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Top tips for travelling safely with your tech

August 22, 2016 Insurance No Comments Email Email

More and more of us are travelling overseas with multiple tech gadgets. Research from Southern Cross Travel Insurance shows 92% of us can’t bear to leave the country without our beloved gadgets, while just under a third (35%) rule out ever taking a digital detox holiday.

But as this video, shared more than 25,000 times shows, refusing to part with our tech on holiday doesn’t always go according to plan!

Craig Morrison, CEO for Southern Cross Travel Insurance says:

“The days of packing your travel bag with a book, pack of cards and a bag of sweets have passed. Aussie travellers are now bringing thousands of dollars worth of tech on holiday, yet many aren’t insuring these valuable items.

“Unfortunately, when things go wrong – and items are lost, stolen or broken – it’s putting a severe dent in the back pocket!”

The top five tech items Aussies travel with are:

  • Smart phones (71%)
  • Camera (68%)
  • Tablets (45%)
  • Headphones (42%)
  • Laptops (40%)

Craig Morrison shares his top tips on keeping your tech safe on holiday:

  • If they’re not essential to your trip, leave them at home. Do you really need your laptop and iPad? Can you take an older phone rather than your brand new smartphone?
  • Travelling with expensive gear makes you a target to thieves. If you’re carrying your phone or other devices on you, keep them out of site and hidden away in your bag.
  • Avoid walking alone in isolated or unlit areas, and never leave your bag unattended.
  • Make a note of any identity numbers before you set of on holiday, such as an IMEI or serial number. If an item is stolen, it is usually possible to block the device so it can’t be used by anyone else.
  • If you are planning to take multiple gadgets on holiday, consider their safety when choosing your accommodation. Remember that some accommodation won’t have a safe place to lock up valuables when you aren’t using them.

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