6 Essential Things to Consider When Traveling with Your DSLR
So you’re leaving for an exciting trip and know that you want to capture and share the memories. But you’re asking yourself, is it worth it to take my DSLR? You have heard the horror stories – stolen or damaged gear, getting tired of carrying your camera gear all day, dead batteries, etc.
We’ve heard them too. But, despite those stories, traveling with your DSLR can be easy and worthwhile, especially when you follow these tips.
- INVEST IN A GREAT CAMERA BAG
This is our number one recommendation, and for good reason. A great bag keeps your gear safe with its ample padding; separate compartments for camera bodies, lenses, and accessories; and an element-proof exterior. That extra padding is great when flying with your gear (never check your camera gear!).
Further, the right bag will provide greater comfort and utility than an inferior version. At the end of a long day you are going to appreciate that extra comfort.
Our favorite type of camera bag is a backpack-style bag. That style is more comfortable than a messenger-type bag. It also allows you to carry more than just camera gear, like maps, a tablet, snacks, and more. Additionally, it doesn’t scream “camera bag”, which is a bonus when traveling to less safe areas.
We recommend our All Weather Deluxe Camera Bag Backpack, which is currently available at a discounted price here.
- UPGRADE YOUR KIT STRAP
Great, you bought a nice bag. However, as you go through your day, you are going to miss great shots unless your camera is quickly accessible. The only problem is that, if you’re like most people, you are going to get very tired of wearing your DSLR around your neck using the kit strap.
For added comfort, you can always upgrade to a wider strap, which distributes the weight more evenly for less fatigue. Other alternatives include cross-body straps, and our favorite – a belt holster that allows you to quickly access your camera without using a strap.
- PURCHASE CAMERA INSURANCE
If you have invested a significant amount in your camera (or cameras) and lenses, you might want to double check your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to make sure those items are covered. Depending on the value, they may not be without an additional rider. It’s always wise to protect your investment from loss or damage.
- DON’T FORGET EXTRA MEMORY CARDS AND BATTERIES
You would not believe how many times I’ve read stories where someone forgot their battery charger and couldn’t find a quick replacement, basically turning their camera into a brick for most of their trip. Don’t forget your charger.
Okay, that one is really common sense and you won’t forget a charger. However, if you are not used to traveling with your camera, you may not have thought about taking extra batteries and extra memory cards. Most often, two fully charged batteries will get you through a day of very heavy shooting. We tend to carry three.
Unlike batteries, you almost can never have enough memory cards. Depending on the length of your trip and the resolution of your camera, you can fill several cards up before you return home. We recommend packing at least three 32gb or larger cards, and even more if you shoot in RAW format.
- CARRY SUPPLIES TO CLEAN YOUR LENSES
We listed several horror stories at the top of the article, but one that we didn’t mention is coming home and seeing a spot in the same place on EVERY photo. Yep, you had dirt on your lens. Carrying a simple pack of lens wipes or a lens cleaning pen can help you prevent that from happening.
Be sure to check your lens periodically, especially if you have been in wet, dusty, or sandy environments.
- DON’T FORGET TO SHARE
You can’t open up social media without seeing one of your friends posting a picture from vacation. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or somewhere else, you are likely going to be sharing too.
The good news is that you can share your awesome DSLR pictures before you even get home, without having to take a laptop with you. You can use a memory card reader that connects directly to your iPhone or iPad to import pictures straight to that device, instead of a computer. From there it’s as simple as sharing to your favorite site, or opening up your favorite editing program prior to sharing.
We hope that these tips help and wish you safe travels and happy shooting!
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My wife bought this bag for me for Christmas and I absolutely LOVE it. It's exactly as it is named, easy access. I don't have rummage through he bag to quickly grab my DSLR on a shoot or on the go. great bag for the price!
Nicely packaged... can't wait to get out and use it.
Great product that works as advertised.
Perfect size. Fits all my gear and the quality is really, really good.
I bought this for a trip I was planning and the bag was absolutely perfect. Great quality, lots of storage spaces and the wheels were just an added bonus! Highly recommend!
Great Product, Fast Service
Excellent tripod & monopod! Easy to carry with included bag.
Works great, nice tight fit, and the bubble level is a nice addition.
Works perfectly on my D750, very satisfied.
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Everything is good with the price
Love the protectors!! Plenty of protection and offer a great clip to carry on your side for easy accessibility. I just wish perhaps they were slightly wider for my lens hood to remain on my Large lenses. Would order again!
So far so good! I’ve been using it for astrophotography.
Great lens at this price point!
Received my order in a timely manner. Haven't used the products yet but looking forward to putting them to good use.
Comfortable, straight stencil, reasonably good quality
Fast service, item was even better than expected. Now both my camera and flash are smarter than I am.
Love the ring light
A basic over the shoulder camera strap that works well and keeps the weight of the camera off of my neck, which is why I purchased it.
I primarily bought the case to carry my flying camera(drone) but will see use for my dslrs. Easily configured for multiple uses with movable dividers. Only negative is the zipper sometimes hangs up on the lids edge seam and has to be manipulated to get it unstuck. Good value!
Sturdy yet light and watertight. Does the job.
Nice bag, keeps camera dry and able to shoot in heavy rain. Handy strap for carrying.
They could modify the roll up plastic to leave more room to snap closed. Needs a a trigger hole for shutter button.
Overall pretty good bag for price.
Looks very good and real but takes to long to get
Arrived in good condition, looks good.
I personally don't care too much about wearing the Name Brand around my neck when I'm out photographing the world around me.
I love my "Vintage Fashion Neck & Shoulder Trap" It's very comfortable and looks real nice. I would highly recommend this strap. It's a good one.
Its a great product, However when i use my 28 to 300 lense I can see the ring clearly through the viewfinder
just what the doctor ordered, now some experiments
Nice tripod. Reasonably light and sturdy enough for my Sony A6000 with kit lens.
I ordered this background, it took a longer time than projected to arrive. But I have to say that it was worth the wait. I was so pleased with the product that I have purchased a different background. Keep up the good quality.
The flash works well with my Canon 60D. I've been pleased with its performance, and I'm looking forward to really putting it through its paces. I do agree with one of the other reviewers, that an online manual would be greatly appreciated.
I bought this item on the recommendation of some pro photographers. It is a very well-made device, but I haven't yet found a way to use it in my photography. I'm sure I will!
I love it...it’s very helpful when I’m on the move
Served as an ideal backdrop in most recent series.
I like the way it attaches to the bottom of the camera. Very secure. I have large hands and a battery pack on my cameras, so a little more strap would have been nice. I anm still waiting for my double harness, to fully test these out. There was delays in shipping my harness. Which was ordered with the hand straps.
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Delivered the next day . Good job!!!
Plenty of room very comfortable on my back
Works great for my camera!