How to Prepare for Travel and Keep Your Camera Action-Ready (Sponsored)

How to Prepare for Travel and Keep Your Camera Action-Ready (Sponsored)


What about tripods, lighting, stands?

Packing the camera is the easy part. It's the other items that cause much of the grief. LED lighting helps, but you still need stands. Then, of course, are the tripods. Whenever possible I prefer to drive because air travel, with all the hassles plus the possibility of something arriving late or being lost. Lately I added a couple of large duffles that allow me to pack all my camera bags, lenses and even a drone into one duffle and my lighting, sound equipment and accessories into another. The duffles are a canvas camping style with a plain look allowing me to conceal my nicer brand name bags (I prefer Domke). Plus they are easier to carry into the hotel. I would be interested in hearing how others pack their equipment while traveling.

Traveling with Gear...

Rob Trube's picture

I shot over 60 interviews last year, traveling coast to coast. For my camera, lenses and external monitor, I use a Think Tank "Airport Airstream". It is a carry-on sized wheeled bag that is just awesome. It works on all flights, even smaller commuter / regional planes.

For my lights, lightstands, tripods and accessories, I have a Pelican wheeled case, as well as a Seahorse case that is a bit smaller. I can fit 3 LED lights, 3 Manfroto nano stands, a tripod, mics, 15mm rails and accessories and even extension cords in the Pelican case. For day trips I would just use the Seahorse case with less stuff...

Keep in mind to keep your checked bag under 50 pounds. I have put my tripod and a couple of other items in my suitcase to meet weight restrictions.

A cool trick I learned from an international documentary film maker was to take empty sand bags, and use water bottles or local sand on location. I have 4 that are flat and on the bottom of my Pelican case at all times. I have used water bottles on outside shoots in them several times.

Another tip is to have gels and diffusers with you. I created a nice little travel holder using 1" PVC and end caps. It holds 3 sheets of diffuser and 3 CTO gels very nicely.

Make sure that EVERYTHING has a label with your name, email and phone number on it. Travel is expensive enough, I don't like to replace gear left behind... I also use a gear checklist that to identify everything I take, and I do a quick list check as I pack up.

The final thing I will add is that I have all camera and audio gear in my carry on bags. I have had a couple instances where my checked bags were delayed, but I could still shoot my interviews because I had my camera and a microphone. I keep an extra wired lavalier in my case, just in case...

I hope this all helps!