Camping with a Camera
For years, camping trips have become more popular as people want to put civilization behind them to enjoy the best that nature has to offer. Today campers have the option not only to go camping to to take part in outdoor activities such as, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and photography.
How does one carry a priceless item such as your camera through extreme conditions?
First off you will want go buy a high quality dry bag, preferably one that has the ability to inflate. This will allow you to carry your camera gear in rain, across streams and even paddle down a river in a leaky canoe patched with roofing tar, but that's another story. You can pick up dry bag your local outdoor shop, I suggest TAO or MEC in the Halifax area.
Extra batteries are big on the list as well, there's no point in lugging your gear through the woods if your camera doesn't turn on, and in wet and cold conditions your batteries will die faster than you are use to.
I would highly suggest having protecting filters on all your lenses. There are millions of branches out there just waiting for the front element of your lens, not to mention most people trip and fall at least once while hiking, not me of course... I never fall.
Your back pack and what you take in it can make a great trip turn out bad, or save your life in a pinch. Never take camera gear you won't use. It's useless having extra lenses weighing you down, and you will regret it if you plan on making the Polletts Cove trip. Save the extra space for food, water and extra clothing.
A few other things I would suggest are:
- Topographic Map
- Compass Small First Aid Kit
- Extra Matches/Lighter
- Salt Tablets
- Fishing Line/Hooks
- Signal Flare
- A Good Knife
- Small Axe or Hammer
- Extra Clothes
- Toilet Paper or a T-shirt you didn't like anyway.
- Paper and Pencil
- Metal can or 1 canned food item
- Mosquito Repellent
Just to name a few... Happy Trials Campers.