As a photographer, your equipment is your livelihood. Literally. And so travelling abroad with it can be a nervy time. We’ve all heard about those not so gentle baggage handlers...

So it’s important that you take all the necessary precautions...

Check the airline requirements – Before you travel, check what the airline expects of you. Do they want you to pack batteries separately? What size should your bag be?

The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be. And that means you should be able to board without a hitch.

Insurance – If you’re travelling with expensive equipment make sure that it’s insured. If it’s damaged, lost or stolen your investment is protected.  

Like I said, we’ve all heard baggage handler horror stories.

Camera flight case – You’re also going to want to protect your gear with a sturdy bag. There are bags specifically designed for travel on the market, so those should be your first port of call.

Some bags even come with their very own security features to give your gear that added bit of security allowing you to travel worry free.

Don’t pack with the lens attached – If you’re camera is a DSLR do not pack it with the lens attached. This could damage the threads inside it easily.

Keep a fresh battery with you – Some security personnel prefer to see the camera in action. This doesn’t happen as frequently as it used to, but still, it’s always better to be prepared!