Smart devices bundle a huge amount of computing power into small packages, allowing us to enjoy family travel while staying connected and keeping an eye on work. Unfortunately, many families end up stuffing their bags with a large amount of equipment that is heavy to carry and easy to lose.
Here are five inexpensive ways to lighten your load and maximize your enjoyment of both your vacation and your mobile devices.
Less is More
Many of today’s smart phones and tablets have terrific cameras and offer a lot of storage for music and books. Factor in options for cloud based storage and online streaming of content and your mobile device is truly a multi-purpose entertainment and productivity hub. Take advantage and lighten your load – leave that heavy laptop, external hard drive and clunky camera at home.
Stay Powered Up
There are some great universal charger options on the market. The Motorola P893 Universal Portable Power Pack offers affordable mobile charging and is compatible with all major brands, including Apple, BlackBerry, Nokia, Samsung and more. For just a few more dollars you can get the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation, which also offers a mobile charging solution for a wide range of mobile devices.
Manage Your Cables
Nothing is going to spoil your vacation mood faster than a tangled mess of cables and adapters. Get organized on the cheap by bundling USB cables with bread ties and placing them in clear zip lock bags. A more elegant but reasonably priced solution is Cocoon Grid-It!. These panels slip easily into your existing bag and allow you the freedom to organize cables, adapters and devices neatly and securely.
Traveling with your family can lead to situations where there are more devices than outlets. XTG Technology’s Slim Wall Plate offers portable surge protection as well as three AC outlets and two USB ports to charge all your smart devices. You might also consider the tiny Belkin Mini Surge Protector which also features dual USB ports.
Label Your Devices
According to a recent survey by Credant Technologies more than 8,000 mobile devices were left at just seven major airports last year! At a minimum, place labels with your name, address and contact info on all your electronic devices. You might also wish to consider ordering the STOP Security Plate, which provides affordable, physical protection for all your family’s electronics. Labeling will also help you to quickly spot your devices while going through security checkpoints.
What are your favorite tips for traveling with your tech?