Vacations and road trips with the family always excite me.
There is something special about spending time with people who are dearest to you, especially the adorable, hyperactive kids.
Despite everybody’s busy schedules, it is great that we are able to squeeze in some family time at least once a year to renew and keep our bond strong.
It’s not every day that you jet off on a journey with the whole family, so it’s important that you take as many travel photos as you can.
Of course, you want to keep those cherished memories with your loved ones. To do that, you have to bring the right photography gear and accessories.
If you don’t know where to start, here is a list of all Essential Photography Equipment for Family Trips.
Handy Travel Camera
Of course, you can’t always rely on your smartphone camera to take great photos of your travels.
You have to have a DSLR or mirrorless camera that delivers crisp, sharp images and is travel-friendly (can be kept and pulled out of your bag easily).
Make sure that your camera has neck straps, so you can easily and comfortably carry your camera and protect it against thieves and accidental damage.
Teach every member of the family on how to operate the camera, so they can borrow and use it when they want to capture any amazing moment or thing during your travels.
Extra Camera Lens
Identify the types of lenses you want to bring along on your trip.
If you want to take portraits of your loved ones, make sure to pack a prime lens.
Or if you want to capture the stunning panoramic view of the place you’re going to visit, use a wide-angle lens.
Sturdy Camera Bag
Cameras and other photography equipment are expensive and fragile items that need to be handled with extra care, especially when traveling.
Make sure that you invest in a sturdy camera bag that can secure and protect your camera and lenses.
Camera bags come in various styles: backpacks, sling bags, belt bags, or even handbags.
Regardless of your choice, buy a bag with waterproof bottom, portable rain cover, compartments and dividers, well-built zippers that can be easily locked, and comfortable straps.
Aside from keeping all your photography gear safe, a good camera bag should also be comfortable.
You don’t want your bag slowing you down on your family adventures.
A high-quality camera bag can be pricey, but it can surely last for a long time.
In the long run, you’ll be surprised that every penny you spent on it is well worth it.
Who wouldn’t want to be included in family photos?
A portable lightweight tripod is very useful on family trips because it ensures no one gets left behind in group shots.
Yes, it’s easy to ask a stranger to take photos of you and the whole clan.
But it’s much safer if you avoid asking for help. You can easily set up a tripod and capture the moments with the whole family.
You need a tripod also for shooting in low light to avoid blurred photos.
Camera Cleaning Tools
Maintain the excellent quality of your gear by packing some camera cleaning tools.
Make sure to know the basic ways to keep your photography equipment free from dirt.
It’s important to bring a cleaning kit for your camera and lens because it helps prevent dirt and other particles from sticking on your equipment.
There is a risk of dirt getting into the camera sensor, and affecting the quality of your photos.
Chargers, Extra Batteries, and Memory Cards
Charger, adaptors, extra batteries, and memory cards are obvious necessities for every traveler.
They are heaven-sent when your battery is already empty or when your memory card is used up.
Again, family trips are rare and special moments when you don’t want to stop taking photos and remembrance of.
Keeping these little items inside your camera bag will definitely take away the worry of not having enough memory and power.
Avoid the hassle of an empty battery and full memory card and come prepared with extras!
Laptop and Hard Drive
When traveling with the family for several days, bring a laptop with a large file storage capacity.
This way, you can always reuse memory cards and transfer files to avoid corruption.
Family trips are treasured moments worth looking forward to.
And having all the Essential Photography Equipment for Family Trips packed in your bag will definitely help you properly and safely document your family’s experiences.