If you’re taking your video camera on a trip, be sure to keep it close to you at all times. On a plane, keep it with your carry-on luggage. That way, you’re sure to have it when you arrive at your destination, no matter what happens to your checked bags.
In the car, it’s nice to have a passenger holding on to the camcorder. Then, they’re ready to videotape anything interesting that might happen on the road or within the car. When you get out of the car, though, take the camcorder with you or transfer it to the trunk so that it won’t be visible to people peeking into your car windows.
If you’re taking your camcorder from an air-conditioned car out into hot weather, give it a few minutes to adjust to the new temperature before trying to operate it. Otherwise, condensation will develop inside the camcorder and it won’t work properly. Most camcorders have some sort of a “dew warning” to let you know about condensation.
Condensation won’t cause any serious ongoing problems for your camcorder, but it’s an inconvenience that you’ll want to try to avoid.