Planning in advance is the best way to ensure that your digital camera is safe during your flight. This way, you won’t forget any of the necessary parts or accessories. For example, if you plan to bring your battery charger, pack your electric plug adapter up as well. If you use a converter, take it with you also because you can’t be sure that there is a similar converter to where you are staying at.
Do not put your digital camera together with your other belongings inside the suitcase. Instead, pack it on your carry-on and make sure that it is well-padded to avoid causing any damage to it. This way, you won’t have to go through all your stuff inside your luggage just so you can pass the inspection protocol. You also don’t need to worry whether you will be allowed to get pass the airport security, just in case your digital camera is accidentally broken inside your suitcase.
Insurance for your camera equipment
Broken digital cameras are something you want to avoid as much as possible especially when you are already late for a flight. And since most airports do not take responsibility for it, it is up to you to ensure that they would be properly stored within your carry-on. Professional photographers find it fit to have each of their digital camera equipment and accessories insured separately. It might cost you much but if you don’t want to take chances, especially if taking pictures is your bread-and-butter (or a very important hobby), it is a logical investment. Some insurance policies even provide coverage against theft or fire when the owner is on a trip.
If getting another insurance policy is totally out of your budget but you are still bent on having your digital camera insured, use a “rider” on your main insurance policy. Also called a floater” in some insurance policies, this is a more practical approach to ensure the tiptop condition of your digital camera. Of course, you have to read carefully what is included in the policy – whether it can cover expenses due to loss, theft, fire, or any kind of damage. Make sure you keep a list of all the serial numbers just in case the unthinkable happens.
Customs declaration of camera equipment
Before your flight leaves, let the custom officials know about all the digital camera equipment and accessories you are bringing with you. It would make your trip back easier and quicker because you won’t have to prove your ownership for the second time around. Copies of your camera receipts will also come in handy so don’t forget to pack them all up also. Better sure than sorry.
Clear canisters are best places to keep your films. If you don’t have them, use ziplock plastic bags instead. This way, the screening procedure would be quicker. Note that different inspection protocols are implemented in different airports. Ask your travel agent about the screening process in the airports you are going to pass through especially if you are bringing your camera equipment.