You probably carry your smartphone even as you move about your home, so of course you’re going to take it with you when you travel. And, you should. The ever-expanding capabilities of these devices make them invaluable resources on the go.
That said, smartphones have their limitations (and risks). Just ask anyone who has run out of juice while using their phone as a map. Or, someone who lost their phone while on a trip.
If you’re traveling this holiday season (or any time), you’ll want to avoid these and other troublesome scenarios. Here are a few sensible smartphone tips to help you do just that.
Sometimes, this is harder than it sounds, so try to charge every night as you sleep. If you find yourself running low on juice in the middle of the day, many public places now have charging stations (and almost all of them have an outlet you can find). Plus, here are some other tips to help you fight battery drain:
Secure Your Devices and Data
In years past, travelers were warned against carrying valuables. Now it seems everyone carries hundreds of dollars’ worth of electronics with them constantly. So, how can you keep your devices safe and your personal data secure?
Steps for Handling a Lost or Stolen Phone
Countless smartphones are stolen every year. Here’s what to do if, despite your best efforts, your device disappears:
Finally, Don’t be That Person
Everyone has a horror story about the guy who wouldn’t get off the phone in the restaurant, on the plane, even in church. Make sure you’re not the subject of such a story – here’s how:
Just in case you and your smartphone do part ways (though we hope it doesn’t happen), you’ll still need to know your flight and other trip details. It doesn’t hurt to put a few particulars down on paper, or print them off, before you leave home.
Enjoy your travels this holiday season, and be sure to look up once in a while. After all, if you’re only connecting with your phone, you probably aren’t connecting with family and friends.
Having a home inventory helps you take advantage of the personal property coverage on your homeowners insurance or renters insurance when something valuable is lost, stolen or damaged. That oftentimes includes when your belongings are at home, in your car or with you on the go. Be sure to include your smartphone and other electronic devices in your inventory.
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