How to Vlog Safely In The City

25 November 2015, 14:30 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:11

We the Unicorns

By Benedict Townsend

Looking to vlog out and about in a big city? Here are our top tips to do it safely, so you can focus on having fun!

Vlogging is an awesome way to both document your life and connect with your audience, but when you're in a big city there is always a bit of a risk involved - especially when you're distracted by filming and holding an expensive camera. To that end, here are our top tips for vlogging safely and happily in a city:

TIP 1: Don't vlog & walk

Although it may be tempting to vlog while walking, it's not always the wisest choice. If you're on an empty street or a park you'll probably be fine - but if you're strolling down a busy shopping street on Christmas Eve? Forget about it dude.


TIP 2: Keep your filming equipment safe

We don't want to scare you away from Vlogging out and about, but obviously in any big city there is always a slim chance that you might run into some unsavoury characters. It's always a great idea to keep your equipment safe and secure and to only whip it out when you intend to film. Don't go swinging that expensive camera around willy-nilly, folks!


TIP 3: Choose your day

This is really just a tip for Vlogging outside in general: keep an eye on when you choose to head out. Bad weather can certainly ruin a day of vlogging - but there are other possible obstacles too. Perhaps the area you're heading to is hosting a mini-marathon that day - or even a protest. Check ahead of time to make sure you don't get caught out.


TIP 4: Know when to call it a day

It can be very easy to get so carried away with your YouTube fun that you lose track of time. Make sure to head home for the day before sunset so you have to deal with the dark, the evening rush hour and drunk stag party lads.


TIP 5: Charge all ya stuff

It may seem obvious but dear sweet lord  we have forgotten to do this so many times. If you're headed out for a day of filming fun, charge all your equipment - and bring extra batteries, if you can!


Make sure you check out the Met's website for more info about how to stay safe in the city. Join the conversation with #BeAHero.