It can be a stressful experience to take your baby on its first flight. Protecting them from harm is your biggest responsibility as a parent and you don’t want a flight attendant throwing them into overhead storage all willy-nilly. Or an airport security agent rubbing their grubby mitts all over them while they’re checking your bags. I understand that you only want what is best for your baby, so I’m here to help you out with a few tips and how best to take your DSLR on a flight.
Okay, I’ll stop with the baby stuff now, but with the price of all those lenses, your DSLR practically costs as much as an actual baby anyway. Alright, alright – let’s get to it then.
Pack it Snuggly
One of my biggest fears, whenever I’m travelling with one of my DSLRs, is that it’ll somehow get damaged in transit, either from being dropped or bashing into something else. The best way to protect against that is to make sure that your camera is wrapped up snuggly in your bag with plenty of padding. A camera bag is usually the best choice for this, as it will come with padded sections for different bits of gear, but you can also add some additional padding yourself to make sure things don’t wiggle loose. You should also make sure your lenses have been removed and covered properly before travelling to prevent any scratching or cracking of the mount.
Keep Things Small
It can be hard to separate yourself from all the gear that you’ve accumulated over the years, but when travelling you should try and keep things small and as light as possible- just like you would with your other baggage. This might mean leaving behind that super-duper telephoto lens, but it’s worth it if you’re able to safely and easily transport the gear you do take.
Don’t Check It
One of the biggest benefits of keeping your camera and gear as small and light as possible is that you should be able to take it onboard as your carry-on luggage. As well all know from the boot marks on our cases, checked luggage is not always treated in the most delicate way. Once your camera and gear are out of your site there is no way for you to guarantee their safety, so it is always better to just keep them with you instead. You should also make sure that your camera and equipment are all properly insured against damage and breakages just in case there is no way for you to take them onboard.
Leave Those Spare Batteries Behind
While you’ve probably got into the practice of carrying around more than a few spare batteries for your camera, you shouldn’t take these with you when you’re travelling by air. These batteries are lithium based and most countries have strict restrictions on how much lithium you can take on board a plane. It’s probably best if you just stick with your trusty old charger!