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