An Expert’s 20 Best Travel Accessories For Photographers

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Peak Design clutch on Olympus OM-D EM-1

If you’re looking for the best travel accessories for photographers, you’d better ask a travel photographer, right? Well, I’ve been seeing the world from behind a camera for as long as I can remember.

I got my first camera and a basic photography book when I was eight years old. A few years later, I got my first digital camera – it was an Olympus C-1 – and from that point on, you’d never catch me without a camera.

After about a dozen different digital cameras and DSLRs from Canon and Pentax, plus some film cameras, photography courses, and a shrine dedicated to Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson, I’m back to shooting Olympus, and I couldn’t be happier.

Along with my beloved Olympus OM-1 EM-2 Mk 2, my camera bag is filled with accessories that make it easy to capture beautiful photos of the landscapes and scenes around me whenever I travel. Check out these game-changing photography accessories to help make every adventure a snap.

Ready to take your photography to the next level? We’ve curated a special list of the best camera accessories and cutting-edge camera equipment for amazing shots with maximum creative expression – so get ready to unlock your photography potential.

TL;DR: Best Travel Accessories For Photographers

Category Our Pick
Travel Tripod Peak Design Travel Tripod
For Minimalist Packers The Pod
For Landscapes K&F Concept ND Filters
For Creatives Lensball
For Influencers Lume Cube
For Hikers Peak Design Capture Clip
Best Gear Organizer Tripped Travel Gear Tech Pouch
External Hard Drive SanDisk Extreme Pro

Best Travel Accessories For Photographers

1. Peak Design Travel Tripod

Using the Peak Design Travel Tripod on Beach in Costa Rica
Using our travel gear in Costa Rica

Searching for the perfect blend of portability, stability, and functionality in your camera gear? Let me introduce the Peak Design Travel Tripod — truly worthy of the praise it has gotten!

This tripod was tested out by our Editor-in-Chief, Kyle Kroeger, on a recent trip to Costa Rica. It is unbelievably compact yet super stable and sets up in record time. It also has an integrated ergonomic ball head that will make capturing every moment more effortless.

The Peak Design Travel Tripod has been designed to break the mold in terms of size – it takes up half the space as regular tripods, so packing and transportation are a breeze.

I also had a chance to test it out, and I barely noticed it slung over my shoulder on my way up Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. It was quick to deploy, which was helpful because I ran late for sunrise.

Peak Design camera cube and tripod on the top of Cadillac Mountain, Maine
Kim Magaraci / ViaTravelers

Despite its small size, the Peak Design Travel Tripod has all the stability and support you expect from a pro-level tripod. Testing with a full-frame digital camera and telephoto lens? Check. Say goodbye to shaky shots and hello to gorgeous images.

With its integrated ergonomic ball head, tuning in those perfect angle shots has never been easier. Forget a messy and complex pan and tilt head – all that’s needed now is a simple adjustment ring to help you get the most out of your photography session.

Check out our detailed Peak Design Travel Tripod Review for more about the ultimate travel tripod.

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact for easy portability
  • Innovative design with quick deployment and intuitive locking mechanisms
  • Offers stability and high load capacity for steady shots

Cons

  • Higher price compared to other tripods
  • Maximum height may be shorter than some full-sized tripods

Where to Buy:

See Related: Proven Travel Photography Tips to Take Stunning Images

2. Mefoto Backpacker Tripod

Orange Mefoto Backpacker Tripod and case
Kim Magaraci / ViaTravelers

It took me a while to end up with a Peak Design tripod because this budget-friendly Mefoto has been sitting in my camera closet for at least five years. The MeFOTO BackPacker Classic Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit is an underrated alternative for anyone on a budget.

This ultra-lightweight aluminum alloy tripod comfortably carries up to 8.8 pounds of my gear and extends to a full 52 inches tall—but here’s the real kicker: it quickly folds into an incredibly tiny 12.6-inch package. It fits in my camera bags, so I never have to compromise on capturing those perfect moments when exploring.

MeFOTO Backpacker Tripod with mirrorless camera and telephoto lens
MeFOTO Backpacker easily holds my EM-1 Mk2 and the M.Zuiko 40-150 f/2.8 Pro

The legs and center post are easily and quickly adjustable, so the MeFOTO BackPacker Tripod gives me absolute flexibility and stability.

Its multiple locking leg angles make sure my tripod remains steady, no matter what kind of terrain or shooting angle. If things are still shaky, I hang something heavy from the recessed ballast hook at the base.

MeFOTO Road Trip vs MeFOTO Backpacker Tripod Size Comparison
The MeFOTO Road Trip vs the MeFOTO Backpacker Size Comparison

My personal experience with this tripod came after I fell in love with the larger MeFOTO Road Trip Tripod. The Road Trip is also super compact and a bit steadier for very windy conditions, but it’s a little too bulky to fit in my over-stuffed carry-on luggage for most trips. The Backpacker is one that I barely notice in my bag – it’s also a good choice for bringing on hikes and stuffing, literally, into a backpack.

The Backpacker Tripod has stood up to wind on the Jersey Shore just fine, but I’d consider the Road Trip if you have heavy full-frame gear and if you don’t often take a tripod along with you on hikes.

Pros

  • Sturdy build with durable aluminum construction
  • Comes with a carrying case and an assortment of color options
  • Offers good stability and decent load capacity for its size

Cons

  • Limited maximum height compared to larger tripods
  • Not as stable in windy conditions as heavier tripods

Where to Buy:

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3. Gorillapod 3K

Gorillapod 3k travel tripod
Kim Magaraci / ViaTravelers

If you prioritize lightweight equipment, nothing beats the GorillaPod 3K. This magical little game-changer brings one-of-a-kind flexibility and precision to your photo shoots.

If you won’t need the full height of a standard tripod, or if you’re just hoping to take selfies or capture waterfall long exposures on a hike, a Gorillapod is best suited to the job.

Its travel-friendly design makes it easy for adventurers like me to use pro-level gear while exploring new places. The GorillaPod is the king of flexible holders. Its wrappable legs allow me to attach my camera and gear to almost any surface.

Hold it tight? Wrap it up? This is one of the unique photography accessories that guarantee stability when you need to snap something from an unusual angle in those hard-to-reach places, whether in an urban scene or somewhere rugged.

The GorillaPod 3K is designed to be your trusty, super-tough travel buddy. Whether you’re using it for professional projects or just around town, its superior construction – solid materials like ABS plastic, aluminum, stainless steel, and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) – guarantees a long lifespan.

Pros

  • Flexible legs with wrappable joints for versatile positioning
  • Includes a ball head with quick release plate for easy camera attachment
  • Compatible with a range of cameras and devices

Cons

  • Limited maximum load capacity compared to larger tripods
  • Limited height adjustment options

Where to Buy:

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4. The Pod

The Pod Tripod TP g0079-b
The Pod Tripod / Amazon

In photography, I want my snaps to be super sharp and spot-on. And since I usually shoot outdoors, it’s hard to predict what could happen. That’s why The Pod has invented the revolutionary Green Pod bean bag camera platform – perfect for photographers like me who want to avoid camera shake and get some solid shots but don’t always have a tripod handy.

Constructed with super-durable nylon fabric, The Green Pod is filled with plastic pellets, so I could customize it to fit my needs. If you add or remove a few pellets here and there, you can fashion the Pod flawlessly for your camera lens. This way, not only will your shots look amazing, but they’ll have extra stability too.

Uneven ground? Check. Soft surfaces? You got it. With a Green Pod on hand, unpredictable outdoor shooting locations won’t stand in your way from capturing stunning photographs.

Can’t decide between the Gorillapod 3k or the Pod? Get them both in this travel tripod pack from Adorama.

Pros

  • Customizable fill with plastic pellets to perfectly fit different camera lenses
  • The water-resistant nylon shell and green vinyl bottom protect against rainy weather.
  • Easy-to-use hook and loop fastener for adjusting the fill

Cons

  • Not as steady as a traditional tripod when not hands-free
  • Works better with longer and heavier lenses compared to lighter camera setups

Where to Buy:

5. K&F Concept Lens Filter Kit with Neutral Density ND4 ND8 ND64 ND1000 Filters

K&F Concepts Neutral Density filter kit and case
Kim Magaraci / ViaTravelers

I’m a bit of a filter hoarder – though I expect that can be said of most landscape photographers. Last year, I ditched the square filters and picked up this K&F ND Travel Kit. The range of neutral density filters included more than suits my needs.

The K&F ND Filter Kit is a must-have when capturing stunning outdoor shots. With these unique filters, I can control how much light gets through the lens and create spectacular long-exposure effects.

This nifty little kit has a selection of four different NDs – ND4, ND8, ND64, and ND1000. It even has a special filter wallet to prevent scratches and keep things sorted.

The K&F Travel Kit filters are as lightweight as they come. Their frames are made from aviation-grade aluminum and are a measly 3.3mm thick, so even when using a zoom lens, you won’t need to worry about vignetting shadows in the corners.

Plus, their CNC grip makes them super easy to attach or remove depending on the situation – definitely indispensable for travel photography (unless you travel with filter wrenches anyway).

Pros

  • Reduces light intake, allowing for creative long-exposure photography
  • Includes multiple ND filter densities for versatile light control options
  • Comes with a protective case for safe storage and transport

Cons

  • Limited compatibility with lenses that have a different filter thread size
  • Some users may find it difficult to attach and remove the filter

Where to Buy:

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6. Tech Wrap

The Tech Wrap Compact 12.5" x 12.5" Neoprene Lens Pouch - Camera Lens Protective Wrap
The Tech Wrap Compact / Amazon

I’m an all-weather hiker, and thanks to the weatherproof protection of my Olympus gear, I’m always out there snapping photos. I’m the first to admit I’m not careful with my gear, so picking up a tech wrap has been a lifesaver. The Tech Wrap is now my protective carrying cloth of choice.

It ensures everything stays protected while giving me extra padding in my good camera bag. It also doubles as a trusty rain cover and conveniently serves as my lens-changing mat. This little wrap is one of my most important camera accessories when hitting the road.

It works smoothly with Mirrorless cameras from all major brands – you can wrap up your Canon, Nikon, Sony, and GoPro cameras just as easily as I tuck in my Oly.

Reusable, interchangeable, and easy to store away? That’s why it’s so practical and my go-to for capturing impressive photos wherever I roam.

In my photo adventures, the Tech Wrap is like a trusty sidekick that comes along for all of my wildest escapades. It’s become indispensable to me, and I take it everywhere—from lush forests and exotic beaches to bustling cityscapes. It’s way easier than opening cases all the time.

Pros

  • Made with durable neoprene material to protect lenses from scratches and minor impacts
  • Offers a snug fit for lenses up to 12.5″ x 12.5″ in size
  • Features a convenient drawstring closure for quick and secure access

Cons

  • Some users may find the drawstring closure less secure than a zipper or Velcro.
  • The cloth may not offer adequate weather resistance for use in extreme conditions

Where to Buy:

See Related: Best Travel Cases For Camera Gear

7. Lensball

Lensball on the beach
My lensball almost getting washed away near Balboa Pier, California

As a creative photographer always searching for something new to make my pictures stand out, I found the answer. The Lensball – an amazingly awesome crystal sphere – has become the highlight of my camera bag.

Its light-bending properties add some serious sparkle and appeal to my pics. It’s so cool that I can’t believe I ever shot without it.

After being fascinated by what the cool Lensball could do, I learned that it was made with the best K9 crystal- the same stuff used for top-shelf camera lenses and optics. This excellent crystal lets so much of the light shine through and creates pretty refractions, bringing out my snaps in a lovely way. Plus, all those crazy light-bending tricks turn my pics into mini works of art.

Each comes with a super helpful microfiber bag – it helps keep out scratches, dust, and fingerprints. That way, you don’t have to worry about your Lensball being anything other than perfect when you’re ready for magical shots.

I don’t always bring the Lensball with me, but if I know I will be somewhere with a cool reflection potential, I throw it in my bag. It’s definitely fun to have, and I find that anyone I’m with is fascinated by how creative you can get.

Pros

  • Made of high-quality K9 clear crystal for stunning optical clarity
  • Compact and portable, making it easy to carry and use on the go.
  • Comes with a microfiber bag for safe storage and protection

Cons

  • It may produce some lens flare or reflections in certain lighting conditions.
  • The weight of the crystal ball may limit some handheld shooting options

Where to Buy:

8. LumeCube

Lume Cube RGB Panel GO
LumeCube / Amazon

I’m the first to admit it – I don’t understand off camera flash, and I barely understand on-camera flash. As a landscape photographer, I just rarely need it. That being said, I did pick up a Lume Cube RGB Panel a few months ago, and it’s been fun to tinker around with. If you’re the type of travel photographer who takes a lot of portraits and selfies, this belongs in your bag.

This little device is a portable lighting solution that adds eye-popping color and brightness – no matter how dark the setting of your shot might be. With white light of varying temperatures and RGB options too, plus four preset scenes, a strobe light function, and adjustable brightness settings, you’ll be able to unleash your most creative dreams.

Whether outdoorsy portraits, taking on studio photography adventures, vlogging, or exploring – this panel brings every vision to life. This device might be small, but it has impressive lighting capabilities. I can throw this pocket-sized RGB Panel LED light in my bag and take it anywhere – no biggie.

I love that the Lume Cube RGB Panel comes with a cold shoe mount and two built-in 1/4″ 20 mounts – it’s like having my tiny assistant who helps me get the lighting just right. This handy mount holds its ground, too, so I can stick it wherever it gets me that perfect shot. No matter your shooting situation, the Lume Cube RGB Panel is always ready to lend a hand (or a light).

Pros

  • Compact and portable design, perfect for on-the-go lighting
  • Multiple mounting options for versatile use
  • Bluetooth connectivity for easy control via a smartphone app

Cons

  • Battery life may be limited, especially at higher brightness levels
  • Limited diffusion options, which may result in harsh lighting in some situations

Where to Buy:

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9. Battery Storage

Think Tank Dual Battery Storage
Kim Magaraci / ViaTravelers

I am really forgetful. In 2019, I flew to Chicago and forgot all of my camera batteries and had to expedite some to my hotel. In 2023, I did it again, this time in Newport Beach. When I got home from California, I dug out the Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Case that has been sitting in my drawer for camera accessories for years, and decided to put it to work.

It has become an absolute must-have in my travel kit now because it serves as a reminder to pack batteries! For most people, it will keep your bag organized, but I think of it as a multifaceted tool.

This sleek and streamlined design tucks conveniently into your bag without taking up too much space. Its custom-fit is made just for popular cameras like Nikon D810, Canon 5DMKIII, Sony A77, and Fuji X-T1, meaning all your DSLR battery worries disappear with this handy little case.

The Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Case squishes nicely and flat for convenience when it’s not in use. It’s so slim that I don’t notice it is taking up space in my gear bag or backpack – leaving plenty of room to haul around whatever else I need.

Pros

  • Durable construction for protection against impacts and environmental elements
  • Covers battery contacts to protect them, making it safe to travel with

Cons

  • Relatively higher price compared to alternative battery storage solutions
  • Velcro closure may wear out over time and lose its effectiveness

Where to Buy:

10. Capture Clip

Peak Design Capture Clip and Pouch
My Capture Clip lives on my hiking backpack year-round

Most of the time that I’m shooting, I’m also hiking. It’s hard to find a balance between keeping my gear safe and keeping it close at hand.

A few years ago, I picked up the Peak Design Capture 3.0 Camera Clip on a whim, and it’s incredible. Now, my camera is ready and safe while also keeping my hands free for trekking poles, flower-picking, and snacking on my walks in the woods.

With the Peak Design Capture 3.0 Camera Clip, I can easily transition my camera from clip to hand like magic. The PROplate quick-release plate is included and makes hopping between setups a cinch, so I can keep my hands free while scrambling and hiking, but my camera is never buried in my bag.

I will say that this clip took some work to fix onto my hiking pack, which has pretty thick shoulder straps. It lives there now, but you’d probably have better luck attaching it to a messenger bag or crossbody.

Pros

  • Securely holds the camera on a backpack strap, belt, or other sturdy surfaces.
  • Quick and easy access to the camera, allowing for fast capturing of shots
  • Compatible with a wide range of camera models and lens setups

Cons

  • Requires a compatible backpack strap or belt to attach the camera clip
  • It may not provide as much stability or security as a tripod or camera hand grip.

Where to Buy:

11. Peak Design Shell

Peak Design Shell Camera Cover
Peak Design Shell / REI

Since I started using Peak Design Shell Camera Cover, I’m way more comfortable standing out in the pouring rain all day. One of the benefits of shooting with Olympus gear is that it’s weatherproof, but I’m still not excited to have it out in the pouring rain.

If it’s just drizzling I don’t mind, but I also spend a lot of time shooting photos for a soccer league in Philadelphia, and every day of games seems to also coincide with a downpour. I might be soaked, but. at least I’m not worrying about my gear.

Its sturdy barrier of 4-way stretch fabric and reliable seam sealing provides a proper shield for my camera – rain, snow, dust, or even excursion into rougher terrain is no match for this formidable camera cover.

The Peak Design Shell Camera Cover is super slick since you can peek through the viewfinder and poke at your camera screen and buttons without taking it out of its shell. I like that I can be ready with my gear without having to worry about water – or in some cases, sand, dirt, and turf pellets, getting into the gears.

Pros

  • Provides excellent protection against dust, rain, and scratches
  • Easy to put on and take off, allowing quick access to the camera
  • Offers a snug fit for a range of camera models and lens sizes

Cons

  • May restrict access to certain camera controls or buttons
  • Requires proper sizing to ensure a secure and effective fit

Where to Buy:

12. Peak Design Leash

Peak Design leash attached to an Olympus camera body
Kim Magaraci / ViaTravelers

The Peak Design Camera Leash is my favorite camera strap, even though it’s also the most simple one I own.

No more fumbling around when I’m trying to attach the leash to my camera. I can quickly connect and disconnect with the Peak anchors, and the thinner width of the strap makes it easy to hold by hand or sling over my shoulder without getting in the way of my backpack.

It’s got length to spare, and it won’t let you down with low-profile anodized aluminum hardware and Hypalon quick-adjusters. No fuss, so effortless – just one finger does the trick for easy length adjustment. Whether your camera needs a bracelet-hug or to swing freely on a crossbody look, the least adjusts in the blink of an eye.

This little gem of a Camera Leash from Peak Design is super lightweight and slim, and I often have it attached while the Clutch is attached, too. There’s no added bulk or weight – just an easy and lightweight photography experience.

Pros

  • The versatile and adjustable design allows for numerous carrying options
  • Strong and durable materials ensure reliable camera security
  • Quick and easy attachment and detachment to the camera

Cons

  • Higher price compared to basic camera straps
  • It may not accommodate all types of camera connectors or mounting points.

Where to Buy:

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13. Peak Design Clutch

Peak Design clutch on Olympus OM-D EM-1
Peak Design Clutch in action at Ken Lockwood Gorge, New Jersey

The Peak Design Clutch 3.0 Camera Strap is my go-to for hikes and other adventures when the camera is being carried primarily by the Capture Clip. That way, the strap doesn’t get in my way, and there’s nothing to be tangled in. I love how it’s so sturdy and comfortable – it gives me total confidence in handling my hear without it attached to my neck.

It works for compact mirrorless and large full-frame bodies and is even compatible with battery grips. It will stay out of the way of mostARCA-type tripod heads, too – see above photo. It’s like an all-in-one package allowing you to switch between handheld shooting and a tripod without losing stability or comfort.

The Clutch 3.0’s V4 Dyneema-corded Anchors are a total game changer—they’ve taken the durability of this edition to levels never before seen. Each Anchor can support an incredible 200 lbs. (90kg).

It’s also built to handle wear and tear like a champ with unrivaled abrasion resistance. Your camera is protected no matter how wild your shoots or adventures might get, and you’re free to attach any pro lenses or accessories imaginable without worrying about them slipping away. This Clutch is savvy and low-key enough to fit anywhere you go.

Pros

  • Secure and reliable grip for improved camera handling
  • Adjustable and comfortable design for several hand sizes
  • Quick and easy attachment to the camera

Cons

  • Limited versatility compared to traditional neck or shoulder straps
  • Not suitable for photographers who prefer a hands-free carrying experience.

Where to Buy:

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14. Tripped Travel Gear Tech Bag

Tripped Travel Gear day pack and tech pouch in grass
Jacks / ViaTravelers

We recently reviewed the Tripped Travel Gear Tech Bag Organizer along with a bunch of other travel accessories from Tripped Travel Gear. The consensus was that this tech pouch rocks! It will change everything regarding managing your gear – prepare for a major upgrade.

Say goodbye to the irritating experience of trying to locate a phone charger, spare batteries, or a missing memory card reader, among all your other stuff.

The Tripped Travel Gear Tech Bag Organizer eliminates all the hassle by organizing everything in one convenient case. No more messy cords or disappearing gadgets – each item will have a designated spot with this clever organizer.

The Tech Bag Organizer is crafted with so much precision that it almost looks like a work of art.

Not only is it made from high-quality 900D Polyester and has weatherproof YKK zippers, but if you look closely, you’ll see that even the handle zipper pulls. TRIPPED logo patches are made using genuine brown leather—super in love with this detailed sophistication.

Forget bulky, oversized cases that are a total hassle to lug around. The Tripped Tech Bag Organizer has everything you need in one minimalistic design.

It fits perfectly into my plans—I can easily pack all my must-have camera accessories and gadgets with no wasted space or extra bulk. This bag is thoughtfully tailored for efficient organization – perfect if you’re always on the go like me.

Pros

  • Durable construction and quality materials ensure long-lasting use
  • Stylish design with leather accents adds a touch of elegance
  • Compact and lightweight for travel-friendly portability

Cons

  • Some users may find the price slightly higher compared to similar products
  • The absence of padding may not provide sufficient protection for fragile items

Where to Buy:

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15. Peak Design Field Pouch

Peak Design Field Pouch V2
Peak Design Field Pouch / Peak Design

While I do primarily shoot with a larger mirrorless body, I have a rangefinder-style camera (the Olympus E-PL7) that I bring with me to concerts or for street photography. For those days out with a smaller camera, something like the Peak Design Field Pouch is perfect.

It has all sorts of unique features, from its expandability to its waterproof design – it keeps your gear safe and sound in any weather. A real-life saver!

With a generous rolltop closure, you’ll have fast access to your camera gear whenever there’s an opportunity for that perfect shot. It also has an expandable capacity – unroll and grows from 1.5 liters to 3 liters – so you can fit even more into your camera bag. You’re in charge of how big (or small) this pouch gets.

The Field Pouch lets you choose how you want to carry your gear. It comes with an adjustable and convenient Cord Hook strap to rock it on one shoulder or fling it across your body whenever you need a hand.

There are also built-in belt loops for all sorts of waist wear -standard belts, photo belts—you name it. As always, Peak Design is committed to letting you enjoy maximum flexibility when carrying your camera accessories.

Pros

  • Rolltop hook-and-loop closure allows for easy access and expandable capacity.
  • The weatherproof 400D double poly-coated nylon canvas shell provides durability and protection.
  • Multiple internal pockets of varying sizes provide convenient organization

Cons

  • The absence of padding may not provide adequate protection for fragile items.
  • The expandable capacity may not be sufficient for carrying larger camera accessories.

Where to Buy:

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16. LensPen

Lenspen with both sides open on a blue background
My Lenspen is always in my pocket when I’m traveling with my camera

As a photography fanatic, I get how crucial it is to keep my camera lenses clean and clear. There’s nothing worse than ruining the perfect shot with smudges and fingerprints everywhere.

That’s why I swear by my trusty LensPen – it’s a total game-changer when wiping away those pesky prints from my lenses, filters, and even my camera viewfinder.

The compact and lightweight design makes it easy to take wherever you go. It’s also not picky about which lens, filter, or viewfinder it cleans – it’s a versatile tool that works on any surface, regardless of size or brand.

So whether you’re a Nikon fan, Olympus enthusiast, or Sony supporter (or all three), the LensPen is compatible with all camera systems and tech surfaces.

Pros

  • Dual-ended design with a retractable brush and a cleaning tip for convenience
  • Gentle and effective cleaning for removing fingerprints and smudges
  • Safe for use on all types of lenses, including coated ones

Cons

  • Not suitable for deep cleaning or removing stubborn stains
  • Limited reach for cleaning inside tight spaces

Where to Buy:

17. Memory Card Case

Black memory card case with San Disk SD memory cards
Kim Magaraci / ViaTravelers

Do you also have problems storing your memory cards? Check this out. My memory cards have their place now – the JJC 36 Slots Memory Card Case. I can pile 12 SD SDXC SDHC cards and 24 Micro SDYasserSDHC cards into this portable, compact case.

No worrying about absent-mindedly leaving them around; they’ll be as safe as a bank vault. Plus, organizing the cards prevents me from rummaging through my pockets and travel bags whenever I need one. It’s super convenient.

This awesome memory card storage box is made from robust ABS material and can take on whatever your trip throws.

Some rain or moisture? Its water-resistant properties will keep those cards safe even if the worst happens. I dropped mine in the snow at the top of Loveland Mountain, and it was fine. No idea why it was in my ski bag… Anyway, for extra security, there’s also a sturdy silicon sealing ring.

Keep your memory cards safe with this ergonomically designed locking case. Just click and lock – no keys or complicated instructions necessary. And you can trust that they won’t slip out while on the move. Pop open when you need them, snap shut when you don’t – it’s that easy.

This Amazon version is great, but it also sells out pretty frequently. If you want an alternative, you can always trust Pelican cases.

Pros

  • High-capacity storage for organizing multiple memory cards
  • Water-resistant and anti-shock construction for added protection
  • Ergonomic locking system for secure closure and easy access

Cons

  • Limited to storing SD, SDXC, SDHC, and micro SD cards

Where to Buy:

18. SDEx

SanDisk SD Memory Cards in case
Kim Magaraci / ViaTravelers

You can never have enough memory cards – and the SanDisk 64GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I Memory Card is my card of choice. This Card has been vital during all my trips. It transfers data super fast, and it allows me to capture 4K UHD video, and doesn’t flinch when put in demanding environments.

It’s made just for 4K UHD recording – no grainy footage. You can confidently capture striking scenes or all your exotic adventures, knowing that every second of footage will stay as crisp and colorful as ever. I love it for burst mode; whether I’m shooting soccer or wildlife, it can keep up with my camera’s FPS rate.

Don’t let frustrating interruptions ruin those precious moments and memories you want to capture. With this memory card, making sure you won’t miss a thing from those special times is easy. The UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and Video Speed Class 30 (V30) bring you a steady video capture rate of 30MBs that’ll keep going without any pesky pauses or stops.

As you can see, I have a bunch of different SanDisk SD cards, and the Extremes are my favorite. I haven’t noticed a huge difference between the Extreme Plus, Extreme Pro, or Extreme, but if you shoot a lot of video of high FPS shots, it can’t hurt to splurge.

Pros

  • Fast shot and transfer speeds for efficient photography
  • Suitable for shooting 4K UHD video and burst mode photography
  • UHS Speed Class 3 and Video Speed Class 30 for uninterrupted video capture

Cons

  • They’re never where you need them to be… or is that just a me problem?

Where to Buy:

19. External Hard Drive (Sandisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD)

SanDisk Extreme Portable Hard Drive in Case
Kim Magaraci / ViaTravelers

The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD delivers powerful NVMe solid-state performance, allowing me to breeze through workflows with read-write speeds of 2000MB/s effortlessly.

With such a stellar rate, storing and transferring data quickly becomes hassle-free, which saves me precious time – so I can focus on my favorite photography adventures. Even if I have to juggle big image files or intensive video editing projects – this speedy SSD ensures smooth transitions every time.

This portable SSD is not only super fast, but it’s also built to survive the wildest adventures. Its forged aluminum casing acts as a cooling device, preventing your data from slowing down even during demanding tasks.

At the end of the day, the last thing I want to be doing is waiting forever for files to transfer and be backed up. This SSD is so quick that I’ve stopped putting off my backups, so that’s a win.

Pros

  • Password protection and encryption for enhanced data security
  • Ample storage capacity options for storing large files and media
  • High-speed data transfer for quick file transfers and editing

Cons

  • Higher price compared to traditional hard drives
  • Requires compatible devices with USB 3.1 Gen 2 for optimal performance

Where to Buy:

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20. Lensrentals HD

Lensrentals HD program
Lensrentals HD / Lensrentals

Lensrentals is the reason I have some of my favorite shots.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I shoot with an Olympus EM-1 Mk2 – and if you’re up on your stuff, you’ll note that it’s a bit of an outdated camera body. I’ve been waiting to upgrade to the OM-1 (the new flagship camera from OM System, the successor to the Olympus name), but in the meantime, I’ve rented gear for my most important trips.

A yawning fox just waking up from a nap in the snow.
The most famous fox in Grand Teton National Park, captured by gear rented from Lensrentals.

It’s always nerve-wracking dealing with expensive equipment, but Lensrentals is a trusted name in the equipment rental industry. They have an extensive collection of cameras, lenses, and accessories, so you can expect to find what you need. Their commitment to customer satisfaction is unmatched – perfect if you need a rig quickly.

The customer service makes Lensrentals stand out, and Lensrentals HD is their premium discount program. Depending on how much gear you get, it pays for itself in just a few rentals.

Their Lensrentals HD program is one of the most cost-effective shipping discounts around. With access to a year of free Standard Shipping on all your orders, you can save big on anything you need for a quick weekend getaway or an extended photography expedition.

One of the best things about Lensrentals HD is that they don’t have any items excluded from the program. Lensrentals HD is a versatile program that any travel photographer will use. If you’re looking for a unique gift for the photographer in your life, a Lensrentals HD subscription is a safe bet.

Pros

  • Largest online rental provider for photography, videography, and lighting equipment
  • Offers a wide range of high-quality gear and accessories
  • The best customer service team I’ve ever emailed
  • Can join a shipping discount program for free and discounted shipping

Cons

  • Ships through FedEx or UPS, which can be frustrating for some

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I choose the right camera bag for my gear?

There are plenty of different options when it comes to camera bags. Whether you decide to go with a messenger bag, a crossbody sling bag, or a backpack depends on your photography style.

If you’re constantly on the go, a good photography backpack is invaluable. If you carry a lot of gear, a messenger-style bag would be the top choice. If you carry small mirrorless cameras, you might prefer a sling bag.

What are the best tripod options for different types of photography?

Choosing a tripod is one of the most important things for a photographer. After all, tripods are big investments and truly affect the outcome of low-light or long-exposure photography.

Our top overall pick for travel tripod is the Peak Design Travel Tripod. For photographers who need a compact tripod, the MeFOTO Backpacker is a top pick. For serious photographers needing stability for very heavy gear, FotoPro tripods are industry standard.

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Kim Magaraci
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Kim Magaraci

Kim Magaraci is the Managing Editor of ViaTravelers, and she's based in southern New Jersey. She's a minimalist traveler, hiker, and landscape photographer who spends tons of time exploring the wonders of the American West. She's been to 32 states, tracked down BBQ in 27 of them, and has skied in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Quebec. Her favorite cities are Philadelphia, Montreal, and Portland, Maine - but really, she spends most of her travels in small towns, national parks, and national forests. When she's not in the mountains, you'll find her at the barn with her horse Lyla, or running agility with her dog Wilco.

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