by Joel Olives
There are many things you should know before you fly with your digital camera: be aware of the rules for carrying it on the plane, get it insured, protect it from the elements, make sure it’s equipped with the necessary contact information, and don’t take it out unless and until you absolutely need it.
Flying to new and different places can be an exciting activity, and you will definitely want to share the experiences you had or save something for remembrance. The digital camera is a widely-used device for achieving this goal. These items are so small that they will fit easily into your cybershot case for transport. Before beginning your trip, here are a few reminders on how to keep your camera safe:
You need to know the airline’s regulations regarding taking a digital camera aboard
A majority of airlines allow camera bags to be carried on the plane. You may need to check your camera bag or allow for its inspection, depending on the airline’s standards. You should know the regulations to prepare for them, such as if you need to check in the camera, you should get a hard case.
Think about getting insurance for your camera
Insurance is not really the answer if your camera is of the just point and shoot variety. Maybe you have a more advanced SLR model or camera. Why not consider getting extra insurance? Be sure to read the general insurance policy to see what it covers for damaged, lost, or stolen cameras and whether it pertains to in-airport handling and at your travel destination.
Protect your camera from harsh external elements
Volatile weather is one of the biggest concerns when traveling with your camera. You need to make sure that your camera is not exposed to weather conditions like extreme heat or cold, as well as rain, snow, and hail. Prepare a waterproof cybershot case or a sealed plastic bag for your camera in case it will be exposed to water or other harsh elements in the environment. In case you notice moisture and condensation on the surface of the camera, make sure you do not use it till you come back inside.
Make sure your name and other contact details are printed somewhere on your camera
In case you lose your camera, be sure that you have some type of identifying mark and means of contact on it while traveling. You can put a small tag or sticker on your camera or camera bag and fill it up with your name, phone number, e-mail address and maybe the contact number of the hotel you are staying in. Perhaps you don’t want to stick anything on your camera. In that case, take a picture of a piece of paper with all your necessary information, making sure that it’s on the first frame of your memory card. Consequently, doing this will ensure that anyone who finds or picks up your camera and turns it on will see an image and know it belongs to you.
Only take your camera out when you need to use it
In the same way that you would not walk around unfamiliar streets waving a stash of money, you should not wander around with your digital camera exposed. It should be stored in your case, and removed just for use.
Following basic tips and buying the right protective equipment for your camera can help save you a lot of trouble when you fly with this expensive gadget.
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