Using a rolling camera bag is like having a portable studio on wheels. These ultimate travel companions have enormous carrying capacities, deliver protection and security to photographer's expensive gear and take heavy loads off your back. Here are some key considerations when choosing a rolling camera bag.
Before heading out on a flight with your camera gear, you should always check with your airline on their specific size and weight carry-on restrictions. Most domestic flights won't accept luggage that exceeds overall dimensions of 45 inches or 114.3 centimeters (length + width + height). When traveling by airline it's important to keep your expensive gear with you at all times. One of our best rolling camera cases, the Pro Roller x200 AW, is built in a travel-friendly size to assure you can carry on your gear.
Weight also matters when carrying on your gear on an airplane. Weight restriction limits also vary by airlines and can range from 18 to 40+ pounds or 8.16 to 18.14 kilograms. Make sure the weight of your camera gear isn't an issue with a light camera rolling bag such as the Pro Roller x100 AW.
Even when your gear meets the carry-on and weight restrictions, there is always the possibility that a flight will be completely full and won't allow additional rolling bags onboard. In a case where an airline just won't allow any additional rolling bags on, some rolling camera bags come with a removable camera backpack that will allow you to remove your gear, carry on the backpack and check in the roller so you never have to leave your gear.
Camera rolling bags such as the award winning Pro Roller x-Series AW have these removable inserts and give you peace of mind while traveling.
Traveling in crowded airports or keeping your roller on location during a shoot can expose your gear to potential theft. Keep your gear secure in a rolling camera bag that has a built-in lock like the fully integrated version in the Pro Roller x100 AW. The locks on these bags are official Travel Sentry™ locks, which make traveling through airports effortless. Use the retractable cable to secure your gear when on location so you can focus on shooting.
When you work on location, having your gear right at hand can be a lifesaver. A large capacity rolling camera bag such as the Pro Roller x300 AW will give you maximum carrying capacity with the mobility and ease of transportation of a rolling camera bag. For a large roller that also carries as a backpack, try the ProRunner x450 AW. Some rolling camera bags also support the carrying of large tripods turning your bag into a virtual mobile studio.
If a rolling camera bag is right for you, but you need help finding the right one, our Bagfinder tool will help you find the size to fit for your equipment.
If you think another carrying style may suit your needs better than a rolling bag, you may want to check out our other guides.