Planning on heading out to someplace fantastic for Spring Break? Or maybe you have quick business trip? When you are headed to the airport there are a few things you want to remember when packing your tech gear.
1. Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) The TSA is always changing what is allowed and not allowed on flights. It is a good idea to check the current list before you fly. You don't want the hassle of extra time with security! By knowing what you need to do to send your tech gear through security it will help you get through faster. You can see the current list of TSA Prohibited Items here. You may want to check the current requirements for taking laptop and camera batteries, camera battery chargers and alkaline batteries. You may be required to check them or carry them in your carry on luggage.
2. Keep your Gadgets Charged and Store Chargers with them If security has questions about your tablet, camera, phone, laptop, etc. they may ask you to power up your device. If you have to search for your cord and then a power source it may make you miss your flight. Make sure you are able to power on your devices through the last leg of your flight. It is helpful to store your gadgets together with their cord in a smaller bag. Not only does it keep them together it also helps cords to not get damaged.
3. Pack Laptop in Laptop Bag or Sleeve By packing your laptop in a bag or sleeve it allows you to quickly pull it out to send through security and still offers the protection you need for your laptop. You can even purchase bags that are designed to be sent through security without having to take your laptop out. This one has some pretty good reviews and is a great price. Once again, remember to have your laptop battery charged so you are not seeking for a power source if you are questioned by security. If your laptop battery is not lasting long it may be time to purchase another one. See Laptop Battery not Charging?.
4. Be Aware of your Wearables With technology getting smaller and smaller we are now wearing it and it might be easy to forget we have it on. If you have a FitBit, Basis, Android Watch, Bluetooth or MICA be aware that these regulations will continue to change. You may wear it through or be required to send it through security. During your security check and once you are on the plane, be willing to comply with all requests of the airline employees.
5. Cameras and Camcorders Most of the time you will be able to leave your camcorder and camera in your bag, even your DSLR. Make sure to pack them so they do not get damaged while transporting them. Most cameras take a lithium-ion battery so check the current regulations for transporting them. While it may be easy to pick up a memory card for your camera, it may be more difficult to get your hands on the right battery or charger. It might be a good idea to pick up an extra camera battery or camcorder battery before your trip.
We hope you have safe travels and enjoy your destination!