5 Tech Travel Tips Anyone Can Use
Travelling soon? It’s that time of season! For most people, this also means making sure your tech is packed and ready for the adventure. Smartphones, ebook readers, tablets, laptops and smart watches are now so light and portable that you’d never think of leaving them behind, plus they can add a ton of value your experience. Here are a few tips to consider before you hit the road.
1. A Backup Is Worth A Thousand Geeks
While you’re flying around, relaxing on a beach or hiking your way to freedom, your tech is always going to be exposed to a level of risk. This might range from accidentally leaving your laptop at a cafe to having it stolen from your bag, but either way the problem is the same – your data is now gone. If you’ve backed up your devices properly using the 3-2-1 method, you’ll have peace of mind know that you can access your files easily if something should happen to your devices.
2. Pack The Right Cables
Begging random strangers for a loan of their charger isn’t much fun, so remember to bring the exact cables and chargers you’ll need. Most smartphones and tablets use universal plugs like Micro USB, USB C or Apple Lightning, so you can get away with only packing one cable if needed. Many locations now offer powered USB ports but be sure to also pack the right charger as well, it’s a convenience you’ll appreciate (and more secure). If you’re travelling overseas and the socket is different, remember to pack a plug converter, and depending on your destination, you might even find the voltage is different. It’s a good idea to check whether you also need a voltage converter before you try and charge.
3. Download Offline Data
It’s no secret that global roaming can give some nasty sticker shock. The easy access data you normally use over Wi-Fi or have included in your cell plan has us all accustomed to being connected. While travelling, you might find yourself in a location where data costs a fortune or it’s not available at all. Download any files you might need, including important documents like itineraries and bookings, so that you can access them even without a connection.
4. Update And Scan
Just like you’d make sure you’ve got the right vaccinations and travel gear, make sure your tech is ready to travel too. Set aside a few minutes to run updates for your operating systems and apps, as well as your anti-virus. Go one step further and run a manual anti-virus scan too. The last thing you want to deal with one your trip is malware! While you’re at it, turn on password protection for all devices so that only you can unlock them.
Hot Tip: Use a complex password that is hard for thieves to guess. Also check it on https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords to be sure that it hasn’t already been compromised.
5. Mark Your Territory
Almost exactly the way it sounds, let everyone know this tech belongs to you. Write your cell number on portable devices in case you get separated so whoever finds it can give you a quick call and save the day. Don’t want to use permanent marker on your shiny tech? Grab some sticky labels you can peel off when you get home.
You can also get little Bluetooth tracking tags to stick to your gear, so that if you ever lose something you can chase it down. Similarly, you might like to consider using Prey Project (https://www.preyproject.com/) to help find your devices if they are lost. Having this software installed also means you can disable your or wipe device remotely – an excellent security option if it’s been stolen.