People often ask me if they should bring their camera traveling, camping or to an event like Burning Man. My answer is usually: yes, bring your camera! Your smartphone is fine for a quick pic to post on social media, but if you want the best tool to capture that beautiful sunset, a colorful ceremony or the art and people at an event like Burning Man, bring your real camera.
A good point and shoot like the Canon GX1 (or Sony, Nikon, etc..) is a lightweight option for travel and hiking. If you don’t have to lug your camera very far, bring a DSLR with a lens or two for best results.
Here are some items you will want to have with you: an extra battery or two, charger, extra camera cards, canned air and damp cloths for dusty environments, an assortment of lenses--consider the weight of several prime lenses verses one zoom-- headlamp, tripod, or a small travel tripod for waterfalls, and backpack to carry your gear, food and water, your laptop and card reader. I also recommend having insurance for your gear. If you’re not a professional photographer, a homeowners or renters policy should cover you.