Electronics Tips

travel electronics tips


✦ Pack your large electronics on top, making them readily accessible so you won’t have to dig through your bag to find them.


✦ All of your electronics should be packed together for 2 important reasons. If you’re on a flight, it’ll be easy to grab your tablet and headphones together without rummaging around and things will be in the same location so you’ll will know exactly where everything is.


✦ Use a sunglass case to keep your USB cables, chargers and other loose cords protected and organized.


✦ Buy a new hard drive and swap it with the one currently in the device. Install a fresh copy of the operating system and only the applications that will be necessary for your trip. Store the old hard drive securely at home and put it back in when you return.


✦ Think about setting up a trip-only email address to use while you travel. That way, you can send emails to friends and family without worrying that your main email account might be compromised.


✦ The TSA's restrictions on electronics are fairly generous. Under their guidelines, you can carry devices like headphones, drones, and laptops in both carry-on and checked bags. The airlines themselves are more restrictive, and change their rules frequently, so be sure to check their websites.


✦ Some airlines, including Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada, offer internet access on some or all of their flights. In some cases, the internet access is free, but the airline charges for this service. Rates vary by flight length.


✦ Remember that, even at 39,000 feet, your personal information is not secure. Avoid entering credit card numbers, passwords, bank account numbers and any other confidential information during your flight.


✦ Since cell phone technology varies from country to country be sure to check your cell phone to see if it will work at your destination. If you own a "locked" US cell phone and plan to travel to Europe or Asia, consider renting or buying a GSM cell phone to use on your trip. Whichever option you choose, don’t send photos home using your cell phone or stream video on your phone. Also remember that using too much data will drastically increase your cell phone bill.


✦ Your electronic devices won't do you much good if you can't connect to the internet or a cell phone network so research connectivity before you leave.


✦ Take appropriate precautions to make sure your personal information isn’t accessible when your travel. If you should decide to use free wireless internet access to keep in touch with family and friends, remember that any information, such as passwords and account numbers, is not secure. Don’t bank or shop online if you’re using a free WiFi service. Your account information can be picked up by anyone close by who has the proper equipment and dealing with identity theft is even more difficult when you are away from home.


✦ While traveling you’ll likely be connecting to many new, probably poorly managed, and potentially unsafe networks (e.g. in airports and hotels) and your can be targeted by malicious users on these networks. Don’t use an administrator account as your primary user account since a surprising amount of malware and browser exploits can be defeated by something as simple as a non-administrative user account.


✦ Keep a list of what services, credentials and passwords you use while you’re away. You’ll want to change these when you get back. Make sure to use different passwords for multiple services so that if one account is compromised it doesn’t lead compromising the others.




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