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Take Care at Airports Before you've even arrived at your destination, you'll need to make sure your gear gets there safely. Most of us have experienced the stress of a lost bag when flying, but the stress grows exponentially when it's expensive camera gear that's gone missing rather than just your bikini! Protect your camera by bringing it on board the airplane in your carry-on whenever possible. Keep a sharp eye on your camera at airport screening stations as well. Unfortunately, high-priced items have a way of going missing during a hand check.
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Back Up your Files Another way to avoid misplacing your files as you venture to remote destinations is to back up your work frequently. Consider bringing along a portable hard drive or uploading your photos to an internet account as you work.
Prepare for Extreme Temperatures Some of the most stunning travel photographs are taken in the remote wilderness. If you're travelling to the desert or up the side of a mountain, think about the effect that extreme temperatures could have on your equipment. Cameras can easily get overheated in direct sunlight, particularly if they have sensitive electronic equipment. Avoid shooting at midday when the sun's at its strongest.
Store Equipment Properly If you're travelling around by car or motorcycle, be sure to choose a vehicle with plenty of secure storage. A motorcycle journey can provide plenty of inspiration for travel photographers, but you'll want to look at resources like Bikesales to select a bike with ample room for your equipment. Travelling outdoors can also expose your camera to dust and sand on the road, so be sure to wrap it up in cloth when not in use. Use UV filters over the lens if necessary; and avoid changing lenses outdoors.
Finally, be sure to write down all of your equipment's serial numbers so that you have these handy if you need to report anything lost or stolen. Traveling with all of your photography gear can produce anxiety, but with a bit of extra caution you'll most likely return home with everything intact and a memory card full of high quality travel photos.