Photography and travel fit together like peanut butter and chocolate, but if you are going to travel the world with a DSLR and all of the associated equipment, you had better have a good travel bag to hold all of it in. Cameras are expensive and delicate, which means traveling with them presents a unique set of challenges.
Fortunately, an entire market has sprung up around protective camera bags. Depending on your need and price range, you will have several if not dozens of options. Below are our picks of the best camera bags for travel available today.
This compact travel bag can carry your camera body, an extra lens, a flash, and all of your charging cables. If you sacrifice the flash and some other gadgets, you can fit a DSLR body and up to three lenses. It isn’t great if you are packing a full kit or anything with a significant zoom. But at only 12″ x 7″ x 9″, it is a great solution for anyone looking to store this bag underneath the seat in front of them.
Fitting a tripod in here may be a bit of a challenge, but you could probably pack in a collapsible one on top or in the front pocket. It comes with an over-the-shoulder strap for easy carrying and has a bright and distinctive orange interior.
DSLR Camera Backpack Bag by Altura Photo
This backpack is a fantastic solution for anyone who will be walking with their camera. Anyone exploring a new city on foot or going on a wilderness hike will be grateful for the two shoulder support. The interior has foam segmentations. It can hold one DSLR body and four to six lenses along with flash, tablet, and other photo essentials.
It is water resistant and comes with a sturdy waist strap, which helps distribute the weight of some of your heavier camera equipment. The exterior dimensions are 12.5″ x 8.5″ x 18.5″, making it just small enough to be your in-flight personal item. It weighs only 3.79lbs.
This is a great bag for the more stylish among us. This over-the-shoulder messenger bag looks less like a high-tech equipment transport, and more like an accessory. It is a bit on the smaller side, with room for only one DSLR body and probably just one additional lens, but the exterior pockets are great for batteries and SD memory cards. It comes with soft liners to separate and protect your equipment. This bag is available in 6 different colors.
This case is for a more serious photographer. With a hard case and custom foam inserts, it will keep even your most expensive equipment safe. Considering that the foam inserts can be customized, you can carry almost anything you want in here. Whether it is one DSLR body with a few lenses, two bodies with two lenses, or an entire case on lenses, it can be done.
The hard case doesn’t provide any give, which can be a con if you are a chronic over-stuffer like myself. But with dimensions of 18.7 x 14.8 x 7 inches, it can still be carried on to a plane. It is a bit heavier, at 7.27lbs, but that heft directly impacts how protected your equipment will be.
This bag is both stylish and practical. From the outside, it is a trendy looking backpack, from the inside, it is a one-bag solution for all of your camera gear. It can carry one to two camera bodies, and four to six lenses. It also has a myriad of external pockets for any tripod, battery, memory card, flash, or tablet you may need. The foam insert on the interior is adjustable, and the waist strap helps distribute the weight of all of the equipment you are packing.
This camera bag actually looks like a purse, which is great for those who don’t want to be immediately recognized as photographers. The protective foam lining will keep your camera and lens safe, but the smaller size means that a body and lens will be about all you are carrying. The exterior pockets are great for holding batteries and memory cards. This bag is available in several colors.
This no-frills camera backpack is great for getting in and out quickly and efficiently. It is small, at only 12.4 x 10.8 x 5.2 inches, and extremely lightweight at only 1.3lbs. There are no exterior pockets, save for one small water-bottle holder. However, the distinctive colored interior features seven foam-divided pockets which would allow you to back a DSLR body, a few lenses, some backup batteries and a flash. It comes in three colors, so you can decide if you want a lime green interior, a red interior, or an orange interior.
So pick which bag is best for you and take your studio to go. It doesn’t matter if you are an amateur, a professional, or someone trying out photography for the first time. A good camera bag can make your travel easier and more efficient.