PC World has put together a series of tips about traveling abroad with your laptop. The tips are more targeted to regular travelers than business travelers and are quite useful.
Tips for your Laptop and International Travel:
- If your hotel doesn't have ethernet or Wi-Fi, a local cafe will. Internet connections won't be an issue!
- Customs may search your laptop as you bring it into this other country - be sure your hard drive doesn't have anything that it shouldn't (this includes private information as well as information that could be considered espionage and pornography)
- You may be required to decrypt any encrypted files for customs. Be prepared to do this.
- Make a back-up of all your data before you leave the country
- If you expect you'll need any 'private' data while abroad, you can store it online in a secure location accessible by FTP or other secure means. You can thus download it once you've passed customs.
- If your laptop is new, take receipts - you don't want your local customs charging you when you return, thinking you bought it abroad!
- Don't forget to take a voltage adapter on your laptop, as well as preparing a power plug adapter
Don't forget to check our past blog posts about Laptops in Airports here, here and here. And be sure to beef up the security of your laptop before you go with LoJack for Laptops or Computrace.