I'm about to take off for Croatia 👌 to meet @paul prescott & thought good to share some of my personal tips when packing to travel light & safe with a drone 🚁
I guess first is to consider your travel purpose, destination but to prepare myself & organise as much as possible I always ask myself with some "am I" questions:
going for long? what's the travel style (family, off the beaten path, etc..)?
able to fly my drone where I'm going? (& check the Drone Rules' World Map).
taking going to the airport & taking a plane?
1/ Are you going for long? What's your travel style?
The travel style is always hard for me as I never know where it will end.. Last year, I ended up travelling 12 countries in a row when I was supposed to do a return to Australia for work. But I've now learned that how to pack light giving me more space for my passion.
When it comes to think about the drone itself. 💡 If you're lucky to have several drones, consider the weight & the size of your drone as these could influence your travel style. For example my Mavic is just below 734 g & foldable so it fits easily in a carry on bag but the Phantom would have hard times as I'm travelling light this time (as always really).
✅ In this case, I'm going to meet Paul P. for work so it will be awesome but I probably won't have heaps of time to fly while there. Note to yourself: what's the weather like out there? The weather forecast for me says it will ⛄ by then.. another thing to consider..
2/ Are you able to fly your drone where you're going?
Getting to know each place's rules was a real pain before & I even got arrested in Cambodia despite checking all information & even ask onsite permission to local police. Since this unfortunate experience, I decided to build a Drone Rules' World Map which I refer too (& double check official links) prior taking off.
✅ Croatia is fine, a little complicated.. but fine - Guide to Croatia drone rules.
3/ Are you taking a plane?
Thanks to Emirates, my 100% "it will be fine" vision of plane travels with a drone went down to a mere 90% 🧐 The major airline recently introduced a rule of no drone in carry-on bags which forced me to unpack at the airport & repack & until its done like below.. it isn't fun when you have dozens of passengers queuing behind you.
✅ This is why I recently added a blog post comparing airlines & their drone policies (luggage when unavailable). As I'm taking off from Madrid, the airline Iberia is taking care of me & their luggage policy is fine with drones as long as I do not use it on-board.. I should be alright with that. To check your next airline, head to Can i bring my drone on a plane?
I hope this will help some us, conscious that most are serious drone travelers here. If you have any further tips or recommendations, feel free to share & maybe we can do a Blog Post out of all of them for non members to enjoy as well.
Take care & safe flying 🚁