How do you Pack for 128 Days of Travel?


I leave in two days and I still don’t know the answer to that question!

This next expedition spans across four continents, over 20 countries and almost every time zone on Earth. I will be above and below the equator on over 30 flights, travelling more than one hundred thousand kilometres. That is over a quarter of the way to the moon or more than twice around the world at the equator. Can anyone say “Air Miles”???

The truth is, I like to travel as light as possible with the exception of my camera bag. I am bringing enough technology and lenses with me to open a small store.  Many of these flights are on small aircraft, so I have a check-in bag limit of 20kg. This means I need to have a 20kg max for the entire trip. Does this complicate things? Hmmm, maybe a little!

This is my third major photo expedition, so I have learned a lot. This has allowed me to stretch the limits for this next one to bring you some of the most fantastic imagery yet. What’s in store over the next four months will be hard to believe. I can’t even believe some of the places I am going to!

As you can see from the image below, my carry-on bag will be a little heavy to say the least! The theme of this packing job has been memory overkill. In addition to all of the glass and electronics, I have over 1.5 terabytes of storage coming along for the ride! It includes two iPods, two iPhones, a portable hard drive, a Netbook and enough memory cards to choke a wood chipper. All this technology has to be powered and connected, but I didn’t have enough room in the frame to add all of the chargers, cables and adapters.

I think you get the picture, I am going through a lot to bring you the best images on this expedition. In about 2 days, an Airbus A380 will be leaving Pearson International Airport carrying me on an adventure that will be almost impossible to surpass. I hope you will follow me as I take you to some of the world’s most exotic and remote locations through my words and my lens.

Sit down and strap in… Here we go!

Memory Overkill

Memory Overkill


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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