What are the best ways to protect your laptop while on the road? A lot of people have been taking their laptops on the road because a lot of people are actually mobile workers and business owners.
Ever since the great financial crash of 2008, more and more Americans are turning their backs on typical traditional corporate America. A lot of people are thinking that if you work for a corporation that it’s a bed of roses. No, it’s not. There’s a tremendous amount of office politics and, given our long-term economic prognosis, a lot of economic uncertainty.
It’s not unusual for people who work in corporations to be quickly downsized, and all of a sudden, have to be forced to sell their homes because the economy has sunk. If you think that this is a doomsday scenario that is unlikely to happen in the near future, well, you only need to think back to 2008.
In 2008, all sorts of people basically had to unload their homes because they just got fired from their jobs and the prospect of getting another job looked very bleak indeed. It seemed like a very hopeless situation, and in many real estate markets, it was.
It was not unusual for the real estate market to see a massive value loss during the downturn. In fact, many neighborhoods in Las Vegas and San Francisco lost as much as 60% of their value.
The weird thing about all of this is that people bought their homes were basically leveraged to their necks. In other words, a large chunk of their income is actually just going to go to amortization payments. It was crazy.
And this really led to a shift in mindset, not only in some of that generation, but also the people entering the workforce. I’m talking about millennials.
Now, a significant chunk of millennials simply do freelancing for a living, and they’re doing quite well at it. Others have started their own businesses putting up websites and services online, and they are getting the benefits of a traditional corporate job without the hassles.
Make no mistake, if you’re working on the road, you get to see the road. In other words, you can start out your month in California, check out national parks, visit museums, talk to a lot of interesting people, eat a lot of exciting international cuisine dishes, and then skip state lines and go into Nevada the next month.
And while in Nevada, you can check out some casinos, have a good time, and then go to Arizona. You can enjoy the desert lifestyle for a month, and then skip on over to New Mexico.
Keep repeating this process until you find yourself in New York City, staring at Lady Liberty on Ellis Island. Sounds fanciful? Sounds like a fantasy? No, it isn’t. Because this is the digital lifestyle. In fact, the precise term for this is “digital nomad.”
There are many YouTube celebrities who have this lifestyle. It’s not like they’re flaunting it. It’s not like they’re saying, “Hey, I’m doing something so much better than other people.” No. This is the new lifestyle.
Because people have quickly realized that you don’t need to be rooted in one place. You don’t need to have all this stuff that you are so scared of losing that they basically root you to a place and to a life that you may not be all that comfortable with.
A little bit of experience and exploration and a sense of adventure is good for the soul. And this is one of the new animating forces behind the Millennial generation. Of course, a lot of older generations like to dismiss millennials as lazy, unmotivated and lacking foresight. Well, that’s their values speaking.
What may be shortsightedness to you may actually be a different value system for somebody else, which might be quite positive in their context. Millennials just have a new way of looking at things, and a lot of it is very positive. A lot of it explores the positivity of the human condition.
They prize imagination, creativity, and having an impact on their world much higher than landing a $160,000 a year job and securing a nice spot in the nearby suburb in a 5,000 square foot home. It’s really all about generational priorities.
So, a lot of the millennial generation are digital nomads and they spend a lot of time on the road. Obviously, for them to run their businesses as well as do their freelance jobs on the road, they need a powerful laptop. This is where you have to figure out the best ways to protect your laptop while on the road.
The first way to do this is to invest in a well-designed backpack. Now, you may be thinking that the typical backpack is really not up to the job, and I absolutely agree with you.
But we’re not talking about your typical laptop. We’re not talking about your run of the mill laptop that you normally use for hiking trails and other outdoor adventures. I’m talking about a backpack that is specifically designed to hold a laptop.
This type of backpack has a very rigid construction. It is able to withstand a tremendous amount of punishment, and it must be able to take a lot of the knocks of the road. Make no mistake, if you spend a lot of time as a digital nomad, there will be a lot of opportunities for your laptop to get rocked. It might even get wet. It might even get shaken.
So, what do you do in those situations? You need a backpack that has the structure to absorb a lot of that punishment and pressure. Next, it has to have some sort of internal casing so that there is some level of moisture protection.
I’m sorry to break this to you, but there is no such thing as a backpack that is completely water proof. You should get that idea out of your head. At least as far as your laptop is concerned, backpacks are mostly non-water resistant.
But with that said, you should insist on the maximum water resistance and moisture resistance you can get. There has to be some sort of chamber that blocks out water sufficiently enough.
You should also invest in a proper internal sleeve for your laptop. The best laptops now are smaller, but pack a tremendous amount of computing power. You can use them for editing videos, you can use them for all sorts of complicated work, you can use them for all sorts of number crunching, but they pack a very small footprint.
They have a nice, very mobile compact form. This feature makes them ideal candidates for computer sleeves that are very snug and provide some additional padding. So, you have to put these all together to adequately protect your laptop. Most importantly, you have to be mindful of your laptop.
This is really the best protection precaution you can ever have. Since you know how much money you spent on your laptop (and believe me, high end laptops are not cheap), then this should be enough to make you more proactive in protecting your laptop.
This means that you have to be aware where you place them. You have to have a security lock when you are using them at public spaces like Starbucks. Starbucks is pretty cool with this because many of their tables have holes in it so that you can loop your computer’s security chain around it and attach it on your computer. There are many ways you can secure your laptop while you take a bathroom break.
Of course, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. You should just fold up your laptop, put it in its mobile sleeve, and take it with you while you do your business in the bathroom.
Once you get out, you go back to your table at the café, plug everything in, and get back to work. Pretty straightforward. It really all boils down to you being a little bit more proactive and going the extra mile to ensure that your laptop is properly secured.
So, putting all these tips together, it really all boils down to having a security mindset as far as this valuable piece of mobile computing is concerned.