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A camera is the easiest way to capture your memories of a trip and share them with others, but you need to make sure it and all the data inside stay protected. Here are some tips to make sure your photos make it home with you. 

Before you leave home

Write down the serial and model numbers of your camera and other photographic equipment before you leave for your trip. You will need to quote them to your insurance company in the event of a claim.

Find out what voltage the electricity supply uses in the country you are travelling to, as your camera’s standard battery charger may not be compatible. Also make sure you carry the right adaptor, so you can recharge while abroad. 

Storing your photos

Modern memory cards can hold a huge amount of data and thousands of photos, but storing everything on one card increases the risk of you losing your snaps. Consider using two or more smaller memory cards and spreading your photos between them.

Back up your photos on an external drive. Many manufacturers sell backup drives which you can use without a computer. Run a backup of all of your shots daily, then upload them to the cloud when you have the chance to use an internet café.

Keeping your camera secure

Pack your camera equipment in a well-padded or hardened plastic case to protect from knocks and bumps while travelling. One of the simplest ways to keep the contents of the bag secure is to carry it on your front, so you can keep an eye on it.

Hard camera bags often have loops for attaching padlocks and cable locks. Softer bags can be wrapped in a specially designed wire safety net to stop thieves rifling through the bag’s compartments and to secure it to solid objects.

Insuring your camera

Replacing a camera stolen or damaged abroad can be a pricey business, so make sure your Travel Insurance provides adequate cover for your personal possessions whilst you are travelling abroad.

Further information

For more guidance on protecting your belongings abroad, and advice on what to do if they are stolen visit our safety and travel section.

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The content of these pages are for general information only, They do not constitute advice and must not be acted or relied on as being so.