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Thread: Hot weather and film

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2013

    Hot weather and film

    Not sure if this is the correct forum for this question, but I am traveling (for the first time with film), so here goes.

    I’m in Maui and I just hauled my MF gear as this is supposed to be a ‘vacation’. Question though, I’m keeping my unused film in the fridge, as we have no air condintioning in our unit, which is fine, but I’m wondering what I should do with my 20 or so rolls of exposed film?

    Is it ok to put that back in the fridge, then bring it out when we’re flying home? Or does that adversely affect the film with temperature changes?

    Or is it better to leave it in a really warn room?!

    I have no idea.

    I appreciate any help!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    London, England

    Re: Hot weather and film

    Hi Sean,

    Enjoy your first time!

    Film travels well. Particularly in hand luggage on departure.

    Without sweating it, for a short time, the hot climate won't impact film - if you can control humidity by sealing the film with small sachets of silica gel in airlock bags which can then be deposited in the fridge.

    Warm or cold - manage the humidity of the film as a priority over the temperature avoiding rapid cycles of extremes of temperature fluctuation.

    Kind regards,


  3. #3

    Join Date
    May 2016

    Re: Hot weather and film

    Putting the exposed film to the fridge will not do any harm, if closed in an airtight bag. And it will be better than keeping it in a room temperature. From my own experience, when travelling in tropical countries, films that are still in their prime time, won't get hurt even if left exposed for a month travelling being kept in the same temps as you.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    South Dakota

    Re: Hot weather and film

    Nothing to add to the above, but be SURE to not put film of any kind in checked luggage. Carry on only.

    Kent in SD
    And a miserable life is a husbands',
    Who numbers his wife with his foes!

  5. #5
    Drew Wiley
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    SF Bay area, CA

    Re: Hot weather and film

    I've taken both roll and sheet film to Maui many times, no problem. I'd be a bit concerned about refrigerating it and potentially getting condensation. A simple picnic cooler without ice would be practical. I also have a little insulated zipper bag intended to keep soda cans cool, which can hold about 20 rolls of 120 film - far more than I ever actually shoot per vacation. I normally take only four rolls. The biggest risk would be a hot car trunk or glove compartment.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Feb 2013

    Re: Hot weather and film

    Thanks for all the tips, guys!

    I ended up just using a zip lock for the exposed film and keeping it in a dark closet. I think the temperature is actually quite bearable now as it’s been pretty overcast since that first day.

    Again, thanks!

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