So you’re preparing for your next trip, and you have double-checked that you have the proper vaccinations and medical care, and even prepared all the documents you need. Now that you’ve got everything figured out, it’s time to prepare your phone for the trip. Before setting foot in an airport, there are several things you should do to ensure you continue to use your phone without any hassle. Here’s a brief guide to walk you through the steps of preparing your phone for the trip.
1. Back up data
If you have essential data on your mobile device (Pictures of a previous family vacation? a report from work? a semester’s worth of homework? some other essential files like all the texts you exchanged with your ex?), it’s important to back up your data to minimize the risk of permanent loss.
Several things could go wrong when you’re on a trip. From phone theft to virus infection, accidental deletion of documents, or even a loss of the device. A backup is an easy way to recover from such ugly incidents.
Things to backup include:
- Address books
- Music files
- Financial databases etc.
- Game apps with advanced progress
A secured online backup will help you retrieve the data quickly and easily from an online server if needed. See our article about How to backup your data (Apple & Android) for detailed instructions.
2. Waterproof case
As you prepare for your trip, it’s apparent that you will expose your phone to various potential hazards, such as water, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that water is not your phone’s best friend. Whether it’s rain, the ocean, your favorite fishing hole, or the drinks, you will enjoy while outdoors, keeping your device from exposure to liquid is a must.
Admittedly, it can be hard to keep your phone away from water, but you can go the extra mile to protect your device by investing in a waterproof case. A waterproof case will give you the confidence to take your phone with you to just about anywhere you need to go, including the beach.
Getting a water-resistant case for your phone will prevent water from getting into your phone’s internal circuitry. There are different waterproof cases out there, in varying sizes and styles. Make sure you select one that allows full functionality of the phone while inside the case.
3. Free space for new photos
We’ve all been at that point where we thought getting a new smartphone means getting a lot of storage space, but after a few months, we discover that the space is getting filled up quickly. You might be able to manage this situation, but you don’t want to go on your trip and be hit with the message that you’ve reached your phone’s storage cap.
Many people cringe at the idea of deleting some stuff on their devices, but there are different ways of freeing up space on your phone, so you can take as many photos as you want during the trip. Here are five tips to help:
- Clear up cache data: Dig into the apps storage screen and you will find that each app has its own stash of “cached” data. Select an app and clear the cache data.
- Tame your chrome browser: Web browsers are one of the biggest consumers of phone space, so go to site settings in the app and scroll down to storage. Tap on the clear storage option.
- Clean up your downloads: There’s a good chance that your phone is laden with junk files from a variety of sources. Locate them and trash the ones you don’t want.
- Delete photos that you backed up already: Backing up your photos means you don’t have to worry about losing them permanently. So go ahead and delete them to make room for new photos.
- Manage music, video and podcasts: Take a look at these downloaded files to see if there are files you can delete.
4. Charging wires for hotel and car
During your trip, you will need to top up the juice of your phone’s battery. To make it easy and convenient, you will likely need two types of charging wires: one for the hotel you’d be in and one for the car to meet your needs while you’re on the move.
Make sure the cable length is long enough to connect the phone and put it in a safe place, and that the speed of charging is right for you.
5. Adapter if going abroad
A portable adapter can be highly beneficial if you plan to travel out of the country, especially if you’re unsure that you will easily find charging points in your destination. It saves you the trouble of trying to find an electric outlet that is suitable for just a charging wire.
An adapter is a great idea because it is compact, requiring very little space, and versatile in that it can fit into just about any type of socket. Check out this list by WorldStandards to see which one you’ll need.
6. External battery for long days
If you’re planning a day of walking the streets of a charming city or hiking in the wild for a long time, consider getting an external battery. It can be quite frustrating to witness a device shutdown due to low battery. If you’re out in nature, it might even be a safety issue: you should always have the ability to make emergency calls or be reachable.
An external battery allows you to stay connected and enjoy the perks of the internet even if you’re unable to find an electric outlet to charge your device. Simply put, it provides stable power in times of need.
With an external battery, you can enjoy the great outdoors and continue to take photos all day long without any worries. If you need your phone for your next video call, you can let it charge in your backpack while you do other things.
If you’ve followed the steps above, you are now fully ready to embark on that trip. However, keep in mind that no matter how we prepare, there’s still some possibility that things may go south. So if your phone develops any fault while you’re traveling, you can reach out to us, and we’ll be on our way to you to get it fixed.