In less that two weeks I'm going to start a road trip. This year I'm flying to Seattle and from there I will drive south to San Francisco. I'm really excited for this trip and the places I'm going to see. The west coast is stunning from start to finish.
As a photographer, I need to take some time to research where I'm going and what kind of photos I will be taking, of course it's impossible to plan and predict everything but having some ideas are a good starting point. With less than 2 weeks to go, I find this is perfect time to start preparing for the trip.
Things to prepare for:
- Research where you will pass during the trip.
- Decide what you will be doing in those places.
- Research a bit about it. For example, I will be hiking some mountain areas in Seattle and I found out that in some places I need a "pass" in order to do it. Seems important right?
- Check what the weather might be like to take appropriate clothes.
- I have checked for sunrise and sunset times, moon phases and even high tides and low tides because I want to take some specific oceanscapes photographs. This might not apply to you.. but it only shows how far I went ;)
- Check your gear to make sure you have:
- Extra Batteries
- Lens cleaner
- Memory Cards
- Tripod plate
- Car charger for your cell and also your camera batteries
- Find out coverage areas for you cell carrier and download offline maps for those areas with no data so you can still use your maps app to navigate.
- Purchase equipment you might need sometime before your trip so you can test it, learn about it and if purchased online to arrive in time.
- Take as much equipment as you can handle.. you never know what you'll need.
These to me are some of the most important items before going on a trip. One thing we really can't control is the weather, so make the best out of every situation.