6 Tips for Travelling Efficiently with Your Photography Gear

From packing your bags to avoid expensive equipment breaking to how to pack your equipment into a reasonable amount of space to leave room for your clothes and other important items, there are several tips that can make travelling with your photography equipment easier.


Tip #1: Choose the Right Equipment

As much as you’d like to, you can’t take all of your equipment with you! When you’re travelling with your photography equipment, there are several key factors to take into consideration.

  • How are you getting to your destination? If you’re driving a car with yourself and perhaps one assistant, for example, you may have a great deal more room for your equipment than if you’re flying or travelling as part of a large group.
  • What are you shooting? It’s important to consider where you’ll be shooting (Inside? Outside? What does the lighting look like?) and what you’ll be shooting (Are you aiming for people, or just taking in the scenery?) as you select your equipment.
  • What are you getting paid to shoot? If you’re at a gorgeous location for a wedding, for example, you may want to catch some landscapes, but you’ll need your wedding equipment more.
  • What images are most critical to your plans? Just like you can’t take every piece of equipment you own with you, you have to accept the reality that you can’t get every shot. Prioritise for the shots you know you really want, especially if you’re headed off to a once-in-a-lifetime location.


Tip #2: Check Out Local Hire Options

Depending on where you’re travelling, you may have several options on the scene for hiring equipment instead of trying to bring your own. Not only can this be less expensive than adding lots of extra weight to your checked luggage on a plane, it’s much less expensive to rent equipment than it is to replace yours if something gets broken! This is an especially important option to consider if you’re looking for some critical shots that you don’t have an opportunity to experiment with on a normal basis.


Tip #3: Check Your Weight

If you’re travelling by air, it’s important that you check the weight of your packed gear before you head off to the airport. Extra weight fees can add up quickly, especially if you’re taking this trip for the sole purpose of taking photos at an event. Take the time to check your weight ahead of time so that you can sort down unneeded equipment or make arrangements to find your gear somewhere else. Tripods, for example, may be well worth the effort to fit them in, but they can also pile on the weight fast.

Tip #4: Spread Your Gear Out

Are you travelling as part of a large party, whether you’re bringing along your spouse, a couple of friends, or an assistant? Consider spreading your gear out across more than one bag. This is particularly useful if you have a companion who is known for packing light and will let you borrow some of their extra space. Make sure to place your most delicate equipment in protective cases and bags, while more durable equipment can be spread out as needed.


Tip #5: Plan Ahead

Are you going to be taking care of processing and printing when you’re on the trip? If so, you’ll need to bring additional bags with you – not to mention that equipment. On the other hand, if you aren’t going to take care of any of those tasks while you’re gone, you should make sure that you have an additional backup method or two in place so that you don’t lose any important shots on your journey back home. Keep in mind just how small memory cards are and how easy it is for one to become damaged: digital backup can save your important pictures when you’re travelling.


Tip #6: Consider Your Padding

Much of your photography equipment is delicate and requires careful padding while you travel. For those important items, take the time to pack them right. Inexpensive or sturdier equipment, however, may be easier to pack away with little padding, saving you a little space and weight in your bags.


As a photographer, there’s plenty of equipment that needs to travel with you. If you need more help learning how to navigate the world of professional photography, contact us today.