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.

Note: This post contains Amazon links where you can find out more or buy the suggested tripod. I then get commission at no extra cost to you and this helps me run this website. 

What can you use a tripod for?

Here are some of the types of photographs that you can 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 few things you should think about when buying a tripod includes:

  • Strength – What kind of camera do you have and how heavy it is. Do you need the tripod 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 maximum height.

Travel Tripods

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

GorillaPod

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.

Name/ModelJOBY GPod Mini Magnetic – With Magnetic FeetJoby GorillaPod Magnetic Tripod with Remote Control for PhonesJOBY GorillaPod SLR Tripod
Size3.3 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)
Weight43 g (0.09 lbs)60 g (0.13 lbs)340 g (0.75 lbs)
Material Plastic PlasticPlastic
Max load 325 g (0.72 lbs) 325 g (0.72 lbs)3kg (6.6lbs)
Head Fixed/screwFixed/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

Name/ModelPhone  portable tripod with RemoteManfrotto Mini TripodAmazonBasics Lightweight Mini Tripod
Size NAClosed 18 cm, Open 13 cm4.76-inches to 7.5-inches
Material NATechnopolymer and Aluminum NA
Max loadSmall phone/compact1 kg (2.2 lbs)0.5 kg (1.1 lbs)
HeadBallBallBall/Swivel
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MeFoto Travel Tripods

The tripod that I have been using for years now is the MeFoto Roadtrip tripod. Using this tripod I have taken most of my night photographs and day long exposures that you’ll see on my portfolio, as well as many of the pictures used on this website. 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.

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.

Name/ModelMeFOTO Backpacker TripodMeFOTO Roadtrip Tripod/Monopod KitMeFOTO Globetrotter Tripod
Weight1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) –  aluminium1.6 kg (3.6 lbs) – aluminium2.08 kg (4.6 lbs) – aluminium
Size Folded12.6 in (32 cm)15.4 in (39.1 cm)16.1 in (41 cm)
Size Extended51.2 in (130 cm)61.6 in (156.4 cm)64.2 in (163 cm)
MaterialAluminiumAluminium or Carbon FiberAluminium or Carbon Fiber
Max load3.99 kg (8.8 lbs)7.9 kg (17.6 lbs)12 kg (26.4 lbs)
HeadBallBallBall
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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.

 

Name/ModelManfrotto BeFree Aluminum TripodManfrotto Befree Carbon Fiber Tripod
Weight1.4 kg (3lbs)1.1 kg (2.4 lbs)
Size Folded15.7 in (40 cm)15.7 in (40 cm)
Size Extended56.6 in (144 cm)55.9 in (142 cm)
MaterialAluminumCarbon Fiber
Max load4 kg (8.82 lbs)4 kg (8.82 lbs)
HeadBallBall
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Cheaper Options

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

Name/ModelAmazonBasics 52-Inch Carbon Fiber TripodRangers 57” Aluminum TripodZOMEI Aluminium Portable Tripod
Weight1.08 kg (2.4 lbs)1.31 kg (2.89 lbs)NA
Size Folded12.5 in (31.7 cm)15 in (38.1 cm)14.5 in (36.8 cm)
Size Extended52 in(132 cm)56 in (142 cm)62 in (157.4 cm)
Material Carbon Fiber AluminumAluminum
Max load3.6 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.

Name/ModelManfrotto Tripod with 3-Way HeadGitzo lightweight Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber TripodManfrotto Professional Fluid Video System with Mid Spreader
Weight3.44 kg (7.6lbs)1.4kg (3.2 lbs)5.4kg (12.1 lbs)
Size Folded29.13 in (73.99 cm)16.7 in (42.41 cm)32.68 in (83 cm)
Size Extended72.05 in (183 cm)64.4 in (163.5 cm)64.76 in (164.33 cm)
MaterialAluminiumCarbon FiberAluminium
Max load7.9 kg (17.6 lbs)9.9 kg (22 lbs)6.99 kg (15.43 lbs)
Head3 Way HeadBallVideo/Fluid Head
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Summary

There are plenty of other brands and tripods out there which may suit you better and may be cheaper or more expensive. When searching remember to read through the full specification and also check customer reviews. Head to Travel Tripods on Amazon to continue your search. 

Other posts you may like:

Photography Basics – Overview
DSLR vs Compact Cameras for Travellers
Quick Guide to Features of DSLR Cameras

More posts on Travel Photography

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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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