Vacation photos are cherished mementos that are revisited time and time again—downtime with extended family during the holidays, the most-liked photo on your Instagram account, digital photo albums tucked away in desktop folders to view on especially trying days. When you're spending so much money on a camera—you know, the single tool responsible for all of those memories—it only makes sense that you pay some attention to the bag you use to tote it around.
But finding a bag worthy of that job is much easier said than done. In time, you can expect your bag to become an extension of your photo-taking—a travel partner, of sorts—another engrained memory derived from the experience of re-exploring the world in photos. The research that goes into buying a camera bag rivals the analysis that comes with picking the perfect camera—or it should. Investing in a tote that's too big risks damage, and a bag that's too small? You can send that right back to the store. While finding something secure, stylish, and within your price range shouldn't be a full-time job by any means, don't skimp on reading those user reviews. If you can, make the trek to a retailer and try the bag in question on for size.
And as any traveler knows, versatility is key. Finding anything that can survive the day-to-night transition is key and camera bags are no exception. No matter what the occasion—climbing up to Machu Picchu, perusing shops in Paris, animal spotting on safari in Kenya—we found a bag that will fit what you're looking for, and look really good doing it. After all, who said adventure travelers couldn't be stylish? So go on, check out our picks and do some impromptu (or much-needed) shopping. Your camera—and all of those photos you'll be taking on future trips will surely thank you.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure.Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.