How to Properly Protect your Photography Gear When Travelling

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Hello! Bonjour! Hola!

Today I want to share a few tips on keeping your things safe, following on from my latest Youtube Video on the topic. Because so many readers have been interested in photography tips and tricks, I thought this would be a great chance to focus specifically on protecting your photography gear when you travel and how to insure you won’t be left coughing up thousands of dollars when things go wrong. So here we go! How to protect your photography gear when travelling…

My camera gear

Tip #1: Get Travel Insurance and Check what is covered

The video I recently produced was in collaboration with Southern Cross Travel Insurance, in an effort to talk more about the things that go wrong when you travel (aka the things you don’t see on a picture-perfect instagram feed!!!) As I’ve been using SCTI for travel insurance for years, I know first hand that they’re a good insurer who make it very clear what is covered and what is not in your protection plan, so that make it easy to see how much $ worth of gear you are covered for.

On average Australians are taking $5,000 of tech gear overseas – including cameras, phones, laptops, etc. That’s a loooooot of money to lose if any of your items are stolen, damaged, or mysteriously disappear! I can’t tell you how many times travel insurance has saved me (flight cancellations, hospital stays, stolen goods), so I can’t recommend it enough!

Tip #2: Always pack your photography gear in your carry-on

One of the easiest ways to damage your photography gear is when you let it out of your sight and into the control of another – especially baggage handlers! Whilst I’m certainly not suggesting all baggage handlers are reckless when handling bags – there’s no denying that its unlikely they will handle your bags as diligently as you would! It is therefore best to keep your gear within your own control and pack it in your carry on for the plane – that way you know for sure it is handled with care.

Utah Zion National Park

Tip #3: If you have a lot of gear, buy a purpose-built Photographer’s bag

One of the best investments you can make is a purposefully built camera bag. Not only do they look cool (I have aΒ Kelly Moore backpackΒ (pictured) that is perfect for adventures), but they’re also built to last and more importantly, built to protect your photography gear. Inside my bag is a world of padding (shown in the display image for this post) that ensure it all keeps safe in transit.

Tip #4: Invest in a lens hood

A lens hood is not only a great photography tool (great for dealing with lighting situations), but is also a good way to protect your lens when you travel. If you drop your camera, your lens will be more protected as this is the first part of the camera that will become damaged.

Tip #5: Buy a GoPro for Adventure Photography

One of the best investments I made when I started travelling full time was a GoPro camera. These little pocket rockets are the perfect companion for adventuring as they allow you to capture your travels risk free (just be sure to invest in a waterproof cover!) They’re great for capturing sports activities like mountain bike riding, surfing, or even taking them underwater to show your underwater adventures — yep, I love mine!

Tip #6: Learn how to clean your lens properly

This tip might not be a huge consideration for most but believe me, it will help you take much better photos and prevent your camera from having issues! If you don’t know how to clean your lens properly yourself, be sure not to try – take it into your local camera store and pay a small fee to have it cleaned, along with your camera, for you.

Tip #7: Backup to Prevent Photo Loss!

One of the worst things to happen when travelling is to lose your photo memories and not be able to recover them. This can happen when things are stolen but is even more common by simply losing your camera or memory card on the road. To prevent it from happening to you, consider backing up to your laptop on-the-go or even just uploading the photos to social media or a blog as you go (then you can always recover them as they’re on the interwebs!)

Tip #8: Consider Downsizing

One of the best moves for me over my years of travelling has been to downsize my camera gear. I used to trek around with a heavy DSLR camera around my neck and for someone who is a self-confessed amateur at photography, I really didn’t need such a big device! So I switched to an Olympus PEN E-Pl7 for every day use and an Olympus OM-D EM5 Mark II for landscape photography or when I want to work harder for the shot (both are pictured below for size).

Protecting your Photography gear overseas Olympus OMD - the perfect Travel Camera

This post was in sponsorship with Southern Cross Travel Insurance – you can see the full video on protecting your things when you travel here on the WOW Youtube Channel!

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    Amzad Hossin
    April 6, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Wow!! Amazing idea. Next time i will trying this. Thanks

    Salim Ahmed
    March 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Good tips i have also passion about photography. The camera is perfect for travelling photography. Thanks for sharing .

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    November 26, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Wow ! wonderful blog post about properly products photography and looking so nice and very stunning it’s also helpful information all of us so thanks a lot for sharing this.

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    October 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I need to look into travel insurance for sure!

    Backpack Babe
    October 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Ooooh very cool! I love seeing how everyone protects their electronics and travel gear. I recently ordered a PacSafe for when I’m in Asia so we’ll see how it goes! definitely looks super touristy, but on the other hand a good travel bag!

    Heather K
    October 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Great tips! My toughest issue is keeping all the cables, lenses, chargers, and accessories organized! Still on the hunt for a camera bag that does that for me!

    October 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Perfect tips! I have a hard time downsizing as I love my DSLR too much, but I have a purpose-built photographer’s bag always with me, so it still works.


    Ellie Quinn
    October 4, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Your video came at the perfect time for me. Im about to take my next trip but this time with a Macbook and GoPro, i checked my travel insurance which didn’t cover my gadgets so i upgraded it! Fingers crossed now! x

    Posh, Broke, & Bored
    October 3, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Yes to photographer’s bag! I’ve never found one that I loved, so I just hack a camera bag with inserts – it’s brilliant, nobody can guess that my Prada tote is really hiding a plethora of photography secrets! x

    Jasiminne |

    October 3, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    The bag looks amazing. If I had the space to carry it with everything else I would definitely invest in one!

    October 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Love these tips! I always bring my DSLR with me traveling, and downsizing is vital, otherwise I feel too lazy to actually carry it out and about. My main lens is definitely my 50mm while traveling.

    October 3, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Thank you for sharing these great tips! I’ve just invested in a new camera and i’m going away at the end of then month so will definitely take these tips into consideration πŸ™‚ x

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