Bringing a camera, especially a DSLR, may be tricky while camping. Because its performance and functionality are greatly affected by the weather, you’ll need to make sure it stays warm and dry. Here are some methods you can follow to protect your camera from falls, water, or anything else that can happen while camping.
Before anything else, you’ll need to make sure that you have the appropriate bags to fit your camera and the equipment you’ll be taking with you.
The essentials you’ll need would be your camera body, a quality camera bag and case (preferably waterproof), the camera’s secure strap, and the lenses with their cases and protective caps. When bringing lenses, it’s best to bring only two to reduce bulkiness.
If you need other forms equipment such as your tripod and polarizer, then make sure they fit your bag and have a reasonable weight. Make sure to clean your gear before packing it in the bag. Also, remove the battery packs (to avoid corrosion).
Inside your bag, make sure to have dividers to prevent everything from bumping one another while trekking to your campsite. Once you have set up the dividers inside your bag, carefully add in your camera equipment according to how you will use it.
When adding in the camera, making sure to cover it up with soft and a protective waterproof case before closing the bag up and getting ready to go.
Waterproof Your Camera
Expecting torrential rains while doing that photoshoot from the campsite? Then you can quickly waterproof your camera and go under the rain!
All you need to do is to wrap the plastic around your camera, making sure that the whole body (and around the lens) is covered and secure. Use the duct tape to let the plastic stay put and then check for any holes in the plastic. Once safe, you can go out and take photos!
Keeping Moisture Out Of Your Camera
If there’s one thing your camera is susceptible to during cold weather, it’s moisture. To help keep that away from your camera when stored inside your bag, always pack silica gel packets!
Before going out on your trip, be sure to ready silica gel packets, adding a few between your camera. Replace the packages when needed. Take more that it won’t always keep all of the moisture away (condensation), but it helps in humid weather.
Keeping It Cool
If it’s summer and the weather is crazy hot, then you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for any form of condensation.
Instead of putting your camera and equipment in just your bag, pack it up inside a cooler. Do NOT put ice, and make sure everything is safe and secure inside, without it being too cramped or heavy.
Cleaning Your Camera
When cleaning your camera, you’ll need something soft and to take your time. Make sure to clean it in a dry area at room temperature.
To clean your camera and equipment while outdoors, simply wipe it down gently with a soft cloth until it is free from dust. Check for condensation or moisture. If there is, it’s best to remove the external parts of the camera and store it in a dry area first.
More Tips On How To Protect Your Camera While Camping
Here are other things you can do to keep your camera safe and dry while out in nature:
Always Keep An Eye Out For Your Belongings
Not only can your camera fall victim to severe weather conditions, but if you don’t keep an eye on it, it might get lost! There are small creatures (or bad people) who end up getting your camera or equipment.
Have your camera with you at all times and always check your belongings. Have a trusted friend look after it if you need to leave the campsite without it.
Invest In The Quality Equipment
Sure, you can purchase just ANY camera bag or case, but its low price may bear the similar quality. Just like getting the best RV battery for your camper, you need the specialized equipment and accessories for your camera as well.
Always do your research and watch out for imitation bags made out of poor fabric. Quality bags and camera equipment will help keep your camera away from any harm from inclement weather or drops.
Like mentioned above, you should always create a list and organize the things you will be packing in. Pack light and bring only what’s necessary, such as the standard lenses, a polarizer, or a small tripod (only if needed). Keep it basic to allow comfort while trekking up to the campsite.
When it comes to camping, you’ll want to make sure that everything you packed is in good condition from the moment you’re out until going home! If you’re planning on taking photos, then you’ll need to make sure that your camera is safe from the weather and still with the ability to take quality images.
I hope that this article on how to protect your camera while camping helped you become more knowledgeable about what to pack and do while going out to the mountains or cold weather. Now that you know what to do to protect your camera, you can focus on other aspects of camping, such as following popup camper tips for better shelter!
If you enjoyed the article or would like to share your experiences about taking a camera while camping, then comment down below! I would love to hear what you have to think.
Deann Rebello – is a founder at BearinForest.com, a Camping blog that shares everything about traveling and camping. She’s just a young lady who loves camping out and always eager to share her bonding experience to the world. Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter