How to Safeguard Underwater Photography Gear When Traveling

Diving and underwater photography go hand in hand. But those who engage in these activities face a lot of challenges when traveling with their gear. An average diver might find it incredibly difficult to travel with a camera, lenses, casing, port and extensions, color-correcting filters, strobes, focus light, optic cables, sync cords, batteries, and memory cards among others. Luckily, there are various tips to take out some of the stress.

Get a Good Case

There are many luggage options for protecting underwater equipment. There are ultralight cases and hard cases. The choice depends on the size of the gear, destination, and weight restrictions at the airport. Hard cases are good at protecting delicate items. However, the camera must not be put in its housing as it can get damaged. Also, it is never a good idea to put stickers on the travel bag indicating the expensive equipment held inside.

Do Not Be Afraid to Pay Extra for a Flight

Many photographers become anxious about handing their precious cameras to strangers at the checkpoints. Carrying underwater photography equipment at the airport is like playing at Unibet, a game of chance. They hope that it will be treated with the utmost care during the checkups, so their dive trip can be a successful adventure. Whatever transpires on the other side of the flight is unforeseeable. Some items get cracked, smashed, or go missing in worst cases. But there is a way to set up an underwater gear for a successful trip.

Before booking a flight, it is essential to understand the baggage policy of the airline for carry-ons and checked bags. Some airlines must weigh carry-on bags. But there is always an upgraded flight that comes with a baggage allowance where you can get a comfortable seat. Paying extra cash for the sake of your gear’s safety is worthwhile. This is especially important if you are traveling to a remote place where spare parts are not available.


Preparing to capture magical moments means getting ready even for unprecedented scenarios. It is imperative to double down for safety in case something gets lost or breaks. So an intelligent underwater photographer will carry extra pairs of batteries, lenses, strobes, and WA ports. Moreover, spare O-rings and repair essentials may come in handy. Two hard drives ensure that photos and videos have sufficient backup. Documenting the kit is very crucial because some countries might assume you are transporting the extra pieces for sale. Ensure all the items have serial numbers and official stamps before heading to an airport.