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 ̵
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.
A tripod you can bring on the plane: MeFOTO Classic Carbon Fiber Roadtrip ($ 350)
When we looked at the best stands, our choice for the best stand was MeFOTO Classic Carbon Fiber Roadtrip ($ 250). The only thing that has changed is the price: it is now $ 50 cheaper. This is the tripod I have taken with me on many flights without problems. It folds down to 15.4 "while still stretching to a maximum height of 61.6" and weighs just 3.1 kg. It is super-stable and counted as carry-on. What more could you want?
One Way to Keep Your Camera Available: Peak Design Capture Camera Clip ($ 70)
Full Point of Taking Your Camera While You Traveling is so you use it. If it sits in your bag all day, you would be better off leaving it at home. This is where Peak Design's Capture Camera Clip ($ 70) comes in. This small clip is attached to your backpack strap – or belt if you like – while the plate connects to the camera's tripod bracket (and works with the Roadtrip stand). Now you can attach your camera to the backpack while walking or walking around the city. With a single pressure on the release, bam !, your camera is in hand ready to go. I have also used it to keep my camera available during skiing.
Large SD Cards: SanDisk Extreme 16GB ($ 11)
Data loss is no joke. If you spend your hard-earned money to go somewhere good and take some pictures, you want to make sure you actually have the pictures when you get home. This means that you need to use high quality SD cards. Our favorite SD cards are dirty cheap 16GB SanDisk Extreme ($ 10). For that price you can download three or four of them. If your camera has double slots, you can use both. If not, you have some options:
- Use a computer to copy files to an extra SD card as a backup.
- Use a different SD card every day, so if you fail, you won't lose any photos.
No matter how you decide to go, you are better off stacking SD cards in your pockets. Be sure to label them!
Microfiber Lens Cloths: MagicFiber Microfiber Cloths 6 Pack ($ 9)
Journey is dirty. Whether you are in a city, on a beach or up a mountain, there is always dust, sand and other particles that seem to disturb your camera equipment. A grubby lens will not take sharp photos. The solution is to regularly clean the front of the lens with a microfiber lens cloth.
Actually, lens cloths will do, but as with SD cards, the better you are with you, the better. Therefore, this 6-pack from MagicFiber ($ 9) is a great deal. You can only clean the clothes in the bag and when you get dirty you break out a new one.