Many photographers carry a substitute camera bag, particularly when traveling. They do this so as not to draw attention to the fact that they are carrying photo equipment. This helps minimizes the possibility of theft.
When buying an alternative bag, make sure it is well-padded on the bottom and sides to protect your delicate camera and accessories. if the bottom is not padded enough, line it with pieces of foam.
And if the bags doesn’t have enough pockets, buy some padded cosmetic bags to hold smaller accessories.
Instead of a camera bag, a photographer may place gear in carry-ons such as a:
- Insulated cooler
- Diaper bag
- Large pocketbook
Another advantage of carrying a non-traditional looking camera bag is that some are not prohibited in museums and similar venues. Unlike traditional camera bags, there may be no requirement to check them in prior to entrance.
Before visiting a place that has restrictions against certain types of photography equipment, call to find out the policy concerning camera bags and items such as a flash and tripod.
Tip: when traveling, dress to blend in so others are not as likely to notice that you are carrying camera equipment.