Watch: What You Should Pack If You're a Traveling Filmmaker

Every traveling filmmaker's nightmare: forgetting to pack an essential piece of gear.

One of the coolest things about traveling filmmaker is getting the chance to capture amazing sites from every corner of the globe, but one of the not-so-cool things about it is being away from your base of operations, which of course is where all of your gear is. Now, you might be organized and prepared enough to pack your essential tools, like your camera, lights, mic, etc., but there are few extra accessories that you want to be sure not to leave off of your packing list. Filmora names a few of them in the very short but very helpful video below.

The issue people run into when filming on-location thousands of miles away from home is usually not leaving their camera or lenses behind, but rather failing to foresee the need for extra supplies. For example, if you're shooting out in the middle of nowhere, on a mountain, on the ocean, or in a cave, you're going to want to pack certain items that address the inevitable issues that come with operating in your environment, like having to trek for many, many miles on foot, getting injured during your travels, and not having access to electricity, food, or clean water.

Filmora's list of essential supplies addresses these issues, so be sure to bring:

  • Extra lights (LED panels are great)
  • Extra batteries and memory cards
  • Solar powered battery charger
  • Extra food and water
  • First aid kit
  • Phone (or other communication device)
  • Headlamp

What are some other essential filmmaking supplies you take with you when you travel? Let us know in the comments below!     

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A bit of gaff tape, a multitool, some little pony clamps, and a few extra screws (especially an extra camera fixing screw). Some kind of bounce that can also be flipped around to provide negative fill. Also if you're doing interviews something like Matthews Road Rags is invaluable.

June 6, 2017 at 6:20AM

Patrick Ortman
I tell stories for money.

Do you people even pretend to edit your articles?

June 6, 2017 at 10:58AM


We take a vinyl table cloth and we wrap it around the tripod for transport. We lay this on the ground to help keep dirt out of our gear when we take the backpacks off. A good thermos of strong coffee and many chocolate bars are pretty good to keep going too!

June 7, 2017 at 4:00PM

Scott Jensen
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