The Best Tripods for Travel and Photography

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If you are travelling and want to capture some beautiful photographs then a tripod will be a great investment. It’ll provide more options on the types of shots you can take (more below) and also allow you to take higher quality noise-free shots in a range of conditions.

In this post, you’ll find various suggestions of tripods you could buy from mini tripods to larger models that you could even use for professional photography. With the suggestions, you’ll find some of the important specifications such as max load (how much weight the tripod can handle), how tall it can get and also how compact it is when folded.

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What can you use a tripod for?

  • Night photography, such as taking pictures of cities.
  • Taking selfies or group shots.
  • Taking long exposures during the day.
  • Capturing time-lapse photographs.
  • Capturing video from a fixed point without any handshake/wobble.
  • To make taking product shots easier.

Things to consider when buying a tripod?

  • Strength – What kind of camera do you have and how heavy it is. Do you need the tripod to be strong enough to support a small light camera or a heavy DSLR?
  • Size when folded – Do you want to be able to pack it in your cabin luggage, or do you intend to take it as extra luggage?
  • Weight – The weight of the tripod. Many tripods are either, plastic, aluminium (light), or carbon fibre (very light). If you are carrying it around all day a heavy tripod can be tiring.
  • Type of head – Do you need a ball bearing head or something more fixed?
  • Max height – How high do you need it to go? I generally recommend using your own height as a reference point when deciding on the maximum height that you need.

Travel tripods

Here is a selection of different tripods that you could consider buying from small mini tripods to tall professional and robust models.


A GorillaPod is a fantastic and very portable tripod. The magic in this type is that you can attach it to almost anything and put it in strange and awkward positions by positioning the legs. This makes it very universal. You can get gorilla pods in different sizes, such as ones that are good for GoPro Cameras, Compact Cameras or a DSLR. Of course the heavier your camera then the stronger model you need. The smaller model below can even be used with light cameras and can attach to metal objects with the magnetic feet.

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Name/Model JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic – With Magnetic Feet Joby GorillaPod Magnetic Tripod with Remote Control for Phones JOBY GorillaPod SLR Tripod
Size 3.3 x 3.3 x 17.1 cm
(1.30 x 1.30 x 6.73 in)
 3 x 3 x 15 cm
(1.18 x 1.18 x 5.91 in)
6 x 6 x 31.8 cm
(2.36 x 2.36 x 12.52 in)
Weight 43 g (0.09 lbs) 60 g (0.13 lbs) 340 g (0.75 lbs)
Material  Plastic  Plastic Plastic
Max load  325 g (0.72 lbs)  325 g (0.72 lbs) 3kg (6.6lbs)
Head  Fixed/screw Fixed/screw  Ball
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Mini tripods

As well as the GorillaPods above another option are compact and mini tripods. You can pretty much fit these into your backpack or handbag and take them everywhere. They are generally only good for light cameras, including phones and GoPros. So not for DSLRs.

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Name/Model Phone  portable tripod with Remote Manfrotto Mini Tripod AmazonBasics Lightweight Mini Tripod
Size  NA Closed 18 cm, Open 13 cm 4.76-inches to 7.5-inches
Material  NA Technopolymer and Aluminum  NA
Max load Small phone/compact 1 kg (2.2 lbs) 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs)
Head Ball Ball Ball/Swivel
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MeFoto Travel Tripods

I had used a MeFoto Roadtrip tripod for many years but have since changed to the Manfrotto BeFree tripod (see further below).

With the MeFoto tripod I have taken many of my night photographs and daytime long exposures that you’ll see on my portfolio. The thing that makes this tripod so good is that it comes with a bag and folds up small enough so that it fits in your cabin/hand luggage. This means you can easily travel for short photography trips and only take hand luggage. It is also very quick to get set up with simple twist locks on the legs.

There are various models for the MeFoto brand, starting with the smallest version, the Backpacker, then the mid-range RoadTrip and finally the largest and strongest Globetrotter. They have aluminium options and carbon fiber options for many of the models/colours.

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Name/Model MeFOTO Backpacker Tripod MeFOTO Roadtrip Tripod/Monopod Kit MeFOTO Globetrotter Tripod
Weight 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) –  aluminium 1.6 kg (3.6 lbs) – aluminium 2.08 kg (4.6 lbs) – aluminium
Size Folded 12.6 in (32 cm) 15.4 in (39.1 cm) 16.1 in (41 cm)
Size Extended 51.2 in (130 cm) 61.6 in (156.4 cm) 64.2 in (163 cm)
Material Aluminium Aluminium or Carbon Fiber Aluminium or Carbon Fiber
Max load 3.99 kg (8.8 lbs) 7.9 kg (17.6 lbs) 12 kg (26.4 lbs)
Head Ball Ball Ball
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Manfrotto BeFree

Another very portable travel tripod which is very good quality is the BeFree series by Manfrotto. These come in a variety of colours and fold up small so perfect for packing in your cabin luggage. The tripod can come in aluminium or carbon fibre (lighter but more expensive), and you can also pick from a range of colours. We now use the Manfrotto BeFree ourselves and consider it a fantastic tripod and a great investment.

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Name/Model Manfrotto BeFree Aluminum Tripod Manfrotto Befree Carbon Fiber Tripod
Weight 1.4 kg (3lbs) 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs)
Size Folded 15.7 in (40 cm) 15.7 in (40 cm)
Size Extended 56.6 in (144 cm) 55.9 in (142 cm)
Material Aluminum Carbon Fiber
Max load 4 kg (8.82 lbs) 4 kg (8.82 lbs)
Head Ball Ball
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Cheaper options

Here is a few cheaper tripod option that you may be interested in such as Amazon’s own product.

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Name/Model AmazonBasics 52-Inch Carbon Fiber Tripod Rangers 57” Aluminum Tripod ZOMEI Aluminium Portable Tripod
Weight 1.08 kg (2.4 lbs) 1.31 kg (2.89 lbs) NA
Size Folded 12.5 in (31.7 cm) 15 in (38.1 cm) 14.5 in (36.8 cm)
Size Extended 52 in(132 cm) 56 in (142 cm) 62 in (157.4 cm)
Material  Carbon Fiber  Aluminum Aluminum
Max load 3.6 kg (8 lbs)  12 kg (26.5 lbs) 12 kg (26.5 lbs)
Head  Ball  Ball  Ball
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Robust and professional

For the professional or serious travel photographer you may be interested in one of these tripods. They should be sturdy and reliable in most conditions.

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Name/Model Manfrotto Tripod with 3-Way Head Gitzo lightweight Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod Manfrotto Professional Fluid Video System with Mid Spreader
Weight 3.44 kg (7.6lbs) 1.4kg (3.2 lbs) 5.4kg (12.1 lbs)
Size Folded 29.13 in (73.99 cm) 16.7 in (42.41 cm) 32.68 in (83 cm)
Size Extended 72.05 in (183 cm) 64.4 in (163.5 cm) 64.76 in (164.33 cm)
Material Aluminium Carbon Fiber Aluminium
Max load 7.9 kg (17.6 lbs) 9.9 kg (22 lbs) 6.99 kg (15.43 lbs)
Head 3 Way Head Ball Video/Fluid Head
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There are plenty of other brands and tripods out there which may suit you better and may be cheaper or more expensive. When searching do remember to read through the full specification and also check customer reviews. Head to Travel Tripods on Amazon to continue your search. 

Disclaimer: The suggestions above are based on Mike Clegg (Travel and Destinations) personal opinion. Any specifications are believed to be true but should be double-checked when purchasing to ensure that the product is suitable for you. Mike Clegg (Travel and Destinations) is not responsible for any damage to your equipment or yourself if you use the product mentioned. The page is designed to help you with your purchasing decisions, but any decisions are ultimately your own.


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