At times, travel can seem like an untouchable world, one where we aren’t going to have the same problems that we might at home. We fantasize about the planning, the packing and the going that sometimes we forget that things can go horribly wrong on the road, just as they do at home. This is especially true when it comes to electronics and appliances. When your computer fails you in Budapest or your camera decides to die mid-tour or perhaps even your hairdryer knocks out the whole block’s power in Paris, you will realize that technology can fail even while traveling. And when it does on the road, it can seem like the worst of scenarios, but it doesn’t have to be. Practice these tech tips for travel and avoid the meltdown over the scorched curling iron or computer for that matter.
Always Backup Before Departure: We put many items on our pre-travel list, but seldom do we add “back up computer” to all of the other odds and ends we must accomplish before takeoff. Travelers will want to add this to the list as it can save headaches and probably a few screams on the road. Trips are ruined when laptops are stolen or computers crash in paradise. You should either use an external hard drive or back up through cloud storage before you hit the road. That way if you lose all of your data or even your device, you know a copy is still safely waiting for you back at home.
Check Hair Appliances for Dual Voltage in Foreign Countries: I lost a fine straightener when I was a naïve study abroad student. Even though I used it with a converter, the appliance quickly gave out on me on my first day in Sicily. If you must travel with a hair dryer or a curling iron while abroad, be sure they are dual voltage. Many are automatically dual voltage these days so you don’t have to manually switch from one voltage to another. Also, even if they are dual voltage and you use them with a proper converter and plug, it is always best to keep the heat setting as low as possible, especially when using American appliances in Europe.
Pack Camera Accessories You Might Only Use at Home: To save your travels from a major technological meltdown, you should always pack the necessary camera accessories. This includes the USB cord used to upload photos from your camera to your computer. After each day of touring, be sure to upload your photographs to your computer. That way if your camera breaks or a thief decides the camera is theirs, you know you have photos from up until that point in your trip. It is also a good idea to pack an extra memory card incase your card fails or gets lost in the shuffle.
Set up Passcodes on Phones and Computers: If you don’t have passcodes or passwords when you turn on your devices, you will want to set those up before hitting the road. If your iPhone is snatched from your hands in Tokyo, at least you know your information is protected through a passcode that the thief won’t be able to break.
Store Electronic Devices in Cases and Never Place Them in Checked Baggage: In case you haven’t heard, the stealing of iPods and laptops from checked luggage is somewhat commonplace these days. You should really never check these items. They should always be within your grasp. Electronics can break just through normal travel wear and tear. They should be packed with care in cases and covers, rather than just thrown into a bag.
What are some of your tech tips for travel?
Don't forget to 'LIKE' us on Facebook!
Great tips! Also don't forget to hand carry all your gadgets.
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
Venice Salute FestivalComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
For Venetians, the 21st of November is an important date. It’s the day the city celebrates the Madonna della Salute festival, which commemorates the founding in 1630 of the church of Santa Maria della Salute (“Madonna of Health”). The church is more commonly known as Salute, as is the festival as well. During the festival, the area around the church is beautifully lit by thousands of candles brought by the many people going to pray to the Virgin Mary with vendors lined up along the way to the church selling candles and a variety of sweets....read more
5 Smoke-Free U.S. Cities to VisitComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
As a parent, I appreciate places where I can bring my kid without having to worry about second-hand cigarette smoke. Smoke-free cities have no-smoking laws that apply to restaurants/bars, workplaces, public buildings/grounds and city parks (as well as other areas around the city). The cities on this list also have extensive anti-smoking campaigns, as well as programs to help people stop smoking. In celebration of The Great American Smoke-Out, here are five of the most smoke-free U.S. cities to add to your list of places to visit....read more
3 Winter Festivals To Attend in Puerto RicoComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Puerto Rico might be on your radar for sunshine and palm trees, but it shouldn’t be counted out for a winter getaway. There might not be snow softly falling on pine trees, but the island gets into the spirit of winter with a number of celebrations. If you are in need of a winter escape, try Puerto Rico, specifically to attend one of its lively winter festivals....read more
5 Fascinating New Zealand MuseumsComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
There are plenty of reasons to visit New Zealand – the natural beauty, diverse cultures, and unique cuisine being a few of them. New Zealand is also home to world-class museums where visitors can learn more about art, history and even sheep farming! Here are five to check out....read more
A Dinner Table Mouthful! How to Say 'Bon Appétit' in 15 Languages Across EuropeComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
The French phrase, “Bon appétit,” is often used as a substitute for the lack of an English phrase of the same meaning. While you might hear, “Enjoy your meal,” Bon appétit is one of the most common ways of greeting someone before they chow down. As most of the country gets ready to have a Thanksgiving feast, in case you have a few at your table who don’t speak English or French for that matter, it is useful to know how to wish someone a good meal in some of France’s neighbors. Here’s how to say essentially, “Good appetite,” in 15 European languages....read more
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2014 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.