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Packing Tips for the Analogue Traveler

Now that you've decided to plan your next adventure, you are probably thinking how you can pack all your favorite films, cameras, and accessories. I come to the rescue with some rather basic packing tips that could be helpful, whether you're a novice or pro analogue traveler!

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In my previous tipster, I shared with you some of the tips I live by whenever I’m planning to travel with my cameras and films. However, the first step to an adventure always begins with packing your bags. Whether you’re a pro analogue traveler or just about to journey with your analogue babies, I’ve put together some basic packing tips that may help you in your next trip.

This is the closest to the one I have, only mine has attachments for an adjustable shoulder strap. With it, I don’t have to bring a very large bag and rummage in it hopelessly while on a photowalk. Photo via Not on the High Street

Use thermal lunch bags as emergency camera bags.

What if you realize that you’re going to need a camera bag, but don’t have the time to scout and buy one? You may have a temporary solution lying around in your kitchen cupboards.

In my first few travels with my film cameras, one of the things I struggled with was a camera bag. I just couldn’t find the right one for me that is: 1. just the right size; 2. inexpensive; 3. not boring-looking. I found the solution one day: thermal lunch bags. The one I spotted is a square-ish lunch bag that opens at the top and has an adjustable strap. My basic cameras and several films fit inside nicely, and I just use felt strips in case it needs a divider. The thermal lining is a plus—it protects your films from harsh temperatures!

Remove films from their boxes before packing.

Boxes add extra bulk to your luggage, and without them, your films will take up lesser space. Store them inside pouches or ziplock bags and place them in a corner of your luggage or hand-carry bag.

Bring two extra ziplock bags with you—label one for your unused films, and the other for your used films.

I learned that separating your used and unused films during your travel will help you in tremendous ways. First, you will avoid accidentally loading your used films (in case their film leaders are still exposed after rewinding) and getting unexpected double exposures. Second, you will know right away which films to bring along in your camera bag during your tour, and just leave the used ones in your luggage.

Photo via One Man’s Blog

Wrap your cameras in bubble wraps.

If you see some of those bubble wraps, resist the temptation to pop them—they will come in handy on your travels! Secure your cameras with bubble wraps before packing them, and they will thank you for it!

Put lenses, flashes, and other loose accessories inside socks and beanie hats.

I bet many of the hardcore travelers out there have already figured this out, but I’m putting it here anyway! Your socks and beanie hats make perfect protective cases for your lenses. flashes, and other loose accessories, and also ensure that they won’t be roaming around your other stuff in transit.

I’m sure you analogue travelers out there have some other handy packing tips, so why don’t you go ahead and share them with us with a comment below? We’ll be looking forward to them!

written by plasticpopsicle


  1. dearjme


    Great idea!

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  2. plasticpopsicle


    Thank you, @dearjme! :)

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  3. 110isnotdead


    Great article :) I especially love the tip about using socks and clothing as packing material. You're gonna bring it anyway so why not put it to use. lol
    Question though, I always hear that you need a lead lined film bag for film so it wont get ruined in the x-ray machines. Anyone know if this is true? I was fine last time but I am always leery about it.
    anyways, great job :)

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  4. kneehigh85


    I put each camera in the cups of padded bras!!!!!

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  5. plasticpopsicle


    @110isnotdead Yes, that's true! One of my friends got his film ruined from the baggage scanner of a local airport as it was not film-safe yet, but not completely ruined, just had some weird color shifts. That's why I make it a point to just request for airport officials to inspect my handcarry luggage whenever I travel by plane!

    @kneehigh85 For added support! Haha awesome!

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