If you are going to Vietnam with your camera rear, this article will give you the tips to ensure that your equipment comes back safe and secure. It also helpful for those who are looking for some tips before traveling to Vietnam.
1/ If you are an enthusiastic photographer and want to explore the beauty of Vietnam, the best way is to join a photo tour, so you don’t have to worry about anything. But if you want to travel alone to vietnam, It is important to be prepared with dry bags and pelican cases for your equipment because you will see a lot of great lakes and rivers. Sometimes you will travel by boats to take great photographs. And in some regions, you may be facing some small rains, so always carry with you a weather seal bags or at least a raincoat.
2/ If you are a street photographer, It always be a risk when you work on the street and you could face robbery. So you should minimize the amount of equipment and you should aware of your surroundings. You should not change the lens right on the street. It’s recommend that you should only change your lens in an unnoticeable location. Flashing around a bag full of lenses is not a good idea!
3/ If you are traveling to Vietnam, you may want to see some beautiful beaches, and you may think about Phu Quoc island or Nha Trang. But Humidity and cleanliness can be a challenge, and sandy environment is not good for your camera. So I gather some tips on the internet to help you protect your camera better when traveling to Vietnam.
- Never expose the interior of the camera while on the beach. Don’t change lenses on the beach. Choose the lens you wish to use for the time you will be there and keep that lens on while you are anywhere near the sand, wind, sea spray, etc. Don’t change memory cards while at the beach. I don’t care what anyone says — a breezy day at the beach — your camera does not need to be opened for anything. If you need to do something like this — head to your hotel room, inside a restaurant, or car.
- Keep your camera safe from the heat and direct sun for prolonged periods of time. Use a small personal sized cooler to help with this. Keep the camera and anything the camera is in shaded as much as possible.
- Keep a filter on your lens. I will let you know that I have one circular polarizer that went to the beach with me on a windy day — it still makes a nice grinding sound when I turn it from small grains of sand that got into it.
- Be careful of sand sticking to the camera body. This may happen if you have sunscreen on your hands, if the sand is damp, or just from your body oil.
- When you return to an indoor location, brush the outside of the camera thoroughly with a small brush and use a bulb blower before you open the camera or take off the lens. If you have a zoom lens, be sure you have cleaned it completely — especially if you had been zooming with it.
- Keep micro fiber cloths on hand to help clean the outside of the camera and lens. These are excellent since they are so good for cleaning things without any cleaning liquid. When you wash them remember to leave out the fabric softener.
- Never throw away the silca gel packs that come in products you buy. I got a new camera bag the other day and one was already in it! I put these into my camera bag and would also put one in a ziploc bag with my camera.
- Speaking of ziploc bags — keep them handy. When we go to amusement parks and have to ride the water rides — I pop my camera into the bag and put it in my tote to keep it safe while getting soaked on the ride. When you step outside into the heat and humidity from an airconditioned hotel, home, or car — your camera will collect condensation. To combat this, wrap the camera tightly in a ziploc bag. Squeeze out as much of the air as possible. When you go out of the a/c, keep the camera in the bag until it comes up to the temperature outside.
- If you live near the water or spend a lot of time near it — you should consider purchasing a plastic housing for your camera that is watertight. Maybe you still would not want this for your big DSLR — how about a smaller digital and the housing for it for those times when your are at, near, or on the water?
4/ If you are a photographer and travel with a group of photographers or with your family, one thing you should always carry with you. That’s A universal plug adapter. It helps you solve a lot problem and you may be in big trouble if forget it. As a photographer, you will not only carry your camera, but also your fone, ipod, ipad… etc. So a universal plug adapter is really helpful in this situation. But also, remember — before you use this, it’s not only the plugs that might be different, the power supply might be different too. Be sure your appliance has a transformer on the power cord before you plug it in, even with the adapter.
And some last words, If you join a photo tour operator like us, you will have more time to focus on your works to get more beautiful photographs. Everything will be taken care by us. Join Exploring Mekong if you are looking for a photo tour operator in Vietnam.