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5 Travel Tips for Moms With a Camera

Traveling with your kids can be a nightmare.

But not if you are prepared.

Of course, THERE WILL BE ISSUES. But with careful planning, everything can almost go smoothly. As the chief memory keepers of our families, it often falls to us to take all the photos for our family vacations. While plotting on a vacation trip of my own,  I starting thinking of a few travel trips for Moms With A Camera.


So I’ve got 5 travel tips for you this summer as your travel with your kids:

  1. Pack Light.  Yes, when going on a trip of a lifetime( Disney) or just a long weekend to the beach, the inclination is to take every piece of equipment you own.  Don’t.Do.It. Pick one camera. Pick just two lens( one versatile zoom lens and one prime lens for low light) and keep it moving. Especially in the summertime when carrying a lot of equipment can get hot and heavy. Do yourself a favor: pack light and only take what you need.
  2. Get a comfortable camera bag.  There is nothing worse than carrying around a big heavy camera bag when you are walking around all day.  Find something small( which you can do because you followed tip number one). You want this bag to double as your purse/diaper bag. Consolidate!!
  3. TEST this bag WITH your camera, your wallet, snacks, bottle water etc in it BEFORE the trip. Don’t Assume!
  4. Research: research where you are going and then, make a shot list. Make a list, either in your head or on paper, of the shots you MUST HAVE. That way, when you arrive somewhere, you can get your shots and then enjoy the rest of the outing rather than bugging your family all day to pose here pose there. Which leads me to tip #5…
  5. Put your camera away. Yes, I know this post is about a mom with a camera. On vacation. We are supposed to have our cameras out! BUT! You are on vacation. While it’s temping to have your camera out at all times, shooting each and every moment of the joy on your kids faces, take the time to enjoy it. In FRONT of the lens. Don’t get caught up in capturing the moments. Take the time to be in them. Enjoy yourself!


Well, that’ s my advice!. How about you? Any photography travel tips for moms with a camera? Share!!!

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  • Reply
    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    July 17, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Awesome tips!! I know I am going to be tempted to live behind the camera in a few weeks when we go to disney/universal but you are right, I need to get in them too and just enjoy!

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    July 17, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Do you have a small camera bag you’ll reccomended? I have the big heavy one you’re warning against 🙁 I tend to be an extremist either take too little or too much pics but I’ll keep your advice in mind.

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    July 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I think while on vacation I will bring a sidekick with me someone to babysit the kids and take pictures for me and get a little change in their pocket while I enjoy. That’s my plan whenever we go on vacation again.

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    K. Elizabeth @YUMMommy
    July 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Great tips! I am all about packing light because if you’re doing a lot of walking and have young children that you may end up carrying for a short while, that stuff gets heavy. Also, I’ve been looking into some more heavy-duty cameras and a camera strap because I am prone to dropping things when it comes to electronics.

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    July 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Loving tips #4 & 5! #5 is extremely important. It’s so easy to get caught up in taking pictures that you miss the experience. I try to remind myself of that. Then, in my efforts to do that, I sometimes forget to take pictures all together. I need a shot list in my life!LOL Thanks

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    Cam | Bibs & Baubles
    July 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Number 5, number 5. Yes! It’s so easy to get caught up capturing moments.

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    Karen Patten
    June 15, 2015 at 12:30 am

    These are great tips! I love the one about planning your “must have” shits ahead of time!

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    Karen Patten
    June 15, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Yikes!!!!! Shots. Shots!! I’m on my phone – so sorry!!

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    Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy
    June 15, 2015 at 4:49 am

    This is great advice! We are actually leaving in the morning on our vacation and I’m definitely packing light.

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    Reginia Cordell
    June 15, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I’d say that moms should have a camera that’s easy to handle, perhaps with one hand even. As the person in charge of the snaps, kids, husband, and everything else, a weighted camera can be a chore. Also, practice the one hand shot at home. If they still make straps that can wrap around your hand, get that…dropping the cam would definitely sour things.

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    Heather @ Divas Run for Bling
    June 15, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you so much for these tips. I love to travel but it can be hard to do so and still lug around my camera

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