Dishes her picture-perfect packing tips.
GOLD GLADIATOR SANDALS
“I’m always on the hunt for comfy, dressy flat shoes that I can wear with shorts or my rehearsal dinner outfit.” $168, by Cole Haan, from Nordstrom, Mall of America, 952-883-2121, nordstrom.com
“These zippered cubes are sturdy, cheap, and fabulous.” $4.99–$5.99, from The Container Store
These ultrathin printed cotton wraps go from beach to dinner. “[It] makes a nice hostess gift, too,” Banfield says. $50, from robertarollerrabbit.com
“At risk of jinxing myself, I’ve never permanently lost a bag with an airline. I think one of the reasons is that I always emblazon my name in large letters on the outside. Do it.” $4.49, by Sharpie, from office supply stores.
“The Lyric style is water-resistant, with extra padding and movable panels. If you are carrying multiple lenses or accessories, this is a darling camera bag that looks just like a purse.” $155, from epiphaniebags.com
PADDED CAMERA WRAPS
“Personally, I think people are way too precious about their cameras. If it’s tucked away in a bag, you are less likely to use it.” Starting at $18.95, by Tenba, from West Photo, 21 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-379-2321, westphoto.com
BACK UP YOUR PICTURES
“I know someone who went on a dream vacation in Paris only to lose her camera before downloading any of her pictures. Twin Cities–based crashplan.com is a great option for backup.”
This summer will find Minneapolis-based photographer Liz Banfield shooting weddings everywhere from San Francisco to the Berkshires, and Nisswa in between. She’s a precise packer who has mastered the art of being prepared for anything from a black-tie dinner to sand in the camera case. Here’s what’s in (and on) her Samsonite ultralight roller bag.
MORE SUMMER TRAVEL TIPS:
From best beach bag to favorite travel apps, see more of Liz Banfield’s advice here
Where To Buy
The Container Store
3825 Gallagher Dr., Edina, 952-831-3780
Mall of America, 952-883-2121
21 University Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-379-2321