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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!