A good tripod is a vital addition to many amateur and professional setups, providing stability when taking landscape and studio shots, improved low-light performance and the ability to feel confident capturing interesting or abstract angles. 

The best travel tripods manage to combine the stability, ruggedness, adjustability and versatility you’d expect from regular tripods, but with the additional requirements of being lightweight. That means they’re easier to carry because they’re small enough when folded to carry around for long periods of time. There are some differences in terms of height and maximum payloads but generally, these days the improvement in carbon fiber and light aluminum materials have contributed to travel tripods being some of the best tripods out there. 

In this article, we’ll be looking at the pros and cons of a number of different types of tripods, weaving in buying advice and highlighting some of the compromises you may have to make when buying a smaller, lighter setup. In the meantime though, if you’re not sure travel tripods are right for you check out our guide to the best tripods for astrophotography. Or if you want to have a read of the best cameras for astrophotography or best lenses for astrophotography to get the right kit to mount on that tripod.

Peak design travel tripod

(Image credit: Peak Design)

Peak Design Travel Tripod

One of the best for portability, but beware of the high price tag

Specifications

Best for: Portability

Weight: 2.81 lbs

Leg sections: 5

Maximum payload: 20 lbs

Maximum height: 60 inches

Reasons to buy

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Very light and portable

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Bag and phone mount included

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Fits into cabin bags 

Reasons to avoid

Expensive item

Not as tall as other options