What’s in My Camera Bag? ( Photo Equipment & Backpacking / Travel Gear )

Welcome to a page fully dedicated to all of the gear I use for photography, backpacking and world travel. Included below is a definitive list of nearly all of it!

I post these kind of lists because I think it’s helpful for others, allowing you to make informed decisions and buy gear that works, without wasting time and money on gear that doesn’t!

All products on this page have my full approval, otherwise I would not be using or promoting them. 

You may also be interested in my Star Photography Camera & Lens Recommendations Page.

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Words of Advice for Buying Gear

I recommend buying the best gear you can afford. Why? Higher quality gear although more expensive performs exponentially better and lasts much longer. In the long run it’s a much better deal to invest to begin with and enjoy your gear for years! I only know this from experimenting with lower quality gear, then upgrading, then upgrading again. This is much more expensive than buying top of the line gear the first time through.


  • Nikon D800
  • Vello Camera Timer / Remote  – Works great. You really don’t need to spend 160$ on the Nikon Timer, unless you really really want to. These both work just the same in my opinion:)
The Full Moon Lights Las Torres ( The Towers ) in Southern Chile – March 2015

Current Lenses

Past Lenses

I have owned, used and really liked the following lenses. I sold them because I don’t like to own a lot of lenses that I don’t use to often. They are still recommended!

Backpacking in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Patagonia, Argentina


The following set of “Best Filters” I highly recommend. I’ve also tried the Formatt Hitech filters and holder for the Nikkor 14-24mm lens and they were not up to par with the WonderPana Sytem. Both of these systems were tested in the field for a few months. WonderPana is top notch stuff & easy to pack for hiking & camping, as well as much higher quality.

The Best Filters ( In My Opinion )

Other Filters I Own, but Don’t Use Anymore

These filters are not bad, it’s just really hard to use them and they don’t compare in quality to the system noted above. They are also plastic where the WonderPana System I noted above is all metal. The last thing I didn’t like is that they cost double the price of the WonderPana system and did not offer a Circular Polarizer Option.

Additional Camera Gear

Shooting the Northern Lights in Alaska @ -20C

Camera Backpacks

I carry my Lowepro on any trip in which I won’t be backpacking or camping and it’s a fantastic bag that I have really beat up over the past 2 years. It still holds up really well & I have no complaints. For all of my multiday backpacking and camping trips I use the Deuter Aircontact Pro.

Tripod, Ballhead & L-Bracket

Backpacking Under the Super Moon Light in the North Cascades of Washington State – August 2014

Backpacking / Trekking / Exploration Gear

The following section includes SOME OF the gear I use for backpacking / trekking & world travel. I provide an in-depth tutorial for members of Dave Morrow Photography – All Access including the exact setup ( gear included ) I use for backpacking trips of any length / season. Click here to join Dave Morrow Photography – All Access for Free!

As far as testing goes… Most of this gear has been used on backpacking trips ranging from 1 night trips in the glaciers of the North Cascades all the way up to 30 night trips in the wind torn expanse they call Patagonia. I don’t put it on here unless I’ve ACTUALLY used it. Meaning beat the crap out of it;)

Assorted Gear – Backpacking & Travel

After a Freezing Cold Night of Shooting the Milky Way & Trying to Sleep – The Great Wall of China

Camping Gear

  • Tents – For nearly all weather less 3+ inches of snow or extreme wind I use the REI Quarter Dome 1 Man Tent.The 1 man tent fits me well at 6’1″ so long as you’re okay with propping your feet up on your backpack at night. Get used to it! The weight savings for this 2 lb tent is well worth it!  For winter and extreme wind I use the North Face Assault 2 which is heavier at approx. 3.5 lbs but a must have in some conditions!
  • Hammock – This is my go to if it’s going to be clear out!
  • Sleeping Bag – Most trips I use the Mountain Hardware Lamina 35 Degree Bag if it’s really cold I use the Kelty Cosmic Down 0 Degree. Both are great bags.
  • Therm-a-Rest Neo-Air Xtherm Sleeping Pad  –  This pad will work for any weather and any conditions. In my opinion it’s the best, lightest, smallest and warmest matt on the market. Yes, all that in one!

Jackets & Shirts

  • Windproof & Waterproof Shell – I use and highly recommend the Alpha AR Shell from Arc’Teryx. When it comes to wind and water protection you’re not going to find anything that beats this. It’s highly breathable and doesn’t get wet inside like most shells. I can hike for hours in this shell and it’s dry! Even if you don’t think it will rain it’s always good to have a shell just in case.
  • Waterproof / Windproof Pants  –  These keep your boots and legs dry! I prefer the Arc’teryx Beta SL Pants when it’s wet or raining outside. They can also be used during the winter in snow conditions.
  • Long Sleeve and Short Sleeve Base Layer Shirts – Any quick dry base layers will work. I always take one long sleeve even in the summer and two for the fall and winter.  Men’s Capilene 2 Lightweight Long Sleeves are the best I’ve found. I carry the mid-weight and lightweight for colder weather and just the lightweight for warmer weather. Warm and quick drying! For T-Shirts the North Face Flash Dry are fantastic. I only carry 2 of these at all times. Wash one and hang on your pack to dry while wearing the other. Dry time 15-20 minutes in direct sun.
Camping on the Flanks of Mount Rainier in a Snow Storm – January, 2015

Winter Gear

  • Snow Shoes – MSR Lightening Ascent 25″ are really light weight snow shoes which always get the job done! You can easily strap them on top of your backpack when not in use.
  • Snow Shovel – Snowclaw Backcountry Shovel. When setting up camp at night you will most likely need a shovel. This is easy to carry and light.
  • Climbing / Ice Axe –  Grivel Nepal SA Ice Axe w/ Leash is what I use and recommend.
  • Heavy Down Jacket 800 Fill  – Marmot Men’s Greenland Baffled Jacket. This jacket is fantastic! This is used instead of my mid-weight down jacket mentioned in the Autumn Section above.
  • Winter Boots  – When it’s really cold you’ll need more than the regular hiking boot. The Salomon Men’s Nytro WP Winter Boots are fantastic for hiking and backpacking in the snow. Your feet won’t get cold!

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