Tech Tips For Traveling During the Holidays

This is the week when a lot of people will be heading home for the holidays. This means plenty of headaches, including delays because of the weather and other unpredictable events, getting stuck in strange cities on layover, and spending lots of time in airports.
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1. Take An Ebook Reader If you read quickly enough, spending a few hours in an airport will mean that you'll probably end up finishing that paperback you've got in your backpack. Ensure that you'll never miss out on an opportunity to read by taking a Kindle or an iPad with you filled up with books.

2. Skip Lines By Using Electronic Check-In
A lot of people prefer dealing with airport staff when checking in, but it's very quick to go the DIY route by using the electronic check-in booths that are available in any number of airports.

3. iPods and Earbuds Are Your Friends
Shut the world away thanks to your music player. iPods retain a charge for quite a long time, making them our go to music player.

4. Don't Overpack With Too Many Electronic Gizmos
Stick to a winning combination, like a music player with an ebook reader, or headphones with a portable video game console. Don't carry everything with you, as you'll probably end up not using most of it.

5. Pack All Electronics In Your Carry-On Luggage
Yes, your backpack might get heavy, but this ensures that you won't lose them while you're traveling. You should also pack your heaviest clothes in your carry-on luggage. You can get away with a backpack and a rolling carry-on bag without any problems. I've packed an Xbox 360, a Nikon D200, and two laptops in my carry-on luggage without a cinch.

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