Protecting Your Camera Gear When Camping

By Kelly Joyner

Camping can be all about getting away from civilization and back to nature. Unfortunately though, Mother Nature can some pretty unique ideas of fun when it comes to changing weather patterns.

Knowing how to protect your photography gear while camping can help keep your outdoor experience fun and safe for you and your equipment.

 

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Protecting your camera gear

Carrying your camera body, lenses, memory cards and batteries in small, ziplock plastic bags will help protect your gear from excess moisture. Rain covers for the camera body and hoods for the lenses will keep falling snow, ice and rain from hitting your gear.

Some people like to use a clear UV filter which is easy to wipe dry without worrying about harming the expensive glass, but you need to be aware that this will cut down on your available light and may affect the quality of your shots.

 

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Cold Weather

Rain covers for the camera body and hoods for the lenses will keep falling snow, ice and rain from hitting your gear. Some people like to use a clear UV filter, which is easy to wipe dry without worrying about harming the expensive glass, but you need to be aware that this will cut down on your available light and may affect the quality of your shots.

Batteries lose their power quickly in cold environments. Keep extra batteries in your inner pockets next to the warmth of your body to keep them from draining too quickly. “Dead” batteries can sometimes find new life if they are warmed up again, so keep your used ones close to you in case you need that extra power.

 

Hot Weather

Humidity will cause extreme condensation on your lenses and camera bodies when travelling in and out of air conditioning in tropical conditions. Placing your camera in airtight bags and allowing the camera body and lens to adjust to the outside temperature before removing from your bag will minimize fogging. Use moisture absorbing desiccant packs inside camera bags if you are going to be exposing your equipment to humidity for extended periods.

 

Keep unused equipment in airtight plastic bags. Try keeping your kit out of harsh sunlight when not shooting, and NEVER leave your gear inside a car or trunk. Temperatures can reach damage-causing levels quickly in hot environments.

 

Protecting your camera gear from the sand
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Dust

Enemy number one for DSLR sensors is dirt and sand. NEVER change lenses in a dusty or sandy environment. If you think you will want to use more than one lens during your shoot have an extra camera body of each one. If you find yourself in a situation where you must change lenses, do so completely within an airtight bag to simulate a clean environment.

Fine sand and dirt can infiltrate even the tightest of seals. An airtight container such as an underwater casing can add an additional layer of protection, or you can fashion a casing yourself using zip-type plastic bags in an emergency.

As with any situation, safety should be your number one concern when planning your photoshoots. I hope you got something out of the information provided here with respect to protecting your camera gear. With a little planning – and a lot of common sense – you can capture the perfect shot safety while camping in the great outdoors.

 

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I am Kelly Joyner.  A lover of the great outdoors, fitness fanatic and founder of RegularityFitness.com

13 thoughts on “Protecting Your Camera Gear When Camping

  • June 2, 2020 at 10:19 am
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    I am always worried about keeping my camera lenses safe during my travel. One because the camera is very dear to me and the second is that if it is not taken care of well it could hamper my whole trip as pictures are integral part of our expressions as a travel blogger. I tend to use a pouch which is water proof and dust off frequently to avoid the dust to accumulate.

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  • May 27, 2020 at 3:43 am
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    Camera and photographic gear is so expensive and prized that you do have to take sensible precautions when camping!

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  • May 27, 2020 at 3:42 am
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    Great tips on taking care of our camera during camping. Often times, we forget to take good care of it. I usually wipe the lenses gently before and after use. I always check for moisture as it will change the quality of my lenses. I store it properly in a camera bag too (not just in my bag literally). It takes extra caution and effort to take care of it but it goes a long way!

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  • May 26, 2020 at 11:14 pm
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    Thanks for this super informative article! Our family frequently enjoys hiking and fishing and will sometimes camp. Along the way I always worry about my DSLR gear. I will try your tips about using airtight bags to protect my lenses next time!

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  • May 26, 2020 at 4:26 pm
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    I have missed out on many awesome photos because I was afraid to bring my camera out in the elements. I am glad to be reading this so that won’t happen again.

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  • May 26, 2020 at 12:56 pm
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    This is good advice. I have a good camera and I never want to bring it out camping because I am afraid that something happens to it.

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  • May 26, 2020 at 12:15 pm
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    These are all great tips! Luckily, we don’t have extreme weather conditions here in my country. However, recently, one of my cameras had its viewfinder accidentally broken. I am happy that only that part was ruined, or else, I’d be doomed. It’s really important to invest in protective gears even though it’s a bit expensive. We need to think of the long term when it comes to taking care of things like photography equipment.

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  • May 26, 2020 at 11:30 am
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    I love these tips here. I remember my camera got damaged once but that was years back.

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  • May 26, 2020 at 11:06 am
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    We have all our protection gear bought and always make sure we cover our bags and gadgets etc, as these are a must for making photo memories x

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  • May 26, 2020 at 4:30 am
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    Cameras and its lenses are so expensive. My brother has expesive cameras, he will love these tips. Thanks

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  • May 26, 2020 at 2:23 am
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    Great info! We are planning a camping trip in the next few months and I will have to keep my equipment protected.

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  • May 25, 2020 at 11:36 pm
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    I’ve never been camping, but I’ve often wondered how people protect their photography equipment when they go. The elements are not friends of cameras. I love these tips. I never considered that hot weather could cause condensation issues.

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