Hi, Beth here! In this article, I will be discussing how to travel with your camera gear in town.
I know that many new photographers can get pretty nervous while travelling to another country with their camera gear, afraid that it will get stolen, smashed, or rained on.
I know that when I received my first camera, I was absolutely mortified to bring it anywhere for fear of it being stolen or broken.
I know that I have saved a lot of my allowance to purchase it, and I did not want for it to go down the drain.
Unfortunately, keeping your camera at home will likely only make you lose some great opportunities for awesome photographs. So, here are some of my tips to keep your camera safe.
1. Consult with your immigration lawyer
Believe it or not, your immigration lawyer can help keep your photography equipment safe.
You can ask them what to do if your stuff ever gets stolen, and whether or not you should worry about customs officers that may try to take away your gadgets.
I spoke to an immigration lawyer in Manchester who gave me some fantastic insight on how to put together my travel insurance and how it can protect your stuff.
I am not that good when it comes to the specifics of travel law, but it is always a good idea to talk to a trusted immigration lawyer.
2. Pack your gear in protected casings
Your camera, as well as other accessories including extra drives, memory cards, battery packs, and the like need to be packed into protected casings.
My favorite is to use a good, sturdy, padded camera bag to keep my stuff clean and to avoid dents and cracks.
Some people prefer using hard, reinforced hard cases for their goods, but while they can be effective, they can be rather bulky and difficult to handle.
They can also be rather expensive, so it is really up to you whether you need the extra protection or not, though I do suggest you purchase a good camera bag.
3. Hand carry the important things
While it is okay to put your tripod and battery packs in your check in luggage, you may want to bring the important things with you as hand carry baggage.
Your DSLR body and your lenses are the most sensitive items in your arsenal, so try to bring them with you to the plane if you can.
Just make sure that the airline that you are taking allows you to bring electronics on board.
Here is a video about how you can travel with your gear:
4. Be vigilant at all times
Even if you have the best kind of anti-theft bags available complete with coded locks, your camera will always be small enough to be grabbed with one hand.
Be vigilant and keep an eye out for any thieves, and avoid taking your hands off of your camera bag.
I know that it can be very tiring to do, but it is better than losing your important equipment and your precious photos in one fell swoop.