Tips for Traveling with Electronics
Electronics are as much a part of travel as suitcases and sun block. Follow these tips to keep your devices safe.
With these expert tips, you can make sure a tech mishap doesn’t derail your trip:
- Set a limit on the number of gadgets each person brings. The fewer there are, the less likely you are to lose one.
- Many smartphones and tablets have a feature that allows you to erase their contents if they’re lost or stolen. Be sure to turn on this function before you leave.
- Use a label maker or permanent marker to add your contact information to your electronics so lost devices can be returned.
- Taking a brand-new gadget on vacation? Avoid frustration by packing the instructions.
- Triple-check that you’ve packed your chargers, including those for kids’ handheld video games, which can drain power quickly.
- Always password-protect your devices.
- Back up important data to external hard drives and websites.
- Write down the manufacturer, model, cost and serial number of any big-ticket electronics. This makes filing an insurance claim and police report quicker and easier.
- When passing through the airport X-ray screening machine, make your electronics the last things that go on the belt. This way you minimize the time you’re separated from them.
- When traveling by plane, keep your electronics in your carry-on bags, which are safer than checked luggage for fragile and valuable items.
- On bumpy flights, move electronics away from liquids.
- When you’re not using your devices, keep them in the hotel safe.
- Store electronics in plastic bags. It’s an inexpensive and practical way to keep them safe from water, sand and the elements.
- Finally, avoid using public charging stations. They can leave your device vulnerable to data transfer to and from your device. The best defense is to use the AC adapter that came with your device, a backup battery pack, or a USB cord that doesn’t have data wires. In a pinch, if you must use the public charging station, turning off your device can reduce the chances of data transferring.