When it comes to gadgets and travelling, you’d usually hear horror stories. “I dropped my phone in the ocean!” or “My laptop’s gone! It was just there!” – the sound of these sentences send a chill up your spine about the possibility of that happening to your own beloved gadgets. You then feel a need to protect your gadgets (from everything, at all costs) when you go on your next trip. You’ve stumbled on the perfect article to help you out!
Get Into The Habit Of Compartmentalizing
Buy a bag or kit that compartmentalizes all your gadgets that you won’t already be using during your plane trip. In this special bag/trolley/organizer, you can put your DSLR camera, chargers, SD cards, hard drives, laptop, drawing tablet – anything and everything electronic that’s precious to you that you won’t be using in the plane. Segregate devices and their chargers so it’s easy to spot them when you need them, and remember where to put them back when you’ve finished using them. Getting used to compartmentalizing also serves as an automatic role call for all your gadgets because you’ll know exactly in what pocket/compartment they go in the bag that you store them in.
Never, Ever Check In Your Gadgets
It can be tempting to check in that compartmentalized bag I was just writing about, but checking in expensive gadgets is always a gamble. You never know if they’re going to arrive the same way, or in the same amount. Rule of thumb is, if you can’t risk losing them, don’t check them in. Bring that bag with you on the plane so you can watch over it. All your other gadgets that you will be using en-route to your destination (on the plane, in the car/bus/train) keep that in a separate bag or in your pocket for easy access.
Individually Protect From Wear And Tear
Invest in good material that you can cover your gadgets with. If you plan to go hiking up Mount Fiji, for example, you wouldn’t want to be bringing around a bare iPhone! Get a case that can survive the rough and tumble of an accidental fall. There are brands that secure your gadgets, but are a little bulky. Otterbox is a good brand when it comes to that. Now if you plan on going diving, invest in a waterproof Lifeproof case (or waterproof phone if you’ve got the funds!) so you don’t have to worry about it getting wet on your watery adventures. As for the rest of your gadgets (Laptop, Game consoles, Speakers) just protect them with a case that’ll keep them from bumps and scratches, which you’re likely to incur traveling.
Most Importantly – Be Vigilant!
It’s smart to protect your travel gadgets from the elements, but it’s also important to protect it from thieves as well! If you’re an obvious tourist, you’re an easy target among criminals who want an easy swipe. The answer? Stay vigilant, and be wary of anyone who comes up to you to try to confuse you before swiping your gadgets. Keep them close to you and constantly check on them. Vigilance can save you thousands of dollars in keeping your stuff safe!