Going on vacation and worried about keeping your smartphone charged, finding Wi-Fi, or scheduling your DVR from the road? Here's some advice
12 terrific tips for taking tech on vacation
Leave the laptop at home
Pack a pistol
Pack a travel transformer and power strip
Charge your tech on the go
Use a DSLR battery grip
Try a portable card-reading hard drive
Bring a fast card reader
Avoid data-roaming charges
Use Google Voice call forwarding
Set your DVR remotely
Stream your DVR recordings
Track down Wi-Fi
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Pack a pistol
OK, this is offbeat, but bear with me. If you're worried that the airline might lose your tech-filled bag, you can guard against the possibility by packing a gun with your electronics. Of course, I don't mean serious firepower, just a starter pistol typically used to shoot blanks as a signal for track meets and swim events.
Any baggage containing a firearm (even a starter pistol) must be transported in a locked and unmarked, hard-sided case. The case is processed under the TSA's heightened scrutiny. The extra attention ensures that the package remains secure and tracked all the way to its destination, which makes taking anything from the case almost impossible.
Not all airlines accept checked weapons, however, so verify your airline's policy and regulations first. At the airport, tell the ticket agent when you check in that you have an unloaded weapon to declare. You'll have to fill out a card and interact with TSA officials, who will lock your case and give you the key, so be sure to allow plenty of time.
Losing a firearm is a much bigger deal to the TSA than handling ordinary luggage, so taking these steps reduces the chances of your tech being misplaced to about zilch. You don't need a gun license to buy a starter pistol, which can start at as little as $20, nor do you need to register the pistol with the state.
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