Traveling with an iPod, laptop, and cell phone can bring an entirely new set of things you need to do and how you need to pack. Here is a small tutorial on how to travel with all of your electronics:
Know what is allowed on flights: Recent rules and proposals have come into place that ban certain electronics on airplanes when traveling between countries, including on long distance flights from the United States to Europe. Some airline restrictions ban any devices that use lithium batteries, while some allow electronics as long as they are placed in an “Airplane Mode.” Look on your airline’s website to see what is and isn’t allowed on your flight.
Keep them charged and organized: It is important to keep track of the battery life of your electronic devices while you’re traveling. The last thing you want is to go to use your camera, only to realize you don’t have any memory cards in it, or the battery is dead. Make sure to charge all of your devices before you leave and again at the end of the day so they are fresh for tomorrow. Keep your chargers handy and in places where you’ll remember them and can reach them to recharge at the airport or at the train station.
Lock them away, keep them safe: The fear of someone stealing your electronics is a valid one. One way to prevent someone from stealing your good is to keep them in side pockets that are not easily accessible by thieves. Do not leave them lying around without you to watch them, even if you are only leaving for a moment. Also consider using any hotel safes to keep them locked away while you’re gone or sleeping.
Consider add-ons and accessories: Think about what you will be doing and where you’ll be going. Are you going climbing? You might want an accessory to strap your devices to you, or something like a GoPro to record your adventures. Are you going underwater? Try a waterproof case or camera. Going to the beach? A waterproof speaker could be useful. Keep all these things in mind when you’re packing for your adventure.
Go lightweight: If you’re someone who has a tendency to overpack, or maybe you have too many electronic devices you want to bring, consider ways to lighten the load. Think about what devices you’ll really need and which ones you can probably spare. If you find you have a lot of different devices, try buying an alternative that is multifunctional, such as a laptop that converts into a tablet.
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