You’re ready to head on your backpacking adventure, but not without your electronics! Most of us have at least a few gadgets we simply can’t do without. When travelling with your laptops, tablets, cell phones, DVD players, or other electronics you want to be sure to keep them protected.
These FAQ’s should help you when it comes to protecting your electronics while on the road.
Q. Do I need to insure my electronics while on the road?
While travel insurance isn’t required, it is always a good idea! Make sure your policy covers valuable items during your travel, and is sufficient coverage to replace the item if lost, stolen or damaged. It is important to insure electronics because they are breakable and susceptible to theft.
A good practice would be to take a picture of each item, and its corresponding serial number before you leave. Print the pictures or send them to an email account that is web-based. Should you ever have to file an insurance claim, these pictures may prove to be invaluable in retrieving your lost or stolen items.
Q. If we come across public Wi-Fi, is there a risk in using it?
There is always the risk of contracting a virus when connecting to public Wi-Fi. Be sure you have antivirus software on any device you use.
One option is to use a VPN. A Virtual Private Network is an inexpensive way to ensure you are protected when online. Check with the area you are planning to travel within to see if they have something that will work for you and your family.
Q. I want to use my smartphone to take pictures. How can I keep it dry when we are near water?
Whether using a smartphone or digital camera to take photos, you will want to make sure to keep it dry. The best way to keep small electronics dry is by putting them in small plastic bags. Zip-seal bags work well, or there are bags especially for this purpose. These are inexpensive and very effective when used properly. Some bags are made from materials that allow you to take pictures through the bag.
Q. What if my device gets wet or gets dirt inside it?
Bring a small container of rice with you. Some cell phones will come back to life from being wet when submerged in dry rice. Turn the phone off and put it in a container with the rice. Don’t try to turn it back on until it is completely dry.
Another handy item is a can of compressed air. Should one of your devices get dirt or dust in it, a blast of the compressed air will help clean it out.
Q. What should we do with our electronics when we go on hikes and aren’t taking them with us?
The first thing you want to do is make sure that all your electronics are locked inside your campervan. It would be wise to have them out of sight should someone peek into a window. Moreover, as previously mentioned, be sure to have them insured should your campervan be vandalised.
Q. How can I keep my electronics cool while camping in hot weather?
It’s important to keep your electronics from getting too much heat or sunlight. Sunlight isn’t hard to avoid as long as you are aware of where your items are. Heat is a tough one to tackle. Turn electronics off when not in use. Be sure to park your campervan in shady areas whenever possible. Keep the window open when you are in the vicinity. When you have to leave, try leaving windows open just a crack to allow the air to circulate.
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