I do a lot of shooting with GoPro cameras. They offer a great size to price to performance ratio and really allow for some creative work. The thing is, the more you shoot with GoPros, the more accessories and gadgets you collect. The GoPro camera is all about getting unique angles and point of view shots, so a bit of gear goes a long way.
Here’s what’s in my GoPro Go Bag, if you’re looking for gift ideas or something for yourself, this list is what I take in the field for most projects. Do I own other specialty items (of course) but this all fits in one small bag and stays ready to go.
[Note: You can click the name of any product to get full details and price info]
Camera Bodies & Essentials
- 3 GoPro HERO5 Black — The Flagship model with great performance in lower light. Here’s my review.
- 2 GoPro HERO5 Session — Small and easy to hide (now in 4K)
- 1 GoPro Remo Remote — A simple remote with haptic feedback. Even allows for voice control. A big improvement over past remotes.
- LensPen – Easiest way to keep the lens clean.
- GoPro Anti-Fog Inserts — prevents moisture inside the case. Essential for diving or major temperature changes like early morning shooting.
- GoPro Screen Protector Kit for HERO5 Black — Even more important since you won’t shoot with a case that much anymore (cameras are waterproof as is). Includes enough for multiple cameras.
- 1 GoPro Super Suit Dive Housing for HERO5 Black — Useful if you need to go Scuba diving. The camera works fine as is for pool and snorkel work.
- 1 GoPro Red Dive Filter for HERO5 Black Super Suit — Helps when shooting underwater. Two colors to choose from.
The Ultimate Go Pro Bag
If you’re looking for the ultimate GoPro bag, the Tenba 632-451 Tenba 14L ActionPack has it all. It’s a comfortable fit (even with broad shoulders). Inside are four removable smaller bags that offer divided compartments. I’ve packed six cameras and a full suite of batteries and accessories for one trip.
The bag also offers several large pockets and the ability to hold a CamelBak water bladder for the trip. There are also two small pouches to hold memory cards, thumbscrews, and small accessories. The side pockets are plenty big to hold a a GorillaPod, a Platypod and other tripod accessories.
I’ve taken this bag around the world and its absolutely the best for this type of work.
- 1 SHARKK 36W 4-Port USB Wall Plug Charger – I like to charge multiple batteries at once. This makes it easy to charge several so you can go to sleep.
- 2 GoPro Dual Battery Charger with Battery for HERO5 Black – This one’s easy to use and includes an extra battery. The safest way to charge your GoPro batteries
- 6 GoPro Rechargeable Battery for HERO5 Black – I want four batteries for each camera. This makes it easy to shoot for hours.
- USB Battery Pack –Want to shoot a long timelapse? Need to charge the Session (its batteries aren’t swappable). Well you better have one or two of these.
- 1 Flow-Mow 2 Hour Panning Head – A simple way to create a 2-hour panning time-lapse. Simply attach it between the tripod and the camera (it’s a great companion to the Platypod). Twist it up to 360˚ and the camera will slowly pan over one hour to add movement to the shot.
- 1 Flow-Mow 12 Hour Panning Head –The same idea but now 12-hours.
- 1 Platypod Pro Base Camera Support Twin Pack – The perfect size for your GoPro and pocket for a stable shooting platform. A full review
- 2 Cullmann CB2.7 Mini Ballhead –The smallest ball head you’ll ever need for the GoPro.
- 1 Manfrotto 243 Car Window Pod – How to get great shots from the car window.
- 2 Revo 360° Clip with Three-Prong Mount for GoPro – An easy way to attach to a hat or a belt for point of view shots.
- 1 Revo Roll Bar Mount with 3-Way Pivot Arm – To attach to a pipe, a railing, or a handlebar.
- Really Right Stuff Arca Swiss GoPro Mount –Pricey, yup. But works amazingly well. I can attach to any pro ballhead as well as threads and more.
- 1 Redrock Micro Collins Clamp – For clamping on to vehicles and fast moving objects.
- 2 GoPro Tripod Mounts – Easily connect to any tripods you already own. Essential adapters.
- 2 Revo Chest Mount with 3-Way Pivot Arm for GoPro –The most stable point of view shot.
- 2 Revo Adjustable Head Strap Mount for GoPro – Great for helmets on riders or zip lining.
- 2 Revo Wrist Mount with 360° Adjustment for GoPro –Not just for wrists. I use on ankles and poles.
- 1 Revo 3-in-1 Adjustable Arm, Grip & Tripod for GoPro – Not perfect, but a good compromise. A useful backup accessory for when space is tight. it works quite well for 3 different shooting styles. Use it as a Grip for holding the camera in tight. Hold the camera in front of you for shooting selfies on the go or chasing action. The bottom screws apart and converts to a small (albeit slightly shaky in the wind) tripod. Given its small size and light weight it’s an easy addition to a road kit.
- 1 GoRad Gear Selfie Stick – The sturdiest rod I’ve seen. Great for the weather, works for diving. Lightweight and safe for impact.
- 1 GoPro The Handler Floating Hand Grip – Great for shooting in the water. Makes the camera easy to hold and harder to lose.
- 1 FotodioX GoTough Sharkbite Wrench – This wrench is the perfect companion to ensure that your gear is tight and secure. Save the shooter’s thumbs and tighten the gear so nothing flies loose in the middle of a tough shot. Plus the wrench does double duty as a bottle opener for after the shoot.
Rich has published over 100 courses on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.