Be it for business, family matters, or pure leisure, you’ve found yourself packing to go somewhere far away. As you prepare, it’s important to consider what electronics you’ll be taking with you. A phone is a given in this era, but many people can’t live without their laptops or tablets as well. While you prepare for traveling, it’s important to give special care to these electronic devices. It only takes a little planning ahead to make sure they stay safe and can be used at your destination.
Research Your Destination
If you’re visiting somewhere you’re not familiar with, it’s best to do some research into the weather. Traveling into hot climates means you might want to consider packing an external fan to help keep laptops cool. Visiting the rain or snow means you might want to look into waterproofed cases. Humidity can also cause a problem in excessive measures, but can be held off with a good case.
When you get there, know how your going to handle your electronics. If you’re staying in a foreign country, research the plugs that are used. Some countries have different shaped outlets that mean you must get an adapter for your charger. Take advantages of any security measures, including electronic insurance or hotel safes. Measures like these can ensure that you’re ready to go from the moment you arrive.
Keep Them Cased
Even if your destination is the most moderate of temperatures, it’s important to look into cases for all your electronics. Phone protectors are very helpful for what is probably your most knocked-around device. Many resist long falls and immersions into water. At the very least, a clear screen cover can help keep the delicate screen from getting scratched, while not hindering usage in any way. Tablet cases serve a similar function, offering bumper ans screen protection, while many also function as stands. Laptops can also greatly benefit from cases, usually used to give them a layer of protection from the other contents of your bag.
Coil the Cords
Good cord packing is critical for a happy journey. As you pack each electronic, make extra sure you’re packing any requisite chargers, connection cords, styluses, or anything else that might be needed to use them. When packing the cords, make sure they’re kept in a way that won’t result in a mess of a tangle at your destination. Some cables come with ties attached that allow you to keep them contained. If not, using a colored ribbon will work just as well. Color-coding it can make it easier to grab the right one quickly. While wrapping, however, be mindful of points of connection that might lead to weaknesses. For example, many laptop chargers have a block in the middle of them. It’s easy to bend the cord as it comes out of the block, but doing so can cause the wires within to become exposed.
Pick Your Luggage Carefully
When packing away electronics into luggage, be mindful of which bags you pick to store the electronics. Choosing something hard backed can help give them another layer of protection. As you pack them away, however, try to keep them with softer things, as wrapping them up in clothing can help against a bumpy ride. If you’re really stuffing your car full, make sure anything with electronics doesn’t get buried under heavy things. If going by plane, give special consideration to your laptop. If it will be coming with you in a carry-on bag, you’ll have to remove it as you go through security. Because of this, make sure it can be accessed easily to ensure quick passage through the lines.
With just a little bit of preparation, you can make sure your electronics arrive safely to your destination.