Away in The Bay

I’m up in San Francisco today and tomorrow for a big photo event.

I hope those of you who live in the Bay Area will come join us.

(Over 1,100 people have RSVP’ed and I’m sure even more will show up.  I imagine there will be news coverage, etc., etc.)

I have a hard time “packing light” when I travel.

First of all,

I’m female.

We women need our hair brushes and lotions and potions.

And our shoes.

I always travel with a laptop so I can upload photos and work on them in my “spare” time.

In addition, I usually have one or two cases of heavy photography crap with me.

But, this time is different.

I’ll only be in the Bay Area for two days.

I vowed to travel with one standard size shoulder photography bag (which I’ll wear crossbody so it doesn’t hurt my bum shoulder/arm) and nothing more.

The very idea is shocking to my psyche.

My plan?

Stick a toothbrush, a travel toothpaste, a hairbrush, and a change of clothes into my photo bag.

No laptop.

No makeup.

Of course, I’ll also have my camera.

But, only two lenses!

(OK, three if you count the lens on it at any given moment.)

No tripod.

(It sort of kills me not to bring a tripod to an evening photo walk, but I’ll hunt down other stable surfaces to use instead just this one time.)

I do have some concerns.

First of all, I will automatically regret not having “all” my lenses with me.

Whatever I don’t have with me, I will “need.”

Also, what happens if I pull a lens out of my photo bag and my spare panties fall at the feet of Famous Photographers?

Most likely, they’ll start photographing them and post the photos all over the Internet.

“Suzanne’s thong makes the news!!”

Then, of course, there’s the fact I’ll look really ugly and rumpled all day Wednesday.

(Let’s be honest, I’ll look rumpled by afternoon on Tuesday.)

Looking terrible isn’t the smartest idea when you’re hanging out with zillions of photographers.

Why am I traveling so light?

Today, when I arrive in San Francisco –

I’ll be going straight from the airport to some pre-event shooting with a friend.

I don’t want to have to haul around a suitcase.

(With my arm – the less I take, the better!)

I probably won’t get “home” to my friend’s house until well after midnight – if we stop shooting at all.

Sleep is only a vague possibility over the next 36 – 48 hours.

I’ll look like death on Wednesday, but does it really matter?

After all, I’m pretty sure I’ll be too exhausted to care.

Are you a light traveler?

Or do you take tons of stuff even for short trips?  (Like I usually do!)

If you travel light, what’s the bare minimum you’ve taken on a planned trip?

8 Responses to “Away in The Bay”

  1. Diane

    I can never travel light and I blame it on the number one reason… I AM FEMALE! Bah… who cares. LOL

    • Suzanne

      It is really hard to travel light.
      Seriously hard.

  2. Jan's Sushai Bar

    Beloved is, simply because he travels so often. I can travel lightly, but I don’t like to travel lightly, for the same reason you don’t – I’m a woman. I practically need a separate suitcase just for shoes – we won’t even go into my uber-coordinated outfits, which usually consist of two shirts and slacks, capris or a skirt.

  3. Erica

    I’ve discovered that when I try to travel “light” I compress things. I can create a carry on bag so heavy that it takes two to hoist it into an overhead compartment on a plane. And there’s no equipment in it either.

    Not worth it.

    • Suzanne

      I agree.
      I almost always take too much,
      But at least I know it’s THERE.
      : )

  4. Tiziana

    I do manage to travel light. I happen to love trekking – so I manage to fit a change of clothes, cookware, food, sleeping gear (mat, sleeping bag) , toiletries, and other essentials in a 70L bag pack 🙂

    I also try to travel light when going away and staying in hotels. The reason being that it is so much more easy! Some years ago I used to pack so many things – clothes and shoes that I end up not wearing by the end of the trip. And it was so tiring carrying all those heavy suitcases (especially when boarding trains).

    So I’ve learnt to travel light, and I love it. It also makes packing and unpacking quicker! Triple win!

    The lightest I’ve been was on a 5 day trip to the UK (I am from Malta, Europe) with a hand luggage only. It also saved me some Euros from the low cost airline.

    Perhaps it helps I am not a girly person – I can survive easily with no makeup or lotions 🙂 I am also a practical person (perhaps it helps I am an engineer?)


    • Suzanne

      Good for you!
      I don’t think I’m very girly, but I must be a little bit.
      There are certain things I always feel I “need.”


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