As our technology gets smaller and more affordable we’re packing far more into our suitcase. With an easy collection of smartphone, games console, electronic reader, tablet and digital camera to look after there are a few simple ways to protect your investment on the move.
At the airport
It’s a sad truth that checking something in at the airport doesn’t always mean it will appear safe and sound at the other side. Always pack expensive items in your hand baggage and use a zipped bag or small travel case which you can lock. Keep your bag with you at all times but make sure it’s clearly marked with your name and contact number just in case. Make sure all of your electronic goods are set with passwords where you can, and install tracking apps such as Find My iPad or Samsung’s Find My Mobile.
Beyond these basic precautions you should also use specialist cases to look after your gadgets, think about padded bags for laptops or shatter proof cases for smartphones. Quick pro tip, always make sure the batteries of your electronic goods are charged for when you get to the airport. If you can’t power them up they may not be allowed on the plane.
At the beach
Once you hit the beach you want to be able to relax. But keeping one eye open to watch your stuff won’t put you in the best mood. Do you really need them? Old-school Kindles, known as books, are still available and much easier to look after. If you have to take them with you then nominate one member of your group to keep an eye on them, swap between you every hour so everyone gets their turn to chill out.
Hiding your goodies is also an option, some people swear by a cleaned-out sunscreen bottle or a (clean) baby’s nappy to wrap things up in. That should keep things safe from only but the most determined thieves. These ideas also handle the problem of dust and sand that could play havoc with electronic inner workings.
At the hotel
A good hotel can feel like a home from home but don’t get complacent. If there’s a safe – use it! Lock away your passport and valuables and any other important documentation such as plane tickets or traveller’s cheques. Try to charge your electronic goods overnight rather than leaving them in your room and always lock the windows and doors carefully. If you must leave them inside and unlocked, putting the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door will make it seem like the room is occupied.
At the restaurant
You might have to take out your phone to Instagram that perfect paella but put it back in your pocket, and not on the table. Fake waiters prey on tourist restaurants and you may find your gadgets cleared away as well as your plates. If you are in an area known for pickpockets, it’s worth taking a padlocked bag or choosing a holiday wardrobe with some zipped pockets. As a quick fix you could also knot your gadget’s straps (such as those on a camera) around your belt loop.
A holiday is a great opportunity to relax and disconnect. And with these few simple rules you can ensure it’s not an enforced break from technology as your expensive items, and probably your holiday photos, head off into the sunset with an opportunistic thief.