How to Store Your Camera Gear on the Road

Last week I wrote a post titled “Digital Photography Packing List”.  You might have looked at it and said to yourself, “That’s nice, but how in the heck do I fit all of that into my itty-bitty Class B?”  I have to admit, it’s not easy.  And if you don’t do it right, you can end up with thousands of dollars of camera gear spread out all over your floor.  Trust me, this can happen.  The first time we went out in the Roadtrek, I hit an unexpected speed bump and we had cameras flying everywhere.   Boy, did I feel like an idiot.

So, to make sure that never happens again, I came up with a plan.  And like any good plan, it relies on a lot of redundancy. IMG_1412

So, first of all, you need to figure out what photo gear you want to bring.  That’s easy for us because we always bring it all.  If you can do with less, by all means do it.

Then, you need to put all of that photo gear in containers that are both safe and sized right for your storage space.  We use our large clothes cabinet for our photo gear, so the first thing I did was measure the space.  IMG_1414Then I spent a week hunting for a storage box that would take up as much of that space as possible.  (You don’t want to lose even an inch of storage space in a Class B.)  Oddly enough, I found a double-stacking cupcake storage box that fits my needs perfectly.  I put my extra lenses in one box (I picked up the hard lens cases used from one of my favorite on-line camera stores) and all of my miscellaneous gear in another.  The boxes clip together, but for extra security, I enclose both with a nylon strap and buckle.IMG_1416

Now, on to the closest.  I put my tripods and my tribrella (see my last post for info on that) in the back of the closest and secure them with two cabinet bars. IMG_1417 Then I place my cupcake holder/camera box in front.  I placed a couple of felt pads in front of the box so it won’t slide around.  Then, camera bags go on top of the box.  See, it all fits.IMG_1420

To finish things off, (Remember I said this plan had redundant safety measures?) I secured everything with a spring-loaded curtain rod and a child-proof latch.  Now everything is loaded up safe and sound.

Of course, when we’re spending the day shooting, we just leave our camera bags on the floor for easy access.  You don’t want to miss a shot because you can’t get to your camera.

So, I hope this helps you figure out how to safely store your camera equipment.  But if you’ve come up with other solutions, please share.

24 Responses

  1. This seems ingenious to me, Kevin. In fact I ought to adopt it around the house – no kidding! Living near a fault means we really should find better ways to secure some of our things more… well, more securely 😉 I could use some of these ideas in our home cupboards and closets. And then I’d already be in practice if and when we join you on the road in our own RV!

  2. You know how much we would like it if you did get your own RV. We’d be off on caravans with you all the time. I think Tom and Connie are about to get a camper for Toms’ truck too. How fun. Thanks for following the site Char.

  3. Kevin, I finally had time to read your site/blog! Looks like you guys really enjoying your new lifestyle and I have no doubts that you will master an art of living on the road as perfectly as you have mastered photography. I don’t think I will ever own RV, but I am still going to have fun reading your site. As for photo gear, my philosophy is just the opposite: take as little as possible! But I know it would change in no time if I didn’t have to carry all of it myself. Maybe one day I’ll get a donkey! 🙂

  4. Great info site! I would hate to hit a bump and break a camera or lens – that could ruin your trip. Reading this makes me want to hit the road.

  5. Irene and Tom,

    Thanks for checking out the site. I appreciate it. I’m planning to use the blog to talk about RVing, photography and travel, so I hope there will be things in it that appeal to you. Thanks again.

  6. Great website. I am enjoying reading your blogs and your photo galleries are outstanding.
    This is a great idea.
    I have to say I just take 2 lenses with me to cut down on the weight and packing. I have discovered when I force myself to use one lens for a day I find more creative ways to shoot. Yes, sometimes I miss a shot, but that is ok for now. I may bring along 3 next time we go out on the road, but I usually don’t have time to switch lenses. I can’t feel bad about this or it ruins the fun I could be having with the lens I did bring. I have learned to just roll with the circumstances and enjoy my experience.

    1. Hi Linda,

      Thanks for checking out the website. I know what you mean. There are times when I only want to shoot with one lens too. Up in Oregon, I didn’t want to change lenses at all because every time I did, I got junk all over my sensor. If you have any fun ideas for a blog post for the site, please let me know.

  7. Clean those sensors! Clean up the dust spots on your images! 😀

    Some great tips here, Kevin. I showed Andrew your blog, and now he wants one in blue. But first we need to move somewhere where there’s some great roadtrips nearby (Chicago is not one of them) and where we could store one of these babies!

    1. Hi Vivienne, Thanks for checking out the blog and site. Yes, I did clean our sensors, and it was a good thing. We headed over to the Eastern Sierras this weekend and there were plenty of long-exposure, small-aperture shots to take. It was gorgeous on the June Lake Loop. Wish you could have been there too. Tell Andrew they look really cool in blue. 🙂

  8. Hi. Glad you like the site. Yes, I developed it myself. It’s my first site and I’m happy with the way it turned out. I use WordPress with the Portfolio Press theme. Good luck with your blog.

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