Summer Travel Tips and Tricks
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Sr. Product Marketing | Davin is an expert on mobile product storage and security. He joined SanDisk after working at Cisco. He studied electrical engineering and communications at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, so he can actually explain clearly how your mobile devices work. Davin’s personal interests include animal welfare and the environment.

Welcome to the Tips and Tricks travel edition of the SanDisk Mobile Lifestyle Blog.

We’re here to help you get the most out of your mobile devices, and summer travel is a perfect excuse to stay wander and stay connected, whether you’re sunning on the sand, exploring a tropical rain forest or adventuring in a far-off locale, like Patagonia or Lahaina.

Don’t worry if you’re headed somewhere remote. It’s okay to be untethered.

Today’s wireless traveler has so many more technical support options, products and apps to select. Whether you want to capture, access, transfer or share important files and apps, especially photos, video and music, the gear is here for the packing.

Suitcase Central
Speaking of packing, smart travel gear goes far, far beyond our usual smart devices. There’s now a whole line of smart luggage that accommodates all your mobile gear snugly and securely, locks and unlocks remotely, and even lets you track the piece to your final destination. No longer a container for clothes and souvenirs, the simple suitcase has evolved into a tech resource center, battery charger, as well as a WiFi hotspot.

Lose something in transit? Wireless technologies like Bluetooth and radio-frequency identification (RFID), mean you now have a better chance of tracking down lost items, even sending an instant alert if you step away from a valued item you’ve tagged.

Hard Charging at All Hours
As we tote around more and more power-hungry gadgets when we travel, there is a constant need for juice. For campers and remote adventurers, compact portable power grids can now be part of your travel gear. When fully charged, the main unit can power up your action cams, smart phones and other entertainment devices.

Remember that accessing a mobile broadband signal eats up juice, so keep it local. Don’t download your media files on the go; bring them with you stored on a wireless flash drive or wireless media drive.

Sharing the Sunset
Now, how to best capture that incredible island sunset? The new generation cameras in smartphones, like the Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and the Apple iPhone, will generate enviable video and stills at anywhere from 8- to 16-megapixel resolution.

Better photo sharing is possible with several sites to help you share your experience more elegantly. They’re designed to turn your photos into a stunning and compelling record of your trip that others can view on social media, envy and then add to a personal travel bucket list.

Make sure your memories aren’t lost by saving your files. Backing up thousands of photos and video clips during a vacation used to mean hauling around a heavy (and expensive) portable hard drive. Depending on where you’re vacationing, you may not always be able to back up to a cloud. Make sure to take an external flash or media drive with you. They’re a compact and affordable storage tools, and you’ll hardly notice them in your luggage.

When in Roam
Today’s storage devices let you stay connected and save money. The huge hassle when you leave the country could be huge international roaming bills. Plan for the price of calls, texts, and even being connected to the internet when you’re overseas to result in an expensive per minute, per text, or per megabyte price tag.

To avoid these potential up-charges, put your phone in airplane mode and turn on WiFi and Bluetooth as needed. Load the video files and photos you want to access onto a wireless media drive and turn off the roaming function. You’ll save enough money on roaming charges to afford another trip!

Photo credit: Stock photography



About the Author

Sr. Product Marketing | Davin is an expert on mobile product storage and security. He joined SanDisk after working at Cisco. He studied electrical engineering and communications at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, so he can actually explain clearly how your mobile devices work. Davin’s personal interests include animal welfare and the environment.



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