How to Backup Photos while Traveling

How to Backup Photos while Traveling

How to Backup Photos while Traveling

Taking photos while traveling is something we all do. A few years later, you want to look back through those photos and relive those moments again. You know the feeling. ?
Now imagine losing all those photos, that would be devastating. ? We’re all concentrated on not losing our wallet or phone, but to us, the memories in a photo are much more precious. Use our tips to backup photos while traveling.

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Keeping your precious memories safely revolves around one rule: Backup travel photos twice. Use at least two of the methods we’re going to tell you.

  • Wireless Card Reader (without laptop)
  • Memory cards, loads of them.
  • Online photo backup to the cloud
  • Backup photos on a portable hard drive

Backup travel photos without a laptop

At our first big trip, we really didn’t want to bring a laptop, because of the weight and safety. Oh yeah.. and our backpacks were over packed already. ?

Backup photos using a wireless Card Reader

A wireless card reader is very useful if you are not taking a laptop. If you pick a good card reader like a Kingston Wireless, you can plug in your memory card at one side and a portable hard drive on the other. You can transfer photos to your portable hard drive by using a phone or tablet MobileLite app to connect to your card reader using WiFi. This is offline WiFi, which is just a signal between the devices like Bluetooth. See our photo below or this demo.

Backup photos while traveling ipad

As external hard drive we always take the WD My Passport ultra and recently bougth a second one. They travel the world with us. The Kingston Wireless has WiFi and a battery, which is very useful if you want to watch a movie while you’re on a long bus ride. We use it a lot to transfer our camera and GoPro photos to our hard drive.

Kingston Wireless G3

This is your backup buddy, it makes it possible to travel without a laptop.

WD My Passport Ultra

Connect this hard drive to the Kingston and transfer photos to your hard drive.

Backup on memory cards while traveling

Bring a lot of them. It depends on the length of your trip and they size of your photos but you can’t have enough memory cards with you. Make sure they have enough capacity, at least 250GB in total. We always take 4 x 64GB SD card. Store them in a shock and waterproof case to keep your travel photos safe.

SanDisk Extreme 64GB

Micro SD cards fits in a GoPro and in a normal camera using a card adapter.

Memory Card Case

Water-Resistant memory card holder to keep your memory cards safe.

Backup photos gopro travel

Backup photos online

If you shoot a lot of photos using your phone then make sure you activate a cloud solution. Services like Google Photos or iCloud will automatically start uploading your photos whenever you’re connected to WiFi. There’s a small monthly price tag on it, which you can’t compare to losing your photos.

You could also import the photos to your iPad using an Apple Lightning To Sd Card Camera Reader and then upload the photos to the cloud.

Tip: Keep in mind, there are places in the world where good WiFi isn’t normal. So if you have to choose don’t only backup online.

Backup photos while traveling gopro ipad

Backup travel photos using a laptop

If you are able to take your laptop with you, we still highly recommend to backup your photos at two places.

Backup travel photos online

Get your laptop online and your photos will be uploaded to the cloud automatically, even while you’re away. Nothing easier than that.

backup photos while traveing

Backup photos on a portable hard drive

Backing up your travel photos on a portable hard drive is probably your best and safest option. While traveling, be sure to separate your laptop and portable hard drive. When something happens to one of them, you’ll still have your photos safely with you. Try to buy a hard drive varying from 250GB to 500GB, depending on how much video footage you’re shooting. Videos need a lot more space, after all.

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  • Great post. About backing up photos using the wireless card reader, is the hard drive receiving the data wirelessly or is it plugged into the iPad or phone? Was looking a solution that did not need a phone or iPad. This HDD on Amazon has a built-in card reader and wifi.

  • sheila hudson

    these tips are cool. I love travelling. next time when i want to travel then i must bring wireless Card Reader with me.
    we need a vehicle when we want to move. if we want to move we must vehicle and vehicle must need a backup camera.
    backup camera must reduce accident frequently. if we can look our backside then we must be alert for accident. it of course decrease accident.
    ” backup cameracart ” can give a right path to choice best backup camera.

    • Great tips! We don’t work for clients but we do write a travel blog, so we feel we have always lack of space or too bad internet to upload everything:) I wonder, do you shoot only in raw or jpg as well? And after you edit photos, do you keep raw-s or delete them? I tend to keep them, but as I said.. The “space problem” is getting bigger ?

      • Salt in our Hair

        Hi Sandra! Thanks for your comment. We only shoot in RAW and we always keep our RAW images after we edit them but we have an external hard drive to help with that. Maybe it’s worth getting one? Hope this helps!

    • saltinourhair

      Glad to hear our tips are useful for you!
      If you have any questions, please let us know :)

  • The wireless card reader seems to be the best option, as you can’t rely on the Internet connection all the time and you don’t want to carry and turn on the laptop only to do that task.
    I always backup the photos to the laptop, but it’s so time-consuming and boring.
    Very good tips!

  • Steven Conte

    Great guide. This is definitely a must when you are traveling and love to take tons of photos. I went through a nightmare once. Took a ton of photos on my holiday in Japan and when I got back to America, I found out I lost my SD card. Would have loved to been able to use this guide on that trip. Thanks for sharing!

    • saltinourhair

      You’re welcome Steven. Your story sounds like one of the worst things to us .. Hope we’ve helped you to keep your photos save on your next trip!

  • Becky Padmore

    Great tips guys! Will definitely use a wireless Card Reader next time I travel without a laptop!

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