Because different types of shoots require different types of gear – long lenses for an event shoot, wide lenses for landscape, etc. – figuring out how to pack your camera bag for a particular assignment or event can be tricky. But lens and camera selection is just one thing. You’ll also want to consider some other important factors.

For example, for a recent trip to Africa, I needed to consider availability of power, limitations of carry-on baggage weight, what type of shooting I might be doing, and more.

In this article I detail all of the decisions I made – from lens choice to bag choice to power mechanisms – to prepare for this recent expedition. If you’re planning any kind of trip, you’ll probably face the same issues that I did. Hopefully this discussion will help.