Vanguard vs The Cheese, Cracker, And Fruit Salad School Of Photography
We've all been there. At 30,000 feet somewhere above the Great Australian Bight attempting to achieve the Great Australian Bite. Or the Little Australian Bite.
With an airline tray poking us in the ribs, our knees tucked under our chin, and a variety of food-like substances in plastic wrappers in front of us. If we are lucky we have a small bottle of red wine, or two, to wash it down, but the degree of manual dexterity required to unpeel everything and then send it down our gullet is akin to juggling mildly-spiced chain saws.
What we really want is more leg room, less packaging, and either the cheese and crackers or the little dish of rice and chicken. Not both. The little wine bottles can stay but the fruit salad, yoghurt, shotgun-wad bun and frozen butter pat, and the bulging container of water can be jettisoned. With the empty shell casings out the waist-gunner's position. We need eating room if we are to do any good - not more eatables.
Same thing with camera accessories in camera bags. By all means keep a prawn fork and a 540 volt battery in yours if you are constantly photographing zombies, but if you are just out for a stroll and a latté for goodness sake lighten up. Leave out the copy of the Titanic's manifest. Do not take the charger and travel adapter for your camera plus three batteries if you are going to go back to the hotel anyway. Take one battery extra.
In short, carry less, carry lighter, do better. If you want fruit salad or yoghurt or water stop at a café.