Traveling With a Laptop

The portability of a laptop offers an incredible convenience and millions of individuals travel with them from origin to destination whether for work or for pleasure. Expensive and advanced pieces of machinery, there are countless unfortunate scenarios that can befall somebody in transit with a laptop. Impact and water damage, theft and misplaced battery chargers are among the worst and all outcomes have the potential to take a toll on the wallet.
Most importantly, find a laptop bag to use along with the machine. The two need to be relatively inseparable in order to ensure safe transportation and the bag must have proper padding. Otherwise, the smallest impact can affect the costly computer resting inside and possibly damage the hard drive or other components. Shoulder bags can knock haphazardly while getting on and off of buses and inside bustling airports, so they need to either be sufficiently protected or avoided.
If airplane travel is a common occurrence, check whether the bag allows for quick removal of laptops, as nobody wants to be fumbling with zippers while in line for security. Several companies manufacture protective cases considered to be “TSA Friendly”, with easily accessible pouches that speed the transit process.
Small and often worth thousands of dollars, laptops are a usual target for theft. While in public areas, an owner must be vigilant to keep their computer within eyeshot at all times, or simply carried along with him or her. Airports, parks, libraries and trains are safe under most circumstances- it is best to err on the side of caution. If stolen, return of a laptop is relatively unlikely and whatever password there is will probably be to no avail once a thief wipes the hard disk and claims the machine as theirs.
A seemingly small mistake, forgetting one’s laptop charger before going on a trip can present a user with a dilemma. Between a rock and a hard place, the unfortunate laptop owner sans charger must decide whether to scour for friends with a similar computer and rely on their graces or shell out the cash for a new one. Far from inexpensive, a battery charger can cost upwards of $50 and are found for far more in tourist areas and airports- the places a person would likely encounter such a quandary. This situation can be avoided by carrying an extra charger along with the laptop in the bag at all times. Yes, that extra must be bought- but can be a single purchase as opposed to the numerous times the laptop comes and the wire stays at home.
These points may seem as though they are common sense, but the key to safe travel with a laptop is preparation. An ill-equipped traveler, without a proper bag or charger packed, may end his or her trip with a damaged computer or incur unnecessary expenses. Simple preparatory investments can greatly improve the quality of travel and peace of mind.