Where do I pack camera?

For years my holiday camera has been my iPhone, but this year I’m taking with me an action camera in a case with extras, about the size of a small shoe box. 
Does it go in my checked-in suitcase, or keep it with me in my hand luggage? It has couple spare batteries with it, if that matters.
thank you all in advance 


  • elsien
    elsien Posts: 32,311
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    edited 12 November 2023 at 1:00PM
    I always take mine in my hand luggage. Anything with a lithium battery has to be hand luggage,  but also because if my suitcase goes AWOL, I’ve still got it.
    non-lithium batteries can go anywhere.

    However anything you’re not sure about, I would suggest you check yourself on your airline’s website.
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  • TELLIT01
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    Hand luggage every time for anything of value.
  • Ayr_Rage
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    @elsien, all batteries are to be carried in hand luggage with Emirates, need to check each airline.

  • I put each spare battery inside a plastic money bag that the banks give out - prevents potential contact of external sources with the terminals.
    A very low risk - but this helps.
    Always carry cameras in hand baggage.
  • Yeah anything of any value or electronics or whatever would always go in carry on. 
  • heatherw_01
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    Anything of value in hand luggage. This should be the case for any expensive item.

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