Looking for the best travel tripod for your next photo adventure? You’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I share my top 10 tripod recommendations, including options for every shooting style, budget, and level of experience.
So whether you’re a beginner looking for your first portable tripod or a serious travel shooter in need of a high-quality tripod to take on lengthy trips, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s dive right in, starting with my number one pick:
If budget is a key consideration, the Manfrotto Befree Advanced Twist Camera Tripod is a great choice; it offers plenty of great features, yet you can grab it for just over $250.
This travel tripod is portable and compact with a fluid head and twist-closure locking system. It’s ideal for pretty much every travel photography situation, including street scenes, night shots, and landscapes. The carbon fiber build makes it easy to transport, and the three independent head controls clamp the camera quickly and precisely, allowing for quick use and effective panning.
The Manfrotto Befree is just under 16 in (40 cm) when closed, but it can be extended to nearly 5 ft (1.5 m), perfect for capturing those elevated travel shots.
Whether you’re having a staycation or are heading to far-away lands, you’ll enjoy using the Gitzo GT1545T Series 1 Traveler.
The Traveler features a portable, four-section design with an Arca-type ball head, short center column, and a shoulder strap. It weighs just 3.2 lb (1.45 kg), which is ideal for long days of shooting – yet it’s capable of supporting 22 lb (10 kg) of weight, so you can easily use it to stabilize your mirrorless or DSLR camera, even with a mounted 135mm or 200mm lens.
At the end of the day, the Traveler tripod provides plenty of stability, though it does come with a hefty price tag, so I really only recommend it for serious shooters.
The Benro MeFOTO RoadTrip Pro Aluminium is an excellent travel tripod, thanks to its sturdy, lightweight design and excellent ergonomics.
The MeFOTO RoadTrip Pro offers rock-solid support to help you blur water and capture star trails, and it weighs just over 3.5 lb (1.65 kg) for easy transportation.
The five-section legs extend over 5 ft (155 cm), and they even offer a reverse-fold length of just 15.7 in (40 cm), so you can easily carry the tripod in a bag or suitcase. The ball head can be locked for accurate panoramic shooting, which often comes in handy when photographing landscapes.
The K&F Concept D254C1 is a top-notch tripod for your travel photography needs, especially for beginners or hobbyist travel shooters on a budget.
With a variable working height of 21 in (53 cm) to 63 in (160 cm), the D254C1 offers a range of photography options, from low-angle landscapes to elevated architectural shots. And for those situations where a tripod is a bit too cumbersome, it converts to a lightweight monopod (or, if you need one, a walking stick!).
The 22 lb (10 kg) load capacity can support heavy cameras and lenses, while the 28mm metal ball head can achieve many angles and even high-quality panoramic shots. Bottom line: The D254C1 is compact, lightweight, and ideal for travel photography in all situations.
Looking for a top-notch travel tripod that offers plenty of height and impressive stability? Then check out the MeFOTO GlobeTrotter, a carbon fiber tripod featuring strong and durable twist-lock legs, a rock-solid base, and – for added flexibility – five-section legs.
The GlobeTrotter extends to a maximum height of 64 in (163 cm), which is ideal for taller photographers, and it folds down to a diminutive 16 in (41 cm). In other words, you should have no problem getting sharp eye-level shots, nor should you struggle to pack the tripod in your suitcase or camera bag.
The included ball head offers highly accurate panning, plus the tripod looks great (it comes in a range of colors, including silver). Other advantages include the 26 lb (12 kg) load capacity and lightweight body.
If you want a cheap, surprisingly lightweight aluminum tripod for travel photography, the Manfrotto Compact Advanced may be the perfect pick.
The Compact Advanced is an indispensable tripod for any circumstance; it’s one of the best travel tripods for beginners, and I highly recommend it for anyone just getting started with travel shooting. It offers a decent, easy-to-use head, plus plenty of height for taller shooters.
The Compact Advanced’s biggest drawback is the load capacity: It can only handle camera rigs up to 6.6 lb (3 kg), but as long as you’re working with smaller cameras and/or lenses, you should be just fine.
Leo 2.0 – from the 3 Legged Thing Pro range – is a good travel tripod for hobbyists and even more serious photographers: It’s powerful, versatile, and compact, yet it won’t break the bank.
The Leo 2.0 offers a range of working heights from 4.9 in (12.5 cm) to a very nice 54 in (1.38 m). If you enjoy capturing sweeping landscapes from a low angle, the Leo 2.0 offers just what you need, while taller photographers will appreciate the impressive maximum height and the handy center column.
This tripod only weighs 3.4 lb (1.52 kg), yet it can hold up to 20 times its weight, so you shouldn’t have a problem capturing sharp images no matter your camera setup.
If you want to invest in a long-lasting tripod, then check out the Legends Jay, a carbon fiber tripod from 3 Legged Thing.
This adjustable leveling-base tripod is built with travel photography in mind and is well-suited to wildlife photography, landscape photography, and even videography. It comes with three detachable legs and works well on all terrains, so you should have no problem shooting in the wilderness.
Thanks to the carbon fiber design, it weighs just 3.1 lb (1.4 kg) and supports up to a whopping 30.9 lb (14 kg) of camera gear. Plus, the Legends Jay is impressively compact and can easily be transported inside a camera bag or cabin luggage.
The Sirui Compact Traveler 5CX may not be flashy, but it’s impressively flexible and costs just over $100 (a bargain!).
Then there’s the lightweight design: The Compact Traveler weighs just over 1.5 lb (0.72 kg), which is ideal for photographers hoping to work all day with a tripod on hand. And despite the weight, this tripod can handle a 13 lb (6 kg) camera setup, so you can confidently use it with full-frame DSLRs and even (some) telephoto lenses.
The Compact Traveler boasts a working height range of 3.5 in (8.9 cm) to 52 in (132 cm). It’s highly portable, not to mention durable, and it can be used to shoot everything from macro scenes to cityscapes and low-light landscapes.
The Vanguard Veo may be the last option on this list, but don’t let that fool you; it’s an outstanding travel tripod, one that can easily handle long trips and offers a winning combination of price and performance.
The strong carbon fiber material, lightweight design, and high-quality ball head make the Vanguard Veo a wonderful tripod for capturing architecture, landscapes, and even wildlife. Plus, the Veo features an excellent 17.6 lb (8 kg) load capacity, extends to 61 in (155 cm), and folds down to 16 in (41 cm).
And the tripod comes with a few bonuses, too, including a leg that converts to a monopod, a plate with a built-in smartphone adapter, and a Bluetooth remote control that is perfect for vlogging.
Best travel tripods: final words
The market is saturated with tripods, but a few rise above the rest. Hopefully, now that you’ve finished this article, you know which travel tripod is best for your needs – and you’re ready to head out on a travel photo adventure!
So pick a tripod, pack it up, and get ready to have tons of fun!
Now over to you:
Which travel tripod do you plan to buy? What will you use it for? Share your thoughts in the comments below!