What’s in Your Camera Bag?

Our camera bag is our mobile office. Especially these days when camera bags have compartments for our laptop, smart pad, smart phone and other devices in addition to our camera gear. Our camera bag can also become our mobile storage facility, accumulating various bits of flotsam and jetsam we add thinking we’re going to use or forget to remove after a shoot. But, sometimes that detritus comes in handy when you least expect it. What odd or unusual thing have you had in your camera bag that unexpectedly came in handy during a shoot?

Here are three lists, starting with unexpectedly useful items, things you might not generally consider but might be useful in certain circumstances, and items you probably should include in your camera bag on a regular basis.

Unexpectedly Useful Items

1. Altoids
2. sewing kit
3. rubber bands
4. mini flashlight/headlamp
5. bandaids
6. hand sanitizer
7. Aspirin/Tylenol/Advil
8. allergy medication
9. makeup brush
10. safety pins
11. Velcro
12. zip ties
13. candy
14. clothes pins
15. baby wipes/wet wipes
16. shower cap
17. tweezers
18. permanent markers
19. squeaker from a dog toy (attention-getter for babies, kids, pets, and adults)
20. scissors (small, collapsible)

And a humorous suggestion

My camera, I hardly use anything else in there and I’m starting to wonder why I drag the damn bag around.

Might Be Useful

1. clear gift wrap tape
2. bug repellent
3. gaffer tape, blue painter’s tape, electrical tape
4. bubbles
5. gray card
6. crochet needle
7. alarm clock
8. hairspray
9. external light meter
10. lint roller
11. squeeze blower
12. GPS
13. sunblock
14. chewing gum
15. Vaseline
16. spring clamps
17. body tape
18. glitter
19. hand warmers

Should Consider as Regular Additions

1. hand towel (for wiping off moisture from lens and camera or sweat from your brow
2. Leatherman or other multi-tool (for various equipment maintenance, cutting/trimming stuff)
3. trash bags (impromptu rain cover, damp clothes/towel storage, quick and dirty flag/gobo, for trash)
4. lens cloth (microfiber) or Lenspen
5. screwdriver/allen wrench/flat wrench for tripod/quick release plate maintenance

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