When you are planning a big trip, what are some items that you simply have to bring every time? Some clothes and your camera are probably pretty high on the list, but where would you rank your tripod?

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Today, I wanted to share this great video from Mark Wallace that highlights four reasons why you should really consider bringing your tripod with you on your next vacation/trip. If you are anything like me, you usually don’t consider your tripod a travel accessory, but in reality, it should be.

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There are many tripods out there these days that are great for traveling; they are small, light weight, and are very compact. We at SLR Lounge really like the MeFoto tripods, not only for their quality, but they are pretty to look at, too.

This is not limited to your next long trip or vacation; this is important for your day trips and photo walks, as well! It is easy to convince yourself that you don’t want to carry that tripod for 3 miles to a scenic waterfall, but if you don’t, you will be severely limiting your photographic options.

So next time you find yourself thinking about what to pack in your bag, remember that your tripod should be there by default.

[via Mark Wallace]