What I Pack In My Camera Pack

I am all for the minimalist approach to everything in life. They same applies to doing a documentary. My Yemen Expedition made that wise choice of life more clear to me than ever. Due to that we only acquired one camel, Kensington, we soon realized we had to get rid off half our equipment not to put too much pressure on this extra ordinary animal. Which in the eyes of the our Bedu partners, was still not enough, since they were of the opinion we needed almost nothing except water and a change of clothes. (An opinion they would eat up quite often, since they had an image of how a Bedu should be and most likely were 15 years back in time, but those days are gone and walking in extreme heat is not a big hit among Bedus today…) Anyway, this reality meant I had to get all my essentials into one little 35 liter backpack from Eagle Creek. It was quite heavy, but it did the job and was enough to do the documentary plus survive during the day.

This is what I managed to squeeze into the pack; (See photo below for size, the orange sack on my back)


1 LED headlamps

1 Camelbak (2 liters of water)

1 pair of Sunglasses Julbo

1 roll of electrical tape

1 2032 battery

8 AAA Lithium batteries only for the 2 head lamps

1 Note book

1 account book

 1 big tube of Helosan cream for both humans and camels

10 pills of Paracetamol

1 pkt of Compeed

1 big roll of tape for the feet

1 suntan cream 50

1 lipbalm 50+ lips

1 Canon XA10 camera

1 Canon charger

1 Sennheiser Microphone

1 Lumix GH camera

1 Lumix charger

1 Silva GPS

1 Iridium Satellite Phone

HET 50 Power Battery

Solar Blazt Feather Solar Panel

1 Solar booster

1 Laptop Latitude D420

1 mobile phone for use in Yemen

Several different cables 

1 airline ticket

1 passport

2 credit cards


On the camel we had food, tent, thermarest and a few other items of gear. I am writing about this just to show you that it doesn´t take a whole lot of money neither to do an Expedition or a professional documentary. Half a year after I had finished this Expedition, I went to the Republic of Sakha and had a cameraman (Yura Bereshnov) and all the kit in the world. I worried a lot more, we had more problems (sure, temperature was -60 degrees Celsius at times) and I doubt the result is much better. The difference is of course, small gear is harder to manually use.

For more info about my documentary work, go to http://vimeo.com/worldexplorer





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