Traveling overseas is great fun, but it can bring up all sorts of annoying little problems you didn’t think about. Being able to plug in your laptop and phone is one such issue, but there’s a simple way around it. There are steps you can take to prepare your tech for overseas travel.
Check out the following hints and tips from the pros, and you’ll be all set to enjoy a stress-free trip. Your work trip can go off without a hitch, and your holiday can be the relaxing break you need.
Check the roaming charges on your mobile data
GPS and the internet are great for finding your way around a new town or city. They will point you in the right direction and help with just about anything you need to know. One downside, however, is that your data probably costs much more when you’re using it abroad.
Sometimes you’ll find your data is locked completely. This is a real pain if you’ve been counting on it to power your sat nav. The other thing that may happen is running up a large bill in just a couple of hours.
Every network is different, so we won’t get into the specifics; the best thing you can do is contact your network. Get yourself on an international roaming plan, and make sure it covers the country you’re heading to.
Buy power adaptors before you get to the airport
Adaptors and chargers are essential when you’re abroad, but they’re ever so easy to forget. The airports know this, so they stock just about every combination to help you prepare your tech for overseas travel. But since they know you can’t go anywhere else, they push the prices sky high.
If you want to save money before you even get on the plane, get your adaptors before you travel. Buying either in store or online will be fine. Just make sure you check you have ordered the right kind when you have it in your hand. That way you’ll still have plenty of time to source a replacement if need be.
Make sure you can take your power pack on the plane
Power packs seem like a great way to keep your phone fully charged at all times. However, now some varieties are banned from most flights. If you’ve decided to take one, make sure you check with your airline prior to packing. Otherwise, you’ll have to hand it over at the check-in desk, and you’re unlikely to ever get it back. Not the best start to a trip!
Sign up to a VPN for access to region-locked content
Sign up for a virtual private network (VPN) before you fly out. A VPN will help you access content that’s region-locked. It’s quick and easy to do, and there are plenty of flexible and affordable options out there.
The most important thing is to check the security settings of your prospective VPN. That way you can travel knowing your data will be safe and you have found the best VPN possible. It might not be the most fun way to prepare your tech for overseas travel, but it will make a real difference once you get to your hotel.
Check the voltage ratings of your bathroom electrical products
There’s a difference between a plug adaptor and a power adaptor. The difference becomes clear with bathroom electrical products like shavers. A plug adaptor changes the shape of your plug to match the outlets on the wall; a power adaptor steps up or steps down the voltage supplied to your device.
Check that your shaver can be used on the local voltage before you travel, and you won’t be caught by surprise when you try to use it and nothing happens.
Replace any frayed or damaged power cables
It’s all too easy to ignore a frayed or damaged power cable; this can be a serious issue when it comes to electrical safety. Use your trip planning as an opportunity to replace any damaged cables you’ve been hanging onto for far too long. It’ll make a difference to your peace of mind when you’re using tools that are fit for the job.
Lay everything out a couple of days before
If you want to ensure that your tech is in good shape, take everything out and lay it on your bed a couple of days before you fly. It’s a great way to check that you haven’t forgotten anything, and it will give you plenty of time to source a replacement if you need to.