I’m excited to announce a contribution from freelance writer and mother of two, Jenny Holt. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today with some tips to help you protect your gadgets while you travel. I hope you enjoy her article!
More than 29 million phones disappear each year according to a company that insures smartphones, tablets and other electronics. The same company also notes that 50% of people don’t back up their phones, making a loss or theft while traveling particularly devastating. While it might seem that shielding your gadgets from rigorous wear and tear while traveling is important, it’s only half of the battle. Even though travel destinations are safer than you might think, you still have to be vigilant about protecting them from theft and damage.
Invest in anti-theft gear
Regardless of whether or not you’ve packed your new camera, drone or another cool gadget, investing in anti-theft backpacks, wallets and more is a smart idea when traveling abroad. If you’re going to carry your camera around your neck, invest in a slash-proof strap. An anti-theft backpack is a great way to safely store your gadgets while you’re out and about in any travel destination and should also have a slash-resistant strap, mesh body panels, RFID blocking capabilities for data protection and extra padding to protect sensitive technology.
Prepare for the elements
Waterproof cases are especially important for phones and cameras that you’ll be taking out on boats, with you on hikes that might include treading through water and even on trips where there will be a lot of snow. Protect your gadgets by either investing in a waterproof case or by carrying Ziploc bags with you wherever you go. If you plan on taking a lot of gear with you, such as lenses, filters and more, you might want to invest in a waterproof camera bag and simply place your phone in a little corner of that to get double use out of it.
Get a rugged case for rugged travel
Okay, so you technically don’t even have to be engaging in any sort of rugged travel to invest in a rugged case that will protect your phone, tablet, computer and even your camera. These types of cases should be both shock resistant and provide some sort of protection for the screen. Despite being a little bit bulkier, they actually do work and ensure that your screen won’t suffer the consequences of a drop during a night out sightseeing or while camping in the mountains.
Aside from simply ensuring your gadgets are safe from damage, you can store them in safe places while you travel to ensure they’re not tempting any nearby thieves. If you’re at the beach, for example, you can store your keys, phone and other gadgets in a large, cleared out sunscreen bottle or water canteen. You’ll also want to go incognito when you’re browsing the internet if you’re using public, unprotected wifi as this can sometimes be a way for hackers to enter and steal data or harm your hardware.
Always be vigilant
Traveling is a great way to see the world and experience new cultures. Despite the many traveling warnings and scary stories people seem to like to share, the world is actually a safe place with really great people eager to show you where they’re from. The key to keeping your gadgets safe really lies in having the proper equipment to store them in and being vigilant of your gear and surroundings. As long as you’re aware of where you are and who you’re with, you’ll be just fine.