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Travel Tips: Why you should leave your DSLR at home on your next beach vacation

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

this is another instalment of our “What to Pack” series, where i share some of our packing essentials, as well as a few not-so-common items. Hope you find it useful as you plan your travels with your children!

Camera Travel Tips: Why you Should Leave your DSLR at Home on your next Beach Vacation

 

 

I am going to start this post by saying that “No” I don’t always follow my own advice (but have often wished I had). BUT just let me explain why; I am also a photographer. Bokeh, depth of field, ISO – this is my language. So sometimes the Canon, the camera bag (you will often see me toting my Jo Toes Bag and the lenses come along.

But here is why you should leave yours at home, on your next beach vacation.
  1. SAND – sand and cameras do not mix, almost as bad as water and cameras (but not quite). You DO NOT want to get sand in any of the small parts of your camera, especially in the camera sensor or where it can scratch your lenses. And we all know that despite our best efforts, sand gets EVERYWHERE.
  2. WATER – we all know that electronics and water do not mix. While your beach vacation is likely sunny, the bucket of water your son decides to splash you with, or your daughter putting her wet bathing suit and towel in the same bag as your camera is not going to do your camera any good.
  3. IT’S EXPENSIVE – DSLR’s are pricey. Even the entry level ones require us to part with our precious money to obtain them. Go splash in the water with your kids rather than worry about someone stealing your bag with your camera in it.
  4. SMARTPHONES HAVE FABULOUS CAMERAS THESE DAYS – on our last family vacation to Hawaii we both brought our iphones, we captured hundreds of memories and they were right in our pockets all the time. Yes smart phones are pricey too, but they are much easier to conceal. I read a few suggestions online about emptying out an old deodorant stick. I think i’ll try this on our next trip.
  5. HEAVY and BULKY – Although entry-level DSLR camera’s are getting quite compact, when you add a few lenses you now have a full camera bag! When you add everything you need to take to the beach, you end up with a LOT of stuff to carry!

 

Do you travel with your DSLR camera on a family holiday? Let me know in the comments!

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Camera Travel Tips: Why you should leave your DSLR at home on your next beach vacation

Lindsay is the Editor and Head Writer of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She wears many hats including mom, wife, freelancer, GM for a manufacturing company and soccer player. Lindsay is spontaneous, loves travel, photography and very recently discovered she loves to write.

23 thoughts on “Travel Tips: Why you should leave your DSLR at home on your next beach vacation

  1. Celeste Niang

    Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

  2. Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers

    While I don’t think I could leave my DSLR at home I do on occasion leave it in the car or hotel room. Last year I bought a small Nikon waterproof point and shoot to keep in the beach bag and absolutely love it. We can take it kayaking, it’s fully sealed so no sand can get in and you can even take it into the sea or pool with you to capture all the fun.

  3. Meg Jerrard

    Great article, totally agree with all points; I held my husbands camera up through the sunroof of our moving vehicle once while in the outerbanks of North Carolina; wanted to capture video footage of a sand storm. Totally dinted his lenses :S I wasn’t in his good books needless to say!!

  4. Mary

    I completely agree! Lucky for me I live in Hawaii so I can make trips just myself and my camera to get great shots and then leave it at home when I go for the day and with the kiddos.

    I agree between the sand and the water and the chance for theft you end up not enjoying the day as much as you could. I put my phone in a lifeproof case and don’t worry at all.

  5. Yvonne

    but what about you bring the camera and then when you go to the beach you leave it back at the hotel? I understand what you are saying and I always bring two camera along with me, my underwater camera for the times at the beach and then when I want to get artsy, I bring a long my big expensive one – its a lot of pack and I think I might have to rethink it but so far it has been working for me!

  6. Francesca @onegrloneworld

    Funny, I have a big beach vacation coming up and am debating bringing my DSLR at all. I want to bring it for some beautiful pics, but then I think I’ll get a gopro and carry it around the rest of the time!

  7. RaW | Ramble and Wander

    Timely advice as I’d be heading out on a beach holiday in a couple of weeks! I would still be bringing my DSLR along but would keep it in the bag when I hit the beach. Need to look for a waterproof casing for the phone though.

  8. Dana

    I’ve left my DSLR in the apartment or hotel when I plan on going to the beach. We have a cheaper Nikon point and shot and usually use that or our phone while on the beach.

  9. Will

    Good advice! I don’t have one of these fancy cameras but appreciate that you need to take extreme care.

  10. zof

    That’s all so true. I’m a photographer at heart, too, but sometimes…well, sometimes is just more comfortable to leave your favorite gear at home….

  11. Orana

    Between the two of us we´ve had three DSLR´s that have died horrible deaths while traveling. We stick to iPhones and more pocketable Canon G11´s. But we aren´t pro photographers so I guess my comment is invalid. Sand gets everywhere! It actually freaks me out the capacity it has to propagate all over stuff and bodies. When I used to work in film and advertising and we had shoots on the beach, the camera assistants were freaky about the sand and were using up cans of compressed air like it was drinking water. 😉

  12. Francesca @onegrloneworld

    I am currently facing this dilemma now – to bring or not to bring (the DSLR) that is the question! I’m probably not bringing it to the beach, so I bought a waterproof case for my phone! Problem solved (I hope!)

  13. Sophie

    I totally agree with this post. I also find that when I take mine to the beach I never use it! And someone needs to stay with the bag because i’m too scared it will get stolen. Definitely leave the DSLR behind!

  14. Marco

    I totally agree with you. I have found that most of the times that I bring my DSLR, it’s often very clunky and just gets in the way. For that reason, it normally winds up being left in the room safe. My cell phone does just fine in most cases.

  15. Joyce

    I use a diaper to conceal smartphones and/or wallets. Nobody wants to touch a diaper. 😀 I have been embracing not bringing my DSLR as I found a phone (nexus 6P) that I am satisfied with. :)

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