Taking a road trip can be amazing, especially if you do it with people you love. Whether you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime experience, an epic drive across the United States, or just a quiet weekend getaway, you’ll want the best camera to capture moments along the way. The best camera can elevate your vacation photos and videos to a higher quality. It can also help you capture amazing slow-motion footage and most importantly, it provides solid water resistance so your phone stays safely in your pocket. You don’t have to spend a fortune on high-end cameras. Often a GoPro can do the trick.
I travel a lotand I’ll be the first to admit that I carry more camera gear than I need. However, there are only a few things that I use all the time and that’s what I’m recommending here. One of these will likely be all you need for your next trip.
I don’t have a strong recommendation for this one, other than to say that selfie sticks are great (when you’re not in crowds, that is) and you should find one that you like. Even I, who have what a friend describes as “terribly long arms,” find great use in a selfie stick. They allow me to capture photos and videos that would be impossible otherwise, especially with a 360 camera that automatically erases the stick from the final image or video.
I recommend getting one with tripod mount screws on both ends, which gives you more options on what you can mount and how you can mount the stick itself. Likewise, make sure you have one that can hold all your cameras and phones.
Remote for camera
I find them super comfortable, but depending on how you record, it might not. It’s a simple Bluetooth remote that lets you control when the camera starts and stops recording, along with changing modes, settings, and more. Granted, you could use your phone’s camera app instead, but I feel like I’ve spent half my life trying to get cameras to connect to their apps, so sometimes the remote is easier. Sometimes the remote doesn’t connect either. Either way, it’s a hassle. Oh, good.
Tripods and other stands
One last thing. Tripods and stands. You probably don’t need a full-sized tripod, few people do. However, a small bendable model can be super handy, allowing you to mount the camera on almost anything and take a great photo with you in it. I had good luck with the Joby GorillaPods. I have an older version of this one.
Also check the suction cup and dashboard mounts. I have a small dash and a small windshield so it was much harder to find something that would work. So what I use probably won’t work for you. In general, I would recommend mounting the camera as high as possible if you can for better visibility.
I’ll finish with my favorite, an antenna stand. Unroll your antenna and mount this mount. When paired with a 360 camera, it allows you to get an exciting and unique view of your adventure. i have one of these and put a selfie stick on top of it, plus a 360 camera to capture drone-like footage of me and my car in Grand Teton National Park. However, how well this works will depend on your particular vehicle.
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In addition to covering TV and other display technology, Jeff takes photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world, including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, epic 10,000 mile road trips and more. Check out Tech Treks for all its tours and adventures.
He wrote a bestselling science fiction novel for city-sized submarines and a continuation. You can follow his adventures on Instagram and his YouTube channel.