Are you a photography enthusiast who enjoys taking nature shots? Maybe you’re looking to get started with landscape photography. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. Capturing the best images possible starts by being prepared before you go. For this reason, we’ve created this outdoor photography equipment list that will help you to prepare before you hit the trails.

At The Adventure Junkies, we’re here to help you enjoy your time spent in the great outdoors. This list will help you get started if you’re going out for a few hours, or even the day. If you’re planning to drive to your destination, you can bring as much gear as you’d like; but if you’re hiking to scenic locations, you’ll want to keep weight in mind and pack as light as possible. For overnight –or longer journeys, take a look at this hiking packing list.

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HOW TO USE THIS PACKING LIST

Before we dive in, let’s take a quick look at how you can get the most out of this list. Next to each item that’s recommended for you, you’ll see a few categories. Here’s what it all means.

PURPOSE: What the item is used for. This will give you a brief insight into why you may need this piece of gear.

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: While essentials will vary depending on the type of outing you’re planning, we’ve ranked the items in terms of what you will most likely need for most outings.

PRICE RANGE: This will give you a good idea of how much each item will cost.

LOOK FOR: This will give you some insider’s tips on what to look for.

OUR PICK: This is our top choice based on quality and value.

LEARN MORE: This links to an article on choosing the best piece of gear.

 

 

1. CAMERA AND LENSES

CAMERA BODY

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PURPOSE: To capture images

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $500-$2000

LOOK FOR: A high-quality DSLR or mirrorless option

OUR PICK: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

LEARN MORE: Landscape Photography Cameras 101 >>

 

 

 

16-35MM LENS

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ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $500-$1500 (Approximately)

LOOK FOR: A high-quality lens which works with your camera model

OUR PICK: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens

 

 

 

 

70-200MM LENS

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PURPOSE: Versatile outdoor photography

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $400-$600 (Approximately)

LOOK FOR: A high-quality lens that works with your camera model

OUR PICK: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4

LEARN MORE: Landscape Photography Lenses 101 >>

 

 

 

75-300MM LENS

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PURPOSE: Capturing wildlife

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $70-$600 (Approximately)

LOOK FOR: A high-quality lens that works with your camera model

OUR PICK: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6

LEARN MORE: Wildlife Photography Lenses 101 >>


 

 

 

2. ADDITIONAL CAMERA GEAR

POLARIZER

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PURPOSE: Ideal for improving color saturation and reducing glare

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $30-$300

LOOK FOR: A circular polarizer that rotates to adjust the effect

OUR PICK: Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizing Glass Filter

 

 

 

ND FILTER

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PURPOSE: Long-exposures, gently blurring water and clouds

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $30-$300

LOOK FOR: A multi-coated filter to reduce flare issues

OUR PICK: Hoya 77mm HMC ND8 Multi-Coated Neutral Density Filter

 

 

 

GND FILTER

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PURPOSE: Capturing landscapes that require different exposures for the sky and foreground

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: No

PRICE RANGE: $30-300

LOOK FOR: A high-quality filter

OUR PICK: Tiffen 52mm Neutral Density Filter

 

 

 

MEMORY CARDS

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PURPOSE: Record images

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $10-$70

LOOK FOR: A memory card with enough room for your high-quality images. Bring spares.

OUR PICK: SanDisk 128GB

 

 

 

TRIPOD

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PURPOSE: To steady your camera for long-exposures and to ensure tack-sharp images

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Depending on the type of photography you will be doing

PRICE RANGE: $20-$2000 (Approximately)

LOOK FOR: A lightweight, carbon option if you’re going to be hiking

OUR PICK: Manfrotto 190 Go! Alu-Stativ

LEARN MORE: Travel Tripods 101 >>

 

 

 

SPARE BATTERIES

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PURPOSE: For keeping your camera charged

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $40-$80

LOOK FOR: Batteries that hold their charge for longer. Bring spares.

OUR PICK: Nikon Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (Choose one that fits your camera model)

 

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3. CARRYING GEAR

BACKPACK

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PURPOSE: Carrying your gear

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $80-$400

LOOK FOR: A high-quality option that’s comfortable and roomy

OUR PICK: Photo Sport 200 AW From Lowepro

 

 

 

DRY BAG

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PURPOSE: Helping to keep your camera waterproof

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: No

PRICE RANGE: $40-$200

LOOK FOR: One that’s been rated highly

OUR PICK: Travelon Waterproof Pouch Dry Bag


 

 

 

4. FOOD AND WATER

FOOD

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PURPOSE: Keeping up your energy while you’re out

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $5-$50

LOOK FOR: Bars with a good balance of protein and carbs

OUR PICK: KIND Healthy Whole Grains Granola Snack Bars

LEARN MORE: Freeze Dried Food 101 >>

 

 

 

WATER

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PURPOSE: Keeping well-hydrated

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $15-$60

LOOK FOR: BPA-free water bottle

OUR PICK: Takeya Originals

 

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5. CLOTHING AND PERSONAL ITEMS

COMFORTABLE CLOTHING

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PURPOSE: Maintaining a comfortable temperature

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $20-$200 (Approximately)

LOOK FOR: Moisture-wicking material such as Merino wool

OUR MEN’S PICK: Woolx Men’s Merino Wool Tee

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Woolx Women’s Merino Wool Tee

LEARN MORE: Outdoor Clothing Guide >>

 

 

 

HIKING SHOES

 

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PURPOSE: Supporting your feet while you’re trekking around

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $80-$150

LOOK FOR: Breathable, lightweight, comfortable, good grip

OUR MEN’S PICK: Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze

LEARN MORE: Hiking Shoes 101 >>

 

 

 

RAIN JACKET

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PURPOSE: Keeping dry in case of sudden showers

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $30-$200

LOOK FOR: A waterproof, lightweight jacket

OUR MEN’S PICK: Multifunctional Waterproof Raincoat

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Multifunctional Waterproof Raincoat

LEARN MORE: Rain Jackets 101 >>

 

 

 

SUNSCREEN

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PURPOSE: Preventing sunburn

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $20-30

LOOK FOR: An option that offers both UVA and UVB protection

OUR PICK: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen

 

 

 

FIRST AID KIT

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PURPOSE: In case of injury or accident

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $20-$50

LOOK FOR: A lightweight kit that includes essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, and antibiotic ointment. Also pack medicine for headaches, stomach problems, and muscle cramps.

OUR PICK: Coleman All Purpose 27 Piece First Aid Kit

LEARN MORE: First Aid Kits 101 >>

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