Americans may be traveling lighter… but perhaps we’re just taking less clothes. Because when it comes to our gadgets, they come with us.
According to a new national Consumer Reports survey, 94 percent of adult travelers bring electronic devices with them on vacation.
Americans take an average three devices with them on vacation, according to CR’s survey. Among the most popular gadgets to take on vacation:
Smart phone (63 percent)
Laptop (51 percent)
Digital camera (50 percent)
Headphones (48 percent)
Tablet or e-book reader (39 percent)
GPS device (37 percent)
iPod or other MP3 player (32 percent)
Action cam (7 percent)
“Which gadgets are best to bring on vacation depends on the destination and the activities,” said Glenn Derene, Electronics Editor for Consumer Reports. “If memorable photos are important, for instance, you should consider toting a dedicated camera with a decent optical zoom and image stabilizers, features not found on many smart phones.”
So now that you know the most popular gadgets to take on vacation, Consumer Reports offers a couple other tips for getting those gadgets ready for the road:
-Be careful when flying. Nine percent of vacationers Consumer Reports surveyed said their laptop, tablet, or digital camera was damaged in checked baggage, and 6 percent said it was lost or stolen. Also, 6 percent said it was damaged in overhead bins. Put devices in padded cases and cushion them in sweatshirts or other soft items.
-Using your phone for streaming and as a Wi-Fi hot spot could cause overages. Up the data allowance by a few GBs for the vacation month ($10 to $30). Switch back to your old plan after the trip. Overseas phone and data plans can be pricey. Check with your carrier to see what options exist. Or buy a disposable phone at your destination. You can be sure the disposable phone will work there, and calls home might be cheaper.