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Travel: Pelican IM2500 Storm
Nothing is harder on tech than travel, especially when you have to hand over the care of your devices to people who don't care about them. This is why I like to pack my stuff inside a case that can take a significant beating, and in my experience, Pelican cases can take everything that airports, taxis, and hotels can throw at them.
My case of choice is the Pelican IM2500 Storm. This is a lightweight, watertight case with rollers and a strong telescoping handle. The case is not only robust, but it also meets carry-on requirements, which means less hassle at airports.
This case is super-robust. I've seen one after a bear attack, and apart from a few bite marks, it was still in excellent condition. I recently used this case to protect my photo equipment while doing a course on a windswept island with the great folks at Welshot Imaging. Despite the rain, salt-spray, and high winds, all my gear survived
Camera: Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW
Keeping a camera safe and yet close to hand is not easy, especially if you're dealing with a big DSLR. I've searched high and low for the ideal case, and I think I've found it with the Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW. Not only does it protect my camera from bumps, knocks, and scrapes, but it is also easy to access.
Make no mistake, this is a big case, suited to a DSLR — such as the Canon 5D mark III — with a big lens. It's also got space for some spare batteries and memory cards.
If you have a camera that’s a little more subtle than mine, then you might want to go for one of the smaller Toploader Pro cases. You get the same level of protection, but in a smaller package.
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Camera: Storm Jacket camera cover
There's nothing I like better than to take my camera outdoors and grab a shot of some ominous clouds, lightning, or other extremes that nature can throw at me. While I'm pretty waterproof, my camera isn't, so I have to make sure it is properly kitted for the adventure.
The best way I've found to do this is to give the camera its own raincoat in the form of a Storm Jacket. These come in a variety of types, sizes, and colors, so you will need to choose the one that suits your needs. Personally, I like the Pro version because it adds the ability to pop the camera onto a tripod.
These Storm Jackets might seem expensive — and they are a tad pricy in my opinion — but they do the job asked of them well, and in the long run, it's a small price to pay to prevent your camera from getting hosed.
Link: Storm Jacket
Price: From $36