Let’s face it. You go, it goes. Your device is tethered to you like an astronaut to the space capsule. And let’s just say, you may feel like you are lost in space without it. A well-prepared device is essential when we travel. Afterall, it is our personal concierge. It makes dinner reservations, tells us how to get where we are going, and at the end of a long day, find a local spot to kick up our feet.
We want our travel to go smoothly. Our personal devices can make that happen. So how do we best prepare our device (and selves) for uninterrupted travel?
- Take the Right Accessories
There is such thing as traveling the right way…and that means having the right gear. From portable batteries to travel-friendly smartphone cases, a range of gear and add-ons will enhance your phone while on the road.
When you are on the road, your device is working overtime and the demand on your phone equates to a drain on your battery. In a previous blog, we shared tips on preserving your battery life. When you couple the battery preservation with some battery extension tools, you get the happy marriage of an even longer battery life.
“When I’m on the road, the road becomes my office. I am reliant on my device to do what I need to do. And I absolutely do not have time to stop and charge my phone,” said Chuck Morrison, Chief Marketing Officer of Staymobile, an Atlanta-based, smartphone and device repair company. “Portable battery chargers are worth the investment and essential for a device-on-the-go,” Morrison said.
Here are some of Morrison’s favorites:
- When the trip is short, Morrison relies on a battery case. It’s a fairly standard phone case, but with an added feature of wirelessly charging your smartphone up to an additional day of juice. Think multi-tasking device: cell phone protection and device charger. New phone case chargers on the market now are even smart, letting you know how much juice remains in your charging case.
- Sometimes your travel demands more than one battery recharge. For those trips, Morrison recommends that you carry a high-capacity external battery charger. These devices give you multiple full charges to your phone. A recent Business Insider review indicated that these devices can recharge your phone seven times without you having to find an outlet in the airport.
- Keep Your Data Safe
Experts will tell you that, increasingly, the data travelers bring with them on-the-road is highly valuable and also highly desired, Travel+Leisure reports. Road-warriors know to limit the devices to those specifically needed for a trip. And since we already know you need your device, take the time to invest in apps that lock devices remotely if lost or stolen backup your data before leaving and even ‘cleanse’ your device of sensitive data that you won’t need while on the road.
According to a recent blog on phone security, one-third of smartphone users do not use the lock screen on their phone. “It’s the first line of defense,” Morrison told us. Setting this up is free and easy on your Android or iOS. This keeps thieves, children and even the occasional pocket dial out of your phone. But that isn’t all you may want to consider. Morrison suggests the following tips to keep your smartphone and data safe:
- Utilize apps that provide additional layers of security such as iphone locators or device tracking.
- Keep your passwords safe by installing apps that bring another layer of security by managing and protecting your passwords. There are apps that will even help you generate highly secure passwords.
- Install an alarm app. These apps can sound an alarm when someone tries to gain access to your phone, or even snap a picture of someone who enters an incorrect password.
Whatever app you decide to use, be sure to download from a reputable source.
- Use a Phone Case
…the advice that all smartphone-wielding travelers should heed before hitting the road.
There are a lot of good reasons to use a phone case for cell phone protection. Smartphone covers can protect to a certain degree. Often when you are on-the-go, your device gets dropped into your bags, slipped into your pocket, or tousled about as you fumble through airport security. And that’s enough to cause a scratch to the screen or that well-known crack in the corner of your phone that spreads across your device.
Not everyone wants to cover their sleek phone with a rubbery case. “Some folks may just want to buy a new phone,” said Morrison. But for those who don’t want to shovel out the cash for a new phone each time unfortunate damage occurs, there are options in cell phone protection OR cell phone repair.
“At a minimum, a case should cover all critical areas of your device. And the harder the shell, the softer the fall, “said Morrison. He continued to share that cell phone protection doesn’t stop at the case. “Cell phone protection includes covering the screen with a tempered glass screen protector,” said Morrison. Adding a tempered glass screen protector to your screen won’t change your everyday experience much. However, the protection will be there when dropping your phone.
Other cell phone protection tips from Morrison include:
- Select cell phone protection based upon your use. Smartphone covers come in a range of levels of protection (and sometimes bulk). If you don’t anticipate rough handling of your smartphone, you may opt for a lighter case.
- Depending on your level of activity, you may even want to consider water resistant for those occasional restaurant spills.
Morrison advises to check your warranty guidelines. “More than likely, you’ll find the mishaps described above aren’t covered. If you find a smartphone cover isn’t your style, Protection Plans can be your next best option to protect against Accidental Damage from Handling (ADH),” continued Morrison, “and this is where Staymobile can step in.”
Staymobile offers affordable protection plans that are an alternative to replacing your smartphone, or even repairing your smartphone. “What is critical when this happens to you is the length of time without your phone. Staymobile often can expedite repairs, returning your phone same day and minimizing your down-time. Repairs typically take our technicians 1-2 hours. Then you can be on the road again,” said Morrison. Investing in a Protection Plan can give you the peace of mind that you can continue your business, with minimal down-time, and perhaps save money.
What? You don’t have a current Protection Plan? No worries. Staymobile can still help you get back up and running. “Since most repairs take only 1-2 hours,” Morrison said. “one of our 40+ stores can likely repair your phone while you wait.”
Like many things in life, stress-free travel boils down to planning…. a few upfront tricks can keep you tethered (and working) like a pro.