Despite our best efforts, the day inevitably comes when a geek is forced to go on a vacation far away from the safe haven of their Gigabit-connected lifestyle and venture to a far away land where technology is dubious at best. So before you find yourself trapped in hell and unable to function like a civilized human being, follow these tech tips to make sure you are prepared for the worst.
Geek Vacation Survival Tools
Your guide for surviving the horrors of the road include the following:
Make sure you have a way to connect to the Internet
If this vital first step is overlooked, you are in for a world of pain. While your cell phone might get you by, you certainly do not want to spend the week staring at a four-inch screen. If the place you are going does not have a suitable WiFi connection, see if you can tether your devices to your phone. Just make sure you have a data plan suitable to support your surfing needs. If you have multiple devices, look into a portable router such as a Verizon MiFi hotspot.
Copy Movies To Your Phone, Computer Or Tablet
Once you come in from a long day trying to avoid getting a melanoma while baking in the blistering sun, you’ll want to relax and watch a movie. Be sure to copy several movies over to your phone or tablet before you go. Most DVDs these days come with a digital copy you can use on your mobile devices. Get as many as you can for the road.
Bring Your ChromeCast
If you do have a suitable WiFi signal, chances are you can beam those movies to a TV using a Google Chromecast. A Chromecast is a device that allows you to stream directly from your mobile device to a TV with an HDMI port. It also supports Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and other popular apps.
Take Plenty Of Chargers
Your family will likely have multiple smartphones, tablets and gaming devices. Make sure you pack plenty of chargers for all of them. You should also consider packing a portable charging pack. These are portable charging devices you pre-charge and use on the road when a car adapter or AC plug is not available.
Be Ready To Manage Your Photos
With most smartphones having cameras ten megapixels and above these days, it isn’t impossible to believe you might run out of space on your phone. Try uploading your photos to the cloud using Google Drive or Apple iCloud. Better yet, pack a point and shoot camera and bring along a handful of extra SD cards.
Get Your Game On
Whether you’re on the plane or a passenger in a car, you’ll need a diversion to take your mind off of the countless miles growing between you and your beloved home sanctuary. Consider downloading several games that do not require an Internet connection to play. Your Google or Apple Store should have countless free games available for you to pass the time.
Make Sure Your Devices Have a Password
While annoying, having a pin number for your mobile devices is always best practice. Your entire life is on your phone or tablet–photos, music, documents, email and other valuable information could easily fall into enemy hands if stolen or lost. In some cases a phone will wipe itself after ten or more failed login attempts, so having a good password is a must.
The good news is, vacations generally do not last very long. Just keep in mind you will soon be reunited with your home computer, HDTV and other essential gadgets. The above tips should at least make vacationing with the family a tolerable experience. If you have any geek vacation tips of your own, be sure to let us know. We’re all in this together.