Essential Tips When Travelling With Your Kit
Despite being in what seems to be a golden era of digital, cloud based communications and control panels, an increasing amount of professionals are being called to travel for their work. For many, the likelihood of packing up equipment and travelling with it all over the country, or even abroad is becoming a matter of when, and not if. But don’t feel daunted! We’ve put together a few quick lines of advice for the uninitiated professional traveller and the essentials to consider when taking equipment away on business.
On the outside of it, the bare essentials seem pretty cut and dry for musicians. Protection for your instrument coupled with a decent solution for whatever form of amplification that you need (if you do in fact need it) would tick most of the boxes. But what many musicians fail to consider is the sheer amount of technology that goes along with playing an instrument. Often, many cables are required, digital amps and preamps can be essential and instrument effects can take a lot of room up as well – possibly even more than the instrument itself!
Before you embark on the road with your musical equipment, make sure that you know exactly what kind of protection you’ll need to keep your livelihood in one piece when travelling. And don’t just count on compartments inside your instrument case!
2) Event Professionals
More often than not, hardworking event professionals are in charge of storing the equipment of everyone on the job (including client belongings) on top of their own expert technologies. A full audit of exactly what equipment an event will need is a step any good event prof will recommend is taken to avoid disaster. Knowing the lighting, audio and technical requirements of a venue or show will let you plan far in advance just what kind of storage capacity and space you are going to need to avoid any slip up in production. And with this, get your orders in for any extra cases you’ll require.
Mechanics that travel for the work mostly know exactly what they’ll need to be armed with. For the most part this will be tools and parts. The question of transporting these materials safely though is another matter entirely, with standard road protection often not doing enough to prevent delicate tools from being thrown out of calibration, or parts from being contaminated or damaged. Be sure to investigate how you are transporting your equipment before any journey, to avoid wasting valuable time and money re-calibrating, re-stocking or even replacing them when you arrive. Think personalised inserts, heavy duty cases and material presentation systems.
4) AV Engineers
One of the distinguishing features of the AV industry is that it never stops reinventing itself. What could be considered one weeks’ cutting edge is outdated by Sunday. That’s why when travelling for work within the AV field, versatility in your protective luggage can save you literally thousands of pounds – not just through the protection of your kit, but by saving you the trouble of purchasing new flight case / protective equipment every few months. Consider large road trunks with replaceable foam inserts as a viable long term solution to the ever changing face of AV technology, and cases that are tailor designed to branded kit.
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