What’s in My (Camera) Bag: Gear I Never Leave Home Without

Canon Rebel T3i

I would spend hours on Pinterest and travel websites crushing hard on other travelers’ gorgeous photos, wishing I had their talent for snapping the perfect pic along with their extensive travel resumes. I wanted to learn their secrets and start capturing the perfect photos of my travels, but I knew I wasn’t going to become a fantastic photographer overnight. I did some research to find a good starter DSLR and took the plunge in early November of last year.

My Camera Kit

After seeing several recommendations for the same starter DSLR, I chose to purchase the Canon Rebel T3i kit. I caught a great sale on Amazon and loaded that bad boy into my shopping cart. I have zero regrets about this purchase. The camera is not ridiculously heavy and fits nicely in my hands without me having any fears of losing my grip on it. The functional controls are all within easy reach and their placement makes sense. I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend this to any of my friends or family members who are beginner photographers like myself. The lens has the autofocus and image stabilization features, which have come in handy when I was just starting out with this new hobby of mine.

My Zoom Lens

Like the lens that came in the camera kit I ordered, the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras has the autofocus and image stabilization features, two important features for budding photographers. The zoom and field of view of this lens are great for getting a feel for a zoom lens, and I’ve used this in many different settings. The photos I take with this lens are full of rich detail, whether I’m snapping pics of clouds from my balcony or capturing the quick, flitting movements of birds in the forest.

A Fully Charged Extra Camera Battery

Before I started shooting with my DSLR, I would get so frustrated when my point-and-shoot camera battery would give out well before I was ready to call it a day. My solution back in those days was to carry two compact point-and-shoots and my cell phone. The differences in quality between the three cameras was limiting my ability to create quality blog posts about my little jaunts around Germany. The DSLR became a necessity. I never want to deal with the letdown of a dead camera battery again, so I asked Santa for a Canon LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for Christmas and the jolly old dude came through for me. Now I never have any fear of running out of camera go juice.

Memory Cards

I think there’s no such thing as too many memory cards. You need at least one just to get your camera to record anything, but if you are as snap-happy as I am, the first one tends to fill up pretty quickly. I carry a minimum of three 32 GB memory cards with me when I’m out sight-seeing or just taking a hike near my home. They don’t take up much room, and as long as you store them in the little plastic holders that come in the package, you can safely stow them in a pocket. I love these little guys!

A Good Accessory Kit for My Most-Used Lens

I needed lens filters to protect my investment anyway, so I ended up ordering this awesome kit. All of the pieces fit easily into a zipper pouch that I can easily find in my bag, and I have used every item at least once so far. My favorite accessory by far is the lens cap keeper. I was so tired of finding a pocket to shove my lens cap in each time I wanted to take some photos. Now I don’t have to worry about that – it’s always hanging from my camera strap.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of accessories for DSLR photographers. I just wanted to share with you the items I always have on hand when I’m out and about with my camera.

Do you have any favorite photography equipment that you never leave home without? Share it in the comments!


  • Cathy Mark

    Wow! Great article Lauren. I am using Nikon D3300 for my blog/travel photography an I’m lovin’ it.

  • Verna Small

    Thanks for the article. I am planning to buy a Canon DSLR too.


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