Hey, you paid a lot of money for your video gear. When you’re traveling around on location, you need to make sure that expensive stuff survives the trip. 

Here are some tips for keeping your video gear safe and yourself sane.

  • Make a list and check it twice. Santa Claus does it; so should you. Writing a checklist of the standard video gear you take with you on the road is a good idea for a couple of reasons. First, you can refer to it when you’re packing to make sure you don’t forget anything. Second, it’s your handy field reference for re-packing after a shoot, so you go home with the same equipment you left with.
  • Flying to location? Airlines generally warn passengers that they won’t assume liability for any damage to electronic equipment, so you probably don’t want your gear in a checked bag. Pack a carry-on camera bag if at all possible, and label the bag clearly. Another option is to ship the equipment ahead of your flight via UPS or another third-party carrier, and don’t forget to insure it adequately.
  •  Location near water? Lots of times you’ll be asked to film at the beach or near another body of water; in many places, rain is an inevitable hazard. Many manufacturers have camera jackets (neoprene or plastic) for moisture protection; others make buoyant, waterproof camera cases (just in case you drop it in the water).
  • Car travel means you have adequate space for more equipment, but car interiors heat up very fast when it’s warm outside. You might consider storing gear in a cooler to protect from high temperatures. And if equipment is out of sight, thieves will be less likely to break in after it.
  • If you’re on foot, there are now backpack-style camera totes with extra padding and compartments for transporting camera and accessories. Check out Tamrac® or Lowepro® for ideas.