Smartphones and tablets are nice, but for many of us, especially when working remotely, laptops are still our computer of choice for when we need to get serious work done on the go.
Unfortunately, traveling with a laptop can be precarious. If you’re carrying it around on a trip, you have to be careful it doesn’t get banged up, stolen, or potentially fried if you’re overseas and forget that their electricity works differently. Not to mention the frightening prospect of using unsecured Wi-Fi access where someone might try to hack into your computer and steal your data.
- Always pad. We mentioned a padded backpack or briefcase above, but just to make it clear – always use padding of some kind. Even if this means wrapping your laptop in a towel or blanket, you want to make sure it’s protected from getting banged around while traveling.
- Carry it with you. You might think your laptop is safer if you put it in a checked bag at the airport, but think again. How many checked bags go lost each year? And who’s to say someone doesn’t decide to go through your bag and steal it?
- Stay away from laptop bags. Thieves target these bags because (duh) they are for carrying laptops. Instead, try a padded backpack or briefcase that doesn’t look like a laptop bag.
- Back it up. Everyone should do this anyway, but it’s especially important before traveling: back up all of your data. You might need an external hard drive, or it could be as simple as copying everything to USB or a site like DropBox.
- Fight the surge. Speaking of protection, bring a surge protector. Most of us use these at home because we’re used to doing it, but when it comes to travel, the thought just never occurs. Well, think again. An electrical surge can do the same damage in a hotel as it can at home.