I love photography and when I travel I usually like to bring many cameras with me. I love to take photos because they are a great way of remembering a trip. But when I travel I want to make sure not only to have everything I need but also that all my photography gear arrives safely to my destination. This is a post on how to keep your camera safe while traveling, including some products I use and recommend.
- Take your camera with you as a carry-on
Always keep your camera close. If you are traveling by plane, don’t store it in the overhead compartments on the plane, keep it under the seat in front of you. Bring a bag just for your camera, and another fot the other carry on stuff. Camera safety first. If you are bringing film rolls, put them inside your carry on bag. The X-ray machine that screens your carry-on baggage at the passenger security checkpoint will not affect undeveloped film under ISO 800.
- Keep your camera safe if you’re not using it
You don’t have to bring your camera everywhere. When I travel I don’t use every camera everyday. For example: If I’m going to the beach, I leave my DSLR at the place I’m staying and bring only my GoPro or my Fuji Instax. I keep all the cameras I’m not using that day locked inside my suitcase or in the safe box. Never leave anything of value in a hotel room.
- Use the camera strap
Seriously I don’t understand people who just hold the camera with their hands, it is not safe enough. Even if it’s a compact camera, it is always better to use a neckstrap. There are some really cute camera straps if you don’t want to use the one that comes with the camera.
Be aware of your surroundings
You are not at home anymore and you won’t always be safe while traveling. Keep your camera out when it’s neccessary and when you feel safe. Be aware of what’s happening around and just put the camera in your bag when you’re not using it. Everyone notices you’re a tourist when you are walking with a camera around your neck and tourists are easy targets for thieves. Keep the camera close. If you’re at a restaurant, don’t just leave the camera on the table.
- Don’t look like you’re carrying a camera
If you carry your camera in a normal camera bag, any thief will know there are thousands of dollars worth of valuable in it. Carry your camera in a normal bag. Some people just use an old bag or backpack. I prefer the camera bags that look like a normal bag but have all the compartments inside, like the styilish Ona bags.
Keep it dry and clean
As I said before, I usually don’t bring my DSLR to the beach, and bring my GoPro instead. If you don’t have one, or simply want to bring your DSLR you could get a waterproof case or bag for your camera. Aside from this, you could also get a rain cover for your backpack, it can be really useful when it rains and protect all your photography gear. If you have a GoPro, and plan on doing some underwater shots I strongly suggest you buy a floating hand grip, it saved my camera on many occassions. To remove any dust it can also be useful to take a rocket blower.
- Keep it tidy and organized
Organize the cables, batteries, lens, memories and everything you need. I use a memory card organizer so I can keep the memories safe and together in one place. Also, keep a record of your gear. If you have too many things,consider making a list of the gear that you bring with you when traveling.
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