Taking your business equipment with you when you go places may not be very easy – especially when you’re traveling long distance. You need some of it to be able to get the job done, so you have to be cautious about what you pack and how you pack it.
There are some tips to secure your equipment as much as possible.
How much do you really need to take with you when you’re traveling a long distance? The less you take, the easier it will be to get from one place to another. You may not be able to leave on travel without your computer, but you may not have to bring a router, a printer and a scanner with you. Only take what is absolutely necessary. You may be able to rent other pieces of equipment when you get to your destination.
Have a Home for Everything
You can’t expect your laptop to be in pristine condition when you get to the other side of the globe if you tossed it in your luggage hoping a few pairs of clothes would be sufficient padding. You need to have a case for everything that you’re carrying with you – or shipping or checking onto the plane or train. The case should be custom fit to handle whatever it is that you’re bringing. There are lots of cases that are designed to fit various electronics. You can customize them even further with an x-acto knife so they won’t be jostled when you’re checking them into a facility where they will be handled by others.
Make it Simple to Carry
There’s likely going to be times when you will be responsible for carrying your own equipment. If you make it simple to carry, it will be easier for you to get it around – and thus more secure. Find a case that works well for you – it can be in the form of a backpack or have an ergonomic handle and wheels. If you can get it around easily, you’ll be less likely to drag it or kick it around where you’re likely going to break the objects inside.
You’ve already thought about how to secure the device against being broken from within the case, but what about being broken into? You can choose to get a case that locks with a combination or a key. If you’re checking it on a plane, you’ll need to use a TSA-approved lock so they will be able to open it for the purposes of a security check. If you don’t use such a lock, they are likely going to break into the case using any means necessary.
Travel insurance can be your friend when you’re traveling long distances with expensive items. You don’t want anything to happen to your computer, scanner, microscope, telescope, or any other equipment you might be taking with you. Buying insurance can protect your items on another level in the event that something does happen.
While you want the best case possible to prevent equipment from being damaged, insurance will take care of other things such as:
– Lost baggage
– Acts of terrorism
– Acts of nature
You never know what will happen when you travel. While you hope everything goes smooth from the moment you leave to the moment you arrive, you need to be more realistic. In today’s day and age, there are all sorts of things that can happen and Sierra Cases thinks of these things when designing your case. The more you prepare for the worst-case scenarios, the better protected you will be.
Your equipment is likely worth a lot of money and therefore you have to secure it in a variety of ways. Regardless of where you plan on taking your equipment, you need to be sure it cannot be broken into and it cannot break within the case. Especially if you’re not the one carrying it the whole time, you can’t be sure how the other people are going to handle it – and that means you need to take great care in packaging it right from the very beginning – otherwise the equipment will never arrive in one piece.
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