Safe Travels with Your Camera
The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. The last thing you want to worry about is the safety of your photography gear when you’re flying or driving to visit family!
Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your load light and safe:
- Make sure to pad all your fragile items sufficiently, whether its the body of the camera or your lens. Without enough padding your items can maneuver around in the bag and knock into other items and cause damage.
- If you’re flying, take your camera as a carry on item. Many airlines allow a personal item and one carry on as well. This personal item can be a camera bag with your essential gear in it!
- Consider buying a camera-friendly bag that fits TSA carry-on regulation sizes. This ensures the padding is correct and has lots of compartments for any and all gear you’d want to bring with you on a trip! This can also be very handy when traveling in the car to ensure if other bags were to fall on top of yours nothing gets damaged.
- Make sure everything is disassembled when packed. All lenses taken off the camera and packed with padding, as well as your camera. This ensures no pieces come loose and you can tightly pack each individual item.
- Pick up a cleaning kit (if you don’t have one already) and keep it handy. This takes up very little space but can be very handy in the event something happens when the camera is not in your possession and gets smudges on the filter or dust gets into your lens.
- Keep it light! Pack only the essential items you need to photograph what you are going to see. In the event of the holidays, a nice standard 18-55mm lens is great for those shots around the tree. Packing a versatile zoom lens will capture those distant images, like Christmas lights on a winter walk with the family dog. The less you pack, the less you have to haul and worry about getting damaged!
- Be sure to pack an extra battery and your charger. When flying there is a limit to how many lithium batteries you can bring on board but you should be safe to bring your primary battery and a backup battery just in case the primary dies or fails!