40 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Camera Bag


I have some odds and ends in my camera bag; stuff I think is useful and necessary. I wondered what other photographers around B&H carried in their well-worn camera bags, and surveyed the crowd. Photographers at B&H span many genres of the art and, as such, what I got from each one was different.

I got some great food for thought and added some items to my B&H wish list!

  1. Rite in The Rain All Weather Spiral Notebook – For notes.

  1. Alpine Hearing Protection Multi-Pack Earplugs – For hearing conservation.

  1. Sunscreen – My dermatologist said, “If you are walking around outside without using a flashlight, you need to be wearing sunscreen.”

  1. Lip Balm – Chapped lips are bad.

  1. Fenix LD12-G2 Flashlight + Extra AA Battery – Always good to have a small one handy for when your larger ones die on you.

  1. Zeiss Lens Wipes – Keep your optics clean.

  1. Lens Pen – Ditto.

  1. Motrin – Vitamin M.

  1. Garmin eTrex 10 GPS – Try not to get lost.

  1. Disposable Latex Gloves – Keeps your hands clean, and allows you to change halogen bulbs.

  1. Power Receptacle Tester – Use before you plug in your expensive lighting gear.

  1. SPARK 3-To-2 Prong Grounding Adapters – A must for using power in older homes and buildings.

  1. Leatherman Micra or Wingman – Multi-tool for multi-purposes.

  1. Toupee Tape – I don’t wear one, but I was told it is great for lapel microphones and adhering gels to lights.

  1. Carson PO-55 5x MiniBrite Pocket Magnifier – Multiple uses.

  1. Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker – Write something. Label something.

  1. Gaffer Tape – 1" Black stored in Film Canister – Gaffer tape is one of your best friends.

  1. Spare pair of eyeglasses – Only if you wear eyeglasses.

  1. Eyeglass repair kit – For your eyeglasses and lots of other repairs.

  1. Midland HH50 Pocket Weather Alert Radio – Be prepared!

  1. Monocular – For scouting.

  1. Emergency Cell Phone – Unlocked!!

  1. Make-up kits / perfume – One B&H photographer hands these out to young girls when photographing in impoverished locales.

  1. Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera – Great for giving an instant “gift” to portrait subjects.

  1. Dryer Lint in a Film Canister – Great for starting fires in survival situations.

  1.  Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter – For igniting #25.

  1. Binder clips – Multi-purpose.

  1. Silica gel packs – Do not eat.

  1. First Aid Kit in Pelican 1010 – For life’s little accidents.

  1. Lectrosonics Mini Flathead/Phillips Screwdriver – For repairs/adjustments.

  1. Film Canister with $5 in quarters – You never know when you might want to play a video game, shoot a game of pool, or feed a parking meter.

  1.  Vello Three-Axis Hot Shoe Bubble Level or Vello Two-Axis Hot Shoe Bubble Level – Keep on the level.

  1. Three 1-gallon sealing plastic bags – For storage.

  1. Water bottle – Stay hydrated.

  1. Delta 1 “A” Grip Clamp – Multi-purpose.

  1. Cable ties and/or Touch Fastener Straps – Keep your gear shipshape.

  1. Snacks – Yum.

  1. Knife – Multi-purpose.

  1. Fisher Bullet Space Pen – Pressurized ink to write at any angle, or in outer space.

  1. Business cards – Quicker than finding a napkin to write down your contact information.

What do you carry in your camera bag? Let us know in the Comments section below!

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  • Granola Bar
  • Business Cards
  • Pocket Knife
  • And A Lucky Charm!

If you are flying with your bag, multi tool, screw driver, and the knife need to come out! I've been checked for a small screw driver before, never even thought about it and certainly didn't consider it a weapon.

If you are flying with your bag, multi tool, screw driver, and the knife need to come out! I've been checked for a small screw driver before, never even thought about it and certainly didn't consider it a weapon.

Certainly not all of that extraneous stuff--I plan on carrying my camera bag, nor using a skid steer loader to move it around.

Way too much ****. Way, way too much!

You still need to fit a camera and batteries and maybe film. Nice try making people feel like they "need" what they don't.

Pack according to your assignment.  Most of the time, flashlights, knives, screwdrivers, multi-tools, snacks, etc. are not necessary.  If you are hiking into a remote location for wildlife, nature, or landscape images, you're probably going to have to tote a backpack with all of the emergency gear required.  Most of the time, extra memory cards, batteries, and a few cleaning supplies to keep lenses and gear clean are all that is required.  Keep it simple.

My camera, lenses, sd cards, batteries, lint brush, microfiber towel*Houston humidity*, mosquito repellant, small first aid kit( alcohol wipes, advil, band aids) lens wipes. A few bucks and a collapsable hair brush with a mirror. A protein bar. My cards and no.. it doesn't weight 4000 lbs