I don't wanna leave my heart in San Francisco
February 3, 2012 11:24 AM Subscribe
People who either travel with "gear" (broadly defined) or have to pack "gear" for work--how do you preflight what you're taking, make sure you have it when you go out, and make sure you bring it back when you return? Bonus: how do you label things so that it makes its way back to you if your protocol fails?
posted by Admiral Haddock to Grab Bag (13 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I do a lot of photography on the side. On a recent trip, I overpacked, and brought a tripod I didn't need. When I checked out of my hotel, I left my lovely tripod in the lobby (along with my shoes, somehow). I was lucky enough to get everything back, but it was very frustrating.
Photographers, film people, stage people, rock climbers, traveling doodad salesmen, parents, and everyone else schlepping shit around:
1) how do you plan what to take (and avoid, for instance, superfluous tripods);
2) how do you make sure you have everything when you leave home base;
3) how do you make sure you have everything when you come back?
Are you using paper checklists? Something on the iPhone? A photo of your gear?
Bonus: how do you label your gear so you can get it back if lost?