Friday, December 1, 2006
Travel And The Photographer
Use preparation and common sense to negotiate today's heightened security concerns
In my suitcase, I carry a tripod with the head detached, battery chargers, wires and cords, some filters and smaller miscellaneous items. I protect them by padding them with clothing. I try to ensure that breakables are placed in the center of my luggage.
In the event that my carry-on allowance will be really limited, my strategy changes, and I'll use a large Pelican case with the understanding that my gear will likely have to be checked. These are large, black and almost indestructible cases that can take the pounding of the luggage handlers. The downside to the Pelican case is that all that protection can weigh a lot, so you may have to check your case into oversized luggage. Finally, if you do take a small carry-on, know that restrictions seem to change daily regarding liquids. For instance, you should be able to carry on lens cleaner, but check with your airline before leaving home. If you have small tools to tighten screws on your gear, leave them in your checked luggage. For the most part, it's still okay to bring camera equipment on board a plane, but be prepared to turn it on in front of security so they know that it's a functioning piece of gear.
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