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Old May 23rd, 2007, 10:26 AM   #1
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I'm leaving in 1.5 weeks for India to film a short documentary for some missionaries.

I'll be bringing a Canon XH-A1, wide angle, tapes, batteries, DSLR, lenses, etc.

Basically, I'll be carrying my life's savings in a kata backpack and I need to get this equipment insured pronto.

Any suggestions on who to call or what type of policy I need?

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Old May 23rd, 2007, 11:57 AM   #2
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Brent, I would start by calling the company that has your home owners insurance. Be sure to tell them this is work related or they may not pay if damaged. Also, if you are planning on useing credit cards remember to contact your bank and tell them where you are going or they may see unusual activity on your card and flag it. Check with the contry you are traveling to as some have special forms that need to be filled out prior to bringing a video camera into the country. Bob
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 03:29 PM   #3
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When I went to Argentina I did what Bob is suggesting; talked to my homeowners/auto insurance agent who researched the best policy to get. I ended up with something called an "inland marine" policy. It cost about $200/year to insure something like $12,000 worth of gear. They said I could simply cancel the policy on my return if I wanted to and it would be pro-rated for the amount of time it was in effect. But it seemed like a good idea to keep it, so I did :-)
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