For those of us who find ourselves traveling frequently with our photography gear, we are always looking for easier and better ways to keep our expensive gadgets safe. Here are some tips and suggestions of things I frequently ask myself or do to keep my gear better protected (both from the elements and from being put into the wrong hands).
Plan Ahead First, and the most obvious, is to determine where you will be traveling to. What type of environment will you be in and what elements do you need to protect your gear from. Dust, water, hot or cold temperatures, etc. Then determine the best kind of bag to put your camera and gear in which will protect it from these elements. Find a bag that is size appropriate for the type of traveling you will be doing keeping in mind that the smaller amount of gear you have the easier life will usually be. It's also important to know how you might be traveling, what kind of space is available on the buses, trains, etc. that you will be taking. This will also help you determine the size of bag and how much gear you can bring. Don't look like a photographer I generally like to keep a low profile while traveling and not look like I have a lot of expensive gear on me. I do this for two reasons. First, to try and be less intimidating with the people I am interacting with and second to keep any unnecessary attention away from me and my gear. My camera bag does not look like a common camera bag as there are no identifying logos on it. I also never take out my camera if I'm on a bus or in a populated place when I'm not actually shooting. I will also downsize while in the field if I have to travel with a lot of different gear. I will bring a small day pack with me that I can throw my camera and a single lens into and look very low key. The rest of my gear is left back where I am staying.
I'm a freelance travel, culture and documentary photographer based in the Philippines. My passion lies in creating images that communicate a strong sense of place and cultural awareness in unique, challenging situations. You can see my work at www.jacobimages.com