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Laptop Care: How to Protect Your Laptop When Traveling

Author: Jonathan Chase


Most business people who travel these days have a laptop in tow. Since the workflow doesnít stop when the need to travel arises, these are necessities that connect them to the rest of the world and allow them to take care of whatever business comes up during the time that theyíre away. That being the case, there are certain guidelines that should be followed in order to ensure the safety and protection of your laptop when you get called away from the office.

One of the first considerations that should be made is in regard to the laptopís security. Since thieves will target these as often as they will cash, jewelry or other valuables, itís critical to put as many security measures into place as possible when traveling through airports, bus terminals, train stations and any other form of public travel. Of course, itís never wise to leave your laptop unattended. Itís a sad testament to the way of the world, but you can be fairly certain that when you return, your equipment will be gone.

When packing for your trip, place the laptop in a case thatís different Ė and less obvious Ė from its standard carrying case, and make sure that itís checked in as carry-on luggage. This will not only ensure that it doesnít get stolen, but will be in the pressurized part of the plane, rather than the baggage compartment, which doesnít have pressure or climate controls that are needed to ensure the integrity of the laptop.

If youíre planning to take a nap while youíre en route via public transportation, be sure to secure the laptop before going to sleep. Some people go so far as to cuff the unit to their wrist, but there are other measures that you can take, which include placing it in its case and putting it between your feet or between yourself and the wall if youíre sitting by a window. In the event that anything should actually happen to violate the integrity of the laptop Ė or if it should be stolen, despite your precautions Ė itís to be expected that youíll have backed up all critical information onto disks before beginning your travels.

When you arrive at the hotel, speak with the front desk clerk to be sure that their phone jacks are compatible with your unit. If they happen to use a digital phone system which differs in voltage from that of a standard phone jack, your modem will most likely be damaged when you try to plug it in and dial-up to get an outside connection. The best approach is to call ahead and check on these accommodations before making the trip, so that youíll know what to expect and not be left with any nasty surprises.

In addition to the laptop itself, itís always a good idea to bring an extension cord and extra batteries. Even though you may plan to use electricity, you should also include a back-up plan, and batteries may only give you a few hoursí worth of power at a time before needing to be recharged or changed. When possible, cut down on the use of those things which need large amounts of energy, such as CD-ROMs, and reduce the number of auto-saves on your machine.

By using your common sense and taking simple precautions, as well as including some back-up cords and batteries, you should be able to travel safely and simply with your laptop without a lot of hoopla.

About the Author

Jonathan Chase runs an Internet marketing business and is a contributing writer to All Cheap Laptops. Read more about traveling with your laptop at http://www.all-cheap-laptops.com/Travel.htm

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