A photographer’s guide to visiting England
Last fall my husband, my parents, and I, a photographer, experienced the trip of a lifetime, 2 weeks in England, Scotland & Ireland! This trip, a photographer’s dream, was also my dream since childhood… I have always loved Ireland, ever since I learned of our family’s Irish roots, and getting to visit the country was a dream come true for me. I’m also a huge fan of Europe, Shakespeare, and WW2 era history, so this trip checked every box! Looking back on it now, it still feels almost like a fairytale, because it was so much better than I had ever hoped for, in so many ways. I hope this photographer’s guide to visiting England will give you an advantage as you start to plan your own trip of a lifetime!
What to Wear
As we planned the trip, one of my biggest challenges was packing my photography gear and everything I needed in just a carry-on and a backpack! Because we were flying 5 times on our 2-week trip, it was crucial that we pack everything as lightly as possible. We could not afford to have luggage lost and to fit everything for 4 people into our rental car, it needed to be in small bags!
So, I set out to pack by planning my outfits for the entire trip by creating a list and looking at the weather. I knew it was likely to be cold, wet, and rainy, and that indoors I might get warm. So, LAYERS would be my best friend. I brought 5 shirts varying in the sleeve length from short-sleeve to long-sleeve, mostly light-weight and neutral. I wanted to be able to wash them if needed, so I packed cotton shirts that would dry easily. I added 2 scarves, also neutral in color, and 4 long-sleeved sweaters, gray, lavender, black, and camel. I also packed my travel outfit, a t-shirt, and a long-sleeve cardigan, with black leggings. I brought an additional pair of leggings, 1 pair of jeans, intimates, and 2 sets of nightclothes.
I brought tennis shoes, a pair of Sperry sneakers– which I actually wore the most of everything I brought, a pair of short rain boots and all-weather Columbia trail shoes. My most important feature was my Columbia 3-in-1 jacket that includes a rain jacket, and a zippable puffer insert. I also brought along 2 lightweight necklaces and earrings, so that I could dress outfits up easily without a lot of room being taken up.
Packing and planning photography gear
Even though I wish I could have taken all my gear, I knew that was not realistic. So, I decided to pack my Evecase backpack with the most vital pieces, including my Canon 5D Mark iii body, SD cards, card to Samsung reader, battery and charger, and my Tokina 24-70mm, a zoom that would work in a pinch to hit my favorites- 35mm, and 50mm.
My husband was a saint and carried the gear throughout most of the trip, along with our snacks, waters, and other needs for each day of touring. I actually did not get the opportunity to use my camera while we were in London, as I was concerned about theft. I had been warned by multiple people that the pickpockets are really bad in London, and decided to leave it locked up in our flat, and stick to the Android for pics.