10 Quick Tips For Flying With Cameras

Words by Scott Bourne - A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

Flying with camera gear can be a hassle, especially when it comes to the safety and security of your expensive equipment. Here are some tips to make flying with camera gear easier:

  1. Keep your memory cards in your pocket at all times, even when going through security.
  2. Use your under-seat bag instead of the overhead compartment to store your gear.
  3. Research airline policies and destination regulations beforehand, and obtain necessary documentation and insurance if needed.
  4. Know airline policies and legal liability rules so that you can avoid checking in high-value equipment.
  5. Stay updated on size and weight requirements for different airlines and planes.
  6. Disconnect cameras and lenses before checking them in to prevent any damage.
  7. Split up your batteries between your pockets, overhead luggage, and under-seat luggage.
  8. Include the owner's manual for specialty items like strobe flashes.
  9. Always have a battery available in case you need to power on your camera or laptop.
  10. If all else fails, be prepared to threaten to take a later flight and allow extra time to avoid stress.


You might consider this a bonus trip but the best thing you can do with your camera gear when you fly is pack light. Bring only what you need. It will make everything easier when you get to your destination.

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