Don’t even talk to me about losing photos. Literally over the years of travel I have simply lost THOUSANDS of photos just because either I erased a memory card as I had no spares, my hard drive broke or my computer stupidly over wrote old flies with new ones deleting the old ones. Even in February 2013 I lost photos of my Sri Lanka trip, after putting them onto my hard drive they disappeared and those were photos of a safari trip! So today’s Tuesday’s Travel Essentials means spending more money but ultimately saving memories. Yes you need to have A LOT of spare memory cards for your cameras.
So here’s my advice on making sure you don’t lose photos and why you should buy extra memory cards:
– Every night get into the habit of putting ALL your photos that day in 3 different places (e.g. the memory card they are on, a USB stick, your laptop…)
– Never wipe the photos on ANY memory card you have until you have checked live at that exact time that you already have them all saved
– Don’t worry about spending extra money buying memory cards (this is one aspect of spending money that I am always happy to do – money can be regained – memories and photos CANNOT – they are locked in a specific time…)
– Buy memory cards with LOTS of Gigabytes on them (until recently I travelled with about 20 SD cards because some of them were even 16KB, 256KB and 512KB. You’re actually better off binning them once you’re sure you have the photos on them believe it or not as it uses up so much time changing them and you may end up forgetting to copy them onto your laptop or hard drive).
I need to buy a load more for my next trip so will look at buying a bulk quantity somewhere in China in a few weeks, buy in bulk and get them cheaper hopefully. I just can’t risk losing any more travel photos! I must admit I’m a photo freak and I rarely go anywhere without a camera!
Just a short and sweet bulletin today as I plan my next two trips! Off to Yuanyang Rice Terraces in China in a few weeks then got Guiling and Chongqing coming next. Loving this lifestyle of travel and hoping to inspire you all to get out and see the world! Check my advertising page if you have an idea for a product for my Tuesday’s Travel Essentials.