Photography and travel go hand in hand, the best gift you can get a photographer is probably a trip somewhere. The problem is that cameras are often big and heavy: here is the best tool that makes the journey with your camera safer and easier.
Traveling with a camera is risky. Even the best built cameras and lenses are in themselves fragile. They are also a common goal for thieves. The best thing you can take with you when traveling with your camera is a little cop-on. Watch your camera, don't let it sit unattended on a table, not just throw it in an old bag and don't take it out and wave it as a tourist as you walk through the dark streets in the evening ̵1; even in your safe home town a stupid move. That being said, there are tools that can help.
For this article, I assume you shoot with a DSLR or a mirror-free camera (if you don't have one, here's the guide to the best cameras to start with). Point and shot are just so easy that you don't have to worry about them as much.
Here is the tool I use, love and recommend. I've done the research so you don't need to.
A good bag: Peak Design Travel Bag 40L ($ 300) or f-stop Guru ($ 270)
The most dangerous time for your camera is in transit. When you are in a plane, your camera may be pushed, bumped, dropped, damaged or even stolen. A good camera bag takes a long way towards the protection.
How to travel determines what kind of bag you need, but if you don't have a full professional attitude, it should really be referred to as carryon luggage. There are two bags I love that should cover most people's needs.
Peak Design Travel Bag ($ 299.95) is my go-to-camera suitcase. I reviewed it in its entirety before so check out that article if you want a round of all functions. At $ 300, it's a little expensive – and that is before you buy an important camera cube ($ 49.96- $ 89.95) – but it's the best suitcase I've ever used. Not only does it hold my camera, it carries my laptop, Kindle, three days worth of clothes, toiletries, stand and everything else I need to live and still fits in a carry case. If you travel for a long time, go out on a city break or just want a bag, it is the best there is.
However, the Peak Design bag is really a travel-focused bag. It's not ideal for what is often a big part of photography tours: hiking for hours to get the shot. If you want something with a better harness system that stays on while skiing or rock climbing, and it is intended for adventure, then f-stop Guru 25L is your bag. This bundle ($ 269) comes with an internal camera unit and some additional storage bands.