Tips For Traveling With A Laptop
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.