When traveling, your photography equipment can be rendered useless after damage. Although we cannot completely protect our gear from theft or accidents, we can take some measures. As a rule of thumb, you should pay careful attention on how you pack our high-end camera and its peripherals. Here are some general rules.
Create Sufficient Padding
All fragile parts like the lenses, camera body and filters should be padded to ensure nothing happens along the way. When you roll the parts into several layers, they will absorb impacts should accidents happen. Since some lens caps may slip off, you should use a masking tape to secure the covers. In case you plan to pack your camera together with the toiletries make sure you seal it with a plastic bag to protect it from liquid spills. You may also want to consider a hard-sided case for extra padding.
Secure Your Equipment in a Camera-Friendly Bag
You should use a bag that is specifically designed to carry your expensive gear. If you don’t have a specialized bag, pack your camera in a cushioned bag before putting it in your carry-on bag. Another option is to line the inside of your carry-on backpack with foam padding or cushioning, as this will act as a barrier for your camera. Other than that, you should pack without leaving too much space for items to move around. The secret is to pack as tight as you can. Remember, when you overstuff your bag you are likely to damage your items. As a general rule, you should always place the lenses horizontally instead of vertically.
Detach the Lens From the Camera Body
If you have a DSLR camera, you must disassemble everything. This will ensure you don’t place extra pressure on the lens when the camera shifts during travel. Most importantly, all parts should be carried in the middle of the bag. Instead of carrying the six primes, you can carry one or two zoom lenses.
Camouflage Your Photography Equipment
You can use some techniques to protect your gear from theft. For example, you can find the recognizable parts like the brand name. This will make your gear look worthless to other people. On top of that, you can use a bag that is not eye-catching. Try to make your camera appear old or barely functional by covering it with a duct tape or an old fabric.
Pack the Batteries and Memory Discs in a Tupperware
This is the best way to keep your batteries out of moisture. You may also want to carry each battery in its own protective case to avoid the terminals coming into contact with each other. If your camera gets wet, never try to switch it on to avoid damaging the circuits. Just open the battery slit and let it dry for 24 hours before you switch it on. It’s advisable that you carry some spare batteries.
Ensure Your Equipment
Losing your camera to damage or theft can be catastrophic. In fact, a single event can easily devastate your business and leave you without a means of income. Before you travel, contact your insurance company to determine whether you need additional insurance.
Traveling with your photography equipment can be tough, but with a bit of planning, you can actually avoid the worst of it. We recommend that you put a little forethought on how you pack your gear by adhering to the above rules.