With summer officially days away, some of us here (me mostly) have travel on the mind. A few days ago, I shared a video with some simple and essential travel tips for photographers and today, I wanted to share a video focused specifically on backing up your images when you travel. I think most of us can agree that we’d rather have our gear taken than lose our images. Gear is expensive, but replaceable, lost images are not. Whether you are traveling this summer for a wedding or a vacation, you need to make sure that the images you’ve taken are safe (x3).


If you’ve watched our Lightroom Workflow System Workshop, you’ll be familiar with our system of data safety. Everyone does it a little differently, but when it comes to keeping your images safe when traveling, make sure you have a plan, because as the saying goes, “if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”


In the following video, Steve Perry shows us his method for image backup while he is traveling. I especially liked his tips on keeping the backups as separate as possible while traveling. For example, keeping your laptop in one place (such as your hotel room) while your external drive can be hidden in the car. One tip that he does include is something I do as well while traveling for destination weddings; I put all the images on one large card (after transferring the files onto my laptop and keeping a copy on my external) and carry that card on me (usually in my pocket).

Watch the video below to get Steve Perry’s method, and perhaps pick up a few tips you can use the next time you travel.

What data backup method do you use while traveling? Comment below!