Photo Gear for Travelers

Photography lovers, take note: bring this light-on-the-shoulder (or in the backpack) equipment on your next photo-worthy vacation.
By: Jenna Schnuer

Unless you're a professional photographer, you don't really need to schlep tons of photo equipment on your next trip. Instead, take this light-on-the-shoulder (or in the backpack) equipment along.

A Micro Four Thirds system camera
The newest class of camera, Micro Four Thirds, look like point-and-shoots but, you can change the cameras' lenses. The end result is a light-weight device that gives you greater control of the end photo result. Two to consider: Olympus E-PL1 or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1.

Joby GorillaPod
Flexibility at its best. Put the easy-to-pack and flexible GorillaPod tripod on a table or wrap it around a tree limb to capture pictures of yourself and hard-to-get shots. The attached bubble level will help you get a straight image.

Crumpler's Keystone backpack
Crumpler's camera bags are far from the cheapest in the marketplace but they're far more stylish than many of their brethren, and they're customizable. Also, for travelers worried about the security of their goods, they don't scream "camera inside!"

A portable hard drive
You're probably already packing a laptop or netbook for your next trip, which travel well, but don't offer much in the way of memory for photo or video downloads. Rather than leave your photos on easy-to-lose SD cards or compact flash cards, back them up to a portable hard drive. Transcend StoreJet drives are sturdy, reliable and fairly priced.

Card reader
Keep one on your desk at home and another in your camera bag. It's the safest way to guarantee you won't get stuck with full memory cards and no way to move them to your computer. Sony's 17-in-1 memory-card reader can handle any and every card you send its way.

Sensor cleaner
Don't get left in the dust. Though a professional camera cleaning is a very good thing, on the road you might need to resort to a little DIY. VisibleDust offers products and kits to help clean any manner of smudges.

Your smartphone
Forget toting backup gear on your journeys when your iPhone or Android can play the role of second camera. Pre-load your device with some fun apps, like the Hipstamatic to really amp up the point-and-shoot pleasure.

Keep Reading

Next Up

5 Reasons Why the Fanny Pack Is a Must-Have Travel Accessory

It's back — and you're going to want one.

Travel Gear to Keep Your Valuables Secure

Don't let thieves ruin your trip. Outsmart them with trendy, anti-theft travel gear.

FlightTrack Review

FlightTrack tells you the arrival time and gate of every flight and offers alternate routes if your flight is cancelled.

Zagat to Go Review

Zagat to Go offers trusted advice for finding a restaurant on the road.

Yelp Review

Yelp offers listings and user reviews of businesses and restaurants in most US cities, plus London and Paris.

TripIt Review

TripIt allows you to consolidate all your travel information into a nicely-organized folder.

XE Review

The XE app makes currency conversion a breeze.

Priceline Hotel & Car Negotiator Review

If you're enjoying a day-trip to a city so much that you'd like to spend the night, this app can help you quickly find a room.

Rewards Network Dining Review

You could log onto the web and check for the closest available eatery in your rewards program, or you could just pull out your phone and launch this app.

Kayak Review

This app lets you shop across a wide range of travel providers with ease.

What's New in Interests

Shop Our Favorite Travel Gear

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.