Tips For Traveling With A Laptop




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Tips for traveling with a laptop


When in doubt, leave it out.

If losing, breaking or having your laptop stolen will cause you to have heart attack, ask yourself if you really need it. Can’t afford the loss? Don’t even bother packing it.


Okay, so maybe you absolutely need your laptop on the trip or merely just have money to burn. Here are some tips for traveling with a laptop:


Purchase a cheap laptop for travel

Especially if your main laptop is hooked up to the max, think about purchasing an affordable or discounted notebook laptop to use just for travel. That way, if you do end up losing or breaking it, it won’t be as much of a loss.


Invest in a good laptop case

Now this is not a time to be thrifty. I have relied on dinky laptop cases in the past and it has only led me to a crack screen and dents. For that reason, it is always a smart idea to invest in a laptop case that has enough support and padding to protect your computer.


Layer up

On the other hand, if your backpack laptop doesn’t have the greatest protection, you have another option: layer up.


For example, I love using this Yonder’s Explorer Vintage Laptop Backpack because it is stylish and has a lot of space and compartments (fits my 13″ Macbook and iPad comfortably). Yet, I find this backpack to be more of an everyday backpack to use when bringing my laptop to school or a coffee shop — that is when layering comes in handy. As you can see in the photos below, I put my laptop in two other cases before putting it in the laptop backpack to provide extra cushion for my laptop for when I want to use it for traveling instead of everyday use.



Leave your computer shut down.

Laptops are delicate as it is but are even more delicate when they are turned on. Therefore, you never really want to leave your laptop on while it is in your backpack moving around to risk your laptop from internal damage or overheating.



Now this is must for me. Ever time you leave your house with your laptop, you are at risk of losing your laptop. So, I highly advise backing up all of your meaningful keepsakes to an eternal hard drive before they go kapoof — gone forever. Eternal hard drives are not cheap but they are certainly worth it. You want to back up your entire hard drive on to an external hard drive before you leave. Meanwhile, you want to back up all the data you generate during your travels on a USB thumb drive.


Encrypt files

If you are unable to back up your laptop, you have the option to also encrypt your confidential/important files.


Never save passwords

Public wifi networks are potentially dangerous. So, it is always wise to be cautious with your email, bank or any sort of passwords when connected to public wifi. For that reason, you want to avoid selecting the “remember me” box for passwords. Also, make sure your email account is secure by enabling Two-Step Verification.


Update security

Make sure your computer’s anti-virus and firewall is current.


Invest in a universal adapter with an inbuilt power surge protector

You will never regret investing in a universal adapter to use when traveling overseas. Better yet, purchase a universal adapter with an inbuilt power surge protector to avoid frying your computer during power surges. I have heard several stories of people’s electronics frying while traveling overseas so it is definitely not something to risk.


Ethernet cable

Bring an ethernet cable to hook up to the phone box just in case there is no wifi in your motel/hotel.


Out of sight

If you have to leave your laptop in the car, make sure to leave it in the trunk so it is not viewable for thieves to get their hands on it. At the same time, don’t leave it in their too long during hot temperatures.


12 thoughts on “Tips For Traveling With A Laptop”

  • I need to bring my laptop with me when I travel as I need to have to work. I do try to make sure I take as many precautions as I can since I would probably have a heart attack if something happened to it! I do make sure that everything is backed up in case something ever does happen.

  • This are great tips sometimes I need to travel and dread to bring the laptop with me. All yoru tips are very helpful. Thanks for sharing =)

  • Great tips, I am always so scared it might be stolen, but never thought of buying a cheaper one dedicated for travels. I am kinda bad with switching it off also, Will keep it in mind.

  • These are great tips if you are going on a trip and are consdering bringing the laptop. Its so easy to save passwords but I try not to, because like you I would never want anyone to get access to important things on the computer just by the click of a button.

  • You listed some great tips, Kim. Love the style of the laptop backpack! I never thought of layering my laptop. Love the

  • Thanks for sharing these travel tips! Layering is a great idea to keep your laptop safe. I appreciate the security suggestions too. Going to definitely keep this post in mind on my next trip.

  • These are great tips! I rely on my laptop to help manage my online store and make sure that I am able to work wherever I am so I cannot leave home without it especially during trips. Having a laptop friendly bag is important. It’s also nice to invest on an anti-theft backpack!

  • When traveling with my laptop, I also use layering to protect it from bumps. I think purchasing a cheap laptop is a great idea too. Anything that would allow me to work or stay connected while traveling would suffice. Thanks for these tips!

  • That bag is seriously so cute! I don’t do much traveling with my laptop but when I do, I make sure it’s shut down, that I have all of my computer accessories (mouse/charger), and that it’s in a safe and secure bag.

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