A tripod is an essential piece of equipment in a photographer’s bag. It allows you to capture great photos when there isn’t enough light for hand-holding your camera when capturing movement in subjects like landscapes or people – and in general, it helps you take sharper photos.
But when you’re on the go, lugging around your tripod can be a problem – It takes up space in your bag and adds weight. Luckily, there are some excellent ways to make sure that your tripod is always with you, even if it’s packed away most of the time.
These methods will help make your tripod easier to carry, and if you take a little time making sure it’s packed correctly before leaving your house, you’ll be rewarded with a much lighter load.
Many of these ideas will work for tripods that collapse down into one unit and those that separate into three pieces. If they’re broken down this way, it doesn’t matter how many sections there are – you’ll just need to make sure the right pieces go in which bag.
How To Travel With A Tripod?
1. The Backpack Method:
The simplest way to carry your tripod is on your back using a backpack, shoulder bag, or fanny pack with extra space inside. If you’re using one of these bags for other things, just pack it inside. The tripod will be nice and secure while still being accessible whenever you need it.
2. The Camera Case Method:
If you don’t want to haul your tripod around in a backpack or other bag, you can pack it into your regular camera bag or backpack. Just attach the tripod to the outside of your case with a carabiner, strap, keychain clip, or rubber band so it won’t fall out when you open it up.
If it’s too tall for your case, lay it down on its side and pack some extra clothes around it to protect both the tripod and contents. Once all your gear is packed up, you can attach an extra tripod leg to the outside of your bag. This will make it much easier to carry the case downstairs or when running for a bus.
3. The Belt Method:
If you want to carry your tripod on your belt, special tripod carriers will fit. They’re also great for attaching to your regular belt; just make sure you keep it loose enough that the tripod can swing freely as you walk.
4. The Fanny Pack Method:
If you have a small enough tripod, you can attach it inside a fanny pack. Once you buckle the waist strap, it’ll be secure for any activity, even running or biking. For fanny packs that don’t have a belt, attach your tripod to the outside using one of the methods described above.
5. The Handbag Method:
If you want to take your tripod with you but still have your hands free, you can carry it in a handbag or purse – as long as the bag is big enough and has a place to attach the tripod. If there isn’t room for the tripod inside, secure it outside, so it’s loose enough to swing freely as you walk around. Make sure you keep an eye on it – a swinging tripod can be a dangerous thing.
6. The Messenger Bag Method:
Messenger bags are extremely popular for carrying laptops, books, and other equipment. If your bag is big enough, you can also carry a tripod inside it using any of the methods above. Make sure you have a place to attach it on the outside and that there’s enough room inside to carry your other equipment too.
7. The Purse or Handbag Method:
If you don’t want to carry your tripod in a backpack, fanny pack, or any other sort of bag, you can take it in your regular purse or handbag. Make sure the tripod is small enough to fit inside and that you have a place to attach it outside if necessary – but don’t let this stop you! There are plenty of smaller tripods that will fit into most standard-size purses or handbags.
8. The Pannier or Bicycle Saddle Bag Method:
If you’re traveling by bicycle, you can attach your tripod to your pannier bag (the one on the side of your bike) using any methods described above. If you don’t have panniers, use a saddle bag instead – attach it at the back so it doesn’t get in the way when you ride, and don’t forget to wear your helmet.
9. The Shoulder Harness Method:
If you’re travelling by airplane, train or bus, there’s a good chance that the weight of your luggage will be limited by the size and/or weight allowance. Carrying your tripod around in your handbag or backpack is fine if it’s small enough, but as soon as you start adding lenses and camera bodies to it, you’ll quickly exceed those limits. This is where a shoulder harness comes in handy. Wear it like a backpack, with the tripod hanging behind you. This will keep your hands free and make sure that the weight of your gear is distributed between both shoulders – which can save you from back pain later on.
10. The Aqua Case Method:
If anyone knows how to carry a full load by hand, it’s a scuba diver. Aqua cases are waterproof bags designed to have underwater photography equipment. While the average tripod won’t be submersible, it is undoubtedly waterproof! Consider using an aqua case instead of a standard camera bag if you’re planning activities where your camera bag might get wet – like kayaking, fishing, or boating. As long as you’re not planning on diving deeper than 3 meters, it should be more than enough protection for most situations, and the tripod will always be within reach of your hand.
As you can see, there are plenty of places to attach your tripod once you get away from the traditional camera bag. What’s even better is that most of these methods will be more comfortable than a regular camera bag – which means that you’ll carry it with you when you go out for the day! So whether it’s attached to your luggage, you have it when the time comes, hanging behind you to keep your hands free, or worn on your back so it’s there but out of the way, don’t forget that a tripod can go anywhere that your extra arms can.