Tips for Traveling with a Laptop

Laptops are an expensive device, and with usage, one stores a lot of personal data on the same. This is why none one would want to check it out with the rest of the luggage and to risk possible damage or misplacement. Carrying it along to the main cabin and keeping it right beside is the one way to feel secure.

However, even if you allow it to check it out with other luggage, do not worry. Certain rules and regulations have been implemented by the Transportation Security Administration for carrying it as personal electronic devices. Electronics like laptops and cell phones are, therefore, on the carry-on items safe list. One can even use leather bags for protecting it from daily wear and tear.

Security check

Ensure at the airport checkpoint to place the laptop in the bin after removing it from the case. Apart from it, make sure to use the laptop bags, which are checkpoint-friendly, to get the airport security process to be quick and efficient.

Do not forget to pick your laptop. Remember, the cloud access has improved over data, and this can be an issue if one forgets to have a common occurrence of leaving it at the airport. Also, one can attach a label to the laptop with the phone number and name on it if the laptop case is not checkpoint-friendly.

Your laptop can get confiscated by airport security. So, when asked for it, hand it over kindly. In many countries, no such problem would generally arise.

Laptop cleaning

For electronics that carry most bacteria and germs, COVID-19 has made it quite difficult to manage it, and one would find themselves wondering how to disinfect the same?

Well, before you proceed to do something, consult the manufacturer to find out the best way to keep the device clean as cleaning the surface, and the screen is not something similar. One can even check the manual provided or available online methods to maintain the cleanliness.

One can even follow the below-mentioned four steps for cleaning the device glass surface and ensuring better coverage:

  • Unplug the laptop and turn it off.
  • Use a clean cloth (microfiber) for cleaning the screen. Try to remove the dust, fingerprints at surface-level, and alike, to the best possible.
  • Use a Lysol disinfecting wipe (not oversaturated) to wipe up the laptop screen and ensure not to touch any openings.
  • Allow the screen to dry out. If still there exist streaks, wipe the screen again with the clean cloth (microfiber). 

Note- If you do not have the availability of microfiber cloth, submerge a clean cloth in the boiling water to ensure the germs to be killed.

Same glass isn’t at all places, and for the LCD screens, they have a unique technique to get cleaned. No disinfecting wipes are to be used as it will leave glare.

For the laptop screen, the best choice is a microfiber cloth as they do not disinfect the surface, and neither would they damage the screen permanently.

Keyboard cleaning

Do not use cloth or solvents. Compressed air will be helpful for rubbing the alcohol using the cotton swab. 70% of the germs get disinfected using the alcohol-based solution. Keep the keyboard at a 45-degree angle and then use the compressed air as it will help blow out any of the loosely available particles that are trapped around keys.

Do’s & Don’ts of cleaning

  • No cleaning chemicals/wipes with solvents or harsh abrasives.
  • No typical glass cleaners.
  • Follow different methods for glass and LCD cleaning.
  • Use a dry and soft cloth (microfiber) for non-glass screens.
  • Check manufacture provided manual first.

It is understandable the requirement of keeping devices clean as the restrictions will get reduced in states, and one would start with business travels again, moving around with electronics. Do not worry; it isn’t that difficult. All one needs is to follow the steps and choose a method, to begin with.

It is highly recommended to check the manufacturer’s manual before.

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