After months of planning and waiting, I am about to leave the country for 23 days to cover the biggest sporting event in the world! The 2012 Summer Olympics in London!! To be honest I have been extremely nervous for months. I have left the country before, but only to Toronto, which doesn’t even feel like you’ve left the country.

This is the first time traveling overseas so I really don’t know what to expect. I filled out all of my customs paperwork to ensure I would be allowed into the country with all of my gear. From what other photographers who have already arrived in London have said getting through customs is pretty easy. I was extremely relieved to hear that.

To get the packing started I headed to Walmart to pick up ibuprofen, cold medicine, contact solution, deodorant and toothpaste. I am not sure if that stuff is readily available at the Olympics in London so I don’t want to take the risk of getting sick and being with out medicine.

Next I picked up ziplock bags, a small personal fan; because I can’t sleep with out the white noise, an extension cord, power strip, a USA to UK power adapter and lots of AA batteries.

For anyone who knows anything about London it’s extremely rainy there. A few of my coworkers who are already in London said it will be blue skies in the morning and all of the sudden it will start pouring down rain that usually lasts for a few hours. So with that in mind I am packing lots of rain gear.

I have one suitcase dedicated to just rain gear.

I am taking 3 rain coats, rain pants and two pair of Under Armour shoes that are water proof, and rain gear for my cameras. Bag number one is packed.

Next onto packing my camera gear. At first I was planning on taking extra gear to set up remotes but after talking with other photographers you really don’t have a lot of time to set up remotes especially with doing multiple shoots in one day. So I quickly threw that out the window.

I am taking my regular arsenal I take with me to every shoot. This will be my carry on bag as I don’t ever check camera equipment.

Nikon D4 (2)
Nikon D3
Nikon 600mm f/4
Nikon 400mm f/2.8
Nikon 70-200 f/2.8
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
Nikon 24mm tiltshift f/3.5
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 28mm f/1.8
Sigma 10mm f/2.8

Then in my Under Armour bookbag that is completely waterproof I will be carrying my 400mm, because I can’t fit my 400mm in my roller bag with my 600mm. I also have the typical gear: laptop, iPad, memory cards, card readers, external hard drives, laptop and iPad, chargers and a mini vagabond for extra power on the flight.

Finally my third bag is the all of my clothes.

I am all packed and ready rock and roll in London!

My flight takes off at 6:50pm on Sunday and I land in London at 11:25am on Monday morning ready to start exploring the city and kicking ass!