Photographers are always keenly searching for the next great photo hence the reason why a lot of photographers are touring many different places nowadays. However, when your travel plans include a flight, then there are a lot of issues that usually come up. Airports are by far the most unpleasant experience for a person carrying huge amounts of luggage that happen to be tech. This is mostly due to heightened security measures in most airports and the weight of the luggage you have to carry walking in and out of them.
There are generally 3 ways in which you can carry your photography equipment with you; as a carry-on (to place it in the overhead bin), as checked luggage and lastly through shipping it to your destination by a courier of your choice.
All of these ways have their advantages and disadvantages and this piece will help you in choosing the best way to carry your equipment (or a combination of ways).
One of the best ways of carrying your equipment is as a carry-on to be placed in the overhead bin. The advantage of this method is that you can keep an eye on your luggage and prevent any cases of misplaced luggage (which can be a horrendous ordeal if you’ve ever experienced it). It also advisable to keep the sensitive gear with you since you never know how your checked luggage will be handled. A good tip of carrying your equipment with you to the plane is to book a seat that allows you to get on board ahead of other parts of the plane, this way you can be assured of finding an overhead bin that is free. Also, place your bag in a bin that is in front of you. This way you can be able to check up on it all through the flight.
However, due to the heaviness of photography equipment in general, you will still have to check some of your luggage.
As a photographer, this is one of the worst options that you can ever have. There a lot of things that can happen to your equipment when they are checked as luggage such as; destruction of sensitive parts, misplacement or having the bag stolen (in very extreme cases). You can imagine the amount of pounding your bag will experience as luggage and frankly speaking, to come out of this experience unscathed may be as a result of exceptional luck or probably because you are using a bag that is well padded.
Shipping your equipment
This can be a great option but you will need to specifically declare to the courier service the sensitive nature of your luggage and have them ask from a signature from the recipient. You definitely don’t want it to end up in your home address or destination without anyone to receive it.
Generally, you can use any of these three methods but you should keep in mind that you should insure your equipment as well. No amount of security and preparation can be enough for the worst of incidences which happens to be losing your expensive equipment.