How To Travel With Your Camera

How To Travel With Your Camera

My camera goes everywhere with me and I’ve been asked a few times what my tips are for traveling with a nice camera, so I’m sharing some of my best with you today.

Travel Light
I only bring what I need when I travel. I bring my camera, extra memory cards, an extra battery, charger, a wireless remote, a 35mm lens, and a 135mm lens. It saves me excess weight, and extra gear to worry about. For some trips where I know I might not be in the best of areas, I pack my 40mm pancake lens to make my camera appear a little smaller.

Organize
I don’t use a camera bag because they are bulky and draw attention, but I do love this neoprene sleeve so I can keep my camera safe no matter what bag it’s in (or to keep from bumping while on my shoulder), and use a baggu zip pouch to hold all of my camera accessories/electronics. This makes it safe and easy for my camera and accessories if I need to take them out for security as well.

Be Comfortable
I never use the strap that comes with my camera, I don’t find it comfortable. I use one I purchased on Etsy. I also don’t suggest using the default strap because it can draw unwelcome attention to what kind of camera you have.

Backup
We usually bring a small hard drive to dump our photos on if we know we will be on a long trip. I also have an Eyefi card that sends low-res JPG versions to my phone for social media or quick edits. If I am traveling alone I don’t usually bring a laptop, so my iPad serves as my backup device when needed.

Watch Out
Be safe when you travel with any equipment that looks expensive. I alway wear my camera cross-body when I’m taking a lot of photos, keeping one hand on the strap or camera, and tuck it safe away in my bag if I’m not. I never check any of my gear at the airport, or let it out of my sight while on the move. When in a hotel I lock it in the safe if it stays in the room and we always dismiss daily housekeeping.

Insurance
As a professional photographer, I am insured for my equipment if it is lost or stolen, but if you are not you should check into travel insurance. It is a nice piece of mind in case something happens while you are on the go.

I hope these tips are helpful for you, if you have any favorites, please feel free to add them below!

26 thoughts on “How To Travel With Your Camera

  1. GREAT article! Thanks for the tips! Could you tell me, what is the best lens to bring on a trip to Iceland where most photos will be of landscape etc and the light will be, well, let’s say fleeting, to say the least? Thanks so much! Have a great day! 🙂

    1. I’d def. bring a mini tripod to take longer exposure shots in the low light. As far as a lens, if you only want to bring one I would almost suggest a 70-200 range zoom. Then you could take wider shots for landscape and use the zoom for any sort of wildlife or details you’d like to capture.

  2. You know, I could have used this when we went to Disney World a couple months ago, but better late than never, right?! <3 Thanks for posting this! 🙂

  3. I love this post! Whenever I have my DSLR camera out I always make sure to keep one hand on it at all times! It’s also important to pack light, I always bring my camera bag/shoulder bag <3

  4. These are all very helpful tips 🙂 I haven’t traveled yet with my camera but with the holidays coming up I will bring my camera along with me everywhere!

  5. These are great tips – so many I didn’t even think of! I’m in the market for my first “real” camera right now. I need to bookmark your blog for more tips!

  6. I wish i would have had these tips a few months ago! We went to Europe but left our good camera at home so that it didn’t get lost or stolen or damaged. These are great tips and looking back I wish we would have brought it. Now I know for next time! Thank you for sharing!

  7. These are fab tips. While I was in Morocco last week my DSLR brought me so much unwanted attention and was hard to be subtle! I definitely need to change the camera strap!

    Katie <3

  8. love all the pictures you took.. so many wonderful ones, I actually took the picture you had taken the one with the boats in the icy water and kept it as my desktop, love it 🙂 thanks

  9. Hi! Love the neoprene sleeve suggestion – I’ve been thinking of carrying my 5dm3 in my purse rather than in a dedicated bag my poor husband has to carry 😛

    Also, what wireless remote do you use?

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