Need to ship a camera somewhere ahead of time so you can capture stunning landscape images or local wildlife? Sometimes, carrying a camera on a plane just isn’t in the cards. Besides, some photographers prefer to ship their cameras simply to travel lighter and have all their gear waiting on arrival.
So how exactly do you ship this expensive piece of gear? While many recommend flimsy packaging materials and bubble wrap, cameras need much more than that. Traveling great distances, possibly even overseas, requires proper packaging like a shock-resistant camera hard case. Only this will guarantee your photography or video equipment arrives safe and sound. Here’s Pelican’s advice on how to ship a camera — the right way!
Choose a High-Quality Hard Case
Should you choose to ship a camera, you want to protect it from rough handling, rain and whatever it might encounter to reach its destination. While many might wrap it in bubble wrap that offers bare minimum protection, we recommend placing your camera inside a heavy-duty hard case.
With an open cell core and solid wall design that is simultaneously strong and lightweight, nothing gets into Pelican hard cases. Each camera case is watertight, crushproof and dustproof, meaning if it’s left outside in the rain upon delivery, your camera will still be completely dry. With a pick and pluck foam interior, you can customize the shape to your camera’s exact dimensions.
One extra bit of advice: Choose a hard case designed for air travel and carry-on luggage. More than a rugged box with a handle, a travel case for cameras offers extra features like polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings and additional removable accessory pouches for lenses. Plus, they are perfectly sized to suit many airline carry-on requirements and offer an automatic purge valve that equalizes air pressure when inside the cabin.
Ship Gear in a Camera Hard Case
Create a Legible Label and ‘Fragile’ Stamps
Next, make sure to create a stick-on label that is entirely legible. Avoid handwriting this at the last moment at the post office or shipping service. Instead, print it on your computer or have a printing service do it for you. If you have decent handwriting and can pull off simple block letters, you can do that, too. Make sure to include all the details — address, zip code and country, if necessary — of your own address and the destination. Phone numbers can also come in handy if the package gets lost or misplaced in handling. Generally speaking, make certain there is no confusion as to where it came from and where the camera is headed. Also — and this step is crucial — be sure to add a few “Fragile” stickers to the box to let handlers know to treat it with care. You can print and slap on a few around the box if you have a leftover address application. Lastly, attach your labels to the package and to protect them from rain (that could smear the ink), put a stretch of clear packing tape over everything. Of course, you could also do this to the corners of the exterior box, but when placing your camera in a Pelican case, there’s really no need to take this extra step of precaution.
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