Store Vacation Memory Card Away From Camera

Because I just learned a valuable lesson, I'm sharing this tip. When you are on vacation, taking pictures of family/friends or just scenery you want to save, remove the memory card from your camera when going through the airport security check points and put it in your purse. That way if your camera goes missing, you'll still have those family reunion pictures. Coming home from two reunions, my camera went missing. Needless to say that's when I learned too late to remove that picture card.


One other thing, Homeland Security has the last say as to what you can bring on an airplane. It doesn't matter what the airline says. It also depends on which airport you start at or go through on your travels. Coming back was totally different than going. You can not take even water (to take medication ) at some airports. It was allowed in others. Maybe you can find a list of rules online from Homeland security. I couldn't. Hope this helps others.

By Vi Johnson

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know what type of camera you had but I always carry a big bag that goes under the seat and in it I have my purse and other things including my camera. The whole thing goes on the conveyor belt through the checkpoint. Never had a problem. I would be more concerned with losing the very small memory card if I took it out of the camera to store elsewhere.

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

I am with you Vi, an excellent tip! Employees are human and there are humans who steal even if you take all precautions you can think to guard your luggage whether checked in or carry on!


I took a trip a few years ago where my carry on bag was taken at the gate (after having gone through screening) to be placed in the cargo area of the plane because they said there was not enough room for everyone's carry ons. :-( I never saw that bag again and it had my souvenirs from my life long dream vacation that took almost two decades to save up for, along with a few other of my favorite and most valuable items. Since we were boarding they wouldn't even let me take the time to open the bags and take out what concerned me the most. Oh, and they made me remove the TSA lock before turning the bag over to them!

Blessedly, I had my fairly large and expensive digital camera in a fanny pack around my waste under my baggy shirt after going through screening (just wasn't enough room in my purse for wallet, etc plus the camera), but if they wouldn't have let me have that with me at boarding I would most certainly have forced them to wait to let me take the memory card out, wrap it in paper and place it in my purse!


I am so sorry you lost your precious photo memories!

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

Well, this just happened to my friend last week. He was coming home from hunting and we all got numerous shots of the humongous elk bull he got, a 7 point. Well, needless to say, he had taken a lot that day too.

He sat his camera on the back of the car and I was leaving for home. The camera had slid down just enough that the little handle clip had lodged in the trunk groove and hung on for "DEER" life (sorry, I couldn't resist) until I got a mile from the house. They found it on the center lane of the Santiam Highway between Sweet Home, and Lebanon, Or.

Sadly, the memory stick was gone, even though the camera still works! I agree with Great Granny, keep it separate. You can always replace the camera, but never the "film."


When I was married in 1972, I had one photograph. A friend took it with a 110 camera. The rest, taken by a photographer friend was stolen along with $1500.00 worth of camera equipment out of the back of his car that night.

They might be small, but you can put them in an old fashioned camera roll case, a pill bottle, or a zip lock bag taped to the inside of your suitcase. Do whatever you have to to protect the photos.

Words worth heeding.

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October 29, 20100 found this helpful

Guard your memory stick carefully. DO not touch the part going into the camera. Oxidizes. Bends. Suggestion from Sony was to use smaller memory chips when vacationing so that your trip is not all on the same one. Use several.
My son had my camera and took an empty stick to loan out. Got it back, but when I used it, over 500 photos were not visible, due to the way it was handled. Sony did a remote with my computer and camera plugged in, no way could we get it restored.


I do not take out my memory stick to download. I plug my camera into the computer. Move it, not copy it, to an external hard drive, then format the stick each time you empty it. It clears a lot of 'stuff". And is ready for the next use too. I download weekly, even not more often after use.

I have a huge Seagate external hard drive that all important things go on. Remember, even those can go bad, so back up your files with hard copy to DVD.

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October 30, 20100 found this helpful

These are reat tips. Sorry about your losses, maybe we can learn from them. Thank you for sharing.

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