GoPro’s have become kind of a big deal over the past few years when trying to get some good action shots. Of course there are other action cameras as well but GoPro’s probably have the biggest selection of compatible accessories.
I personally always rely on my GoPro if water is involved in some way, from water rafting to surfing to snorkelling, but mostly for scuba diving.
Since you do not want to be holding the camera in your hand the entire time, here is a list of my must-have essential travel GoPro accessories I don’t always carry all of them around with me all the time, it kind of depends on what I will be needing my GoPro for.
But let’s get into it. These are my favourite GoPro travel accessories, but the brand does not always have to be Go Pro itself, other less known brands are also good alternative as GoPro is not quite the cheapest brand.
1. Extra batteries
If you are familiar with GoPro’s, you will know the batteries do not last long at all. It also takes forever to charge the camera and then it dies before I get a chance to find a new plug-in.
Luckily, extra batteries are not that big and heavy and you should always carry around at least one or two spare ones.
The batteries I am using are from Smatree and so far I have not seen any differences in lifetime compared to the actual GoPro ones. The costs were around 30 euros for all three of them including the charging station which is about the price I would probably pay for just one GoPro battery
I can definitely recommend them and they are definitely essential, however, make sure you get the ones compatible with your Go Pro.
I am using a Hero 4 silver but I believe they will also have batteries for the newer GoPro versions I believe.
2. 3 in 1 mount (camera grip, extension arm or tripod)
So the one on the right is the GoPro 3 in 1 mount which you can not only use as a selfie stick. Before I got this one last Christmas I was using the one on the right, which is some cheap stick that came with a bunch of other accessory. I mostly used it as an extension arm as well as to get closer to objects. It has been so shaky and did not provide any stability whatsoever so I would definitely suggest to invest in a better extension arm/selfie stick or whatever you want to call it.
The 3 in 1 mount is great because instead of buying a tripod, an extension arm and a camera grip you got all the functions in one accessory. This will save you some space and it is a lot easier to carry around.
This honestly has been the best GoPro accessory I ever bought. As a diver you might have figured out that the deeper the go the red colours will disappear which will especially show in your video footage.
The filters will bring back the red and make your video and pictures look a lot more colourful.
The filters that I am using are from a brand called Sandmarc, which was the cheaper option compared to GoPro and included a set of five different filters, each used in a different environment.
Yellow filter: For night diving
Magenta filter: For green water diving (Lakes)
Red filter: For blue water diving, depending on the depth (5-20ft., 20-50ft., 50+ ft.)
They also come with a frame which you can attach outside of the case so that you can easily switch out the filters.
4. Floating Hand Grip
If you are willing to go for a cheap options then you can get one of these for around four euros already. The floating hand grips are useful for any activities that involve water apart from diving. It is quite easy to lose your GoPro especially in deep waters but with this accessory your camera will stay on the water surface. It is also really light.
Other honourable mentions
A little wristband will allow you to carry your GoPro on your wrist. It is more save than it looks actually, I sometimes use it when diving when I do not want to be carrying around a stick. But usually the footage turns out to be really shaky and if I don’t pay attention than my hand will usually be in the video, but that is mostly because my video taking skills totally suck.
The thing on the right is to keep your camera on your head. I would probably recommend it for activities where you will be needing your hands such as swimming, water rafting or biking. I actually haven’t tried it out yet but I will give it a try sometime soon.
Obviously there are a lot more different accessories that are compatible with GoPro’s. What you will be needing will end up depending on the activities that you are planning on doing. I am planning to get myself some surfboard mounts in the near future. Which, however, will require that I will be doing some more surfing in the future.
What are your essential travel GoPro accessories? Let me know in the comments down below.
Talk to you later x