The Little Things: Equipment

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One of the things I’ve learned about both travel and film work is that I’m happiest when I’m completely self-contained and self-sufficient. If I have everything I need I won’t waste time or energy getting cranky when the producer forgets to arrange food, or only provides beef. When I’m knee deep in mud I don’t have to run back to a truck for anything. When the lights suddenly cut out while I’m half naked washing laundry, I don’t even notice the transition to a waterproof flashlight because the reflex is so fluid and automatic it’s already in my hand and lit. (I literally experienced this: looking down, startled, to realize I was already holding the lit flashlight. It was very cool.)

Here is what I had with me every minute of every day, strategically placed on my body (thanks to cargo pants) such that I could grab it without even thinking:

– Leatherman tool
– Waterproof flashlight
– Notebook
– Pen
– Extra camera batteries
– Extra Firestore batteries
– Nylon cord
– Twist ties
– Handkerchief
– Lens cleaning brush
– Lens cleaning fluid and wipes
– Rubber bands
– Tiny bottle of hand soap/body wash
– Expendable wallet with money and business cards
– More hidden travel wallet with:

– Real money
– Passport
– Immunity shot list
– Contact number for emergency evac
– Phone numbers for credit card cancellation
– Phone numbers and addresses of people in states and local
– Credit card (backup left elsewhere and uninitialized)

– Water
– Organic dried fruit and nuts mix
– Warm hat
– Wool scarf
– 300 weight fleece
– Brim hat (to swap with warm hat when the day heated up)

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