Last but certainly not least, you need a light and trustworthy tripod that can hold the weight of your gear but not hold you down. Carbon fiber tripods (like this Benro 5-Section Carbon Fiber Slim Travel Tripod) are better due to their weight, strength, and resistance to wear and tear, but aluminum tripods are much cheaper, and still pack a punch if you are on a tighter budget. It’s always great to have a tripod with you, regardless if you think you’ll need it or not, because it adds so much more to your kit, and allows you to create framework and foundation to your photos and take long exposure shots that are always so wonderful to shoot.
And if you think have the best eyes on the planet, think again. Your eyes will deceive you if you aren’t careful, and you’re going to shoot at a slight angle sometimes. It’s always nice to rest your camera on your tripod every once in a while and guarantee a shot that is straight and true. Get yourself a light and trustworthy tripod, and it will become your new travel buddy that won’t leave your side — unless you leave it in a canyon like I did.