When you’re hitting the road for an exciting tour the last thing you want to be worrying about is damaged or stolen instruments. Whether you’ve got top of the line, modern equipment or a much-loved guitar that’s seen you through the hard times, these tips will help ensure that your instruments stay safe and sound for your next performance.
- Keep it simple: The less you have to keep track of while you’re on the road the better. Bring only the gear you really need and be sure to check out in-house equipment to simplify your trip even more.
- Be extra vigilant when loading and unloading: Transporting instruments to and from a venue creates a prime breeding ground for thieves. Always have someone standing guard while your equipment is being loaded and unloaded and make sure the van is locked when your belongings are inside and nobody is around.
- Pack correctly: Make use of traveling cases and well-designed packaging supplies whenever possible and consider securing your instruments with tie-downs to keep them protected from bumps, scratches and dings.
- Maintain adequate security: Always opt for parking garages and lots that have security when available if leaving your equipment in the van or bus for a long period of time. If secure parking options aren’t available, consider taking your equipment inside your hotel room with you.
- Beware of extreme climate conditions: Extremely hot or cold temperatures and damp climate conditions can wreak havoc on your musical instruments.
- Prepare for the unexpected: Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or private vehicle, and even if you’ve got your favorite instrument tucked away “safely” in your dressing room, anything can happen. From an unexpected splash of beer on your analog synth to careless baggage handlers, your instruments are vulnerable to damage when you’re touring. Make sure valuable instruments are covered by insurance, and always bring repair kits and extra parts just in case.