Protect your Nikon camera while traveling, whether a short distance or a long trip, by packing it properly in a camera bag. A few minutes spent packing your camera and equipment before you leave will help keep expensive equipment safe from damage and theft and give you some peace of mind. Start with a camera bag that has just enough space for your camera and any related equipment, such as lenses or a flash and filters.
Things You'll Need
- Bubble wrap
- Plastic bags
- Small, waterproof container
- ID tags
Take the lens off the camera before putting both in the bag. Put caps on the lens and body to prevent scratches and dust.
Place the camera in a plastic bag if your camera bag is not waterproof and the bag will be exposed to the elements.
Include extra memory cards and batteries for the camera, as well as a small lens-cleaning kit. Keep batteries and memory cards in a small, waterproof container.
Store the lenses on their ends, not horizontally, in compartments.
Plan to take your camera as carry-on luggage if you are flying. If you must check your luggage, invest in a professional, hard-bodied camera case and wrap the camera and lenses in bubble wrap.
Check the strap on your camera bag to make sure it will support the weight of the camera and equipment and is in no danger of fraying. Make sure your contact information is outside and inside your bag.
Tips & Warnings
- If you're worried about security, invest in a lock for your camera bag. If checking your camera case as baggage, make sure you have a TSA-approved lock.
- If you have a lot of expensive equipment, insure your camera gear under your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy or an extra policy.
- Make a list of your camera, related equipment and all serial numbers. This will be handy if your camera goes missing. Take close-up photos of your gear.
- Be careful when carrying film through baggage scanners. Ask a security clerk for a hand inspection before your film is scanned.
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