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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR VETERINARIANS

Article #68:

On Safari in Africa -

Logistics of going on a trip, part V
by Carl Palazzolo, DVM, MBA

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or international flights you are allowed two
checked bags and one carry-on, plus a small bag
like a purse or computer bag. Maximum weight
for each checked bag is 50#, so you can bring quite
a bit. Always check with your airlines because this
can change. Remember, you will be far from home,
and it is better to have it and not need it, than to
need it and not have it.
I bring one big checked bag, one camera bag, and a personal items/computer bag. Taking more than that is not
needed, and can become a hassle when going through the
many airports you will be transiting through.
Your travel agent will give you weight limits for the domestic flights you will have within a country. I will go over this
in more detail when I talk about the bush flights next month.
Pack your bags far ahead of time, then unpack and repack
them again. This is because when you get to your final destination it is difficult to remember where you put things, especially if you have several bags.
For someone like me that brings all kinds of camera and computer accessories, knowing just where I put everything is a problem. I make a list on a piece of paper on what is in each bag and
put this in a small pocket on the outside of the bag to help.
I occasionally bring professional sports photographers on
my trips. I teach them wildlife photography while learning some pointers from them based on their decades of

experience shooting fast-moving sports. They bring even
more equipment than I do.
Travel lighter than you think you need to regarding
clothes. The nicer camps wash your clothes as a part of their
service. The small tip you give them for this is a bargain.
Find out from your travel agent if this service will be at
your destination.
Bring your camera equipment in your carry-on luggage,
and put it in the overhead or under the seat if it fits. Be wary
of other people piling their bags on top of your camera bag if
you put it in the overhead. One of my travel companions had
their lens damaged that way and had to borrow one of mine
for the trip.
I oftentimes need to bring an extra lens or camera body
that does not fit in my carry-on and needs to go into my
checked bag. I wrap the lens or camera body in extra padding, and then wrap it again with some clothes. This extra
care is needed because the gorillas that load your bags into
the cargo hold of the international jetliners do not care one
iota about anything inside of them (go online to see the
American Tourister luggage ads from the 70's and 80's to see
what I mean).
Keep in mind you might be on small bush planes where
the overhead is too small for a large camera bag, or there is
no overhead at all. If that is the case, your pilot or camp staff
will load your camera equipment in the luggage hold right in
front of you, and you can tell them if you have sensitive camera equipment in a bag. I will have more details in my bush
plane article.
A bag with separate padded compartments for camera
equipment is good protection. You can customize the compartments to your liking. The bag can be rolling style or backpack style. I prefer rolling because of the walking required in
the large international airports you will be transiting through.
Many times I will use both the
backpack style and the rolling
style. You will also use these bags
in the safari vehicle. continued

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The rolling style with handle has been
one of my primary camera bags
My sports photographer friend Peter contemplating
how to get all of his equipment onto a bush airplane

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Pulse - April 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Optimizing Veterinary Practice Staff Increases Efficiency and Retains Clients
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
AVMA Diplomates
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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