With tornado season upon us, it's time for me to assemble my "Go Bag". I'll keep this ready to go because I might have to jump on a plane at a moments notice to head toward storm country to chase the illusive "big one". Although I want to bring everything I think I may need, it's also important to stay portable and travel light. During these storm chases we are constantly in and out of hotels, vehicles and not to mention, airplanes. Packing too much gear bogs you down and when you're chasing tornadoes, that's the last thing you want! Here's what I'll be packing in the media bag along with the MacBook Pro:
2 Canon 40d DSLR camera bodies
16-35mm f2.8 L lens
24-105mm f4 lens
70-200mm f2.8 L lens (or the 100-400mm)
580 EXII strobe (or two)
Canon HFS10 HD Video Camera
Contour HD Helmet Camera
Gitzo carbon fiber tripod w/ball head
Portable Storage Device (80 gig)
MP3 audio recorder for podcast recordings
Rain covers, batteries, chargers, CF/SD cards, filters, cable releases, power strip, various clamps & brackets, etc.
And for me this is traveling light!
My other bag will have the usually "weekender" supply of clean (and dry) clothes, toiletries and rain gear. I'll use my laptop and iPhone to monitor local radar loops. The portable scanner will be used to not only monitor public safety frequencies but to be alerted of severe weather alerts and warnings. A variety of broadband and MiFi cards will be used to stay connected in the field. Oh, let's not forget the map books! Read More