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.
- 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.