Best GoPro Accessories For Traveling (Ultimate Guide)

Best GoPro Accessories
Ultimate GoPro Accessories Guide 2020
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I’ve been traveling with a GoPro camera for 9 years. Here are the best GoPro accessories & mounts to help you share unique travel adventures from around the world.

When I left for Latin America to begin a new lifestyle of long-term travel, the original GoPro Hero camera was packed in my backpack.

Since then I’ve owned all versions, including my current GoPro Hero 8.

As a professional travel blogger and travel photographer I’ve been using a GoPro to record travel experiences in all sorts of crazy situations where a regular travel camera just won’t cut it.

My adventure travel images have been featured by GoPro on their social media accounts a number of times, and I seriously can’t imagine traveling without it!

Today I wanted to share a behind-the-scenes look at some of the best GoPro accessories and custom mounts I use to make the most out of traveling with this amazing little camera.

Best GoPro Accessories (2019)

GoPro Travel Accessories
RAM Socket Arm & Clamp
GoPro Accessories Fiji
Off-Roading Fiji

RAM Mounts

GoPro has its own selection of mounting accessories. However, I’ve found that some are not ideal for many reasons. The little plastic arms are a pain to adjust on the fly, and limited in their movements.

There are better options out there. Like a RAM mounting system.

RAM mounts use a 1″ rubber ball & socket system for super quick, easy, and secure adjustments on the fly. You can interchange the pieces to mount your GoPro in any way you could imagine! I’m a minimalist, and only pack accessories with multiple uses.

My RAM System:

This amazing clamp & suction cup setup allows you to attach your GoPro to pretty much anything. Tree branches, chairs, fences, doors, windows, cars, water guns, motorcycles, bikes, luggage racks, etc.

GoPro has their own clamp & suction cup mounts, but I prefer this RAM system. It’s cheaper, lighter, and more secure!

GoPro Accessories Diving
Scuba Diving with GoPro

Red Underwater Filter

If you plan to do any SCUBA diving or snorkeling with your GoPro, I highly recommend picking up a red filter from Polar Pro. With the new GoPro Hero 8, they only have one for use with the Underwater Housing.

Why a red filter? The color red gets absorbed underwater, so these filters help bring back some of the red, orange, and yellow hues. It makes your footage less “blue”, and more natural looking.

GoPro in South Africa
Would You Jump?
GoPro Sticky Mounts
Whitewater Kayaking in New England

Sticky Mounts

I always keep an assortment of flat and curved adhesive mounts in my kit too. They work great as disposable mounting options for kayaks, helmets, and more.

After attaching one, technically you should let the adhesive set for 8 hours. But they’ll also stay put after only 1 hour — depending on how rough the activity is.

USEFUL TIP: Sticky mounts are easily removed with a hair dryer & credit/id card.

Safety Leash

A small GoPro camera can cost $300-$400. It’s not something you want to lose. Which is why I always attach a safety leash of some sort. A standard point & shoot camera wrist leash with the ability to cinch shut works great.

I recently used this type of leash to capture some great shots while rock climbing in Thailand. But when extra length is needed, you can also attach thin (but strong) 3mm accessory cord.

GoPro Camera Extender
GoPole Evo for Shark Selfies
GoPro Arm Extension
GoPole Arm Extension on Helmet

Camera Extender (Selfie Stick)

Another useful GoPro travel accessory worth carrying is a hand-held camera extender (aka the selfie stick) which allows you to capture video or photos of yourself from hard-to-reach angles.

There are a few different GoPro selfie-stick brands out there.

Personally, my favorite is the SANDMARC 17-40″ Extension Pole. It’s very sturdy, lightweight, and can extend really long if you want it to (think, getting your whole body in the frame if needed, like for snowboarding).

Another one I own is the GoPole Evo. This smaller telescoping selfie stick is super lightweight, portable, plus it floats in the water!

GoPole makes a pretty cool 2 piece extension arm that can produce some very unique angles if attached to a helmet or kayak.

Now, GoPro has their own 3-Way Extender too, and while it folds up super small, it’s not as sturdy as the others (the arms often bend when you don’t want them too) and the elbow screws seem to go missing, I’m not sure why.

GoPro Surf Mount
Surf Mount & Anti-Fog Inserts
GoPro Accessories Surfing
GoPro FCS Surf Mount

GoPro Surf Mount Accessory

If you plan to do any surfing or paddle boarding, GoPro Surf Mounts are a good investment. However you can also find them for sale in most surf towns, along with the Floaty Back Door.

On a recent surfing trip to South Africa, I installed the more permanent FCS surf mount on my board for about $15. This is great if you own the surfboard yourself, and keeps it nice and low-profile.

Anti-Fog Inserts

The last GoPro travel accessory I want to mention is the anti-fog inserts. These are a must if you’re planning to use your GoPro in or around water.

The special GoPro ones seem to work best, but it’s also possible to fashion some DIY versions with slivers of toilet paper or grains of rice…

GoPro Chest Strap Mount?

While the GoPro Chest Harness is great for all kinds of adventure sports applications, I don’t usually carry one with me on the road. It’s kinda big, and I wouldn’t use it enough.

However there is something smaller and more useful for me, the POV Action Mount which attaches right to a backpack strap.

GoPro Accessories Hiking
Extreme Hiking in Spain

GoPro Tips & Tricks

After 8 years of experience filming with a GoPro, I’ve learned a few things that will improve the quality of your videos & photos.

TIP #1: Keep it steady! Because these cameras are so small, it’s easy to move it around wildly. But slow and steady shots make the best videos. Try to hold on with 2 hands if possible. Always remind yourself to move slow & smooth.

TIP #2: Practice shooting “from the hip”. For example, if I want to shoot a selfie of myself, I know that aiming the camera at my chest rather than my face will result in the best composition due to the wide angle.

TIP #3: Use the Time-Lapse mode to capture great selfie photos. This mode automatically takes a photo every .5 seconds after you press the shutter. You can now move the camera around or change your expression, continuously shooting photos. You’ll end up with way too many — just pick the best and delete the rest.

TIP #4: Just because you own a GoPro does not mean your photos & videos will look exactly like professional ones produced by the company. However, you can now learn their specialized techniques with the release of an amazing new book called GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking.

Have fun with your GoPro, it’s one of the coolest travel cameras available!

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I hope you enjoyed my guide to the best GoPro accessories! Hopefully you found it useful. Here are a few more wanderlust-inducing articles that I recommend you read next:

Have any questions about the GoPro accessories I use? What about other suggestions? Drop me a message in the comments below!


Hi, I’m Matthew Karsten — I’ve been traveling around the world for the last 10 years as a blogger, photographer, and digital nomad. Adventure travel & photography are my passions. Let me inspire you to travel with crazy stories, photography, and money-saving travel tips.
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  1. Question I bought a new Go pro 8 black with under water diving housing I now purchased a sidekick duo underwater light with Side kick dive arm flexible. Problem it comes with a long extension screw . Problem the fixed nut on the base of the where the flex arm attaches has to be removed . It’s factory attached . There must be some new base so that the flex lock line can be installed? Any help would be great thanks

  2. Nice man this is very good thing for Go Pro. I used many of these products. Are they really worth of money?? By the way thanks for such a overview.

  3. What is the best Go Pro mount to have when renting scuba gear? I am planning on taking my Hero 8 to Mexico for my PADI cert and I don’t know what to expect in terms of gear and what mount will work best.

  4. Hi Matt,

    I recently got a GoPro, and I was wondering about the super suit. Would you go with the GoPro brand super suit or with a third party one like Kupton? I am about to go to Fiji and do some Scuba Diving, but was wondering the thoughts about different super suits. These other tips are great. I am going to check out your book as well. Thanks!

  5. Hi Matt
    I’m planning a 20 days trip to Thailand in the last week of November. I want to explore Bangkok, Phi Phi, Krabi, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya on my trip. I want to buy Go Pro Hero 6 to capture my travel but I’m not sure of what accessories I should opt for. I want to keep it minimal so that it does not disturb my budget but at the same time I want to opt for something that will be really helpful for capturing my travel. Can you please suggest me something in this regard as I really like your photography and how flawless your captured images are.

    • Hi Rachana! If you want to keep it easy, my top two choices would be a selfie stick like the Sandmarc Pole and the GoPro head-strap (for hands-free filming, like kayaking or SUP). Just remember that if you do any cliff jumping with the head strap, that it will probably come off if you’re not holding it on your head with one hand!

      Maybe bring a few sticky mounts too (to stick on your rock climbing helmet in Krabi for example).

      With those two, it won’t take up much space. Have fun!

  6. Had been wanting to get myself a GoPro camera before I embark on my travel. Thanks for your information on the accessories! Really helped me at some point.

    • Oh no! That sucks! Sometimes no matter how many precautions you take, you’ll lose a camera. That’s why travel/camera insurance is a good idea.

  7. I’ve decided you’re the evil angel on my shoulder. I had a whole list of accessories scoped out and thanks to you I need to add to it. .
    Great advice!
    Thanks for the tips!

  8. Hello,

    I just bought an gopro for my 4month trip to South Africa. I want to go surfing, diving and maybe bungeejump. I will rent a surfboard, do they have a problem with it if you attach a surf mount to the board? If yes, what will be another option to film myself, trying to surf? Also, is a wrist mount the best thing to film a bungee jump? This will be an amazing experience for me and I want to film it as good as possible.

    • Hi Gwen! In my experience, most places don’t care if you attach a GoPro mount to a rental surfboard, but just keep in mind that it needs a few hours to set, otherwise it might come off while you’re surfing (I’d use a floaty-backdoor just in case)

      Often the surf shops already have some boards with mounts attached, and you can just ask for one of those if they have it.

  9. Hi Matt, I’m focusing here on the GoPro HERO5 Black and HERO4 Silver (for reasons I explain further down this post), but in many respects, the same principles apply for any of the GoPro cameras.

    I should also make clear that I’m talking here about non-professional travel photography. That is, when you aren’t creating the photos for clients, editors, or stock agencies. All of those have a different level of quality and technical requirements that GoPros mostly can’t meet—at least, not yet.

  10. Hi Matt,
    I enjoy your posts each time, they are always filled with truly useful information, so many thanks! One question on Gopro: I am looking to video a walk in Japan. It is not an adventouros walk, just an ordinary one. I am looking to use it to post some content online on travelling to Japan. Would this Gopro be suitable if I attach it to my backpack strap?

    Thanks a lot!

  11. Great overview! The red underwater filter is my forever favourite GoPro accessory! I forgot it once on a dive and the footage was terrible compared to all the other videos I had taken before :)

  12. These are amazing, and very handy. I have to get some of these! I actually just got my first GoPro camera, and I am very excited. I all ready learned some editing tricks from this: and I am shooting and editing like crazy! Now that I saw some of your gadgets, I am thinking I should get some of these for improvement, and I see it is easier with those :))

  13. Hey Matt. Great list. I am a little more minimalist and carry a Go Pro Session. The only mounts I carry are a backpack clip mount and a headband mount. I will probably pick up more along the way, but that suits my needs now.

    • Hi John – do you have a reliable backpack clip mount you can recommend? And is it safe to use – I just keep thinking how your gopro might just fall if going up a mountain or something. WOuld love to hear more about your experience. Thanks

  14. Great list! I have tried a lot of these products. I am very rough on GoPro poles–I use them for freediving, spearfishing, snowboarding, etc. The best pole I have tried so far is called the ASC Pro pole. It’s lightweight (All-Aluminum), waterproof, rustproof, and rigid even when extended. Basically the GoPro reach you mentioned with better functionality in the water.

  15. Hey Matt, I took your advice and grabbed the Ram Mounts gear that you suggested but instead of getting the GoPro tripod mount I opted for the proprietary ram mounts GoPro mount.

    I’m writing this as a heads up to others not to buy the GoPro mount and maybe you can edit you article to advise readers against it.

    There is a visible size difference between the GoPro mount and the ram mount for GoPros and the Ram Mounts version just doesn’t hold the camera securely. No matter how tightly I do up the mount it rocks it moves with vibration.

    I’ve contacted Ram Mounts directly about it and they said they’re getting a number of complaints, and then proceed to suggest that i use epoxy or rubber glue to hold it in place. Not the answer I was expecting!

  16. Kia Ora from Aotearoa,

    I have been an avid follower of your blog for quite sometime now, I frequently check in here to see what new GoPro toys you have acquired. After reading about the Peak Design P.O.V Kit Action Camera Mount for Capture Camera Clip, I could not resist it. It arrived today, can’t wait to hit tracks and test in the the wild.

    Have you considered doing a tiki tour of this neck of the woods?

    Keep up the good work !

  17. You have captured some awesome moments with your GoPro! The one thing I dislike about using mine is carrying around all of the attachments. It’s always worth the video that we get, but lugging a small bag full of equipment can get old! Guess I just need to suck it up!:)

  18. Hey. Answers from anybody is appriciated.
    Im want to by the gopro 5 and start doing some backpacking. I would like to do many activities like skydiving, rafting, scuba diving etc.

    If to choose only 2 or 3 mounts/accesories. What should they be ?

    Thanks !

  19. GoPro is still my favourite camera to travel. It’s light and the pics are always good. I like to take with me the “helmet” accessory because I can use it in different occasions.

  20. I was curious if these go pro kits are waste of money. They run from 15 to 25 bucks and seem to have quite a few accessories but I’m looking to buy a quality gift that will last.

  21. I’m too nervous to use the surf mounts since I’ve had many friends lose their GoPros while using them. I do think the chest mount with the blackout housing is my favorite. Keeps everything hands off and if you wear a black shirt you won’t look like a complete idiot. When it comes to a selfie stick I think gopole charges too much for what it is. I bought the Action Sports Pole through amazon for much less and is built a lot better imho. Lastly if you do any sort of diving filters are a MUST but you need to pay attention to where you are diving and what color water you’re going to be diving in and use the correct filter. I’ve seen many people just buy one filter and think it’s the end all and their videos come out looking off. Just my two cents. Great post!

  22. Thanks for the post tip, it’s userfull information, Matt !.
    I’m planning to buy a GoPro 4, but there are suggestions that it does not really stable compared to the previous generation product. Can you help me few suggestions ?

  23. Hi, I see you have a good experience with your go pro hero 4 silver. I have one but have not used it much. im going to Europe. Nothing extreme during the trip. I was wondering what accessories I must take that best used or buy before the trip. Or should I take my regular canon EOS 2ti for the panoramic pictures . Please advise.

  24. I am going on a white water rafting trip soon. What mount would you suggest? Also what setting would you use to capture the trip– video or time lapse? Should I do anything else to secure my gopro besides using a mount of some type…?

  25. Why do you prefer the red filter from Polar Pro over the red filter from SRP? I am going snorkeling for the first time in San Diego in a few weeks, and I am torn about which one to get.

  26. Hey Matt,

    I’m preparing to do some alpine slides and a “flying fox” zipline in Germany, particularly at the Olympiastadion in Munich. Their requirement for GoPro cameras is simply that “it cannot be able to fall.” I want to be able to get some video of myself while on the zipline from different angles along with the view itself — what kind of mount do you think is best? Thanks!!

  27. Can you add a little more detail to how you are connecting these pieces together at the top? It seems a little unclear. I have a GoPro 4 Session …. and currently no additional attachment pieces….. so I am really at the beginning… and I think your blog really assumes a lot of knowledge! It might be useful to more people than just myself if you had more explanation of how to utilize your configuration. :)

  28. Hi Matt,
    I am new to the GoPro, got the Hero4 Silver, and have no clue on what mounts to use for white-water rafting (Class 1-4). My wife will be going down the rapids for the first time, so we will stick to class 1 and 2. What mount would you recommend to use for this event? A Head Mount? Chest and Shoulder Mount (velcro is what I saw on Amazon)? The Strap, by GoPro, and placed on knee? I really want good video from this, and going down rapids is really a one shot deal. Looking forward to this.


    • Hi Michael! I’ve used my GoPro for whitewater rafting a few times, and I’d recommend either the Chesty or just a regular curved adhesive mount on your rafting helmet. The rafting company might already have a few helmets with the mount ready, just ask when you get there. Or you can mount one yourself right away.

  29. Hi Matt,
    Thanks for this so good web page :) I like it so much. very useful.
    I want to ask a question. I am using a iPhone 6 plus for travel photography.
    But I don’t know is this enough. I don’t want to have heavy camera. I used a canon eos 550D but it is heavy. I want to buy a go pro hero4 black but I don’t take video so much. I usually take photos. I don’t know is it enough for photo.
    what do you suggest me?


  30. I’m going the Inca Trail in a few days time and want to get a GoPro ASAP but a little overwhelmed by all the options. I’ve never hiked before and I’m not into gadget so want something simple, user friendly and lightweight. I’ve spent a fortune on this trip already so don’t want to get the most expensive as I doubt I’ll be using it again. I’m a bit overwhelmed by all the options but was thinking GoPro Session with the Peak Design Camera Mounth and Camera Clip. Would this be a good choice?

  31. oh WOW

    the selfie with the sharks is amazing Matthew,

    i did by some accessories for my go pro, but got from Lazada,,, (asian version of amazon) and most of the things broke after a week

    i totally agree with the anti fog inserts,, that’s a must

    Great list,, i’m actually replacing my accessories i already have, so will use your list to make sure i have every one

    very helpful indeed,,, thanks a lot