As a photographer with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic, I’m always on the road. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the last year, it’s that traveling with a drone isn’t an easy task.

Before there was an option to safely and comfortably carry a drone during a long day of backcountry hiking, it was nearly impossible to shoot aerial photography and video in remote conditions. As an adventure enthusiast, I love outdoor photography and I have always been frustrated when I have to leave my drones behind. Luckily, with the introduction of the DJI Phantom Backpack by GPC, that is no longer the case. Here’s why:

  • The DJI backpack makes it possible for me to bring my DJI Phantom 2 on flights as a carry on, which saves me the headache of worrying about any damages that may occur in the cargo hold.
  • I now have the freedom and flexibility to bring my drone on hiking and camping expeditions, making it possible to capture stunning outdoor adventure footage in locations never before possible.
  • Its heavy duty design and custom foam cutout was exactly what I had been looking for. The craftsmanship and durability of the bag is exceptional. I put it through nearly a month of intense filming in the high mountains of Switzerland, and the bag protected my gear through dust and rain, snow and mud — and everything in between!
  • The DJI Phantom backpack, which is made from military-grade materials, hardly showed signs of wear despite putting it through the roughest and most grueling conditions. This bag is clearly made to last, an essential quality that I demand in my equipment.

During my recent trek through the Swiss Alps, I knew that I would need a bag that could withstand the elements, carry enough equipment and batteries for several days of shooting, and fit comfortably throughout the long days of alpine hiking. Using a handheld hard case was simply not an option. I’d used a handful of other backpacks designed to carry drones prior to Switzerland, and all of them were poorly designed and couldn’t hold enough gear, or the materials were cheap and broke easily. With the addition of a DJI Phantom 2 Backpack to my collection, however, transporting my drone all over the world has never been easier.

Max Seigal is a photographer with Linblad Expeditions and National Geographic. View his work at

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