If you’re travelling this summer, you may want to take your drone along with you to capture footage of sun-soaked beaches or beautiful landscapes. Hand luggage restrictions mean that if you’re trying to travel light, you’ll need a compact drone that can easily be carried, without missing out on the features and accessories you need. To make the most of your trip, take a look at our guide to the best small drones that are hand luggage friendly!
Taking a drone on a plane
If you’re worried that international travel with a drone will be a hassle, fear not. Although regulations will vary depending on the airports and airlines you’re using, with a little preparation, you shouldn’t have any issues when flying with a drone in your hand luggage. To find out more about the rules and regulations you need to be aware of, take a look at our complete guide to travelling with your drone.
The best compact drones to take in your hand luggage
We’ve put together our shortlist for great hand luggage friendly zones, that are compact and lightweight without compromising on features. Take a look!
DJI Mavic Air
The newest drone of the DJI lineup, the Mavic Air is bursting with features, all housed within a small and compact body. When folded up, the drone is around the size of an average paperback book, and comes with a folding controller too. Although small, the Mavic Air comes with an impressive 4K camera, 3 axis gimbal, environment sensing and smart capture modes that will track you on your adventures.
Parrot Bebop 2
Weighing in at just 500g, with an impressive flight time of 25 minutes, the Parrot Bebop 2 is a great option if you want to travel with your drone. The Bebop 2 films in full HD, and has a sharp 14 megapixel lens for photography. High level flight stability means you’ll be able to get the best from your drone even in challenging conditions, making it perfect for those who love an extreme adventure.
The DJI Spark is a true mini-drone, weighing just 300g at under 15cm long. Despite its tiny size, the Spark has all the features and technology you’d expect from a DJI drone, such as high quality cameras, ActiveTrack and intelligent flight modes to keep your drone safe from obstacles.
The Yuneec Breeze is perfect if you’re looking to capture memories or track your adventures whilst travelling. The Breeze comes with a range of in built flight modes, such as selfie mode and orbit mode to travel around objects or landmarks, both of which are great to help amateur drone photographers capture stunning footage on its 4K camera. The smartphone controller app is packed with tools which will keep you occupied on your travels.
DJI Mavic Pro
The Mavic Pro is the largest drone on this list, but at 19.8cm long and under 800g, is still compact enough to tuck away in your hand luggage. 27 minutes of flight time will let you capture stunning video, and the FlightAutonomy technology will keep your kit safe from hazards and obstacles. A transmission range of 4.3 miles will let you explore uncharted territory, whether that’s the beaches of Bali or South American rainforests.
No matter what drone you choose, you need to make sure it’s protected whilst you travel. The best way to do this is to use a hard protective case, which will house your drone and its accessories, whilst protecting it from dust, water and knocks. Take a look at our range of protective drone cases to find the right solution for you.