If you’ve purchased an SLR or any sort of decent quality digital camera, chances are that you’ll have paid a reasonable amount of money for it. Needless to say paying such a price is fine once you’re getting great value from the item – however should it go missing you’re going to be quite unhappy.
Travelling with a camera can be a bit of a haphazard scenario, particularly in a country or city where pickpockets are prominent.
So, with that in mind, we’ve compiled a number of tips to help you keep tabs on your camera and prevent it being taken or lost when away on holidays.
Having a checklist of the items you wish to take before you leave the airport and make sure these are all packed. The list should include the serial number of your items too and perhaps some photos backed and saved onto a computer to ensure you’ve recorded your items.
Be sure that all your items are insured and that you have the correct insurance for the items as this will prevent any of them becoming lost or stolen. If you’re unsure whether to not the item is covered by certain sorts of insurance. Check for instance that specific items are covered and in the case of a new camera – take out digital camera insurance. If there’s a problem then get in touch with your policy.
When traveling, don’t take trips on your own as this can mean you look a lot easier to take items from and will result in your being a pickpocket’s target.
If you carry a bag, try and make it look less likely that it holds an expensive camera. If you’ve a highly branded, expensive camera make on a bag you carry around you’re going to be far more likely to be robbed than if you don’t. It’s often a better idea to place such expensive belongings in a high quality back pack rather than in an expensive photographer’s bag.
Never leave your Bag
Never place your bag down on the floor or leave it unattended when you’re in a busy location as this will only invite someone to take it from you. Carry the bag at your front at all times and keep it in sight when you’re not using it. This will reduce the chance of access to it and prevent you being pickpocketed.
Spare Memory Cards
Always bring a number of memory cards with you as if it’s lost or stolen you will find yourself between a hard place and a rock. Always keep the spare item in your hotel room.
The safe is one of the best places for items and most rooms will have something along those lines to keep your memory card in. If you don’t have enough room for your camera equipment, ask at the hotel desk to see if they have a safe to keep your items downstairs. Also, be sure to take photos and not of everything you hand over to ensure that if anything goes missing you have proof of what you gave to them.
Follow these tips and you can be sure that there are no issues with your camera and it’s kept safe at all times.