Flying with all photography gear - how do you pack?

9 years 3 months ago #151630 by A9 Photo
I will be flying with my DSLR, two lenses, and a couple light stands, strobes, and umbrellas along with related lighting equipment. I'll also be bringing a laptop but I'm used to traveling with that.

My question for those who are experienced flying with this much equipment - what do you check, what do you carry on, and how do you pack?

I am definitely not the type to try to get everything in a carry-on. I also like to keep as much as possible in the checked suitcase.

Obviously the lighting stuff and tripod can go checked. How carefully would I have to cushion the lenses for them to survive checked? Or is that just not worth trying?

Any advice you have this would be great. Thanks


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9 years 3 months ago #151636 by Singa
I have never been in an airplane with that much stuff, but I can say this much...make sure everything is insured because there is absolutely no way to make sure everything makes it to the destination.


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9 years 3 months ago #151638 by A9 Photo
Anyone have a recommendation on who to insure with?


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9 years 3 months ago #151640 by Singa
Check with your home owners insurance.


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9 years 3 months ago #151693 by effron
Get a carry on sized backpack, and put your camera and lenses in that to carry on. Your checked baggage is subject to being opened and "inspected", so you don't want anything valuable in there.....;)

Why so serious?
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