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7 Tips on Travelling with a Drone

When I first bought my drone I was skeptical about when and where to take it. To begin with, it was actually kind of an inconvenience. After getting used to carrying it and seeing the benefits I generally ensure that I take it on every trip now.

All 7 Tips listed below will make life easier when Traveling with a Drone;

TIP #1 – GET A GOOD BAG

I cannot express this enough, if you are going to spend lots of money on an expensive gadget then make sure you also buy yourself a good bag to protect it. I am currently using the Manfrotto D1, its the perfect set up for my DJI Phantom 4 as it was originally designed to hold the Phantom 3 and the 4 isn’t much different overall when it comes to size.

TIP #2 – ENSURE BATTERIES ARE IN YOUR CARRY ON

You may have noticed now that batteries in your hold luggage have become quite a dilemma even before the introduction of drones. Be sure to carry your batteries onto the aircraft in your hand luggage, some websites recommend having them at approx 50%. Generally, I try and make sure they are not FULL to eliminate any risk factors.

TIP #3 – DON’T MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT IN AIRPORTS

This tip generally compliments the above tip’s very nicely. If you prepare yourself beforehand and make sure your bag is fit for purpose you won’t be highlighted by some of the incompetent airport staff. Furthermore I wouldn’t recommend getting on board the aircraft during the later stages of boarding either as this may reduce your chances of getting overhead locker space for your expensive new toy, meaning you bag will be offered to the hold and then they will realise you have some LiPo batteries and some airlines get funny about it.

TIP #4 – PICK A VANTAGE POINT AWAY FROM PEOPLE

I will usually get my best shots when I don’t have 25 locals breathing down my neck asking me what I am doing….funny that, right? Well, it took me a little while to grasp this method and I can honestly say it has been a winner for me since. Find yourself a spot where you have little or no sunlight/reflection as this also helps when viewing the live feed on your screen. When I was recently in Bali I was down Bingin Beach shooting some surfers on my Phantom 3 and most of the bars were pretty busy…I went for a little walk and found a hidden bar that was a climb up the rocks but the vantage point I was able to achieve was great.

TIP #5 – RESEARCH THE LAWS IN THE COUNTRY…BEFORE YOU FLY!

The most important thing to remember before flying your drone overseas is doing your research about where and when you can fly. Luckily you can find pretty much any information you are looking for online. I am currently in Australia and the rules are pretty straight forward including; don’t fly at night, don’t fly over groups of people and remember to stay below 400ft.

TIP #6 – BUY YOURSELF EXTRA BATTERIES FOR YOUR TRAVELS

I cannot express enough how important it is to have enough power to put your drone in the air whenever the situation dictates. Generally, the Phantom 4 can stay in the air for approx 30minutes on a full battery. If your budget doesn’t allow you to purchase extra batteries then plan your flights a little more strategically and you will get more out of a battery.

TIP #7 – LEARN HOW TO EDIT AND BUILD A MONTAGE 

Now you have a drone and no doubt a smartphone or GoPro then it’s a perfect time to dabble in a little video editing. You can either use iMovie, Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier depending on your skill set. Once you have finalised your production then get yourself on Vimeo to keep a live portfolio of your work. Check out my Vimeo channel HERE!

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