The 20 Best Camera Bags for Travel in 2021

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Whether you take pictures for business or pleasure, ensuring that your much-loved and expensive collection of cameras, drones, lenses, and other items are well-protected on the road is key to capturing those impressive images every time.

However you choose to travel, keep your camera safe using specially-designed camera bags, backpacks, holsters, slings, and inserts that will ensure everything is protected from dents, knocks, damage, and even the elements.

Different Camera Bag Styles

Luckily, there are camera bags that suit every possible travel style. Whether you need to take a ton of gear with you or are just looking for something simple and protective, there are plenty of different types and sizes of bags available. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Pouches — Every time you buy a camera, you will probably get a free pouch with it. It’ll offer very basic protection, but you can upgrade to a more secure one to protect your investment.
  • Insert — If you don’t want to use a special camera backpack, a padded insert will keep your gear safe and can be hidden away in any other bag you already use.
  • Holsters — These are designed to keep your camera and a few accessories safe. You can usually find one that fits your make and model exactly. These are a useful addition to your kit that can fit inside your suitcase, travel bag, or other larger backpack.
  • Waist Belts — These may not be the coolest way to carry your camera around, but they are one of the most practical. Keep your camera safe and your hands-free with a padded pouch that sits snugly around your waist.
  • Shoulder Bags — Also known as messengers bags, these are the most popular types of camera bags available. Roomy enough to carry everything you need for a long day’s shooting, these bags have a variety of compartments that can house your camera, drone, charger, lenses, SD cards, light meter, and other accessories.
  • Backpacks — If you need to take your computer with you, a backpack is a great way to carry not only your DLSR and a variety of lenses and accessories, but also your tablet or laptop. With a separate padded compartment and several additional places to stow your camera and associated paraphernalia, a backpack looks cool and is definitely practical.

Things To Consider With a Camera Bag

Size and Capacity

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Camera bags come in all shapes and sizes. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

The bag you choose will need to be roomy enough to fit your camera, lenses, charger, spare batteries, and any other accessories you need to capture epic images. The amount of supporting gear you want to carry will pretty much dictate the size of the bag you need.

Even the smallest of camera bags will need space to carry SD cards, batteries, and chargers (otherwise there is no point in carrying it!). Before you commit to an expensive, hip-looking camera sling, write out a list of everything you want to take with you, and find something that can comfortably hold all your items without damaging delicate and expensive equipment.

Hot Tip: Also take into consideration that your camera gear collection may grow further down the line! Don’t choose a bag that can barely fit what you’ve got — leave room for future options, too.

Material and Durability

Camera Bag Material
Camera bags are often made from water-resistant materials. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

If you like to take pictures, chances are you don’t limit yourself to just shooting indoors. Weather conditions are a constant consideration for photographers, and ensuring your camera equipment remains safe and dry is of paramount importance.

Most camera bags are made from strong, hi-tech materials like ballistic nylon that offer water resistance and protection from harsh temperatures and conditions. If you don’t usually have to worry about poor weather — or simply prefer an old-school vibe — traditional canvas bags are hard-wearing and cool-looking, and will probably be waterproof enough to withstand the occasional downpour.

Comfort

Camera Bag Comfort
Camera bags have padded straps and handles for comfort. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

Photographers don’t sit still for long. Chasing that perfect picture will likely involve some car, bus, or even air travel. You might even need to get yourself across vast, difficult terrains to find the perfect spot to shoot. With this in mind, buying a bag that is hard to carry or uncomfortable to wear is a definite no-no!

Your bag should offer some levels of adjustability so it will be comfortable to carry for long periods of time. If you need to keep your hands free, or won’t be working in a location where you want to put your bag down, then backpacks, slings, or belt pouches will work better for you.

Ease of Use and Access

Camera Bag Ease of Access
Some camera bags have quick access compartments. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

If you need super-fast access to your camera, how quickly you can grab it will be massively important. Many dedicated camera bags offer side compartments for fast access, and materials like Velcro mean you can reach in and get in as soon as you need it.

Shoulder bags and messenger bags have a definite advantage over other types of camera bags as they offer the easiest access. A waist belt could also be a good option since you will have your hands free to point and shoot at the exact moment you need to.

Customization

Camera Bag Customisation
Many camera bags have customizable compartments. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

Most high-end camera bags offer some level of customization, meaning that you can make them more comfortable to carry as well as transforming them into the perfect space for all your supplies. On the outside, straps can be used over your shoulders or cross-body, while internal compartments can be rearranged to fit your needs.

Camera Bag Compartments
Camera bags will have handy pockets for batteries and SD cards. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

The useable space in a fit-for-purpose camera bag will be fully adjustable. Many use Velcro squares attached to the top or bottom of the bag that can be resized to keep your kit safe and sound at all times. Some bags will even let you remove the camera storage insert entirely if you need to transfer it for use in another larger bag.

You can buy internal organizers that are designed to fit a variety of bags. These dividers are important to ensure you can accommodate a variety of lens kits, as you may need to use different size lenses for different shots.

Security and Discreetness

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Camera bags have secure, sturdy zippers and fastenings. Image Credit: Amar Hussain

Sometimes it pays to be discreet, and in certain locations having a bag that screams “look at my expensive camera equipment” probably isn’t a good idea. Cameras are prime real estate for would-be thieves, and your bag will need to protect your gear from human threats as well as the elements.

It will need to have secure, sturdy zippers and fastenings, and should be easy to lock up if you need to. Your bag should also be simple and inconspicuous on the outside to prevent it from being a beacon to would-be criminals.

The Best Camera Shoulder Bags for Travel

If you’re looking for the ultimate bag to protect your camera and equipment that’s lightweight and durable enough to take everywhere, check out some of these beauties:

Best for Security-Conscious Travelers

Pacsafe Camsafe Anti-Theft LX8 Camera Shoulder Bag

Weight: 1.2 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 6 x 7.9 x 10.3 inches

The Camsafe LX88 shoulder bag from Pacsafe is not only comfortable and practical — it is also designed to protect your gear from both damage and theft. Featuring lightweight wire mesh embedded into fabric, this bag is ready to repel thieves attempting to slash your handles and run off with your camera.

Designed to easily house a mid-sized DSLR camera with a mounted lens and 1 extra, the main compartment is padded and features removable, modular Velcro dividers to create a customized layout for your gear. The front zippered pocket is perfect for housing smaller items such as batteries, SD cards, or lens filters.

Made from durable synthetic material and with YKK water-resistant zippers, this bag will protect your camera equipment against the weather, and the unique ergonomic design makes it incredibly easy to carry.

What We Like

  • Top carry handle and removable shoulder strap

What We Don’t Like

  • No RFID-blocking pockets

Best for Those Who Like To Keep It Low-Key

Peak Design 15″ Everyday Messenger Bag v1

Weight: 2.43 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 16.93 x 7.09 x 11.81 inches

The Everyday Messenger from Peak Design has plenty of interior space to carry everything you need on your next shoot. A rigid multi-panel design means the bag keeps its shape regardless of how much you shoehorn into it.

Complete with dedicated laptop and tablet sleeves, you can also carry a full-frame DSLR with up to 3 additional lenses and accessories. There is a built-in tripod carry feature that works with both travel and full-size models that has a silicone band to keep the legs together while carrying.

Good-looking yet discrete, this camera bag is made from a weatherproof waxed exterior, and it features high-density padding as well as weatherproof zippers. On the inside, the origami-inspired FlexFold dividers let you alter the internal storage to custom fit your requirements.

The unique MagLatch closure system doesn’t require a traditional lock (and is easy to open with 1 hand for fast access to your camera), and the sleek seatbelt-style straps make it incredibly comfortable to carry around with you.

Stylish, low-key, and infinitely practical, the Everyday Messenger Bag from Peak Design is a good choice for those who take their photography seriously.

What We Like

  • Padded laptop sleeve accommodating a 15-inch MacBook Pro

What We Don’t Like

  • Bag doesn’t stand up on its own

Best for Retro Fans

Kattee Leather Canvas Camera Bag Vintage DSLR SLR Messenger Shoulder Bag

Weight: 2.6 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.8 x 5 inches

This retro take on the modern-day camera bag is a stunning canvas shoulder bag that will comfortably house your DSLR camera and accessories for your next adventure. It is especially suitable for photojournalists and sports photographers — or anyone with an interest in the great outdoors paired with the charm of vintage fashion.

The bag itself can be used as a stand-alone leisure bag, too, giving you endless travel possibilities. As a camera bag, it offers 2 adjustable padded dividers for interior flexibility and customization. A built-in microfiber cloth will help protect your camera’s screen from scratches, and the numerous internal pockets will keep your accessories safe.

On the outside, brass buckles, cowhide fasteners, and metal snap buttons look amazing, and the big lid and wide strap give easy access to your camera equipment (it’s comfortable to carry, too).

What We Like

  • Can be used as a camera or messenger bag

What We Don’t Like

  • No top handle to pick up quickly

For Women Who Want Low-Key

Jo Totes Gracie Camera Bag

Weight: 2.71 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 13.2 x 13 x 4.8 inches

This feminine option is designed to look more like a regular handbag than a hardcore camera bag. Made from gorgeous mint-green synthetic leather, this bag will comfortably house a wide-body DSLR camera and extra lenses alongside other essentials, including your cell phone and keys.

On the outside, there are 2 front pockets with magnetic button closures, as well as 1 with a zipper for keeping important necessities and documents safe. On the inside there are 4 cleverly designed removable pads that attach to both the side and the bottom, transforming the internal space into a customizable holder for your equipment.

The interior’s silky cotton fabric is designed to prevent scratches to your lenses and LCD panels, while the many compartments can securely hold your memory cards, chargers, cables, and batteries. The rear interior pocket can also accommodate a 10-inch tablet. Pretty but practical, this bag is the perfect combination of form and function.

What We Like

  • Stylish and practical

What We Don’t Like

  • Can be tricky to place the dividers inside the bag

The Best Camera Backpacks for Travel

Best for Discreet All-Around Protection

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L

Weight: 4.65 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 14.2 x 7.8 x 20.5 inches

This 30-liter backpack has been designed with the needs of photographers like you in mind. With its chic modern look and clean aesthetic, this is a stunning camera bag designed to keep your gear safe while you travel.

Totally adaptable, this backpack offers easy accessibility, expandability, and organization. Need to grab your camera in a hurry? No problem — the patented MagLatch provides lightning-fast top access, with dual side-loading via 2 weatherproof side zips.

Inside the main compartment, the FlexFold dividers can be custom fitted to keep your drone, camera, lenses, and other important gear safe as you travel (there is also a dedicated 15-inch padded laptop pocket). Made from compression-molded, high-density EVA foam dividers, your expensive equipment will be protected against knocks, dents, and other damage.

This backpack is pricey, but it’s also made from durable nylon with a double PU-coated finish — and we think it’s worth every penny. With no fancy logo and a sleek minimalist design, this is a discreet but cleverly designed camera bag that will keep your gear safe without drawing too much attention to it.

What We Like

What We Don’t Like

  • Hip belt must be purchased separately

For Carrying Drones or Cameras

Manfrotto Advanced² Camera Gear Backpack

Weight: 2.65 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 7.28 x 11.81 x 18.5 inches

This discreet yet well-equipped camera backpack is designed to comfortably hold all the gear you need, including DSLR cameras and drones — but it’s still compact enough to comply with standard airline carry-on luggage size regulations. Winner!

With an external tripod strap and secure side pockets, you really can use this backpack for a variety of different shots and locations. Made from a durable and strong synthetic fabric, this backpack will protect your kit from the elements — it even comes complete with its very own rain cover.

On the inside, the Flexi dividers offer custom storage solutions for your camera and accessories. There is even the option to fold them out of the way or pull them out completely. This modular protection system gives you complete control over the internal layout of the backpack and can be tailored to fit your needs.

The laptop compartment will hold up to a 15-inch laptop and the main camera compartment can accommodate a medium-level DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached (with space for 4 additional lenses), or a Mavic Air combo kit and a DJI OSMO. A great choice for the photographer who takes everything with them!

What We Like

  • Modular dividers to suit your gear

What We Don’t Like

  • Backpack straps could be more padded

Best for DJI Phantom and Camera Combinations

Manfrotto MB BP-D1 DJI Professional Drone Backpack

Weight: 5 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 13.4 x 9 x 22 inches

This impressive-looking backpack is perfect for carrying all of your drone gear with you. Designed to fit the DJI Phantom (or similarly-sized drones), this backpack takes the strain out of carrying the drone itself, as well as all the paraphernalia you need to fly and film on the road.

Its interior compartments offer flexible storage, and the side compartment will safely house your iPad and 17-inch laptop so you can edit your footage as you travel. There is a dedicated storage space for those all-important batteries, meaning you can stay airborne for longer, and useful pockets for keeping your cables, chargers, and mounts close at hand.

Because this bag is designed specifically with drones in mind, you can have your quadcopter with mounted propellers inside the pack, while the external tripod hook secures your tripod to the outside. The top compartment is the perfect size and shape to hold your DSLR and attached lens, keeping your camera safe in the ultra-protective pouch that fits closely around your drone and your gear.

If you use your drone regularly, a bag like this is a must-have that allows you to keep everything you need for your next drone shoot safe and sound, all in 1 easy-to-access backpack.

What We Like

  • Comfortable to wear hiking

What We Don’t Like

  • Bottom of the bag needs more padding

Best for Photographers With a Lot of Gear

Lowepro LP36775 Trekker 450 AW Camera Backpack

Weight: 9.02 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 14.13 x 19.41 x 22.56 inches

This expedition backpack is designed to house your camera, lenses, and other accessories safely while you travel on location. Big enough to fit a DSLR with an attached lens up to 400mm f/2.8, 4-6 extra lenses, 2 flashes, and a 15-inch laptop, camera accessories, and more, you will never have to worry about taking extra baggage with you again!

Cleverly designed to maximize both the internal and external space, the patent-pending MaxFit system lets you customize the internal dividers to suit your gear, and a tripod or monopod can be cinched to the outside of the backpack for easy transportation.

A cover protects your expensive equipment against whatever the weather throws at you, and the side pocket holds a seam-sealed pouch for a reservoir, so you can hydrate on the move without worrying about your equipment.

The ActivLift System allows you to adjust the height of the backpack and the sternum and waist support will help distribute the weight for comfortable carrying. All in all, this backpack is perfect for going the distance with you.

What We Like

  • Seam-sealed pouch for a hydration reservoir

What We Don’t Like

  • Very heavy for a backpack

The Super-Accessible Camera Backpack

PRVKE Travel and DSLR Camera Backpack with Laptop Sleeve and Rain Cover

Weight: 2.87 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 6.5 inches

This award-winning, innovative backpack is perfect for taking your camera and accessories wherever you’re headed. With sleek, minimalist styling on the outside and a ton of useable space on the inside, this rucksack is incredibly versatile.

Made from durable and water-resistant tarpaulin and nylon dobby, this is an investment that will last you for many years to come. The pack offers easy access to your gear, with enough space to house your camera and lenses in a removable storage cube that can be configured to suit your individual equipment.

The unique ”suitcase-style” lie-flat clamshell makes packing easy and finding the equipment you need on the road an absolute cinch. You can also slip your laptop or iPad into the padded sleeve and finish your images on the go.

Perfect for international travel, this PRVKE bag has a dedicated compartment for your passport that sits flat against your back, as well as a laptop sleeve that makes it easy to breeze through airport security. If you don’t want to take your camera but still want to use your awesome new backpack, simply remove the storage cubes, pack, and go!

What We Like

  • Great-sized carry-on bag

What We Don’t Like

  • No front padding to protect your gear when opening the back compartment

Best for Flexibility and Size

Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Camera Backpack

Weight: 4.19 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 14 x 9 x 20.5 inches

This backpack is large enough to carry a mountain of gear, yet still compact enough to meet most carry-on luggage size requirements. designed to house 2 gripped DSLRs with an attached 500mm lens, it can also carry a 17-inch laptop, a 10-inch tablet, and another 600mm lens.

The dedicated laptop compartment is padded to protect your equipment, and the inside space is designed with flexibility in mind. A variety of mesh interior pockets make carrying your cables, chargers, batteries, and memory cards super simple, and the tripod/monopod mounting system means you’ll be ready to shoot from the moment you arrive.

This backpack is also designed for comfort. The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support and height-adjustable sternum straps make it easy to find the right fit to suit your dimensions. With handles on 3 sides, it’s also incredibly easy to move the pack around when you’re not wearing it.

The Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator backpack also comes with a seam-sealed rain cover to make sure you’re ready to shoot, whatever the weather.

What We Like

  • Padded compartment for a 17-inch laptop

What We Don’t Like

  • Could do with some wheels as an optional way to transport

Best for Low-Price Protection

AmazonBasics Backpack for DSLR Cameras and Accessories

Weight: 1.96 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 15 inches

A great camera vessel from the AmazonBasics range, this backpack is the perfect fit for DSLR cameras and accessories. It has plenty of room for your camera, lenses, cables, chargers, batteries, and all the other equipment that you need to capture epic images on the go.

The main internal compartment is lined with fabric-covered foam, and you can use the dividers to reconfigure it to your needs. On the outside, you’ll find 2 side pockets with flaps that are great for keeping your keys, cell phone, and wallet safe, plus 2 large zippered pockets for your manuals, notebooks, and other documents.

Offering a lot of bag for a very low price, this AmazonBasics backpack comes with heavily padded shoulder straps and wide, adjustable waist and chest straps — all of which help make the backpack comfortable to wear, even when weighed down with all your gear.

Made from durable synthetic material, this bargain backpack is ready to handle even the toughest of assignments for both professional and amateur photographers.

What We Like

  • Lots of small pockets for keeping organized

What We Don’t Like

  • Straps are a bit small for larger people

Best for Professionals

Thule Covert DSLR Rolltop Backpack

Weight: 4.97 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 17.7 x 7.9 x 21.3 inches

This premium roll-top backpack is cleverly designed, well-made, and beautiful for the perfect way to carry your camera equipment with you everywhere. With enough internal space to comfortably house a DSLR body with an attached ultra-wide-angle lens plus a DJI Mavic Pro, everything you need to handle any shooting location can be kept close at all times.

Inside the backpack, the SafeZone removable camera pod system offers customizable storage space with a dual-density padded bottom. The divider system is designed to fold around every piece of gear, ensuring that your entire kit is kept safe. There are also 2 dedicated protective compartments that can comfortably fit a 15-inch MacBook Pro plus an iPad (or other 10-inch tablets).

But that’s not all: front pockets provide plenty of organization and quick-stash storage for items you need quickly, like your passport, keys, wallet, or important documents. And the clever side pockets offer easy access to your camera and drone gear to ensure you never miss a shot.

What We Like

  • Handy side-loading compartments to use as a sling or backpack

What We Don’t Like

  • Too large to use as a carry-on for some airlines

The Best Camera Holster Bags for Travel

Best for Hands-Free Photography

Case Logic KDH-101 Kontrast DSLR Zoom Holster

Weight: 1.38 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.7 x 10.6 inches

If you want to safely store and transport your DSLR and selected accessories with ease, this compact holster from Case Logic offers everything you need to keep your gear protected. The well-padded main compartment has a hammock system that will suspend your camera to offer an exceedingly high level of shock protection.

This bag’s water-resistant DuraBase and a good amount of foam padding will keep your camera safe, while the polyester construction ensures ongoing strength and durability. Carry your Kontrast Holster with the padded top handle, or wear with the removable padded shoulder strap.

For easy access, the lid unzips away from the wearer and has a convenient zip pocket underneath for a lens cap, battery, or other small items. Dual zippered side and front pockets provide additional storage capacity.

What We Like

  • Sturdy base to stand up unsupported

What We Don’t Like

  • Won’t accommodate larger zoom lenses

Best for Budget-Friendly Camera Storage

AmazonBasics Holster Camera Case for DSLR Cameras

Weight: 0.88 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.3 x 9.0 inches

This AmazonBasics holster case is sleek, easy-to-use, and just right for budget-friendly, hands-free convenience. The holster will comfortably carry most DSLR cameras with a zoom lens attached (up to 110 millimeters), and dual adjustable Velcro straps suspend the camera securely in place for superior impact protection.

Despite the low price, this holster is big on storage and practicality. The efficient design offers extra storage space without creating any unnecessary bulk: 3 exterior zipper pockets offer just enough room for batteries, a lens-cleaning cloth, and other small items, while 2 dedicated slots in the front pocket can safely store your memory cards.

Made from a quality weather-resistant material, the AmazonBasics holster has a clever waterproof wrap-around base that provides a strong barrier against bumps, too. It also helps keep the case upright, so you can reach in and grab your camera from the main compartment.

If you don’t need all the bells and whistles — and aren’t worried about logo snobbery — this is a great little camera holster for a fantastic low price.

What We Like

  • Waterproof base protects the camera from moisture

What We Don’t Like

  • Plastic clips for the straps are not that durable

Best for Photographers on the Move

Case Logic SLRC-201 SLR Zoom Holster

Weight: 0.76 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 6.5 inches

This SLR holster is tough and designed to keep pace with all your photography needs. With a unique patent-pending hammock system, your camera will remain fully suspended above the bottom of the case, offering superior protection against impacts.

A memory foam interior will keep your camera safe, and the LCD screen will be protected against scratches. With a variety of zippered compartments inside, you’ll always have somewhere to stash your memory cards, batteries, power cords, and other accessories.

Compatible with most SLR cameras and a single zoom lens attachment, this holster can comfortably carry a camera measuring up to 6.5 x 5.0 x 8.3 inches. Equally as impressive on the outside, it’s made from strong weather-resistant material and features a waterproof EVA base that can withstand the elements and lets the case stand up on its own.

Stylish and cleverly designed, this SLR camera case has professional-quality interiors that will keep your camera safe and sound wherever you are.

What We Like

  • Hammock system to protect the lens from the base of the bag

What We Don’t Like

  • Zippers can get stuck

Best for Cycling and Hiking

Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L

Weight: 1.2 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 12.2 x 4.3 x 7.5 inches

This lightweight and extremely versatile sling can be used for carrying your camera, drone, or other equipment around on a daily basis. It’s compact but has tons of room and plenty of padding to keep your gear safe — letting you keep your hands free for hiking, cycling, or other outdoor activities.

You can wear the Peak Design Everyday Sling as a body sling or a waist bag, offering even more versatility from this 5-liter camera bag. The internal space is perfect for housing a variety of equipment, including a mirrorless camera plus 1 or 2 lenses, a DJI Mavic or Spark drone and controller with batteries and charger, or even a full-frame DSLR and lens.

A variety of internal pockets can be used to keep your cables, chargers, memory cards, and other necessities safe, too. The 2 FlexFold Dividers allow for customized configurations, so you can stack and organize your gear exactly the way you want.

Made from reinforced Hypalon on the outside and soft, durable mixed-cotton twill on the inside, this small but practical sling is the perfect solution for those who want fast access to their camera equipment without being weighed down by bulky bags or heavy luggage.

What We Like

  • Adjustable strap to use as a sling or fanny pack

What We Don’t Like

  • Tablet sleeve doesn’t fit an iPad Pro

The Best Camera Beltpack for Travel

For Those Who Want Function Over Fashion

Lowepro Inverse 200 AW Camera Beltpack

Weight: 2.12 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 8.6 x 12.9 x 8.8 inches

This camera belt pack is cute but highly capable. With enough space to comfortably house a pro DSLR with a medium zoom lens attached and 2 extra lenses (or a 70-200mm lens attached in horizontal position plus an extra lens), you’ll never be without anything you need.

Made from high-quality material with a patented all-weather cover, the 3D contoured design offers an adjustable lumbar belt to help evenly distribute weight. Not only will you find this belt pack incredibly comfortable, but your camera will be snug and safe as well.

Internal locking straps help to secure your kit, and memory card pockets on the inside offer convenient access to all the extra memory you need. There is also a front compression system with a zippered mesh pocket perfect for cable adapters, small accessories, and personal items.

Carrying your camera on your hips allows for easy access when you need it most — and the quick-access top on this bag means you’ll be ready to shoot in an instant.

What We Like

  • Can be worn as a waist bag or shoulder bag

What We Don’t Like

  • Sits quite low when packed full

The Best Camera Duffel Bag for Travel

For Professionals Who Need a Lot of Gear

WANDRD Hexad Access Travel Duffel Bag

Weight: 4.6 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9.2 inches

This brilliant travel bag offers you all the practicality of a duffel, with the advanced functionality of a well-executed camera bag. You’ll have easy and instant access to 3 large organizational compartments, making it perfect for traveling to a shoot, traveling just for pleasure, or both!

First, its innovative lie-flat packing design keeps the camera super accessible. Both bottom compartments are compatible with the Wandrd range of Camera Cubes, which lets you transform this from a brilliant carry-on into a truly epic camera bag.

Because of the amount of flexibility on the inside, you can carry your DSLR camera (or even your drone) alongside your personal belongings without the need for any other bag as you travel. Made from a superstrong material, the Hexad will keep your equipment safe, and the unique dual quick-draw access means you can grab your camera and never miss a single shot.

What We Like

  • Clamshell opening to easily access the various compartments

What We Don’t Like

  • Backpack straps are not comfortable to wear for long durations

The Best Camera Inserts for Travel

Best for Keeping Your Camera Safe in Any Bag

Tenba BYOB 10 Camera Insert

Weight: 0.5 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 10.5 x 4.5 x 8 inches

If you already have the perfect travel bag but want to keep your camera safe on the go, then a camera insert could be for you. You can “bring your own bag” with Tenba’s clever camera inserts that are designed to fit a wide variety of camera systems. Transform your luggage, backpack, or even your handbag into a camera bag for your next shoot.

Made from water-repellent shadow ripstop nylon and featuring durable YKK zippers, this little insert is superstrong and really clever. The soft shells mold to fit the interior of virtually any bag, and they even come with extra pockets to help you organize accessories and everyday necessities you need to take with you.

Padded dividers are fully adjustable and designed to fit multiple configurations, and the soft-brushed tricot lining will keep your equipment safe from scratches or damage. In addition, the stretchy side pockets are perfect for holding your phone, wallet, and other accessories, while D-rings will keep your keys or tethered media wallet in 1 place.

Affordable and practical, this insert is great for those who want to split their time between photo shoots and everyday living without investing in a specialized bag.

What We Like

  • Other sizes available to suit your specific needs

What We Don’t Like

  • Velcro for attaching the dividers can become weak over time

Best for Lightweight, Budget Protection

S-ZONE Water Resistant DSLR SLR Camera Insert Bag

Weight: 0.44 pounds

Overall Dimensions: 15.6 x 13.2 x 4.3 inches

Transform virtually any bag you already own into a snug, safe, and discreet camera bag using an insert. The S-Zone Camera Bag Insert is designed to fit many of the most popular models of camera available today, including Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and many more.

To provide high-end protection for DSLR cameras and lenses, use these padded, fully adjustable inserts that can be moved using the Velcro strips to custom-fit your equipment. It can accommodate a DSLR camera, lenses, and other gear you need to keep safe — and it’s waterproof, too.

Keep your camera away from prying eyes by using this insert in a regular backpack or bag. After all, nobody but you will know that your camera is tucked away in there! Inexpensive, practical, and easy-to-use, the S-Zone Camera Insert is a worthwhile addition if you don’t want to drop a ton of cash on a new camera bag but need to keep your gear protected.

What We Like

  • Ability to turn any bag into a camera bag

What We Don’t Like

  • Limited internal Velcro for customizing the dividers

Final Thoughts

Whatever type of camera you own and however big (or small) your budget, there’s a bag, backpack, holster, sling, waist belt, or camera insert that will keep your beloved camera gear safe from harm.

Make sure you get something high-quality that provides adequate protection. After all, there is no point in buying an expensive camera and then skimping on keeping it safe!

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Frequently asked questions

Is a camera bag considered a personal item?

Camera bags can be considered a personal item but it will all depend on their size and your airline requirements. As a rough guide, if the camera bag is handbag-sized or smaller, most airlines will consider this a personal item. Bigger camera bags with space for lenses or drones will usually be above the personal item size limit and count as your carry-on. Please contact the airline you are flying with to check their carry-on rules.

Can I put a camera in my carry-on bag?

Not only can you put your camera in your carry-on bag, but it is also highly recommended as it could be damaged in transit during your flight if you put it in your checked luggage.

What is the best camera bag for traveling?

If you’re looking for the ultimate bag to protect your camera and equipment that’s lightweight and durable enough to take everywhere, check out some of these beauties:

  • Kattee Leather Canvas Camera Bag
  • Lowepro LP36775 Trekker 450 AW Camera Backpack
  • Manfrotto Advanced² Camera Gear Backpack
  • Pacsafe Camsafe LX8 Anti-Theft Camera Shoulder Bag
  • Peak Design 15″ Everyday Messenger Bag v1

Where should I pack my camera when flying?

You should carry your camera in your carry-on when flying as this will reduce the chance of damage or theft. Check the carry-on dimensions for your airline to ensure your camera bag does not exceed the maximum limit.

What to consider when buying a camera bag?

The bag you choose will need to be roomy enough to fit your camera, lenses, charger, spare batteries, and any other accessories you need to capture epic images. You’ll also want to consider the material and durability, comfort, ease of use and access to your equipment, and security.

Amar Hussain

About Amar Hussain

Amar was born and raised in England, UK, embarked on an 11 country round the world gap year after graduation and then became well and truly hooked. The first gap year inspired a second which ended up being a 23 country down-the-world trip from Canada to Antarctica. Since then Amar has endeavored to turn his gap year into a ‘gap life’ and has spent the last 10 years traveling the 7 continents.

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  1. Well detailed and nice choices of bags. I always prefer backpack types because that’s the one I’m most comfortable using. Also, I’d consider a water proof camera bag every time. I’ve had troubles with my previous bags before with water getting inside and it was really annoying.

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