Nowadays, while people use players and tablets for their pleasure, phones, GPS navigators, and other electronics help lovers of outdoor activities and travel. The question may arise how to keep electronics safe when travelling and how to ensure a long life of gadgets after various whims of Mother Nature to stay connected?
Sometimes a tempting idea looms before a vacation: leave all electronic devices at home and enjoy a complete disconnection from the virtual flow of information. But then a sense of responsibility takes over: it’s hard to imagine a trip without the opportunity to call, clarify the route, and take a photo on Facebook.
For the equipment to please with its capabilities during the trip, there was enough energy in the batteries, and the bills for mobile services after the trip did not force you to start saving on everything else. It would be best if you thought about what to take with you and what applications to download.
What to take
What items should you take with you? The answer is different for each, but the universal solutions are:
- Battery for charging. The choice of a phone and accessories should be approached by evaluating the duration and direction of the trip and whether the phone will be just a phone for you or will play the role of a computer, camera, electronic map, and TV.
- Devices for every day. If you are going on a camping trip, consider taking a push-button phone with you, which will not require charging as often as a smartphone, and it will be easier to endure a fall or shock.
- Travel applications. In the era of mobile applications, it is difficult to imagine in which sphere of life there is still no corresponding program. And there are a great many applications for travelers: searching for hotels and campsites, booking guest apartments, offline maps and translators, sightseeing guides, guides at local prices, and more.
- Consider the climate of the place where you are going. If it’s hot there and you don’t count on air conditioning, fans for your smartphone will help you ventilate anywhere. Plug them into a lightning or micro USB port. Another option is a USB fan that a power bank powers.
- An electric blanket or heating pad. On a trip to the north or to countries where there is no heating, it is better to take them. You will not regret it with a sudden cold snap.
How to keep electronics safe
These tips will help you keep your electronics safe on the go:
- Even a tiny amount of moisture on your gadget can damage it. It is best not to use your device in hot and humid environments that create condensation and fogging, such as when entering a ski house on a slope or in the tropical heat.
- Using soft covers. It’s better that you keep your mild waterproof cases close at hand. If there is even a slight chance that the phone will get wet, place it in the case. Thanks to this, you can continue to use your phone and call someone. But, if the plastic is not completely clean, then the photography may not be of excellent quality.
- Keep your phone in your zippered pocket. This advice will help fishers while traveling on a yacht. The lightning will help keep your phone from falling overboard and damaging from saltwater. In this case, you can use headphones for calls: the phone is safe, and your hands are free.
- Keep your gadgets in the shade on hot sunny days. Many electronic devices can be damaged during prolonged heating. When you are at camp, keep all of your portable electronics safe, in one well-protected, clean, and dry place.
- If your device gets wet, do not try to turn it on until it dries completely. You can place it in a container of dry rice or silica gel to help absorb moisture. If you succeed in restoring your phone, be sure to back up your information. Water can remain inside, and pre-failure will be critical.
Travelling with electronics: where to keep them
The main rule of packing things is to use a bag or suitcase:
- Think about the purpose of your trip, whether you need three identical USB cables, and whether a smartphone will replace a tablet and a laptop.
- If you are not going to a five-star hotel but are traveling in the now-famous «wild» style, you may have to catch up with the departing bus or climb the mountain on which the very house where you rented the apartment stands. In this case, the less, the better.
After you pack the electronics, make sure they are in safe places. It shouldn’t get wet. Snow or sand shouldn’t get on it. After all, even your phone shouldn’t get wet or broken. It is essential to store cameras and other electronics in special cases inside a backpack or bag; for your phone, you should buy a waterproof or shockproof case.
The power bank should be in a rubber case, as it is also a very fragile thing. The principal thing to remember is how well you pack your electronics on the road will determine their safety during your journey.