How to pack a camera inside a backpack
Cameras are important and delicate equipment, packing and transporting your camera equipment in a safe way that protects it from abuse is super important.
It’s easy to make costly mistakes when packing your camera, but with a bit of thought and planning it’s easy to get it right, just follow our tips:
Tip 1: Padding
The advantage a camera specific backpack has over a normal backpack is the padding and protection it provides your equipment. Camera specific backpacks are well padded and have internal padding and dividers to further protect your precious equipment – normal backpacks don’t, so you’ll need to replicate this by providing your own padding.
Use clothes like t shirts and sweaters to wrap up your photography equipment. Got some spare foam, then use that to create your own dividers in your bag.
Or get hold of some camera packing cubes, pack your camera gear in the cubes and place the cube in your standard backpack.
Tip 2: Only take what you need
Seems obvious, but you don’t need to take every piece of equipment you own. Just take what you need. Your bag will be lighter and easier to carrier and your equipment will be less prone to damage. You’ll be surprised what you can produce with less when you put your creative mind to it.
Tip 3: Keep your equipment handy
Camera specific backpacks tend to fully unzip allowing the whole bag to open up for easy access. Normal backpacks don’t, they usually only open from the top – if you are just using a normal backpack you will need to keep the equipment you plan on using the most at the top of the bag so it’s easily accessible when you’re in a hurry.
Tip 4: Avoid scratches
Particularly with lenses. Use camera lens cases inside your backpack to protect lenses from knocks and scratches when coming into contact with your other equipment.
How to keep your camera equipment dry
Camera equipment doesn’t like water. If your bag doesn’t have a high degree of water resistance (including water resistant zips) and you’re going out on a wet day you’ll need to add a layer of waterproofness to your bag.
The easiest way to do this is to place your equipment inside a clean plastic bag within your backpack.