Travellers love their cameras and losing one can be a real blow. But often it’s the loss of your photos that hurts the most. Here are a few ways to protect not just your camera but your treasured memories too.
Keep your camera with you
If you’re not using it, put it in your bag or in your pocket and try to keep it out of sight. Before you leave a taxi, a restaurant or your hotel, check to make sure you haven’t left anything behind. If you keep your receipts for taxis and restaurants it will make it easier to contact them if you do forget anything. If you have to leave your camera in your hotel room, make sure you put it in the safe.
Make it easy to get it back again
Leave your contact details in the camera case or write them on the camera. If the first image on your camera is of your contact details it will be easier to claim from lost and found.
Hang on to your memories
Make regular copies of your photos while on holiday and if possible upload them to a secure account on the internet as you go. You could try using a WiFi memory card to automatically upload your images whenever you’re near a free hot spot. Then you can access your images from anywhere. If you have several memory cards, consider storing them separately from your camera to spread the risk.
Protect your gear
If you’re planning on spending your holiday around water or if you’re heading to a humid country, consider getting a small water proof case. Throw in a few silica dry packs to absorb any moisture. Remember that extreme heat and cold are also hard on cameras.
Keep it simple
If you just want to capture a few holiday snaps, try taking a small point and shoot camera instead of a cumbersome SLR. They’re easier to carry, you can keep them out of sight, they are often less expensive and less likely to draw unwanted attention.
Know your stuff
Being able to accurately describe your camera can make it easier to find, so take note of the make, model and colour of your camera. Always remember to report any loss to the local police or other relevant authority.