Tips to traveling with photographic equipment…

June 5, 2012 by

Traveling with photo equipment can be difficult and challenging, but can you imagine traveling without your camera and equipment? it would be pointless to anyone who loves photography. Here are some tips that should make your travel experience anxiety free.

airport rolling camera case

airport rolling camera case

If you’re flying while traveling, carry your camera onboard with you to avoid damage. To help expedite hand-screening, carry your equipment in clear canisters or remove it from its packaging and place it in the plastic bins provided. Make sure when you collect it once through the scanners, you have everything you put into the plastic bins.

Digital media is not affected by scanners, but magnetic devices could harm them. Because there may be powerful magnets in the motors of conveyor belts, place your camera as far away from the beginning of the belt as possible.

If you’re traveling by car, keep your camera inside when you’re driving so it will stay cool. Carry it with you when you leave your car; it can easily be stolen if you leave it, even in the trunk.

Sassy Camera Bag

Sassy Camera Bag

Don’t leave your camera for one minute! Keep a watchful eye on your equipment constantly. It takes only a few seconds for someone to snatch a camera bag. Hanging a camera around your neck is not a good idea, either; tourists are soft targets and it is easy to cut a strap with a knife.

Plan how to store digital images even before your trip begins. Some people prefer memory cards to carrying a laptop or netbook; but if you need to record your trip (as I do) this is essential. If you run out of storage you can usually buy extra memory cards. If you think you might need more get them before setting off.

Don’t forget to insure your equipment. See if your insurance company already covers your equipment in case of theft or damage, if not buy a policy that does; especially if you’re traveling with expensive equipment.

It is a good idea to take your manual with you. Pack it in your luggage and refer to it if you want to experiment.

Ensure you take all your cables with you. If anything needs an outlet, bring the correct electric plug adapter. Don’t forget your battery charger and a spare battery.

Keep your camera in a good camera bag to protect it from bad weather. If you get caught in the rain, keep it under an item of clothing or in a plastic bag, move into a sheltered area as soon as possible.

camera equipment - travel light

camera equipment - travel light

Take equipment that you have tried and tested. Traveling is not the right time to experiment with new equipment if you want to be confident you’ll get good results.

Travel light with a good bag. Don’t bring every lens or body you have. By limiting yourself, you may also find new ways to photograph your subject. If you’re going overseas, declare all your photo equipment with custom officials at the airport before you leave so you won’t have to prove ownership when you return.

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