Here’s a quick tip to help make your life as a photographer easier:
Do your best to find out exactly who, what, when, where, and how you’re going to be shooting BEFORE you head out. This way you can pack only what you need and therefore travel fast and light. There’s nothing worse than carrying around a bunch of gear that you wind up not using at all. It’s a hard thing for me to do, but I force myself NOT to bring my ThinkTank Airport Security roller when I can bring only what I’ll use in my Tamrac Messenger shoulder bag.
This is a great tip to keep in mind. Your shoulders and back will thank you for it!