We have made no secret of it, our GoPro is one of our all time favourite travel accessories! We take it everywhere with us and it has accompanied us on some amazing adventures and meant we could capture them all in HD! But in order to make the most out of your shiny new GoPro, as well as keep it safe, there are some accessories we always take with us. After having the camera for us over a year and trying out many different mounts and devices here are the ones we recommend!
So, here’s our best GoPro Accessories for travel & Adventure!
There are a number of GoPro’s on the market at the moment some cheaper than others. We opted for the GoPro HERO 4 Silver as it is one of the newest out and has the LCD screen on the back so you can see what you are photographing! The quality is also very good at 12MP photos and 4k videos. You might also want to look at some of the great alternatives to GoPro too, many of which are very similar or even better depending on what your needs are.
Waterproof Cases/ Clips
The standard waterproof case does come with the GoPro which is pretty amazing and means straight from the off you can use it in pretty much any scenario. But it is useful to have a spare or at least a spare clip for the top and in our opinion use the case as much as you can. The benefits of keeping the case on rather than off mean your expensive camera is protected and easy to attach to your accessories. You can change the back door of the waterproof case to either have no back on and we exposed from the back or have a splash proof thin layer, both of which allow you to use the LCD touchscreen.
Protective covers for lens/ soft bag
This is such a cheap purchase but one which will save you money and stop your photos from being ruined! The perks of having a GoPro are that it is compact and durable, often it can just be put into your pocket or thrown in your bag…but then your case or your lens might get scratched! New cases are £35 and a new camera if your lens is bust is even more! A set of covers for your lens or for the lens are of the cover only cost a couple of £s or $s and also stop your camera being accidentally switched on and draining the battery!
Your camera is expensive and will likely be coming on some epic adventures with you…as much as it is made for these crazy environments it is vulnerable in them too. There are a number of different leashes available for different purposes. I always have a short one attached for general use which clips onto my wrist. We also have longer ones which can be threaded through extra mounts, holes in your helmet, the handles of your kayak for example to make sure if your mount comes loose you don’t lose your camera.
Again just with the leashes you want to keep your camera as safe as you can and sometimes you won’t have anything to attach it to or will want more flexibility to pass the camera around. The two main accessories here are the floating back door which would usually be used alongside a leash as a back up or the floating handle which usually has a wrist strap. Of course, in a fast flowing river you will still need a leash to keep hold of your camera but in a deep lake or slow river these are super valuable!
We also often put our floating handle inside the pocket of our buoyancy aids so we can get a point of view shot instead of using a chest strap but we can pull it our anytime we want!
There is an endless selection of mounts to choose from so you might want to buy some specific ones for your chosen activities but they generally are the accessories you will use for attaching your camera to either you or something else rather than being hand held. Using a mount means you can get on with having fun and concentrating on what you are doing whilst also capturing amazing photos and videos too!
The ones we use the most are:
Sticky mounts – They are versatile, can be attached to helmets, surfboards etc.
Head Strap – When not using a helmet you can still get point of view shots.
Wrist strap – The rotatable ones offer great versatility to shoot you and your surroundings, great for climbing/ rafting.
Extenders – These make it easier to get different angles by extending the distance from the mount to the camera, some also can rotate and change direction which can be useful.
Ok, stick with us here! We are not advocating swanning around town squares wielding a selfie stick with no care or attention but when used sparingly and correctly they can be great! We used ours last year for example whilst paragliding, canoeing and climbing a mountain! It enabled us to capture everyone in the photo as well as the amazing backdrop! Take care when using a selfie stick, watch out for other people and make sure if doesn’t distract you from a dangerous activity you are partaking in…that’s what the other mounts are for! I believe that selfie sticks are not the problem…it’s the people using them! Use them appropriately!!
GoPros can take some pretty epic photos and can be a great tool for capturing not only adventure activities but interiors, landscapes and general travel photography. However they can sometimes suffer a little in low light situations making hand held photography less than ideal. The slow shutter speed the camera uses in low light can be countered by using a tripod and the tripod mount. You can also use the app or remote to avoid any shake.
Spare Batteries/ Memory Cards
GoPro’s use a lot of battery and memory given the high quality images and videos they shoot and also the fact you will likely leave it running or filming during activities. Having spare batteries and memory cards means that you can keep shooting all day! Just make sure you have a waterproof dry-sack and memory card holder to keep them dry and protected.
Your Tongue!! Or A Screen Cover!
One of the most annoying things that happens when shooting in water is droplets ruining your shot and sticking to the case right over the lens! This can be avoided by buying a cover that repels the water to place over the lens area but I found these a little hard to locate. The easiest way is to lick your GoPro cover! I know it sounds strange but it does actually work!