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

How often do you travel with your gear? No matter how far the distance, it needs to be safe — but also ready to use. Don’t add to the stress of travel with worries about your gear. Pack smarter, so you won’t have to worry. Let’s talk about how.

Here’s a situation: You’re traveling with your gear to a shoot. If you’re flying, efficient packing is essential. You’ll need to think about how the TSA is going to inspect and handle the bag. Take the Tenba Cineluxe bag collection as an example. They have a top-opening, doctor-bag style opening, so all your gear can be easily seen at once. This makes TSA inspection faster and reduces the need for them to rummage through your gear. And there are two Cineluxe shoulder bags and a backpack and roller that are all sized to meet carry-on regulations, so you’ll be able to breeze through airport checkpoints.

Because carry-on bags need to be small by nature, make sure your bag has the capacity to hold everything you need. The Cineluxe bags have lots of interior space while maintaining a small footprint.

Once you get to where you’ll be shooting, the priority changes from travel security to efficient workflow. With the Cineluxe line, usability on location is top of mind. Because of the doc-style bag opening, you can leave a matte box or mounting plates on, saving set-up time. The aluminum reinforced dividers make organizing your camera and lenses easy. Plus, they’re flexible enough to transform for other configurations. Also included are protective pouches and wraps so that  lenses, external recorders or anything else that needs extra protection can be bundled and stored wherever there’s available space in the bag.

Another common challenge is moving gear between locations on shoot day. Breaking down and reassembling camera rigs wastes precious time, and carrying large rigs has long been a hassle. Cineluxe backpacks solve both of these issues by allowing rigs to be stored fully assembled, and ensuring gear can be carried comfortably for any distance, even while the camera inside the bag is still “ready to shoot.”

Traveling can put an excessive amount of wear on equipment if it’s not protected properly, so make sure your bag is up to the challenge. Choose one with shock absorbing wheels, quality zippers and flex-core dividers. These options extend the life of your equipment and make your bag last much longer.

When traveling, preparation for the unexpected is the key to success. Knowing your equipment is safe and ready to use is a necessity. Tenba wants you to know the Cineluxe bag collection is up to the challenge. With the top-opening design, a Cineluxe bag puts your gear at your fingertips.

Travel with with confidence. Find the bag that works best for you. To learn more about Tenba’s Cineluxe Roller, Backpacks and Shoulder Bags visit

Susan is the Art Director at Videomaker and Creator Handbook Magazines.


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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