Flying with camera gear doesn’t have to be hard. Whether you’re a professional photographer traveling for a job or a hobbyist traveling home to see the family over the holidays, these tips can make your next trip fly by with ease.
I estimate I flew over 25,000 miles for photography jobs last year alone, so when I saw this terrific video by Joe Edelman, I knew I just had to write an article about it. The first part of the video has some good advice concerning how to pack to fly with your gear. Like Edelman, I prefer to have my cameras and lenses in a carryon backpack. For me, I put this under the seat in front of me. I like the Canon Delux 200 EG and have been using it for years. It’s very inexpensive, carries two Nikon D500s, a 70-200mm, 24-70mm, 10mm, MacBook Pro, two hard drives, two speed lights, remotes, and lots of little things like card holders, AA batteries, charges, camera batteries, and my iPad. By carrying my gear in a backpack, I can have both hands free.
While the packing tips in the video are great, I think the best part of the video is where Edelman gives his tips for traveling. Traveling can be tiring and stressful at times, so anything I can learn to make it a little more comfortable and more enjoyable, I’m all in for. I’ve already started using one of Edelman’s tips for a travel app. My 2019 travel season begins the first weekend in January, and I’m honestly looking forward to using some newly gained knowledge.