It’s time to book those flights, dust off those passports, or gas up the car and embark on an unforgettable summer adventure!

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However, one of the most stressful aspects to planning any trip, regardless of length os stay or destination, is packing. What does one bring? What gets left behind? In these social media driven times, there is one item that is a must: a camera.

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Traveling is about the experience. And, since photography become widely accessible and portable, people all over the world share a universal need: to capture and share those memories to be fondly remembered for years to come.

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However, bringing just a camera may not cut it. While one certainly doesn’t to over pack and lug around a bunch of luggage (not to mention baggage check fees add up very quickly), it’s possible to narrow down your photographic needs to a handful of versatile and compact items.

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Cameras

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II 
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Stay inspired with the PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera, which combines exhilarating speed and performance with a smart, compact design. It can be ideal for travel, events and anywhere on the go, or as a secondary camera, and features a high-performance 1.0-inch 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor as well as a bright f/1.8–2.8 lens to help capture impressive images whenever your creativity sparks, even in low light conditions.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
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Absolutely stunning picture quality, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is compact enough to take anywhere. Now your photos maintain soft background defocus even when zoomed in with the improved f1.8-2.8 24-70mm Carl Zeiss lens. There’s even a pop-up electronic viewfinder for eye-level framing and a 180ー tilt screen for 20.1MP selfies. Lastly, the ultra-fast BIONZ X processor adds speed and accuracy for stills as well as beautiful HD video.

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In the mood for something a little heavy duty while on your travels?

Nikon D3400 Digital SLR Camera
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Before the D3400, you chose your smartphone camera for convenience. Zooming was clumsy. Shooting in low light was nearly impossible. Capturing fast action was a game of luck. But after the D3400, you’ll see that you were compromising image quality. That some of the greatest photos happen when the light is low. That fast action can be frozen in perfect clarity. And that a camera and a smartphone can work together in harmony to make the photos you share absolutely amazing.

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Bags

Are you familiar with ONA camera bags? If not, you should be. Modern, practical, and, dare I say, fashionable, ONA camera bags deserve to be on your travel checklist.

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These bags are gorgeous! Not to mention, they are also packed with compartments are neat features. For instance, ONA’s The Bowery Camera Bag, pictured above, boasts the following features:

  • Fits DSLR/Lens or Mirrorless/2 Lenses
  • Serves as Insert for Non-Camera Bags
  • Water-Resistant Waxed Canvas
  • Padded Interior with Removable Divider
  • Five Exterior Open Slip Pockets
  • Secure Tuck-Clasp Closure
  • Side Weather Flaps
  • Antique Brass Accents
  • Removable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap

Need something with a bit more room? There’s the The Prince Street Camera Messenger Bag.

The Prince Street Camera Messenger Bag | Credit: ONA

Durable and stylish, this big boasts the following features:

  • Room for a DSLR, rangefinder, or mirrorless camera with an attached lens and 2 extra lenses, plus an 11″ laptop or tablet.
  • Streamlined back pocket for documents, magazines, or thin books.
  • Dual front pouches for accessories, such as your smartphone, memory cards, or batteries.
  • Fold-over front flap secured by two belt-like straps with antique brass buckle closures.
  • Padded interior dividers allow you to customize the organization and placement of your gear to suit your needs or preferences.
  • Rain-diverting side flaps keep your valuable equipment safe in inclement weather.
  • Carried via the adjustable shoulder strap with comfort pad or the slim, removable top grab handle.
  • Handcrafted from water-resistant waxed canvas with full-grain leather details for durability and style.

Plenty of room for your wallet, passport, hotel keys, and that brand new DSLR!

Digital Storage

Get memory cards; like, a lot of them.

SanDisk 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card
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The SanDisk 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card allows users to take advantage of functions such as fast action shots, continuous burst mode, and multiple frames per second. Up to 8X faster than ordinary memory cards to catch your best shots.

Tripods and Stabilizers

MeFoto BackPacker Travel Tripod Kit
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The MeFOTO BackPacker Travel Tripod Kits provide an exceptional combination of materials, construction and features – plus a splash of color!

Great for point & shoot, mirrorless and micro 4/3 cameras. Only 12.6″ when folded yet 51.2″ extended, it weighs 2.6 lbs and can support up to 8.8 lbs.

DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer
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Capture memories and share life’s moments more easily and more cinematically than ever with the DJI Osmo Mobile. It turns your smartphone into a smart motion camera, making every moment you shoot look smooth, professional and ready to share. Use it with the DJI GO app to automatically track your subject, capture stunning motion timelapses or even stream a moment live around the globe.

One last thing…

If you are traveling, what’s one thing you can’t leave home without? That would be a passport. Well, we at Samy’s Camera have our own version…

Stop by your local Samy’s Camera and, with your purchase, feel free to ask a sales associate for a Samy’s Passport to Photo Savings. To show you our appreciation for your purchase, we have created this passport to savings book so you can learn more and enjoy your new camera. Inside you will find up to $300 worth of savings on accessories, maintenance and photo classes!

Perfect for when one returns from their travels and wants a few shots printed or wants to perfect those photography skills for their next adventure.

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Happy Travels!