There are many different types of travel photographers. We want to address everyone’s needs.
This is why we have this very extensive list of the best travel camera bags out there.
You’ll find at least one that you’ll want to use time and again.
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Portability | Security | All Weather | Durability | Access | Lots of Equipment | Comfort | Traveling Light | Carry-On
Best Travel Camera Bags: Portability
For these travel photographers, a portable bag is a necessity. We love a bag that is easy to carry or move around.
A portable camera bag is one you can wheel along, use as a backpack and carry short distances by hand. It allows you to navigate different distances, situations and/or environments.
Here are two bags we believe are great for the photographer looking for portable camera bags.
Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader-55 (High-end)
- Rain Protector
- Manfrotto 5 Year Limited Warranty (2 Years + 3 Years Extension with Online Registration)
- 2-in-1 roller bag plus camera backpack
- Fits a 2 DSLR body and up to 4/5 lenses
- Outer made from Pro-Light Rip-Stop fabric
- Strong, lightweight construction for lasting performance
- Holds a 17″ laptop
- 14 protective dividers + 2 CPS dividers
- 2 internal panel see-through pockets
This is the perfect portable camera bag. It can be wheeled through airports and slung over your back for ease of use.
As a camera travel bag, it’s easy to move with it. Offering protection when you need it, and portability when on the move.
Vanguard ALTA FLY 55T (Mid-range)
- Carry on – meets the strictest airline on board size and form factor restrictions
- Versatile transportation – agile four-wheel trolley plus
- ‘Tuck-away’ advanced backpack harness and ‘3 Security Point System’
- Well-padded all round and safety first
- Double security buckles
- Numerous dedicated pockets, organizers and connectors
- Holds a 14″ laptop and a tablet
- Optimal Balance tripod carrying system
- Rain cover
If the above model feels a little stiff and business-like, go for the Vanguard model. It also features a four-wheel trolley or backpack straps, without compromising comfort.
It holds a ton of gear, such as three DSLRs, one with a telephoto lens.
- 14.5 x 11.8 x 24.4 inches/37 x 30 x 62 cm – Fit for airplane traveling and convenient carrying
- 2-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE BACKPACK ROLLING CASE – Shoulder straps and pull handle can easily tuck away
- Detachable inner lining
- Can hold 2 full DSLR body with lens attached such as Canon 5D2+70-200mm
- 15-inch laptop and tablet compartment
- Side straps for holding a tripod monopod or light stand;
- Front pocket for documents, cards
- The case body is made of high-density waterproof nylon
- Adjustable padded shoulder straps
- 19.7 inches/50 cm metal pull bar with 132 pounds/60 kilograms load capacity
- Rain cover included
The Neewer rolling camera bag is a beast. The depth allows you to store your equipment vertically, letting you take everything with you.
This bag is not for the hiker, but perfect for those shooting high-end lifestyle photography abroad.
On top of a DSLR with telephoto lens, it fits another camera body with up to nine other spaces for lenses and devices.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Security
Many of us travel photographers want to go off the beaten path and explore new places.
There are ways to do this. Have a camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag. Especially an expensive one. Having quick access to your bag allows you to keep your camera hidden until you really need it.
Sometimes these are not always practical. Camera bag manufacturers know this and create travel camera bags with added security through hidden pockets, lock mechanisms or back-loading gear.
This will minimize your risk of theft as much as possible.
Think Tank Photo Airport Security V3.0 (High-end)
- Fits 2 Gripped DSLRs with lenses attached plus 4–6 additional lenses,
- 17” laptop and a 10” tablet compartments
- Max Lens: 600mm f/4 detached or 500mm f/4 attached
- Specially designed interior for small aircraft such as commuter and regional jets.
- Meets U.S. and international airline carry-on requirements
- Dedicated padded laptop and tablet compartments located in a lockable pocket
- TSA-approved zipper locks for the main compartment
- high-strength coated cable and combination lock for the laptop compartment
- Exterior Dimensions: 14” x 22” x 9” (35.6 x 55.9 x 22.9 cm),
- Internal Dimensions: 13” x 21” x 8” (33 x 53.3 x 17.8–20.3 cm)
This camera bag’s security features are amazing. And it’s the perfect flight companion due to its compact size.
Not only does it have a combination lock, but a cable to secure it to a stationary object. This means you can rest assured, no one is taking it if you get distracted.
That’s great since this bag is going to hold three DSLR bodies and 7 other devices.
Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP45 (Mid-range)
- Securable and puncture resistant lockable zippers
- The fabric is a lightweight steel mesh – cut-resistant for max. security
- Includes stainless steel cable to lock bag to objects with a padlock
- 2* Lockable Main Compartments
- The main compartment opens suitcase style
- Exterior area for fast access with 2* Zipper Interior Pockets
- Padded 15″ Laptop Sleeve
- 2* Side Pockets for Water Bottles
- Hip belt for better weight distribution
- Back support padded with honey-comb fabric and high-density foam.
- Shoulder and hip straps can be tucked away when checking the bag in
- Three external attachment points to fit jackets, yoga mat, or sleeping bag.
- Dimensions – 21.65″H x 13.78″W x 8.66″D
- 5-year Pacsafe warranty, for men and women.
Pacsafe want to ensure the security of your camera equipment through their bags. It isn’t a dedicated camera bag, so you’ll need to purchase separate camera inserts to store your gear.
The comfort you’ll get with this bag makes it great for long trips or even hiking. The lockable zippers and steel cable makes the bag a perfect secure option, not to mention its slash-resistant material.
The padded laptop area is a great idea too.
Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 450 AW. XL (Budget)
- Access allows you to get your equipment without putting your pack down
- Split camera and open space compartments – for personal and professional gear
- Extra large exterior dimensions – 12.2 x 9.5 x 21.3 inches
- Customizable for every trip
- Will hold a DSLR with telephoto attached with 3 extra lens or device areas OR DSLR with standard lens and 4 extra areas for lenses
- Tripod area on the side using adjustable straps
- Front pouch for a 10” tablet in the padded CradleFit pocket
- 2 stretch-mesh side pockets on the side
- Secure chest and waist buckles to evenly distribute the load
- Extra strap padding
- A built-in All Weather AW Cover offers extra protection from rain, snow, dust, and sand
What I love about this bag, is the patented flipside technology. This camera travel bag connects around the waist, and sits in front of you. You have access to your gear when you need it.
It’s also secure since your gear is hidden when the bag is worn.
Lots of space makes this camera bag a perfect companion for all types; whether hiking or traipsing around a city.
You can’t go wrong with this all-terrain bag, so add it to your collection.
Best Travel Camera Bags: All Weather
Thailand has a monsoon season between June and October, for example. Scandinavia during winter will bring snow, sleet, and hail.
We aren’t saying you shouldn’t go and photograph at these times. You might need to rethink your travel bag situation.
Weather resistant is different from watertight, and you need to know this. Don’t let your camera gear suffer from some adverse weather.
Get a proper bag, and you’ll be able to photograph all year round, all over the globe.
Lowepro DryZone 200 Backpack (High-end)
- Holds a large DSLR with telephoto attached and 4-5 lenses
- 100% Water-tight protection
- Fully customizable interior for any system.
- When properly closed, the DryZone 200 will float. Even when fully loaded.
- SlipLock attachment slots allow you to attach additional Lowepro accessories and pouches
If you so wish, you can swim with this backpack on your person. It might even help you float. This is the bag you want when making that expedition to the South Pole that you always wanted to do.
The zipper system makes it 100% weatherproof.
The benefit of this bag is the possibility of extra accessories. Lowepro makes a bunch of them. If you find the bag isn’t quite big enough, you can extend it.
We love the color. It makes the bag easier to spot when it’s floating in the water.
Miggo MW AG-TSP BB 65 (Mid-range)
- Holds DSLR with 24-70, 70-200, Flash
- Converts Between Sling & Backpack
- Shoulder and Stabilizing Straps Included
- Padded Touch-Fastened Interior Dividers
- IPX3 Rain-Proof Standard Protection
For all those that don’t need a huge bag system, there is the Miggo MW. This shoulder bag is enough for a DSLR and a lens attached, alongside another lens or flash.
This might be enough for small city trips or those that prefer smaller camera kits.
If you find the side bag annoying in certain circumstances, it converts to a backpack.
It comes with rain protection, making it a great bag for extremes. A secure back pocket is great to keep your phone dry.
CADeN Camera Backpack (Budget)
- Dimensions:43 x 30.5 x 13.5 cm/16.9 x 12.0 x 6.1 inches
- Fits 2 camera bodies and 7 lens
- 14-inch laptop compartment
- Tripod attaches via adjustable undercarriage straps
- High-elasticity mesh bags on both sides for bottle and umbrella
- Hidden zipper pocket on the back which is used for valuable items.
- A USB port allows you to charge devices out of the bag
- Double waterproof – high density waterproof 900D polyester nylon and rain cover
- Suitcase handle strap
- Waist belt comes with an emergency whistle
- Memory foam shoulder straps
- 3 Years warranty
There is a lot to like from this bag, as it seems to offer everything. Not only does it have plenty of space for your camera gear, but it will also hold a tripod.
There’s also space for a laptop and two other items in the side pockets.
For weather protection, the polyester used is rain resistant, and a rain cover adds an extra layer for worse conditions.
The USB port is a welcome addition, letting you charge your devices on the move. Get the most out of it by attaching a solar panel.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Durability
A durable camera bag will protect your camera equipment to no end. The downside is that durable doesn’t always mean portable or lightweight.
Your transport methods might mean a stronger, more protected bag than you would otherwise use.
Some bags do not deal well with scuffs and scratches. They turn you into a decadent gentleman photographer to a shabby shooter.
Continue to look the part, with fresh and undamaged equipment.
Peli 1510 Protector Case (High-End)
This rugged Pelican case has everything you need to keep your valuable equipment safe and secure.
It features easy roller wheels, double throw latches, and watertight construction so there’s no need for a rain cover.
And it comes with an easy to adjust single layer padded divider set. This case also meets the FFA requirements for maximum carry-on size and has a retractable handle.
- Waterproof, crush-proof and dust-proof
- FAA maximum carry-on size
- Retractable extension handle
- Strong polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings
- Easy open double throw latches
- Watertight with Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve
- Reinforced padlock protectors
- Stainless steel ball bearing wheels
- Single Layer padded dividers with Velcro adjustments
Pelican Weatherproof Duffel MPD40 (Mid-range)
- Durable water-resistant coated 1000D nylon outer shell
- Polyurethane coated YKK zippers to help fight water intrusion.
- Unique loop and lock zipper pull system featured on external pocket
- Compression molded EVA shoulder straps for ergonomic comfort when converting to backpack carry.
- Padded carry handles
- Large main compartment with organization pockets.
- Protective laptop sleeve inside the lid.
- Extra external pocket
- Lifetime guarantee
We love Pelican products. They are the name to go to for protection and durability. This duffel bag is tough and will double as a backpack if need be.
The handles are strong and well built, meaning it will last a long time.
And if it doesn’t, you get a lifetime guarantee. A great idea is the impact resistant corners which keep your camera equipment safe.
Along with the water-resistant material and zippers, you have a great option for protected camera gear.
This will last you a very long time. If you need one bg for all areas – this is it.
Domke F-2 (Budget)
- Ideal for two DSLRs alongside multiple lenses up to 300mm, flash unit & small tablet computer
- 12 compartments and pockets
- Patented padded, adjustable & removable 4 compartment insert system
- Proudly made in USA from tough and durable 100% cotton canvas
- Adjustable non-slip Gripper Strap securing the bag to your shoulder comfortably
- Removable padded bottom stiffener
- Hand carrying strap
The cotton canvas is what makes this back durable. It might even look better wit ha little scuffing, as it has that slight vintage, yet military feel to it.
This is heavy duty and a pleasure to use. It is a shoulder bag, giving you the photojournalist vibe.
One of the best things about canvas is you can make it more durable and weatherproof. All you need is some time, patience and some paraffin wax.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Access
Having quick access to your camera gear can give you a few vital seconds extra to grab the shot. You can be proud of an environmental portrait, while others are still fumbling around with zippers and camera cubes.
Being able to put your camera back easily means you are less of a target of theft. One reason I love my slingshot is it goes from a backpack position to laying down in front of me.
My camera is already there, resting in the bag without closing it.
Not only is it hidden, but it’s also out and shooting in less than a second. Your images will benefit 1000-fold.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L (High-end)
- Holds Full Frame DSLR & 3-4 Lenses;
- Dedicated 15″ Laptop Sleeve;
- Three Flexfold Dividers Protect Gear;
- Built-In Expansion with Maglatch System;
- Exterior & Sub-Divided Interior Pockets;
- Either side camera and gear easy access;
- Perfectly sized to fit the new DJI Mavic, with controller and accessories;
- Four configurable tension straps let you carry large, heavy items on the outside of your pack.
We all know about Peak Design. Their photography products are well thought-out and not only look great but work perfectly. I have their Everyday Sling, which has worked perfectly for me since my ownership.
This is smart, sleek and very minimal. There are so many features about this bag which make it amazing to use.
The straps hug your physique, their unique divider system ‘FlexFold’ is padded, slim and modular.
The bag isn’t just waterproof – it repels the water like a wizard. Just get it already.
Lowepro Passport Sling III (Mid-range)
- The Passport Sling II fits a Compact camera or compact DSLR (such as Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens)
- Will hold an extra lens or flash, tablet, smartphone, and personal items
- Removable camera insert adjusts to fit a compact DSLR or Compact camera
- CradleFit System tablet pocket with floating-foam construction suspends and protects device within the pack
- Expandable compartment increases interior storage by 30% with a quick unzipping
- Adjustable shoulder strap with cam lock buckle and removable shoulder pad for extra wearing comfort
Access to a camera is very important. Personally, I like bags that have a side access point or sit and open in front of me. This shoulder bag from Lowepro is the latter.
It feels good to wear and lets you access your camera and kit very quickly.
It might seem small, but it will carry enough gear to last throughout the day. The outer pockets are roomy enough to store a water bottle or other quick-grab items.
Beschoi Camera Backpack (Budget)
- Holds a DSLR Camera with up to an 8-Inch lens attached with several additional lenses,
- Tripod attaches to the side via adjustable straps
- Can hold a 9.7-Inch laptop
- Exterior dimension: 16.54 x 10.24 x 9.06 inch (42 x 26 x 23cm)
- Interior dimension: 15.75 x 9.45 x 8.27 inch (40 x 24 x 21cm)
- Waterproof travel backpack
- Heavily padded shoulder straps make the bag comfortable on the go
- Easy access points at the top, side, and below
- Convenient side holder straps and mesh pocket
- Multi-functional compartments provide versatile organization of camera gear and personal items
The shape of this travel camera backpack might seem a little strange, but it works wonders. A side access panel lets you grab the camera without having to put it down.
The top area can hold a lens, with extra compartments for smaller items you’ll need.
We like the many pockets and compartments this bag has to offer so you don’t have to dig around.
Waterproofing means you can take it out in all conditions without worrying about your gear getting damaged.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Lots of Equipment
If you’re like me, you want to take a lot of equipment with you. As a travel photographer, you never know what you will encounter.
This is especially true for faraway destinations, or areas where you can’t have access to camera equipment or accessories.
A flash is helpful for indoors, a tripod is needed for long exposures. On top of these, a wide array of lenses allow you to photograph any scene. Then you need batteries, cables, notebooks – the list goes on. This is before you’ve packed any clothes.
These travel camera bags are some of the biggest on the market, letting you fill up on what’s needed. Perfect for those who can’t decide.
Tenba Roadie Roller 24 (High-end)
- Sleek, Discrete Case for Photographers and Filmmakers
- Clean lines and a high-end luggage aesthetic
- minimal branding ensures a professional look
- Efficiently carries large systems in a single case
- Cameras and lenses can be stored along with flash and lighting systems
- 70-200mm 2.8 lenses will fit standing vertically to maximize interior storage
- Removable Padded Camera Insert: Allows a camera and 2-3 lenses to be carried independently inside any bag of your choosing
- Insert can be paired with Tenba’s Packlite 10 travel bag (636-228) to create a portable camera bag solution
- Quick Access Battery Pocket
- Rear zippered pocket can hold portable batteries
- Holds 2 DSLR bodies (up to Pro size w/ grip) 8-10 lenses (up to 600mm 4.0)
- Holds a laptop up to 17 inches.
This huge suitcase of camera gear is not going to benefit everyone. But, if you are a traveling photographer who needs every single piece of equipment, this is the system to have.
Not complicated, just one huge compartment and a few inner pockets.
It is deep enough to hold the lenses vertically, letting you organize as you wish. Perfect for air travel, since it has zipper locks and a cable lock.
Endurax Extra Large Camera Backpack (Mid-range)
- Extra large, Dual Compartment backpack
- Will hold two pro-sized mirrorless cameras, 6-8 lenses, 2-3 flashes
- Tons of small pockets to pack photography equipment.
- Tablet & 15.6″ in laptop compartment
- PVA armored front panel for storing digital gadgets and other delicate photography gears
- Organizer compartments for storing odds and ends
- Flip-out tripod holder for a full-size tripod
- Camera buckles to hang the camera on shoulder straps
- Customizable insert divider pad
- Can be used for trekking, hiking, outdoor as a professional laptop camera backpack
- Comfort with contoured shoulder straps, sternum strap, ventilated back padding and torso-length adjustment
- Rain cover included
For a backpack, this one is huge. It will hold two different camera systems and all the gear associated with them.
If you’re an eye-in-the-sky travel photographer, a drone would fit in perfectly here. Both compartments are customizable.
There are three different places you can attach a tripod, making this a very versatile system.
The bottom compartment can be removed and worn around the waist, allowing for more storage and ease of access. A great all-rounder travel camera bag.
Evecase Extra Large Travel Backpack (Budget)
- Constructed of high-quality nylon materials
- Fully padded with closed cell dense foam for shock-proof and secure protection
- External Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 19 inches
- Fully convertible from DSLR Camera backpack into Travel Bag
- Accessory pockets and tripod holder with straps
- Rain cover
- Adjustable waist support strap
- Fits up to 15.6-inch laptop or tablet
The Evecase may say budget, but you really get a bang for your buck. The camera equipment is split between two compartments.
This is a perfect camera bag system for two different camera makes or models.
What I really like about this system is the bottom compartment can be pulled out. Either for clothes or larger equipment, making it a very versatile system.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Comfort
Comfort is definitely one of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, meaning it is something that can’t be overlooked.
You might be ok with using the bag you already own for a few hours, but longer than that, it gets frustrating. Each bag has its own purpose.
if you are planning on traveling and photographing, investing in comfort is the way forward. Especially if you see hostel rooms as a place to pass out in and leave ASAP.
If you are carrying around a lot of gear, it can get tedious very fast without some lumbar support or waist belt.
Don’t scrimp on this area of your travel camera bag. Treat your back, and you’ll photograph better. Trust me.
FJORD 60-C (High-end)
- Will fit as a carry-on luggage item
- 44 liters of space, expandable to 52 and 60 liters
- Top and front expansion pockets
- Isolated top roll pocket
- Aluminum frame
- Removable outer straps
- Sewn-in waist belt
- Will hold a 17″ laptop
- External net for quick retrieval items
One of the reasons that this pack is so comfortable is its torso height adjustment system. This helps adapt the bag to those smaller or larger than the average.
The Nylon 210 Denier fabric is durable and is an all-around pleasure to use.
The amount of gear this system can hold depends on what you purchase. There are three different types of camera cube systems.
The smallest will hold a DSLR body and four standard lenses. The largest will hold two DSLRs and 7 lenses.
Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag 13″ (Mid-range)
- 2 FLEX-FOLD removable dividers
- Room for a DSLR camera and up to 3 lenses
- Magnetic clasp and 4 ladder lock points
- Built-in tripod carry feature
- Weatherproof waxed 500D Kodra shell
There is a reason why the Peak Design Everyday messenger bag shows up in every camera bag post, and that is because it is awesome.
Stylish and well thought out, this bag is perfect for street photography.
The padded strap is the first point, as it makes it comfortable to wear. Geometric padding on the back is also welcome. This camera bag is also perfect for cycling in, as it has a dedicated extra strap, hidden with its own pocket to stop the bag from roaming.
You can place one DSLR with lens, and two other lenses in it. The rigged yet flexible dividers keep them separate.
Two pockets in the back are great for a laptop and iPad or can be used to store your cable bag.
- Fits a Pro DSLR with medium zoom lens attached and 2 extra lenses OR 70-200mm lens attached in horizontal position plus extra lens
- 3D contoured mesh lumbar belt with dual-adjust system
- Quick-access top offers optimal ease-of-use
- Patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover
- Detachable, padded shoulder strap provides extra carrying option.
Comfort might mean having the camera bag off your shoulders. Or even having the pack away from one particular side.
This means backpacks and shoulder bags are out. So what is there? Waist camera bags might be the missing link.
The bag goes around your waist, distributing the weight around your center of gravity. Your back will thank you as you realize this is a really natural way to hold, carry and access your equipment.
It is also a very safe option.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Traveling Light
From short city trips to long distance traveling, big packs soon become annoying. You need to lug them around from location to location, making you stand out like a sore thumb.
A camera bag that allows you to move freely means a better mood.
A better mood turns into staying out longer and capturing beautiful shots. We get it isn’t always possible, but you need to help yourself.
If you have a mirrorless camera, an extra lens, and a few batteries, don’t take a 30 L bag with laptop area.
Being able to travel light is a godsend. More often than not, this will depend on your photographic field and how much equipment you need.
If you are able to take a small amount of camera gear, we have the bags for you.
Manfrotto Advanced Befree Backpack (High-end)
- Manfrotto Advanced Befree Backpack
- Rain Cover
- Manfrotto 5 Year Limited Warranty (2 Year + 3 Year with Registration)
- Rear access for your camera and lens
- Holds a 15″ laptop and 9.7″ tablet
- Fits a medium level DSLR with 70/200 mm f/2.8 lens attached
- Befree Advanced Tripod stays protected in the expandable side pocket
There are a few reasons why I love this bag. It will hold your BeFree Manfrotto tripod on the side, in its own dedicated case.
The rear access helps to keep your gear safe from theft and opportunists. It looks stylish and is comfortable to boot.
It will hold a DSLR with telephoto and an additional six more lenses. the compartment door holds all those tiny things you’ll also need, like memory cards.
If you don’t like the separate areas, you can open it up into one area.
Lowepro m-Trekker BP 150 (Mid-range)
- The m-Trekker BP 150 can hold your mirrorless/DSLR camera and 4 lenses
- Holds a small tripod
- Fits a 13” laptop
- Robust fabric options defend against wear and tear
- Body-side access safeguards against theft
- Flexible interior panels that offer endless options
- All Weather AW Cover
Lowepro is said to have some of the highest quality travel camera bags around. They have so many systems, and this is their travel light version.
It is a dedicated camera bag, so you’ll see no wasted space here.
Compact and concise, you’ll be able to house a DSLR and a few lenses easily. Smaller items can be fitted in the pockets lining the tablet area.
It has a casual look to it, allowing it to fit in with business areas easily.
Keedox Barbarians Waist Bag (Budget)
- Made of high-density 600D fabric
- Waist bag with shoulder strap – allowing it to be used as a range bag or camera pack
- Thick padding is movable while preventing DSLR from bumps
- 4 external pockets help you store items conveniently.
- Fixed on your waist with a sturdy buckle or with adjustable shoulder strap
- Dimensions: 12 x 10 x 5 inches.
- MOLLE straps on the bag help you hold pouches or kits.
I like this waist bag as it is small for those who don’t need a lot of equipment. It is all there, easily accessed and parked around your center of gravity.
If you wish, you can attach the strap and use it as a shoulder bag.
The inner padding partition can be separated, allowing for two lenses while you carry your camera. External pockets house all those smaller items you never know what to do with.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Carry-On
Sometimes, us traveling photographers need to get somewhere fast. This rules out cars, trains, buses and any transport that your feet will need.
Planes take us anywhere in the world in a matter of hours, saving precious time and money.
For those who need to take those big machines in the sky, we have the perfect bags for you. Not only will they hold and protect your camera gear, but they are also carry on approved.
Many times I have waited anxiously in airport queues, praying no one spots my huge bag. No longer, as all the camera bags here will fit overhead, or under the seat.
They will also hold clothes and other items, meaning you really only need one bag.
Portabrace Carry-On Camera Case (High-end)
- ENG-style viewfinder protection
- 1-inch thick padded, plastic-reinforced frame
- Quick-access zipper design
- Lightweight, compact, protective
- Airline overhead compatible
- Comes with “camera-stabilizing system”
- Unique design
- Abrasion-resistant ultra-durable Cordura® Nylon (1000-denier)
Many photographers are anxious about taking their camera bags on the plane. They worry they are not the right size, fitting the TSA’s every changing size restrictions. Rightly so, as being over the limit comes with a hefty cost.
This bag is not only unique but a great size for carry-on luggage, it has a lot of padding for extra camera protection.
Three external pockets house all those extra items, leaving the inside free for the big camera stuff.
Shimoda Designs Carry-On Roller (Mid-range)
- Meets most airline restrictions
- Doctor-bag style opening
- Expandable volume
- Can be used as a roller or backpack
- Lightweight, water-resistant materials
- Two coatings of Carbonate Ether
- An array of different sized camera inserts can be purchased
From researching and writing this list, I have found that I really love Shimoda Designs. They have a unique look and color scheme that I really like.
It started when I found this Explore Carry-on Roller. The way it opens is enough for me to grab it.
It is a roller bag that is completely customizable. The choice is yours on how big the split is between personal items and camera gear. It will hold a tripod, even when fully packed.
At its maximum, it will hold a DSLR with telephoto and 6 other lenses.
Vanguard Havana 48-Backpack (Budget)
- Well-padded camera insert and dividers
- Well-padded back and harness
- Holds a 15″ laptop
- Monopod/small tripod connection
- Total coverage protection when using the rain cover
- Dedicated pockets for essentials & key lanyard
- Ideal for a DSLR with lens attached, 2-3 lenses, a flash, accessories
- Inside dimensions: 17 3/8 x 7 7/8 x 11 3/8″
- Exterior dimensions: 18 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 12″
This camera bag serves as a great all-rounder, and there’ll be no problems as you pass through airport security. The cover and style don’t scream expensive camera gear, keeping opportunists at bay.
It’s a line by Vanguard that looks and feels great.
Whether a short city trip or a much longer journey, you’ll benefit from all this bag has to offer. The rain cover keeps you protected, and the inner organization is completely at your disposal.
Best Travel Camera Bags: All Inclusive
I have the traveling photographer syndrome. My holiday choices are based solely on if I can photograph in that location. No sitting on the beach sipping martinis, I need to be out capturing the life on the streets.
Not only does it drive my fiance mad, it usually means multiple bags. Not anymore. Bag manufacturers have noted that more and more people travel and on a small budget.
Taking these multiple bags through airports can become expensive, especially if the gear is heavy. So, the single, all-inclusive bag was made.
This generally means a camera bag with an area for clothes. Or a travel-sized backpack with camera cubes.
WANDRD – Hexad Carryall Travel Duffel Bag (High-end)
- A clamshell opening that gives you complete access to the 3 large compartments inside the bag
- Uses camera cubes to create camera sections
- Dimensions: 9″H X 14″W X 22″L
- Padded laptop sleeve
- High-quality zippers
- Removable backpack straps
- Side camera access
- Weather-resistant materials
- RFID secure passport pocket
- Removable camera protection
Versatility is the key here. Whether you are using it for photography or not, this is the perfect travel bag for those who want a little more organization. You can choose to use 1/4 or 1/2 of this bag as a dedicated camera area.
The rest of the bag is available for clothing, personal effects or anything else you might need for the journey ahead. It works as a carry-on, held by its handles or as a backpack.
Extras are available, such as the rainfly and waist straps.
Lowepro Vertex 300 AW Backpack (Mid-range)
- Holds 1-2 Pro D-SLR’s, large 35mm or medium format system with 6-8 lenses (up to a 400mm F/2.8),
- Fits a tripod or monopod,
- Space for a 17″ laptop, and accessories
- Lightweight harness system with high-density padding
- 8 adjustment points for the harness
- Revolutionary adjustable Glide-Lock system attached tripods
- Padded main compartment with adjustable padded dividers
- Seam Sealed All Weather Cover
It was made with the outdoors in mind as it features a rugged construction.
Water resistant zippers and the seam-sealed all-weather cover protects gear while providing a bag that covers all body types.
It is up to you how much you want to assign to your personal items and camera gear.
URBAN DISGUISE 50 V2.0 (Budget)
- Nylon material
- Fits 1 standard DSLR with 70-200 f/2.8 attached, plus 2 standard lenses
- Holds a 13.3″ Laptop, and up to a 10” tablet
- Professional appearance with full-grain leather accents
- Separate padded compartment for carrying a laptop and a tablet
- Wide-mouth opening for unencumbered access to your gear
- Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 10.8” H x 7.5” D (36 x 27.5 x 19 cm)
- Internal Dimensions: 13.8” W x 9.8” H x 5.5” D (35 x 25 x 14 cm)
For a budget version, you aren’t going to have all the bells and whistles as the more expensive models. Saying that, if you would like a small bag that holds your camera gear and a laptop that doesn’t cost the earth, look no further.
A DSLR with three lenses isn’t bad. That’s more than most photographers have to work with.
You won’t be able to fit any clothes in it. But it will give you quick access and everything you’ll need to work and edit on the move.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Day to Day
If you are a travel photographer, and you don’t like the idea of one bag, we have another solution. You use a dedicated bag for clothing and toiletries, and a separate bag for your camera gear.
This way, you leave one at your hotel and are free to walk around with your camera bag.
Simple. this means you may have to check in the clothing bag, but it allows you to keep your camera gear with you. If you are a youngster, you can easily carry two backpacks (front and back). For the older generations, a roller and backpack are a great idea.
Who wants to carry around a huge bag full of clothing anyway. It will distract and hinder you from great shots.
That’s what travel photography is all about, no? Personally, if I had to, I’d leave all my clothes at home.
Tenba Solstice Backpack (High-end)
- Rear Camera Access
- Holds 1-2 DSLRs with 5-7 lenses (up to attached 70-200mm 2.8).
- Fits DJI Mavic and other compact drones
- Laptop Sleeve fits a 13-inch laptop
- Side pockets fit a tripod or a large water bottle.
- Built with the finest materials and hardware, including water-repellent 210D shadow ripstop and 420D plain-woven nylon
- 300g brushed tricot interior
- YKK® zippers and clips
- Heavily-reinforced stitching.
What I see more and more of these days are smart security measures in travel camera bags.
This bag secures gear up against the user’s back and enables access to equipment without fully removing the bag.
The large compartment holds a lot of camera gear and accessories. The front pocket can hold all the personal effects, with straps holding a jacket or jumper for quick access.
This is a perfect day pack for those fast getaways.
Boundary MK-1 (Mid-range)
- 22L Capacity
- Fits in the Prima line
- 3 Zipped Access Points With Locking Zippers
- Multiple Padded Dividers Included for Personal Customization
- 2 Interior Secure Zipped Pockets for Small Items
- 2 Stretch Mesh Pockets for Quick Access
- Padded Top Hand and Side Carry Handle
- Prima’s Waist Belt Clips on and Convert the Kit to Shoulder Carry
As a travel camera bag, this has it all. You gear sits in the main compartment, which is a self-proclaimed ‘bombproof’ shell. It is designed to fit inside the Prima bags, turning them into a dedicated camera backpack.
Those who use mirrorless systems have found they can add their camera body and 8 lenses. The smaller pockets hold filters, memory cards, and batteries.
The great thing is if you don’t feel like taking your camera out, use the bag for something else.
- Collapsible bellows that provide suspended protection from impact when deployed, and fold flat when not in use
- Ideal for storing and protecting headphones, compact camera, smartphone, sunglasses, etc
- A custom blend of coated fabrics with the look of canvas and the high, moisture-repelling performance of a synthetic
- The small-scale design is perfect for carrying minimal items you want for the day
- Multiple pockets offer easy access to quick-grab items like transit passes, keys, pens, etc
- Premium leather grab handles provide an extra and refined carry option
- Adjustable shoulder strap offers a custom fit on the shoulder or across the body
As a day to the day camera bag, this sling is really great. It looks professional and feels heavy duty. Big enough to hold a mirrorless camera and a lens or two.
For a DSLR, it will only hold the body and an attached lens, perhaps one more.
A tablet pocket sits at the back keeps the bag minimal, lightweight and easy to carry. It is small, but it’s meant to be a bag away from your travel bag.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Outdoor and Hiking
One of the biggest problem areas with photography gear is it might not be enough. If you’re a street photographer, you can get away with a small bag. For hiking and outdoor enthusiasts, you will need more equipment than just your camera kit.
Water, food, warm clothing and weather protection are a must. You may even need to take a tent, first aid kit, and GPS, depending on where you go and for how long.
You need a bag that allows you to carry all of these items.
On top of this, it needs to be comfortable, great at separating your items and weather protected. For the three best options, look at our pick below.
f-stop – Lotus Bundle (High-end)
- Lotus pack offers 32 liters of storage in a slim profile.
- Providing weather-resistant protection
- Durable Mountain Series design
- Access to the ICU through a rear access panel.
- Bundle includes the Lotus pack, Slope Medium ICU to protect and carry gear, and one pair of Gatekeepers to expand external storage.
- The Slope Medium ICU is a performance-oriented ICU, designed specifically for gripped bodies with attached optics
- Lotus External Dimensions: 20.5″ h x 13″ w x 11″ d – Torso Length: 13.8″
If you like a travel camera bag to stand out, then you’ve found your match. This hot pinky-orange will set you apart from any outdoor travelers.
There are benefits to this, meaning you’ll always find your pack among a sea of greens and blacks.
The camera gear is accessible from the back, which is great for security and weather protection. The camera insert is removable in case you want to take a day off from your photography.
Side straps will also hold any other outdoor items.
Shimoda Designs – EXPLORE 40 (Mid-range)
- Multiple access points – rear and side
- Height adjustable harness
- Fully customizable camera inserts
- Carry-on friendly
- Holds up to 13″ laptop
- External dimensions – 11.4 x 22.4 x 10.2 inches / 29 x 57 x 26 cm
- Internal dimensions – 11.4 x 17.3 x 6.7 inches / 29 x 44 x 17 cm
See, I told you I like this company. We already looked at the roller version of this bag above, but it wasn’t enough.
This is the second camera that really captured my attention for travel camera bags. See if you agree.
Shimoda wanted to create a design that was intuitive. It will carry camera gear, food, clothing – all of it is fully customizable.
This is great as many photographers in the outdoors require different disciplines. Some camp, others won’t.
- Durable yet ultra-lightweight outdoor camera backpack for hikers and other sports enthusiasts
- Can hold an SLR camera body with lens attached, plus a camera flash, charger, and batteries
- Padded, re-configurable side pocket offers easy camera access; padded back compartment for storing a tablet or laptop up to 13 inches
- Top-loading upper compartment with headphone cable access and drawstring closure; drawstrings can be used to hang hiking poles
- Side pocket for a tripod or monopod; front pocket; padded back and shoulder straps; adjustable waist strap
- Rain cover included
The Hiker camera and laptop bag are pretty self-explanatory. It will hold your camera equipment and laptop for those hiking, or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors.
A customizable side-pocket allows easy access to your camera. This means you can get to your camera without putting it down on wet surfaces or dirty floors. For those going out for longer periods of time, there is a rain cover.
There are smaller pockets for the smaller items you or your devices will need. Phones, money, memory cards and cables are best kept here, leaving you to utilize the inside for your gear.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Tactical
Stylish bags, heavily protected cases and inclusive backpacks all have their place. They aren’t the best choice for areas that offer a little more adventure. Lugging a suitcase onto a Land Rover in a Safari Park is not going to give you any respect.
For birdwatchers and animal photographers alike, you need something a little inconspicuous. Military or tactical bags give you portability, quick access and possibly a hydration system. They are camouflaged as not to scare away your subjects.
Smaller options also allow you to run faster, but let’s hope that never becomes a possibility.
Arc’teryx Leaf Drypack 25 (High-end)
- Internal velcro loop panel – versatile pouch configurations
- Main compartment internal zip pocket stores mission essential personal items
- Oral inflation valve – neutral buoyancy underwater or positive buoyancy on the surface
- Dual-density shoulder straps distribute weight over a broad surface area
- Sternum strap allows the pack to sit upright and close to the end–users back
- Stowable/removable hip belt allows for equal weight distribution
- TIZIP closure (with T-handle retention loop)
This waterproof Assault Pack is a great choice for those who need camouflage. The main internal compartment is configured for the insertion of after-market modular pouches. These will allow you to hold your camera gear, among other things.
It’s a great bag to carry long distances, which helps when you need to travel on foot. A hip belt helps to keep the weight distributed, which is perfect for heavy equipment.
The best thing about this bag is it floats! A valve allows you to inflate the bag manually, guaranteeing peace of mind.
Echo Niner Low Profile Covert (Mid-range)
- Front and rear slash pockets
- YKK reverse zipper closure
- Padded Shoulder Straps
- Padded Interior. The 3 sections are collapsible to accommodate carrying most any kind of equipment
- 420D Nylon Yellow Packcloth Interior. For better visibility under low light
- Mil-spec nylon webbing
- Dimensions: 4.5″ x 10″ x 17″
- Made in the USA
The LPC bag is a multi-functional bag. Not only be it used on its own, but it can serve as a padded insert with some messenger bags. This means you can separate your equipment easily, leaving unneeded items at home/hotel/base camp.
It has a lightweight design and comes in green, brown and black camouflage. It doesn’t look like a camera bag either, adding another level of security. Most of the equipment fits in the main compartment, with two smaller pockets for those smaller items.
Internal padding separates into seven areas, protecting camera bodies, lenses and other devices. It’s big enough to take the necessary items without being cumbersome.
SHANGRI-LA Multi-Functional Tactical (Budget)
- Strong and Multi-functional Nylon 1000D.
- Fully adjustable and comfortable shoulder and waist strap
- Rear padded island that conforms to the body
- Roomy main drawstring-closed compartment
- Front pocket for quick access – Interior pocket for separated storage
- Concealed back pocket with zipper closure
- Reach for anything with one hand without having to take the bag off
- 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty
This multi-functional bag has many great features. Firstly, it can be used as a messenger bag, or slung over your shoulder. The waist strap can be used on its own, distributing the weight closer to your center of gravity.
It’s small enough not to get in the way, yet big enough to carry everything you need. The front and top pockets are easily accessible and great for small items such as memory cards and batteries.
The bottom can hold a tripod via elastic cables, and the side pocket easily fits a water bottle. Its ergonomic style and design makes it a great photography travel bag to work with
Best Travel Camera Bags: Stylish
If you are the stylish traveler, a backpack might not be the best option.
A stylish bag makes you more approachable. It is something you will need to access nicer places, such as cafes, restaurants, museums and stately homes. Perhaps the reason for your travel is to photograph a glamorous event. A stylish bag is needed.
Generally, they cost more money, but they look great. The added benefit is that they don’t appear to be holding expensive equipment. So, you are less of a target for theft.
Oberwerth Richard Black Camera Bag (High-end)
- Spacious – one or two DSLRs, multiple lenses with a shorter focal length or one telephoto lens
- Padded inner compartment
- Weather, shock and bump resistant
- Adjustable padding
- Removable insert
- Spacious inner compartment for a 15 ” laptop
- Two-step LOXX locking system allows you to customize the size of the bag
This is a fancy bag. No doubt. But, don’t get too excited yet as this is the most expensive travel camera bag on our list, if not in the whole world. This isn’t something you want to take to the dusty roads that surround Bangkok.
For fancy events, such as weddings, you’ll look the part. Dress for success, even if you don’t shoot with a Leica body.
The all-leather RICHARD bag is handmade with 100% tumbled, full-grain cowhide leather.
Billingham Hadley Pro (Mid-range)
- Removable camera insert secures with a single press stud inside the main compartment
- Dual expandable slip pockets at the front
- Rear zippered pocket at the back
- Compatible with optional AVEA pockets; Quick-release system allows you easy access to your gear
- Interior top divider on camera insert shields your gear from rain or snow
- Holds DSLR & Lens, 70-200mm, Flash
- Dimensions : 13.8 x 4.8 x 11.0
This sling bag is the ultimate travel companion. It’s smart, with a great color theme and, will suit any event where scruffiness is frowned upon.
A professional photographer’s bag that isn’t too obvious, allowing you to work in peace.
It’s so good at keeping your equipment decompartmentalized that you’ll end up taking more than you need. No matter if you do, as the Billingham stays super comfortable.
Purple Relic DSLR Leather Camera Bag (Budget)
- Insert can be removed to transform it into a vintage-style handbag
- Handmade raw leather item with imperfections, meaning your bag is and will stay unique
- 13″ (L) x 10.6″(H) x 5″(W)
- Shoulder drop of 24″
- Padded insert holds and protects DSLR and small accessories
- Carried by the top handle, crossbody or shoulder
- Multiple zippers, flap and slip pockets;
- Back zipper pocket
The purple relic leather camera bag is more than just a camera bag. This spacious design has a canvas-lined interior and fitted with a large pouch, zipped pockets, magnetic flap pockets, iPad slot, and phone and wallet slots for easy organization.
This is the most stylish bag out of all our reviewed items today, and also the one that doesn’t scream photographer.
This bag will ensure you look like a guest and not a photographer at any and all events.
Best Travel Camera Bags: Heavy Protection
Traveling with your camera equipment to new, unvisited locations means you don’t know what to expect. Be a boy scout to your equipment and always be prepared.
Trains, planes, and automobiles all add stress and bumps to all luggage.
It would be terrible to travel 1000 miles for a high-end photo shoot and find your cameras are broken and damaged. It’s not worth the risk.
Protection for your bag against bumps, drops, scrapes, and spillages are a must. Being able to lock them is even better.
Lowepro Hardside 300 Photo Case (High-end)
- Fits a DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, 4-6 lenses or flashes and accessories
- Outer shell built of formed ABS polymer for extreme-impact resistance
- Removable, soft-sided insert
- Adjustable and padded interior for easy customization and extra protection
- Tuck-away backpack straps for the perfect “Plan B” carry option
- Waterproof and dustproof rating of IP67.
- Keep gear safe from debris and moisture inside the airtight case with a durable silicone gasket and long-lasting seal
- Sized to meet standard airline carry-on requirements (45 linear in. / 114.3 cm)
Until Lowpro finally started making their own photo cases, there was only Pelican. Now the company has competition and Lowepro seems to fair pretty well in a more accessible area of the hard case market.
Here we have a hard case shell, with a large camera insert inside that can hold a ton of gear. This is fully customizable to your own gear, which makes it a great system to have.
There are inner pockets for all those smaller items.
Portacase CS-DV3Q (Mid-range)
- Abrasion-resistant Material
- Handmade in the USA
- Designed to have the best fit for your equipment
Until recently, I had never heard of Portacase. Their travel camera bags were more geared around the video market. But now that DSLRs and the mirrorless camera can also create videos, these serve as a great system for protection.
The CS-DV3Q is a durable, versatile soft-sided case for carrying compact HD or DSLR camera setups. The 9-inch interior height fits a wide range of camera and DSLR-rig configurations.
The only choice left is straps or handles. Your choice.
Arco Video Dr. Bag 20 (Budget)
- Fits Video Cameras up to 16.5″ Long; Wide Opening for Easy Access to Gear
- Water-Resistant Hard Exterior Shell; Removable Interior Bucket Design
- Removable Padded Interior Dividers; Interior Ripstop and Soft Nylon Lining
- Large Exterior Zippered Pocket; Top and Side Handles
- Shoulder Strap Included; Bottom Trolley Strap
Arco is another company that deals specifically for video cameras. But who is to say you can’t use this bag for smaller DSLR camera systems.
It comes with dividers that provide excellent protection for all your camera gear.
I really like the fact that it opens like a doctors bag, making it very unique. Put it down, open it up and use your gear. Pack it away and move on to the next location.
This is perfect for car travel, where each bag contains a different lens or camera system.