Packing the gear that you need to record travel videos is easier said than done. At the end of the day you want to make sure you have everything you need to record impressive videos – but at the same time not too much that it becomes difficult to carry it as you travel.
That is why it is best to start with the essentials and focus on the gear that you will need the most.
Initially, it is always best to use what you already have as far as the camera is concerned. However, if you happen to own several cameras or are going to buy one anyway, try to find one that can record good videos but doesn’t weigh that much.
One option you may want to consider is a mirrorless camera, as they are normally lighter than DSLRs.
On the lenses front, it is best to bring along options that are versatile and can be used in multiple situations, as you won’t want to pack too many and weigh yourself down.
Alongside your camera there are several other pieces of gear that will be very useful and help you to record great travel videos:
Portable tripod stand
A tripod stand is going to make a world of difference to help you keep your camera steady while you’re recording your video. Odds are you won’t want to pack too many types of tripod heads, however, so figure out which one will fit your needs best.
The built-in microphone on most video cameras leaves a lot to be desired, and any decent external microphone will undoubtedly trump it. Again it is up to you which type of microphone would suit you best, but you could use a shotgun microphone to record sounds from a specific location, or a lavalier microphone to record your own commentary.
If you’re going to be recording in low-light conditions, you may want to take a video light with you. Nowadays there are lots of different portable options in different styles available that you can choose from.
Overall that should cover the most essential gear that you’ll need to take with you. Granted there are other items that may help in specific situations, such as windshields, waterproof sheets, and so on.
Spares and Accessories
On top of the core gear, there are also several other accessories and spares that you should always have with you when you travel:
Additional batteries are crucial so that your camera doesn’t run dry while you’re on the road and won’t be able to charge it. Be sure to pack enough that it isn’t a concern – especially if there’s a chance you won’t be able to charge your batteries overnight for any reason.
Extra storage will help you to record tons of video footage without worrying about running out of space. More is always better, and considering SD and microSD cards are really light you should be able to bring as much as you require.
Universal travel adapter can be useful, especially if you’re traveling overseas. If you have any doubts you should be able to easily check online to find out what types of sockets are used at your destination – and can decide whether or not to pack an adapter accordingly.
Hard case that will protect your gear is the best option when you’re in transit. However it is heavy, so you probably won’t want to lug it around.
Waterproof bag that can fit all your gear should be your go-to pack that you carry with you. It should be padded as well, so that your gear doesn’t get damaged by accidental bumps or knocks.
As you can see many of the items listed are situational – and will depend on your preferences as well. That being said considering how useful they can be, it is better to have them and not need them than need them and not have them.
Aside from the gear listed above, it can help to carry a laptop or tablet with you as well. It should be something that you can use to review the footage that you record and upload them to the cloud if you have internet access.
Of course, having an editor available could help as well, and will let you make improvements while you’re traveling and discard any unusable footage on the spot. For example, you could use Movavi Video Editor to alter your videos.
That should cover all the essential gear that you need. Ideally, you should use it as a checklist to make sure that you have everything that you’ll require – and then think about whether there’s any other specific gear that you may want to take along as well.
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