Travelling (especially flying) with photography gear can be a problem. What should you take? If you’re going on the trip of a lifetime you want to capture those precious shots – you may never get to go there again. Here are my tips from experience:
1. What to Take…
What will you be seeing? What type of trip is it? Wildlife? Landscapes? Macro? Low light situations? Think through the types of shot you are likely to want and choose your gear accordingly. An example of the gear I picked is shown later in this article. What you might need depends on your priorities… and strength! Whatever happens I recommend that you take more than one camera…an extra system allows for fast snatched shots and alternative angles without the need to change the lens.
Remember when you’re deciding what to take, that you need to think about how to keep it all safe as well. Choose accommodation carefully or carry your gear with you (is there a room safe or other safekeeping method?) Always insure your gear with a reputable Company and check what you are covered for – “all risks” is best. It can take a long time and a lot of cash to get together your perfect photography kit – and it can be devastating to lose it.
3. Getting Your Photography Gear on the Aircraft.
Substitute your carry-on bag for a good protective photo gear backpack.Organise the interior using adjustable interior dividers (always provided with good photography bags). Pack in an organised way so that you can re-pack easily if you are checked going through to the departure lounge.
Planning is key to make sure your travelling is as hassle free as possible. Check the airlines and pick carefully to get the most out of your carry on allowance (this can vary widely). You don’t want to get to the airport only to be confronted by a refusal to accept your oversize, over weight bag. If you travel with a partner you can share out the weight a bit… unless they are a photo nut as well!
Another thing to remember is to take into account all the stages of your journey. On our trip of a lifetime from London to New Zealand we flew in a 747 from Heathrow to Auckland, but then transferred to a tiny 12 seater for the next stage of our journey. On this tiny aircraft out cabin allowance was a lot less than for the jumbo. If you get this wrong, you’ll have to check some of your gear into the hold, leaving it at the mercy of baggage handling systems (NOT recommended). This happened to me on a European trip and I ended up with a broken camera and rejected insurance claim (putting camera gear in the hold in a normal suitcase is not “reasonable care” according to insurers).
4. Take Tried and Trusted Equipment
Never never buy photography equipment at the airport. It’s extremely rare to get cheap deals at airports and you really don’t know what you’re getting. Once you’ve flown to your destination you’re stuck with whatever you bought. This tip goes for buying kit especially for a trip as well – ALWAYS practice and use the gear well before you go away. You will get better shots if you know your gear and it’s capabilities, whether strengths or weaknesses. Also… there’s nothing worse than buying an expensive lens just before going on a trip, then finding when you get there that it is faulty! You then have to carry it around as dead weight and miss out on a massive amount of shooting opportunities as well!…Yes that’s from bitter experience.
Yes, you did read that right… When you are on a photography trip it pays to wear the right gear. For instance: a polo might be more suitable than a t shirt to prevent chafing from camera straps. A sleeveless jerkin with lots of pockets is incredible useful. Shorts or pants that will dry easily and which don’t impede free movement are a good choice and dont forget hat and sunscreen. If you are carrying a lot of kit you will need the support offered by a good pair of supportive walking shoes or boots – even on city streets this can make the difference and prevent tired, aching feet. Obviously the gear you need depends on climatic conditions, but add your photography needs to that to arrive at the best solutions.
Here are the main items I took with me on my trip to New Zealand:
Whatever you decide to take with you, shoot masses and you are bound to get many super reminders of that special trip. Enjoy!
Mo Redman is founder and regular contributor to lightbulbmomentsforyou.com and [nikondigitalcameradeals4you.com] where she records the rocky rides and occasional pleasure cruises of life.
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