Backup is very crucial, especially when you spend thousands of dollars $$ to travel to a new location with your family or friends. In this post, I share my strategy for daily backups of the photos and videos I have captured during my travel.

Most of the time when I travel I am shooting photos and videos. My weapons of choice are Fujifilm X-T2 for photography and Canon 80D for video, oh and who can forget the Mavic Air drone which I use for both. Here is what I do every night before I go to bed:

  • Download all the photos and videos onto my laptop (as long as you have enough free disk space).
  • Backup a second copy onto an external hard disk connected to my laptop.
  • Flip the memory card over when it fills up and put it back in my carry case.

Downloading Photos and Videos

I create a folder for the trip, for example, the recent trip to Tasmania, Australia I created a parent folder called “Tassie” on my laptop under “Pictures” and on the external drive. I then created a subfolder for each day ie. Day 1, Day 2 etc. Each night I take all my memory cards from X-T2, 80D and drone onto my folder for each day.

On this trip, I didn’t have enough space on my laptop so I only used the external drive but otherwise, I would do the same and create a folder within “Pictures” folder of my laptop and have copies of the photos.

The advantage of having stored photos on the laptop is paramount. This means you have two backups of the photos and videos you have captured: laptop and external drive. You final original image are still present on your card.

Save your Memory card

I also ensure that I have yet another backup on my memory card which I keep in my trusty card wallet and the original source. This is yet another backup. So unless I need to re-use a card I leave it turned over so I know which cards are free and which I have used already. If I do need to re-use a card I am using the oldest one first, for example on Day 5 of the trip I may use the card that was used on Day 1 if I have run out of the cards.

Conclusion

When you are heading back, make sure you have split the backups around. For example, memory cards are in your carry-on luggage, hard disk is checked-in and laptop is also with you in your carry-on but hopefully in a separate bag.

This ensures that even if you something goes wrong and one of these is misplaced or lost you have your precious travel memories saved when you get home.