How To Travel With Work From Home Equipment?

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“Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul”

Jaime Lyn Beatty

Traveling while working remotely is thus an ideal option to fill both your pockets and soul. However, traveling with work from home equipment is quite a challenging task. There is always the risk of damage to your equipment and the risk of getting your equipment stolen. In this article, we will look at some tips and tricks that tell you how to travel with work from home equipment safely.

Work from Home Equipment You will Need on Your Workation

Here are some common pieces of equipment most remote workers take with them on their workations. 

  • Laptop
  • Portable monitor  
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Smartphone
  • Travel adapter
  • USB stick with your data backed up
  • Multi-charger
  • Noise-canceling earbuds
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Camera

Some of this equipment may not be essential items for you. The equipment you require would actually depend on your job. Personally, I only take my laptop, smartphone, travel adapter, a USB drive, and earbuds whenever I’m on a workation.

How To Travel With Work From Home Equipment

The things you take with you will also depend on your travel style. Are you planning to travel slowly? Stopping in one location for a few weeks? Or are you going to change your location every day? And how many bags are you planning to take with you? Answers to these questions will help you to decide what and how you should pack.

Back Pack to Store Work from Home Equipment

When you are selecting a backpack to store all your equipment, make sure it has padding to accommodate your bag. It’s always safer to select a bag that’s specifically designed to carry laptops. Rugged bags with a thick padded bottom and several compartments are ideal for travelers. In addition, the lighter the backpack is, the more convenient it is for you.

How To Safeguard Your Work from Home Equipment while Travelling?

Ideally, you should be able to pack all your equipment in your laptop bag. This is why I recommend a bag with padding and multiple compartments. But choosing a safe bag is not enough. You have to pack your equipment safely too. More importantly, you have to keep them with you securely at all times.

Traveling while remotely working

Here are some tips on safeguarding your office equipment while traveling:

  1. Unplug all external devices from your laptop before storing them in your bag.
  2. Don’t hold your laptop by its corners or by the corner as it puts undue pressure on the device.
  3. Use skins and stickers on your laptop. This will make your laptop look unique, helping you to easily identify it.
  4. Don’t leave your laptop in places that are extremely cold or hot.
  5. Shut down your computer before going long distances. Your laptop can produce excessive heat while overheating your bag.
  6. Be careful while logging into free Wi-Fi, especially if you have financial details on your laptop.
  7. Install security software on your laptop before you start to travel.
  8. Never leave your laptop or other equipment alone, especially when you are on the move.
  9. Keep your equipment bag with you when you are on public transportation (flight, train, and bus).
  10. Always keep a USB device and a compatible USB cable with you. The USB device will help you to back up your data, while the cable will help you to connect to external devices.
  11. Keep a list of the work from home equipment with you. Before you leave a location, you can check off each item to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
  12. If you can afford it, always use a cheaper laptop for traveling. Don’t store your banking details on this laptop.

Traveling with work from home equipment is not always easy. But if you organize your equipment properly and follow the above safeguards, you can minimize the risk.

I never leave for vacation without my laptop. What about you? Do you prefer to take your laptop when traveling long distances? Leave a comment below.   

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How To Travel With Work From Home Equipment?

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