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Taking Your Gear Abroad: Where Do You Keep It?  
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3817 times:

Taking your equipment on holiday. Do you normally just keep it in your hotel room? Do you have it insured?

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User currently offlineJat74l From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 618 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3797 times:

A very good point 9V.

My worries are not about the hotel room but during the flight. I try to hang the camera round my neck and stash a couple of lenses in my hand baggage. The 100-400L goes in the hold bag but I do worry about it!!

Regards

John



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3792 times:

£2000 worth of gear is a lot to take on a beach holiday though right? Have you ever asked the hotel if you can use their safe?
Do you have your gear insured on your house contents insurance?


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3791 times:

Hi all,

I have all my gear insured on the home and contents insurance and when I to Cyprus etc I leave my gear in my camera bag (which looks like a normal rucksack) on the top shelf of the wardrobe.

Yes there is a chance of it being stolen but I stay at decent hotels on high floors so unless the cleaners fancy a DSLR it is normally alright.

I agree there is definately a risk involved but at the end of the day it is a camera and lenses, I dont want to spend my holiday worrying about my photographic gear

Cheers

Ben


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3756 times:

When myself and Ben were in South Africa, there was enough space in the room safe for the body of his 10D and my camcorder.

The average hotel cleaner probably would not realise the value of the 100-400mm lense on its own, so that was pretty safe left out in a bag, although most of the time the stuff was with us anyway !!.

If the room does not have a safe though, then usually the only alternative is to lock it away in your suitcase.

 Smile



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User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

If you're taking gear abroad, why would you leave it in your hotel room? Wouldn't you take it with you?

When I travel, my stuff is in a large Lowepro backpack, locked to the bed frame with a Pac-Safe lock.

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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12877 posts, RR: 46
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3699 times:
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Quoting Chrisair (Reply 5):
When I travel, my stuff is in a large Lowepro backpack, locked to the bed frame with a Pac-Safe lock.

Fine, so nobody can run off with your bag, but a Lowepro backpack wont keep out a boxcutter knife. You'll end up with slashed bag but lose the kit.

If the room doesn't have a safe, then my kit is either with me or locked in the boot of the car.



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User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3691 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 6):
Fine, so nobody can run off with your bag, but a Lowepro backpack wont keep out a boxcutter knife. You'll end up with slashed bag but lose the kit.

Click the link I provided.

If someone can get a 400 f/2.8 or a 300 f/2.8 and a couple MkIIs out of those little mesh openings, they can have 'em.

Besides, if the maid has that much time to sit and slash away at my bag, she's better off probably disassembling the bed, taking the lock off and going off with the whole thing. If she's really nice, she'd put the bed back together for me.


User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3691 times:

Yes mine is insured and I took mine in my Lowerpro Computrekker with laptop all round UK, Ireland and Europe okay.

Quoting Chrisair (Reply 5):
why would you leave it in your hotel room?

I left it in my room when having breakfast and at dinner times plus a couple of other times when photos were not permitted. I had a small padlock for the zipper and left it with my larger travel case. As we were on a tour most of the places were keen to keep us all happy and keep the tour company coming back with more customers but there was a couple of places the tour guide asked us to be careful and if necessary have our valuables locked away. I took the risk and just locked all our cases while we were out and that was okay. If you are unsure about leaving stuff in your room then ask the hotel to lock it away. Some hotels may not have that service so take all your gear with you is the only safe alternative.

Just one more thing some tourist places will not allow large bags or back packs in so you will have to just take the camera and a lens with you and leave your bag at the hotel or your room. Most times this happened we could leave them on the coach and it would be locked up while we did the tourist bit.

Cheers,
Colin



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12877 posts, RR: 46
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3611 times:
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Quoting Chrisair (Reply 7):
Click the link I provided.

 blush  Must admit I didn't (but then I think you knew that!) I commented based on the fact I have the same bag.

That mesh looks cool though, might think about one of those.



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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
Taking your equipment on holiday. Do you normally just keep it in your hotel room?

I keep it in the boot of my car. When I travel by air, I bring just one camera body and one all purpose lens (18-200mm). I keep those in the hotel safe.



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User currently offlinePipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3551 times:

While I was in London for 4 weeks, I left it at the hotel, I didn't put it in any safe (there was none), I just left is on the night table. I was in that hotel for 24 nights, so I knew the staff and I knew they wouldn't had done any harm to it. My laptop was also in the room. No problem with that.

Now I wouldn't do that anywhere. I have it in my Lowepro backpack, and I just keep it in the car if I have the car with me. Otherwise, I hide it a little bit.

And no, it's not insured...



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User currently offlineWalter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1303 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3478 times:

I keep my gear (camera, lenses, laptop, etc...) in my Lowepro Computrekker backpack. While not in use, I tend to keep it in the boot of the car or locked away in a big suitcase on the hotel-room.
Last year, I wanted to take the complete backpack with me on a (cheap) flight from Brussels to Athens. So, I contacted Virgin helpdesk to check whether I could take my backpack on board as hand-luggage (I did not want to let it be handled as "normal" luggage"). After some discussions and explanation about the photo-gear, they answered affirmative. They would, however, not deliver a written statement. Later on, while checking-in, the problems started... Since I am only an amateur photographer, it was hard to convince the check-in crew that I needed all this equipment during my holidays. Although I could convince them that I had this verbal approval from their helpdesk, they kept complaining that as "hand-luggage", it was overweight (+10kg) and as such could not be taken on-board. After some 20 minutes discussions and with a growing queue behind me, we found an acceptable - but strange - solution: I took the laptop and my camera out, carried them separately on board and by doing so the backpack weight was within their limits...

I do understand that there are weight limits to the overhead storage compartments, but I wonder how professional photographers carry all their equipment around?

Best regards,

Walter



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User currently offlineStaffan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3464 times:

Quoting Walter2222 (Reply 12):
I do understand that there are weight limits to the overhead storage compartments, but I wonder how professional photographers carry all their equipment around?

Pelican cases seem quite popular. But you need an assistant to carry it to/from the airport  Wink

Staffan


User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2185 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3433 times:

Quoting Staffan (Reply 13):
Pelican cases seem quite popular

I have a couple...but the problem with them is if you put anything inside the thing, it'll be overweight. The trick is to not struggle with the thing and to curbside check.

I'm glad Southwest doesn't check the weight of carry ons, because I'm certain my Lowepro backpack would go over the limit.


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4722 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3421 times:

I take camera gear (wich gets my bag over 10kg, but no way I'm checking the damn thing) in the bag as carry-on, and sometimes my laptop as well. This summer I did AMS-ATL-RSW-JFK-AMS-FRA with a 18kg carry-on. On location it depends, but mainly I leave my stuff in the room.

It's all insured for new price (so I get the newprice when I drop it, it gets stolen etc) with a 200 euro own risk.



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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1845 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3394 times:

I'm not going to worry too much when I go to Egypt in a few weeks, but when I was in Tunisia a few years back I had the Apple Airport Extreme Card stolen out of my laptop while it was in the hotel room! Odd!!!

I'd like to keep my stuff with me if I can though.



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