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How to plan for safe, smart traveling with your mobile device

How to plan for safe, smart traveling with your mobile device

1/2/2014

With the holidays comes the need to travel to see extended family on the most important days of the year. And while getting together with loved ones whom you haven't seen in a while can bring a lot of joy, it's also accompanied by the stress inherent in getting from point A to point B in a timely, safe manner.

In the hustle and bustle of traveling, it can be easy to let the small things slip your mind, and while your smartphone plays an important role in your life, it's easy to picture how your mobile device might be involved in a travel-related mishap. In light of how much can go wrong in the airport or while prepping for a long car ride, be sure to use your smartphone in safe, smart ways during your holiday travels.

Keep your smartphone charged
One of users' chief worries is keeping their mobile devices fully powered during lengthy car or plane rides. If you're taking to the open road to reach your family, keeping a car charger in your vehicle can help mitigate the risk of depleting your smartphone or tablet's battery life.

However, if you're flying, keeping a charge can be a trickier proposition, as you won't have an outlet in the air. Be sure to pack a charger in your carry-on, so you can plug in at the airport beforehand or while waiting for a connecting flight. 

Turn off data in the air
Have you always wondered what the use of the Airplane Mode option in your iPhone Settings app might be? Well, it does what you might expect: It makes your device better suited for flight. And how does it do this? By turning off data and the mobile network.

Essentially, in Airplane Mode, your phone becomes a more powerful iPod. You can use it to listen to music, watch movies, run apps that don't use data or access other files that are stored in your device's flash memory, but your device won't be trying to connect to the 3G or 4G network, so texts, phone calls and data won't come in. The primary benefit of this feature is that it saves on battery life during the flight. 

If you plan to use Airplane Mode, you might want to plan ahead and download some entertainment to keep you engaged during a long flight, USA Today recommended.

"Does your airline offer good in-flight entertainment? If not, a few episodes of your favorite show might make coach class a little more bearable. Will your hotel room have an iPod player? If yes, then a new album or two could enliven your stay," the source suggested.

Find the right apps
Downloading helpful apps ahead of your trip can make your life easier once you arrive at your destination. Say, for instance, that you land after a six-hour flight to the West Coast, hungry and suddenly in a different time zone. If you have the Yelp app, you can easily see what restaurants are still open and procure some sustenance before you face the relatives.

Get the security you need
No matter how conscientious you are, it's always possible that a mistake or accident while traveling could cause damage to your phone. In a post for Red Board, travel blogger Matt Gibson emphasized the need for preparedness.

"On some trips, everything seems to go wrong. It's as though Murphy's Law applies tenfold while traveling - so it's important to be prepared for the worst," wrote Gibson.

While mobile phone insurance might not cover all travel mishaps, ProtectCELL's smartphone and tablet plans help ensure that you'll be able to access your data and recoup some of your device's value.

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