8 Tips for TRAVELING with your DRONE

8 Tips for TRAVELING with your DRONE


– What is up guys? Let’s talk about
traveling with your drone. (techno music) Guys, if you’re new to this channel and this is the first video you’ve seen, then you probably don’t
know what’s going on. So basically, for the
entire month of December, I’m putting out a new
camera tutorial every day, or photography or something
in the filmmaking world. So it’s 31 days of filmmaking,
awesome and cool stuff. So guys, if you end up liking this video, make sure you hit that subscribe button. Alright, so we’re talking
drone and traveling, two things I love, I love
drones, and I love traveling. But people always ask me
what kind of cases I use or how do you travel with a drone, like how do you check things? So that’s the topics that we’re
gonna go into in this video. Okay, so I’ve narrowed it down to eight things that
you need to think about when you’re traveling with your drone. Alright, the first one, and
this is like the biggest thing that I try to tell people all the time, and that is know the rules and regulations before you go into a country. Before you even step foot
on a plane, wherever it is that you’re leaving from
going to somewhere else, make sure you know the
rules and regulations. If you’ve seen some of the
other videos on this channel, you’ll realize I’ve had
my drone taken at customs in Nicaragua, they took
it and it really sucked. I’ll put a link the description to that video so you can check it out, the whole story behind
what happened there. You don’t want that to happen. Let me tell you, it is the worst feeling when customs agents are
sitting there with your drone and saying, you can’t take
this into the country. And they put it in a box and that’s it. Well, there goes my drone. You don’t want that to happen. There’s plenty of
information on the web about country’s laws and regulations
and all that good stuff. Just go into Google and type
in drone rules and regulations in Nicaragua, and you’ll
see a ton of stuff pop up. Just start going through
the different listings and see what information is out there on the country you’re going in. Usually you’ll find it
pretty quick, if not, go into some forums, check
out what other people are talking about flying
in different countries. Don’t wait ’til last minute when you’re trying to figure this out. Give yourself a week or something. And if you’re in the US and
you’re flying somewhere else in the US, I would say do
the same type of research. Where it is that you’re going, you might not be able to fly a drone. So if you’re flying
somewhere to go check out a national park, well
guess what, you can’t fly. So what’s the point in bringing your drone unless you’re gonna be outside the park doing something else, but if you’re going just to go see like Yellowstone,
there’s a good chance that there’s no reason
to even bring the drone. Okay, the next tip I have for you is have protective
cases for all your gear. So I put my drone in
hard, protective cases. I like the ones that are really snug and fit right around the drone, because that way I can pack it
in my bag with other things. Some people will have just a case that has all the parts in the case. For my Spark I have that. For my Mavic I have the individual cases. I’ll put a link in the description to the ones I use for
my Spark and my Mavic. Personally, I love having a
smaller footprint with my drone because I’m working with
a bunch of other gear and I want to be able to just slide it in my bag with some other stuff. So I don’t know where I’m
gonna be when I’m traveling, I don’t know the situation,
having a big drone case doesn’t necessarily always work, so that’s why I go for the smaller cases. Backpack is super important. So when I had the Phantom
3, I had a special backpack just for the drone, and I
could fit some stuff around it. With the smaller drones,
which is why I suggest using like a Mavic to travel or a Spark, you can pack it in with your other stuff. The bag I use is an ultra
light camera bag from F-Stop. They have some great backpacks, I’ll put a link to that one below. Guys, I don’t need to keep saying it, if I’m talking about a product,
I’ll put in the link below just so you guys can take a look at that. I like an ultra light
backpack, I like something that’s not gonna be super heavy, something that has a frame
so it sits well on my back, and then also I like modular systems. So I don’t like backpacks that have like, the predefined cutouts for everything. I would rather build my own layout. So with the ultra light that I use, I have things in different bags. And that’s what I’m saying with the drone, the protective cases, there’s
small little protective cases so when I put ’em in the backpack, I could fit things in differently depending on what gear I’m
bringing for what trip. So if I’m bringing my stabilizer, multiple cameras, a ton of lenses, or if I’m just bringing
like a couple things, then maybe I’ll put a jacket, water bottle, and some
other stuff in there. Something to keep in mind,
you really just gotta find the backpack that works for you. It’s taken me years to find a backpack that I’m really happy with. And actually this one is pretty awesome, I think I’m gonna be using
this bag for a while. Okay, another big tip
when you’re traveling is carry all your drone stuff on you. The last thing you wanna
do is put your drone in like a checked bag and
then have it disappear or have it broken when you
show up at the location. So that’s, again, why I
say I use smaller drones, because I can pack it in my backpack and keep it on me wherever I’m going. And even if it is bigger,
say like the Phantom 4, you can put that in a hard case or another type of rolling bag that you can put in the
overhead compartment. So I like to either have it on my back, my backpack, or I bring
a second rolling bag and that has other gear in it
and that goes in the overhead. You just don’t want to check
things if you don’t have to. There’s only certain
situations, I would say, you’d check something,
but for the most part, always have your camera
gear, your drones, all that, on you when you’re going
through the airport and going to another
country or another state or wherever it is that you’re going. Okay, another important one
for the safety of your gimbal is use some sort of clamp, either the one that came with your drone,
but if you’re like me, and you accidentally threw
that away a long time ago, buy a replacement, get a clamp on there, so that your gimbal is
not spinning freely. You’re gonna be throwing
your backpack on, off, you’re getting on and off planes. If your connection is tight,
you’re gonna be running through the airport, you might get hit. There’s a lot of things that
are gonna happen with your bag, so you don’t want your
gimbal flying around and to get broken in transport. Alright, when you land,
before you start flying, I have a couple things
that I suggest you do before you get out there and start getting those awesome shots. So you’re gonna wanna reset
your gyro and your IMU. So basically those are the
things that keep your drone stable in the air, that keeps
it from drifting, tilting, doing all that stuff,
keeps it super stable. Things may happen when you’re traveling. It may go out of whack by the time you get somewhere and you start flying. Just a precautionary thing, get there, reset your stuff, make
sure that everything’s good to go before you start flying. Okay, the next tip goes
right along with that. You need to do a test flight. So you need to turn on your drone, make sure everything’s connected, make sure the GPS is
working, all that good stuff. Then take it up, let it sit
there for 20, 30 seconds, bring it back down, land it,
and then turn it all off, because you want to do a test flight. Basically, the test flight makes sure that everything’s working properly, that you’re not gonna get a flyaway as soon as you take it up in the air. What happens if like 20
seconds into your flight you loose connection and it takes off? So you just want to make sure that things are working properly. I had an issue when I was in Ecuador. I actually did not do
this, and I took it off and it went flying right
away, and within 15 seconds, I lost connection and
the drone went crazy. It was like flying all over the place and smashed into a brick wall. It sucked. Take it up, let it sit for a
little bit, bring it back down. You know everything’s working,
now you can start flying. And it’s just one of those things when you’re traveling
and you’re moving a lot, you just gotta make sure
everything’s in working order. Drones are a highly
technical piece of gear. There’s a lot that could go
wrong, it’s not just a toy, and a lot of people treat
it like it’s just a toy that they just take it up and
fly and get a cool picture. But there’s a lot going
on, so just make sure things are in working
order before you fly. Okay, and my last tip
is be smart and be safe. If you’re feeling a little
sketched out where you’re at, maybe it’s the people,
maybe it’s the location, don’t fly, don’t do it, just wait, maybe there’s gonna be a
better opportunity to fly. If you’re traveling internationally, you don’t know if the
locals are gonna be hostile. So if you’re getting a bad
feeling about something, I just wouldn’t take the drone up, ’cause you’re gonna draw
more attention to yourself. You know, most of the times when I travel, I never have any issues,
and usually the locals, wherever we’re at, will
wanna see what’s going on and hang out, watch
the drone, do all that. Some people just don’t even care. But there are situations
where you start getting looks, you start having people talking amongst themselves and walking over. You just don’t want to get in a situation where something bad is gonna happen. So just be aware of your
surroundings, be safe, be smart. Think about it, if you have a
bad feeling, just don’t fly. Alright you guys, so those are my tips for when you’re traveling with a drone. Have fun, be safe, and also
don’t let your drone take over your entire vacation, wherever
it is that you’re going. Don’t make everything
about flying your drone. Take it up, get some cool shots, but then also enjoy the experience. And this is something I
tell people all the time, is that when you’re traveling, you wanna be there in the moment, you don’t always wanna be
sitting behind technology. Get those shots, make the awesome film, do whatever it is that
you’re doing with your drone, take a step back, put it away, put it in your backpack,
and enjoy the moment. Because you’ll have a
much better experience when you take a step
back from always shooting and always being connected. Alright guys, that is it. Make sure you hit that
subscribe button if you like this video and you wanna
see more videos like this. Like I said, I’m doing
31 videos this month. All of December, a new video every day. It is a lot of work. There’s a lot I’m putting into this. I am also traveling this month. I am shooting a ton of these right now, I’m actually shooting like, I’ve shot like a bunch
in the last few days because I’m jumping on
a plane to New Zealand. I need to get a bunch of these uploaded because I have no idea
what the internet situation is gonna be, I don’t even know what I’m doing in New Zealand yet. But we’re jumping on a
flight in a couple days, so I’m gonna put a bunch of
these ready to go on YouTube so I don’t miss a day,
but then I’ll pick back up and start shooting more of
’em as I get into New Zealand. And I’ll shoot some awesome
footage while I’m there that I can use in these
filmmaking tutorials. There’s some cool stuff coming, I got a lot of awesome
videos ready for you. So make sure you hit that subscribe button and turn on those notifications
so you don’t miss one. Alright guys, so if you haven’t already, head over to Instagram,
checks us out at wanderworx, and I will see you on the next one.

100 thoughts on “8 Tips for TRAVELING with your DRONE

  1. Good advice, Although I don't go traveling like you do I still go on vacation at least once a year so I will take your advice on board. You gained alike and a new subscriber

  2. Took my mavic to Mexico. Tried to fly from inside my hotel and out my balcony, shytt flew away, slammed into the side of the hotel and fell five stories. What did I learn? Always calibrate compass, wait for gps lock, and don't ever fly from inside to outside. Thanks God for DJI care. Great video

  3. I enjoy your videos, thanks for all of the great advice. Just ordered a Mavic Air, excited to have my first drone.

  4. Let me ask you .. say i move from 1 end of town to another should i do the imu an calibration.. an same when i travel should i do it say from outter banks nc to fla

  5. Also a good tip: Countries like Portugal require you to fill out forms BEFORE you enter the country and start droning. If you don't, you can get fined.

  6. Plenty of people are talking videoing, but alI I see is a talking heads. Talking about videoing. Still god bless sometimes talking is a bit louder than music!

  7. Folks should know that for international travel, your batteries MUST be in a fire proof, puncture proof bag or container and the terminals MUST be covered.

  8. I really like what you said at the end that you should not make your vacation only about the drone. Make a shot and continue your present moment 👍🏻

  9. I flew my drone this summer at a winery that was having an event for the total solar eclipse. I got the owners permission to fly around and capture the property and events.

    Even with that, there was still one particular group of people that would raise their hands and 'shoo' me away every time I got anywhere near them. Didn't ruin my time, actually made for a laugh later on looking at the footage! 🤣

  10. I have seriously no idea why you do not have a way bigger audience your content is just perfect. Informative,entertaining no yadada. Keep up the great content.

  11. Thank you for the tips. I read things about using a special bag for batteries. Does that apply to the Spark batteries or can you just keep them in the original bag with your drone? On the same note, can you keep one connected to the drone to save space or should the drone be totally disconnected from any battery? Thank you!

  12. Hi Jeven love watching your youtube videos very good i just have started my own youtube channel {RODPIKER} flying my Dji Spark and hope to grow my channel maybe you would consider having a look at them and give any advice on flying and Like / Subscribe/ Share. Look forward to seeing you next videos and learn something about techniques in flying my drone. Hoping to upgrade to Mavic Air or Mavic pro II when it comes out. Maybe you might give me a mention on one of your videos .Thanks for taking the time to read this . Your sincerely RODNEY.

  13. 7:45….yes. Excellent tip…much like phones. Put it down and enjoy life off the screen. Great video man.

  14. Thanks for the tips! I just wanted to fly over Cuba 🇨🇺 in my last trip, but I red some about it and it’s not allowed which sucks because it would be a great footage ✌🏽😎🇲🇽

  15. I’m totally with you and like snag hard-shell cases for individual components which gives maximum flexibility to reorganize any type of bags or backpacks. together with other neccesities

  16. I just bought a Mavic Air and in the manual they say you should travel with the batteries completely depleted! Do customs check that? Do you worry about that?

  17. Problem is you cannot bring all the LI-ION Batteries on board when you are flying. How do you deal with these regulations?

  18. I am going to Netherlands and Germany. I've looked for laws, and only found laws for actually flying in those countries. How can I make sure I'll actually be able to bring it in the country?

  19. Great tips bro, i have same issue i try to fly next to swimming pool on hotel and some people there they dont like to shoot them, anyway i was just want to get from my wife so i bring it down and pack it, strange when see some people still dont like it or they dont want but i will try to not flight next to this kind people trying to be more empty area to shoot nice video 👍🏻👍🏻😊😊

  20. Yeah like another really important tip, didn't heard this one though: don't let your batteries be in your drone. It's prohibited by your airline. Batteries do get swollen and cause fire

  21. Something I'd like to add: Bring extra USB cables for the remote for redundancy. USB cables can go bad and when you're out somewhere far, you'll be glad you bought spares. Trust me.

  22. Are you paid to travel? How does a person get started with this…I'd love to learn more.

  23. Thx for all these tips , just got myself a spark , i'm heading to Cebu Philippines and want some good coverage of places i go and big event I'm hosting

  24. Thanks for the quick tips! Do you have any info around airport security and/or taking your drone in the carry on?

  25. Awesome!! So glad I just discovered your channel! Heading to London & Spain next week so planning on getting some amazing drone footage!

  26. "Take a step back, put your drone away and enjoy the moment" (7:50): great advice to not get caught up in the digital world but to fully live in the real world.

  27. What about the batteries (dji spark), can I carry them normally with my backpack on the plane or I have to send them with my luggage ??

  28. Come to Roatan Honduras I'm starting a drone Club please look for this awesome island in the Caribbean will be nice to have someone like you

  29. Any ideas if you could carry a DJ Mixer (the ones DJs use , for carry on also) mine weighs less then 7kg, so i wanted to rather take it with me than check it in to luggage, too scared it gets damaged or goes missing. Thank you

  30. Love the last 2-3 points- the safe feeling in your surrounding area, security, enjoyment of your time rather than it being about the Drone.

  31. Remember Emirates does not allow batteries in carry on luggage, If I travel to South Africa from New Zealand, I have my batteries with me from Napier to Auckland, then I have to take the batteries and then check them in for the Emirates trip to South Africa and vise versa on return trip

  32. Is anyone know the rule in Mexico? I want to bring my drone but not so sure about the policy, websites says they are not allowed for tourist.

  33. Oh Daaaaang !!! How have I only just sen this. You're coming to my country New Zealand. Would've been dope to possibly hang out. grrrrrr…. hope you had fun.

  34. Excellent points and great presentation! I would just add too that all batteries need to be AT ALL TIMES in the carry on or with you. Lipo batteries are dangerous and can ignite randomly and you don’t want that to happen while your batteries are in the checked in compartment (even though planes have a sprinkler system in that section) I also like to have all my batteries in a fireproof lipo bag with me which would avoid any fire spreading inside your bag. The last thing you want is your plane to be diverted because one of your batteries started a fire…On that note also have your batteries charged at 50% as this is the less stressful charge for batteries but check your battery manual. DJI batteries are pretty good quality but there is always a risk particularly if the battery is subject to stress over its lifetime.

  35. I took my spark in vacation and when i was flying nobody cared, but when i landed and packed up everything suddenly all of the people around started asking where is the drone.

  36. Is there a place that you have found where you can get your permits online prior to traveling so that you have them ready when going through customs? I found the UAV International website, but it seemed kind of shady. Heading to Guatemala next month

  37. About the confiscated dron at Nicaragua, as traveler you have the right to return the merchandise to your original country if not permitted

  38. YOur videos are edited horribly. So many annoying cuts, and a couple of mistakes even. Go figure this out before you start doing YouTube videos my dude.

  39. 9) Don't be idiot when flying. Start somewhere without crowds, fly high and then shoot people or cities. Look around if there are no planes, copters (medicals), even birds etc., dont disturb people. Above 150 meters nobody knows about you

  40. Nice video, but next time you do something like this, add some more information like, how many spare batteries you can carry on an aircraft, in case you will be on the go and if you are carrying a power bank what is the limit of it to fly with it. The batteries should never go on checked luggage otherwise you will see your baggage open out of your eyes and your batteries will be confiscated by the authority. Nice video though!

  41. I knew you visited Ecuador. I grew up near by Baños city. I haven't take a drone to Ecuador. How was your experience in customs?

  42. Thanks for the tips dude. Hope to travel with my new drone soon so will take these into consideration 😃

  43. 7:40 Yeah! Have fun with the drone. But make a trip not all about flying.

    With my ex I tend to go to nice places and take tons of pictures. Not knowing that many of those situations were nice and romantic… like sitting at the dock of a bay with the nicest sunset ever. And yet, I only have pictures of it. And no memories of holding the hand of my beloved one…

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