March 28, 2012
Nearly everyone will have to travel somewhere at some point in time. For work or play, we tend to travel a lot, on the whole. When you travel, you’re gonna want to take your Mac and your Apple gear with you, and that means you have to remember a few tips:
– Get a case. Nothing can ruin a trip like that $2000 plus MacBook Air getting banged up, and that one-piece case looks beautiful, but dents easily. Get yourself a carrying case and a skin or shield for it. Same goes for your iDevices. No matter what Apple says, a $3 screen shield is a good idea, and a case will often save you from a cracked device.
– Plan your baggage. Remember that iPads and MacBook Pro and Air are all electronic devices that must be taken out of your carry-on luggage and placed in a bin to go through airport security. Don’t bury them at the bottom of your bags and scramble for them in line.
– Get AppleCare+. Things get broken (even with care and cases) and get lost/stolen too. AppleCare+ and/or a 3rd-Party warranty (I use SquareTrade myself) can get your stuff back.
– Sign up for Find My i now. This service allows you to track your phone and iPad if you should lose them someplace. Quite handy when you’re not sure if you left your phone at the hotel, the client’s site, or the pizza joint you were just at.
– Get a travel power strip. You’ll be everyone’s friend with one of these things, because they turn one power outlet (which always seems to be hard to find) into three or more. Many vendors make travel-ready power strips that are compact, and typically have USB ports built in for your iDevices too. It’s hard to ask someone to unplug their stuff so you can charge, it’s easy to ask them to unplug it when you’re going to create three outlets that you both can share.
– Keep an eye on the FAA and TSA sites. The Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration are changing rules quite often. They may be allowing more electronic devices to be used during takeoff and landing, or changing what kinds of batteries you can bring into the plane. Have a quick look at their sites before your trip, so you are in the know. Of course, if you’re traveling in/through/to other countries, you want to get up to speed on any local and national rules as well.
Travel safe, and travel sane!