I leave the house.  My current list is itemized below.  I don't list my camera gear.  Everything I have is in plain view in the closet.  I just scan it and grab the body and lenses I need for the day.  

If you have a favorite item that you carry in the field, share it in the comments and maybe I'll add it to my list too!

  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Pen/paper
  • First aid kit
  • Photographer's emergency kit
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Battery charger with car adapter
  • Extra media cards
  • Tools for tripod
  • Tripod plate
  • Tripod
  • Mini tripod
  • Monopod
  • Multitool
  • Camera strap
  • Wrist strap
  • Handwarmers, hat, gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Headlamp
  • Rocket blower
  • Lens pen
  • Lens cloth
  • Lens wipes
  • Knee pads
  • Ground cover (garbage bag)
  • Rain sleeve
  • Rain cover for camera bag
  • Flash - external
  • Flash bounce
  • Flash - macro
  • Extra flash batteries
  • Cable release
  • Plamp
  • LED light
  • Reflector/diffusers
  • Water bottle holder
  • Point and Shoot Camera
  • iPad
  • iPad camera connection kit