Selecting A Gig Bag
Selecting a gig bag is necessary whether you are a DJ, a professional photographer, or a musician. Equipped with the right bag, you will be able to grab everything that you need for your event in a moments notice, stay organized, and protect your gear. However, with so many options on the market, it can be quite hard to find the perfect gig bag to fit your purposes. Below are a few things that you need to consider before you pick the perfect gig bag.
The most important thing you need to think about is what you will be using your gig bag for. Naturally, you will need a completely different bag for a set of speakers than you would need for a camera, but not every situation is that black and white. It may be helpful to ask others in your profession to see if they have any suggestions as to what gig bags they use to help you find yours.
It is necessary that your gig bag fits your equipment perfectly. A bag that is too big will allow items to slide around, potentially damaging them. You will also be carrying around a bag much larger than you need to be. However, if your bag is too small, your fragile and expensive equipment will spill out at your house, in your car and at the gig, potentially causing it to break or become lost.
Your gig bag should be well organized so that you can quickly access your gear without making a mess of things. Tangled cables and other gear can cost you valuable time at your event, and even cause something to break. The bag that you select will make a huge difference as to whether or not your equipment is organized. Pick a bag that has enough pockets for you to store your things in an organized fashion. Make sure that you also have enough space for your business cards, backups, extra cables, papers, etc.
There are two reasons why you need a gig bag: to carry your things, and to protect them. Do you need to protect your gear from physical damage (bumps and scrapes), UV damage, water damage, or theft? The best thing you can do is purchase a waterproof, padded bag that will protect your gear in all terrain. When that is not possible, find something that will protect your equipment for the weather you are expecting.