So you’ve bought a GoPro. Good choice! Now to purchase accessories…you’ll need them! Here are ones that I’ve used the most, and would definitely recommend you purchasing. If you want to get the most from your GoPro, here’s how:
- EXTENDABLE POLE (SELFIE STICK)
As much as I hate to call it a selfie stick, that’s pretty much what it is! An extendable pole is a god send with your GoPro. Because it is a small camera, it’s tricky to get a selfie with your own hands. Plus you usually get half a hand in the shot. This is where a pole comes in handy! The great thing about the extendable poles, are that they close up quite small, so don’t take up a huge amount of space in your bag. They’re usually lightweight, and extend quite far. So great if you want a group shot, or maybe you just want more of the beautiful background in your shot! It’s also good for reaching up or getting close to things, as obviously, the GoPro doesn’t have a zoom feature.
No more standing awkward for 10 seconds while you wait for the timer to go off. I love this little gadget, and it’s so handy when using my GoPro. I wanted to cry in Thailand when I dropped it in a muddy river and couldn’t find it again. It was near the beginning of my trip too, and it made me realise how much I love the little thing! Using my GoPro became such a pain for the rest of the trip, because I couldn’t take a selfie more than an arms length away. Nightmare! It’s really easy to connect via bluetooth, and then you can just click away. It can be used in water, although sometimes you might find that the charging port gets a little rusty from the salt water, so stops charging. Just clean it out with an ear bud, and it should start charging again, and you’re good to go! It’s a slightly expensive accessory to have, but most definitely worth it. I don’t think I ever use my GoPro without this.
- FLOATING HAND GRIP
A bit like the selfie stick, but one for you to use in water. If you’re planning on going snorkelling/diving/surfing etc, this is the accessory to have. It basically does what it says in the name. It floats. So should you ever accidentally lose grip, your GoPro will float to the top of the water, and you’ll be able to spot it bobbling along. The last thing you want to be doing is searching for an expensive little camera in the coral!
- CHEST STRAP
Really handy if you’re just walking through a town/busy city and want to get some footage, and make it look like it’s taken from the persons walking point of view. It saves you walking along, carrying it, and having to hold it up. It’s also great if you’re doing activities such as surfing, kayaking, bungee jumping etc. You can just attach your GoPro to your chest, and you’ve not got to worry about it, and can just leave it filming away.
- HEAD STRAP
Similar to the chest strap but for your head. Good if you’re wearing a helmet. If you don’t want the lower chest point of view, you can see it from higher up, and attach your GoPro to your head. Do be warned, if you’re going cliff jumping, jumping off a boat etc, the impact of the water hitting your head, it will just fling the strap right off. Even if you tighten it up to the point you think it will not budge. Trust me, I’ve tried and failed many times. Luckily I’ve always managed to grab it before it sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
- SPARE BATTERIES
Probably the most important one. Nothing worse than accidentally switching your GoPro on in your bag, then getting it out to use it and the battery is dead. Happened to me and my friends that I was travelling with loads. Also a pain in the neck if you forget to charge it the night before, or spend a day doing loads of filming, so your battery runs out. Always have at least one spare. GoPro batteries usually last for a few hours anyway, but as noted above, things can happen. You don’t want to miss any footage. I’ve got 3 spare batteries all together, and they get used all the time, by me and my friends I was travelling with. If you look on eBay, you can get some pretty decent batteries a lot cheaper than original GoPro spare batteries. They last just as long, and work just as well, and saves you a bit of money!
- CARRY BAG
Obviously with all these accessories, and your camera, you’re going to need something to carry it around in. Now I made the mistake of getting one of the traditional hard GoPro cases, that you open up, and you’ve got all the compartments for your accessories. I thought this would be great, as it protects all my gear. Don’t get me wrong, it was great for storing all my GoPro stuff at home. But when it came to travelling, it took up so much space, and was such a faff to carry around. It’s better to get a roll out, flexi case, like the one I’ve linked here. It hardly takes up any space, it’s really versatile, and still has plenty of compartments for all your little bits and bobs.