Traveling with Camera Equipment

It's the age-old dilemma, at least for me when traveling: Do you dare to check anything? Are there items that you must check?

For my photo safari to Africa, I debated these questions for a long while. I would have only once chance to arrive in Africa with the right gear, and losing my luggage was not an option. At the same time, I didn't want to try to carry anything on that would be disallowed.

In the end, I decided to pack my monopod in my hard-sided suitcase. I have heard that these sometimes do not pass security, and I didn't want to take a chance. Everything else--two bodies, three lenses, computer, assorted accessories--went into a soft-sided bag.

What do others check, if anything? Have you been able to take monopods and/or tripods on the plane with you?

Photo credits: Bowie15.

Your article must be written in English

Publish

Charlesoutcalt

Hah-hah! I think if you are two meters, you don't have the same luck :)

Great idea on taking off the ball head. With what those things cost, better to keep it in sight. I have been thinking of getting a Pelican case for carry-on. Seems like a good investment to protect all that delicate stuff.

Tangie

I once smiled and winked at a custom officer in Finland and they let me pass with a wooden, sharp stick - it was actually a flag pole but nevertheless :P. I guess they thought I could do no harm...so if you are one and a half meter, you have blue eyes and you smile nicely, you can pass those tripods :P ....

Teekaygee

On my recent trip to Alaska I went through the same debate. I ended up including only my tripod in my checked luggage, but kept the ballhead in my carryon with my camera bodies and lenses. I had no trouble getting through security this way, and likely would do the same thing for future trips.

Related image searches
Travel related image searches
To provide you with additional information about how we collect and use your personal data, we've recently updated our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Please review these pages now, as they apply to your continued use of our website.