Tips and Tricks for Safe Traveling with Apple Products

Article published on March 9, 2017
Article published on March 9, 2017

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Apple products are great in every aspect excluding the fact how fragile they are. It is of course easier and better to use your devices in a more controlled and civilized environment setting, but with proper precautions you can even travel safely with your Apple devices.

Apple products are great in every aspect excluding the fact how fragile they are. It is of course easier and better to use your devices in a more controlled and civilized environment setting, but with proper precautions you can even travel safely with your Apple devices.

Every trip begins with planning. The first thing you should plan is what Apple devices you want to take with you on your trip. If you’re going on vacation, you can probably manage with your iPhone and an iPad and leave your MacBook home. If you’re travelling for business, you may need to take your Macbook with you, or at least your iPad Pro with you.

The place that you are traveling to, can also be a deciding factor on what devices you should bring with you. Many countries are well known to have robberies happen often there.  So in this case it would not be smart to bring your newest iPhone X or Apple Watch with you, risking for it to be stolen. You will have to think about what gadgets you are going to need to bring with you in the first place. Of course the safest solution is to leave all your devices at home. But if you are a brave soul and like to take risky chances, then of course keep reading the rest of this blog.

The next thing you should do is make sure you have enough free space on your iCloud to backup your docs, sheets and photos. If you’re travelling to another country, it’s a good idea to check the internet and speed status at the place you will be traveling to. If good internet connection is unavailable, remember to take an external hard drive with you on your trip then.

Another important thing  is to make sure you have a good, robust and protective case for your iPhone, iPad or MacBook. If you’re planning to go to the beach, make sure to have a waterproof iPhone case. If you plan to do some hiking, a heavy duty case that will protect against falls is something to consider. For an iPad you should get a sleeve that is soft and thick to ensure the safety of the large screen, while a MacBook case should feature an extra pocket for your charger.

Here are some tips how to properly wrap up your Macbook charger:

1. Flip out the wings.

2. Wrap the large thick cord around the center of the charger and between the wings.

3. Wrap the thin cord around the wings.

If you’re not planning to take your laptop with you on the plane, (yes, large laptops are not banned on the planes anymore) make sure to take extra precautions, and keep it in a rugged case. It is always better to be safe than sorry! The top rated cases for 2017 are the following:

  • Ion Carbonshell case
  • DropTech
  • Armorbox
  • Urban Armor Gear Ice
  • NexCase
  • Vectros bumper

Accidents can always happen regardless of how many precautions you may take. The best thing to do is to purchase a travel insurance plan for your Apple gadgets. The best plan will cover broken, lost and / or stolen devices, including any repairing expenses. If you’re travelling in this country, make sure your carrier has an insurance plan for subscribers and buy one. But you have to choose other insurance firms for travelling abroad.

Alright, what do we have covered so far? We’ve decided what gadgets we want to take with us and how we’re going to keep them safe during our journey. What’s next?

When visiting exotic countries, we also have to keep in mind one of the most obvious dangers for your devices- animals.  A monkey for example, can very easily grab your phone and make a run for it. You probably didn’t even think you would have to protect your phone from a monkey while traveling, did you? Take a look at this video yourself, how a monkey steals a phone from a tourist.

You may laugh, but a New Zealand producer had a serious issue with monkeys while filming their life on Bali. One of the monkeys stole an iPhone from his pants pocket and ran away with his gadget. The filming crew had to call for hunters with dogs to get the phone back. The screen was dirty, wet and cracked, but surprisingly, the iPhone still worked!

So, my advice would be to avoid playing with your gadgets while around wild animals. Some of them can become curious like monkeys, but other animals may become very easily angry or agitated with any flashes, beeping sounds, and bright colors. It is always best to follow any tour guides instructions they may give you about electronics and animals.

The last piece of advice we have for you is if you end up getting into any trouble with any of your devices… if it falls or breaks or just doesn’t survive an unfortunate event while traveling, you can always sell it. Yes, there are many companies that will gladly buy a used electronic device from you in any condition!

The most well known option is through the Apple Store. You trade in your old device, and then can get either a gift card, or a credit towards any in-store purchase. The only downfall to this is you are tied down to the Apple Store, and can’t get any straight money for your device. So it all depends on your preference!

There are also a variety of other places you can sell your Apple product as well. Craigslist and eBay are other popularly used places. Be prepared to deal with scammers and flakes though. Sometimes selling on these sites can take time, so if you are looking to sell your device fast, these will probably not be the best choice.

The best option is to find a company that will buy your device for at least a reasonable price. Best Buy, for example is a good option if you are a Best Buy fan, because again, you will be paid in Best Buy gift cards.Their prices are sometimes strange. Every quote is based on carrier, color, capacity and condition.

Gazelle on the other hand is more tolerant to condition and doesn’t care much about what carrier you have. On the downside, it offers less for locked devices. Gazelle pays in Amazon gift cards, check, or PayPal. Nextworth sometimes offers more for specific carriers. It’s partial to Verizon and pays more for locked phones. The payments options are the same, either a check or PayPal.

iGotOffer takes Apple gadgets in any condition. You can sell your iPhone or Apple Watch even if it is broken or just doesn’t turn on. Carriers don’t play a role at all. The company offers Amazon gift cards and cash via check or PayPal.