Travel safely with your Apple gear

Summer is here, that’s for sure. You can tell by the heat and humidity as well as the talk in the office of annual leave. If you’re leaving for an extended period of time you also need to think about taking care of your Apple gear, what you’re taking with you as well as what you’re leaving behind.

The items that stay in your home you should make sure are unplugged from power and covered up. For any Mac that stays behind, back it up and make sure you can access the backup while on the road, whether it’s with you on an external hard drive or online. Also cover the Mac up with a sheet or something to keep as much dust away from it as possible. Even consider unplugging items like your broadband modem/router and other networking equipment as it is not needed while you’re away.

With what you’re leaving behind taken care of you can then turn your attention to what you’re taking with you.

First, of course, you should consider your bag. It should be sturdy enough to offer good protection to your equipment while at the same time be small and light enough to transport around. For me, at least on longer trips, that’s a backpack with enough room for my Mac portable, camera and all the accessories. I can even fit a few toiletries in there if I have to.

Then, what accessories do you need to take with you? Charger and plug converter for your portable Mac is a start. You may need cables and plugs for all your accessories to charge cameras and other equipment. An external hard drive is a good idea for extra storage and backup. Extra batteries, memory cards and card readers may also be suitable, depending on your needs.

One thing you should not overlook, especially if you’ll travel to different parts of the world, is a portable UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). Basically it’s a thing that sits between your gear and a power socket, which protects from surges and spikes in power. It’s a cheap way to keep your valuable equipment safe. A good choice would be Belkin’s Mini Surge Protector.

If you’re traveling with a portable Mac and you will use it in public places, leave it in hotel rooms and similar situations it may be wise to invest in a lock. In a hotel room you can usually put in in the safe but it may not always fit. A cable lock with either a combination or key lock will do the trick and you can secure your Mac even in a coffee shop.

Finally, make sure you’ve checked your insurance. For what you leave behind and possibly also what you take with you, your home insurance may cover it. If not, check your travel insurance and make sure it includes your gadgets too. It may cost a bit but do you really want to risk loosing or damaging your valuable Apple gear without being able to at least recover some of the cost if something happens?

This article was originally published in Khaleej Times.

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