to Ask Yourself] [What to Look for
[Bringing Your Cell Phone]
[Bringing Your Laptop] [
Bringing Your Digital Camera]
Should I bring a
digital camera?" or "Should I bring my laptop?" or "Is it safe to bring
(name of expensive electronic equipment) with me?"
These are questions I've asked myself and have been
asked by tons of travelers planning their trips to Europe. The answers are
not simple, because the answers will be different for each individual.
Before bringing your digital camera, camcorder, mp3 player, CD player,
cell phone, handheld, laptop, etc. with you, consider the questions
Questions to ask yourself before
leaving home with a piece of electronics.
- Will I be feel "lost" if I don't have my piece of
electronics with me?
- Do I really need to have this piece of
electronic with me?
- Can I afford to replace this piece of
equipment if it is lost or stolen?
- Can I afford
travel insurance to protect my valuables?
- Does my
travel insurance cover this piece
of equipment being lost or stolen? How/When do I file my claim?
- How much does my electronic equipment weigh?
- Do I want to haul this piece of equipment
around with me 24/7?
- How long is the battery life of my electronic
- Does my electronic equipment require
recharging of its batteries?
- Will I have access to electrical outlets to
recharge my electronics?
- Will I need a
voltage converter (for non-dual voltage appliances) or an adaptor
use or recharge my
Click here for more info about electricity. Use this
to find out what voltage different countries use.
look for in electronics
- small, compact size
- lightweight, but durable construction (computer
notebooks under 4 pounds)
- long battery life and/or easily replaceable
- compatible technology (multi-band cell phones,
- dual voltage capabilities
Bringing your cell phone
I don't bring a cell phone with me when I travel.
The costs are just too high. I bring a
phone card like the ones at
They are useable in most countries and cost considerably less than using a cell
If you MUST bring a cell phone then, please
check out my
page about cell phones, so you can find out the cheapest way to use
one while in Europe and how to
get your phone unlocked for use of
international SIM cards.
For more information about calling cards and cell phone costs, please check out my
Keeping in Touch
Bringing your laptop computer
I don't bring a laptop, because I currently don't
have one and because they are rather heavy to carry around and really
expensive. If you do bring a laptop, make sure you have the proper
to recharge your laptop.
Instead of bringing a laptop, you can:
- Use Go
To My PC a service that allows you to access your computer's hard drive from
any computer connected to the internet. Access your e-mail,
programs/applications, documents, etc. All data is protected with AES
encryption using 128-bit keys.
- Use internet cafes, they are widely available and
easily accessible. For more information about internet cafes, please
check out my
Keeping in Touch
- Use a handheld
PDA (Palm Pilots, etc) with
keyboard accessory or built in keyboard. These are smaller and lighter and offer the
functions you need while on the road without the weight and expense of
your digital camera
If you bring a digital camera, make sure you have
to recharge your camera. Also make sure you have plenty
of space on your memory cards. The larger the memory card the better,
because I'm sure you'll take lots of pictures.
Downloading your photos
You should be able to find a photography store or
internet cafe that can download your photos onto a CD for you and/or print
out hard copies of them. The fees for those services vary.
If you want to share your photos with the folks at
home, you can use a service like Snapfish to store, share, and print your photos. They offer free storage, photo
sharing, and photo editing tools. Prints cost around 12 cents each.
Instead of bringing a digital camera, you can:
- Use a disposable camera (they even have
underwater ones now!)
- Use a regular 35 mm film camera or APS film
- Buy picture postcards or photo books (my favorite
souvenirs to buy!)
Click here for places
to get deals on electronic items and accessories.