Ensuring that you tote your camera stabilizer with care gives you the best chance of having functional equipment when you reach your destination. By following some simple strategies for packing and toting your camera stabilizer properly and knowing when to leave the it at home, you’ll keep your prized equipment safe and sound while shooting on location. Bring the lightest, most compact Steadicam necessary for the job. If your shoot will be fine with a Merlin, don’t attempt to bring a heavier, more expensive Steadicam such as the Phantom or Ultra. If you can’t justify the traveling with your Steadicam, you can probably rent a Steadicam from a video rental shop at your destination to help save on transportation cost and worry while traveling. Separate the steadicam arm and batteries from the sled, vest and monitor. Wrap the arm bearings in gaffer tape and slide them into a carry-on duffel bag. The arm is delicate and susceptible to breakage, so it’s best to keep it with you, especially when traveling via plane. If toting your steadicam when traveling by car, you can keep the duffel bag safe during your ride. Wrap the sled in bubble wrap or egg-crate foam and place it in a suitcase or other hard-bodied piece of luggage. Add the vest and the monitor, but keep the batteries with you. If you’re taking clothes, they provide excellent cushioning for your Steadicam components to help keep them safe. If flying, check the suitcase. Take the most direct route to your destination when toting an expensive piece of equipment like the Steadicam via air travel. This gives you a better chance of camera stabilization equipment arriving at the same time as you do. Missed connections and delayed flights could delay your equipment and your shoot, which could be disastrous. Check your equipment when you arrive at your destination to ensure it’s all in one piece and without damage. If your Steadicam did become damaged, you’ll need to find parts or rent a replacement as soon as possible. DSLR camera dollies are essentially stands or rolling tripods where the camera is attached. They are used in videography when you need to move the camera position frequently, but still want to have a sturdy base from which to shoot. By using a secure tripod, utility wheels and mounting hardware, you can create your own DSLR dollies that can be easily transported from location to location.