After my experience in Vic Falls with my DSLR, I spent a lot of time to make sure I was prepared to protect my DSLR in Costa Rica.
The main issue to be aware of there is humidity. The drastic change in temperature between your hostel/hotel room and outside, causes condensation. Condensation leads to mold and that’s really hard to get out of the camera and causes a lot of damage.
However I was elated because the solution was simple and not costly. Every time I left my hotel or got out of an air conditioned car, I put my camera into a gallon size ziploc bag with 2 desicant packets inside, and left it in there for about 10 minutes. The idea is to give your camera a chance to acclimate to the outside temperature and avoid moisture seeping into the camera.
It worked like a charm! I didn’t have any desicant packets so I just ordered them on Amazon ($). I have a Canon Rebel and the camera body fit inside the ziploc with my zoom lens attached.
I packed several extra ziplocs and desicant packets which were superlight and small so they hardly took up space and I had the peace-of-mind of knowing that that would not be an issue throughout my trip.
If you liked this post, follow us on facebook too so you can see our latest articles, photos and tips in your news feed!