Have LEGO Will Travel: How to Pack for LEGO Toy Photography Trips

It started innocently enough. Several years ago I took an old LEGO kit along on vacation through the Southern Utah Badlands. The next thing you know I was bringing A LOT of LEGO on my trips. Heh, some of those trips were almost entirely focused on toy photography—even before discovering the community here, on Instagram and MeWe. Since those days I’ve married and we have a dog who goes with us pretty much everywhere. On many of our trips we enjoy camping or sightseeing along with some landscape photography. We really like dispersed camping, and there are a lot of essentials that take precedence over toys. So I’ve adjusted my toy photography travel sets to my minimum—and her maximum—for mutual benefit.

Let’s have a look

Have LEGO will travel
One carry-on sized SKB/5.11 Hard Case and a 5.11 Load Ready Haul Pack.

Disclosure – I’m a longtime 5.11 employee and I would still use this gear even if not.

Out on adventure through Cathedral Valley, UT. I guarantee there’s LEGO loaded in the truck.

Inspiration = energy

Occasionally I’ll get to a spot and the inspiration just isn’t there or I’m out of energy. When I feel that way it’s a clue to take a few moments and not think. Just take in the sights, breathe and stare blankly into space—no work thoughts allowed. Once that passes, I always find the inspiration and that builds my energy.

More often these days I plan a few ideas/concepts ahead, but those change along the way. The planning exercise pays off in other ways. And it gives a fallback position if inspiration really isn’t coming. “Well, I brought all this stuff… better try to do SOMETHING with it.”

Some favorites

Have a unique tip to share about taking toys on the road? We would love to hear it!


  1. Nice! I will travel soon, so this is perfect post right now 😀 I don’t have tips. I always take too many toys and most of them don’t get photographed. So my tip would be to build a Tardis 😀 Or Hermiona’s bag with undetectable charm that makes it bigger on the inside 😀

  2. Mary Wardell

    Good one – we haven’t been really traveling except for my occasional trips to the beach. And on my last trip I brought a Lego camper along instead of simply relying on a few minifigs & a bike. I obviously need to think bigger! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Janan

    After reading your article, I went to google dispersed camping sites near me in Victoria, Australia. What a brilliant idea to do shoots while camping. I can imagine how much fun and therapeutic it is to shoot while being completely immerse in these beautiful landscapes.

    Love the images too!

  4. JP

    Some of those shots are really inspirational, such as the Dewback by the water’s edge, the trooper on a motorbike and the Powepuff girls! Thanks for sharing… oh and the truck spewing dirty…WOW!

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