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Giving Your Gear a Dry Run

You've assembled your photographic gear, you've planned a trip, and you're ready to head out on your photographic voyage. There's still one last thing to do. It's time to try everything out and see how it works.

There's nothing worse than getting to your destination and realizing your camera bag is too small or some piece of equipment doesn't work. A few weeks before your trip, pack up everything and hop in the car.

Spend a day in your town or city pretending to be a tourist, photographing the local attractions. Check out each piece of gear to see if it works. When you get home, take out all of your chargers and plug them in, making sure each one works.

If you've got anything that's broken or doesn't work the way you'd like, you still have time to replace it before you leave on your trip.

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