You’ve stayed glued to your workspace for too long now, busy mulling over the reports and chasing deadlines. You’re raring to go out and recharge your batteries somewhere. Is it fire or ice? The beach or the snowy, misty mountains?
So you pack your bags and finally get yourself a real vacation. You take your phone and other gadgets with you. You can’t miss this chance to take photos of the greatest views on earth.
Wherever you choose to go always keep your gadgets, especially your phone, safe. Your business contacts are in your phone, among other things. You don’t want the hassle of losing files and numbers just because of that brief moment of carelessness. Here are some tips.
Use a Phone Case
The most basic and important tip, of course, is to use protection. Buy your iPhone a sturdy phone case. You don’t want your brand-new iPhone X to get smashed even when you’ve barely explored it and you’ve spent so much money saving up for it.
Store It in a Dry Bag
Ziplock bags and dry bags are useful when you’re going rafting or canyoneering. These containers are made of plastic or waterproof fabric, so they ensure that your phone stays dry as a bone even when you’ve been busy pillow-riding that white water.
Use Nano Coating or a Phone Skin
A nano coating is sprayed in vapor form onto your phone until it forms a thin film that coats the phone completely. Meanwhile, a phone skin is an adhesive that you stick onto your phone, covering all parts, including the port.
Don’t be too complacent, though. Nano coatings and phone skins are temporary solutions. You can’t be too sure that your phone won’t get wet when you take a dip in the pool or dive in the ocean.
Clip It to Your Belt
You’re hiking a trail, and you just have to take pictures of the glorious sunrise or that sweeping, panoramic view from the peak of the Appalachians. The next best thing you have to a DSLR camera is your trusted smartphone. You don’t want to keep digging through your backpack for it, though. Clip your phone to your belt instead for easy access.
Take It Out Only When Needed
The view looks nice, and you want to savor it even when you’re back in your office cubicle. But you shouldn’t be snapping photos of every unusual-looking rock you saw or take a video of the other vacationers. When you’re more discriminating of which moments to capture on camera, you lessen the chances of dropping your phone by accident.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
A trip to the beach for some R&R and groovy beach tunes sounds like a good idea. Or maybe you’re off to Colorado for some serious snowboarding. Either way, take extra measures to protect your phone.
When it’s too hot, your phone will tend to overheat. As a self-preservation measure, your phone will slow down its processors.
When it’s too cold, your phone will be susceptible to cracks and moisture. In that case, keep your phone close to your body to provide some form of insulation, but avoid sudden changes in humidity and temperature too.
Keep Extra Batteries
If you plan to be away for long periods and no electric power source is available, take extra batteries with you. A phone that has too many or heavy apps running will tend to have an overworked battery, which will eventually overheat.