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Camera Equipment Transportation Safety Measures

Camera equipment travel bag to ensure transportation safety
Tripod Travel Bag

Traveling with Manfrotto Tripods

When you’re flying with your Manfrotto tripods, ensuring camera equipment transportation safety is vital. A smart move is to pack them in a travel case or a cushioned bag. If you’re going Southwest, you can check them in without any extra charge. If you’re not on a direct flight, it might be a concern since losing your tripod means no recording fun.

On our last flight, a team came onto the plane with a 13 ft impact tripod and tucked it in the overhead bin. I thought it was a stretch, but they managed it without a problem. You won’t have to worry about losing your gear if you carry on.

We use these travel cases for the 12 and 23 ft Manfrotto tripods.

Padded Bags

A point to ponder is that when I checked my Meking 15 ft tripod, the airline staff inquired about its contents. They clarified that they’d be responsible if it got lost but wouldn’t vouch for any potential damage. Basically, they’d get it there but didn’t promise it’d be in one piece. I didn’t encounter any issues in my six flights, but keep in mind it might vary. In general, it’s a smart move to carry on the smaller tripods if possible, so you’re certain they won’t vanish or end up in pieces. How this plays out with other airlines is a bit of a mystery to me.

Now, speaking of protection, I got myself the 185cm Athletico padded bag. It’s a snug fit for both the 12 ft and 23 ft Manfrotto. On a couple of trips, I used it for the 15 ft tripod and even folded it over for convenience. You can certainly check the 23 ft tripod in the padded bag, just consider whether your $500 investment will make it through unscathed.

SportTube

The SportTube is a real hero here, with its outer shell offering top-notch protection. For instance, we sent one along with a soccer scout to Nigeria, along with the 23 ft tripod, and the SportTube made sure everything arrived safe and sound. It even comes with wheels and a handle, making it easier to manage that 23 ft Manfrotto.

Traveling with Sandbags

My approach involves bringing along empty sandbags during my trips. Upon reaching the hotel, I locate gravel or decorative rocks to fill these bags. Once filled, I keep them in the trunk of our rental car throughout the stay. On the final day, it’s important to remember to empty the rocks back at the hotel.

Don’t forget to pack your rain cover or usb-c port cover for unexpected rainy days.

Filling a sandbag with rocks to ensure camera safety while filming.
Borrowed Rocks for the Tripod Sandbag
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