Once the initial day-to-day planning of our Route 66 trip was set in place, we assumed the hard part was over – that is, until we spent a good handful of weeks going over the logistics of packing. We’d be gone for 2 weeks, we’d be flying home (and no one hates checking a bag more than these two!), and we knew we’d need a system for music, podcasts and, most importantly, a way to easily haul our camera across the country.
This might be a little strange to say (although not surprising?), but I love my camera so much. I’ve always loved photography, and Scott frequently comments that it’s as if he can see me instantly relax and be myself with my camera in hand! That said, my camera + lens is heavy, and I knew we’d need a sturdy and safe way to carry that little burrito from town to town, state to state, from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean. A camera backpack seemed like the best bet (rather than stuffing it in an oversized purse amongst my sunglasses, notepads, and bubble gum; um, as I’ve been known to do), and then it was all heart-eyed emojis the moment I landed on the Bellbrook backpack from Jo Totes:
This backpack never, ever left our side. The size was compact yet roomy, with a place for everything and everything in its place. It doesn’t look like a camera bag, and yet the best part (my absolutely favorite part!) is that you access the camera from a side pocket:
The inside is lined and padded, with an adjustable top pouch and removable liners to fit every need. Before we left, I invested in a handsome new-to-me zoom lens (I now consider him my fifth child), which prevented the need for us to bring multiple lenses. As a result, we were able to use that extra space to hold everything from our instant camera, extra film, a mini tripod, battery charger and card reader. A zippered front pouch held onto lip balms, cell phones and snacks, and in the very back, it held our laptop for the plane ride home. In the meantime, the back liner pulled double duty for brochures and maps we collected along the way!
The waxed canvas finish was a champion, taking the beating during the Grand Canyon hail storm. Afterwards, we were so relieved when we took a peek inside and saw that everything stayed dry and safe, nestled into their individual compartments.
So the best part about Jo Totes? They have a whole collection of practical and pretty camera bags that, well, don’t look like camera bags! It’s always surprisingly difficult to track down simple design, but Jo Totes nails it. But, okay, really the very, very best part is that they want to spread the love to you, too! And so together with Jo Totes, we’ll be giving away $200 towards the camera bag (or bags!) of your choice! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. This giveaway is eligible for anyone in the world and runs through Friday, October 2nd until 5pm CST. The winner will be announced within this post and contacted directly. Good luck and happy entering!