Oh no! My shoes don’t match the bag!

Everyone knows travel has become increasingly difficult. I wouldn’t be surprised that if before long, you’ll have to stand before a painted silhouette of a person to make sure you’re tall enough to board your flight.

The logistics of traveling with a large amount of photographic equipment presented its own unique issues. It’s not a good idea to send it through with your luggage – you might not ever see it again or worse, have to claim it at an airport in Wyoming. How does one carry that much on the plane? Nothing I had would accomplish its safe passage to Newfoundland. I needed a special case that would hold four cameras, many lenses and accessories. (I had already determined I would ship the tripod ahead along with film.) Oh, and it had to fit either under the seat or in the bulkhead. Yeah, right.

Looking back, I can’t believe the amount of research I did on camera bags: a bag or case that would meet my peculiar requirements. A back pack might have worked, but then I’d be spending the whole trip at a chiropractor. A soft bag would not work either. Going online showed me the ridiculous number of choices in styles, colors and sizes available. I knew what kind of planes I’d be on, so I could find the maximum sizes allowed. This enabled me to narrow down the choices quickly. Finally I made my choice – a rolling bag with handle, cleverly disguised to look like real luggage that would actually hold everything and fit in the plane.

Next: clothing because even if my shoes didn’t match my new bag, at least I’d be warm.

One thought on “Oh no! My shoes don’t match the bag!

  1. Newfoundland has always piqued my interest and curiosity for what I imagine is Newfoundland’s remoteness and uniqueness -plus thoroughly enjoying Annie Prolux’s Shipping News. I look forward to Arn Narn and going to Newfoundland via Bruce’s photographs.


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