Best travel tripods 2023: Lightweight, compact tripods

The best travel tripods have all the balance, stability and sturdiness of a standard-size tripod but are considerably lighter and more portable. As such, they’re perfect for photographers who travel on multiple-day shoots and need to transport their equipment regularly, often with limited luggage capacity.

Travel tripods are generally made of lighter materials than their standard counterparts and can also be folded down smaller. Some models are even small enough to fit in carry-on luggage. While travel tripods may be able to hold slightly less weight (payload) overall or might not have the same maximum height as a standard tripod, nowadays the difference is marginal thanks to the improvement in carbon fiber and aluminum materials.