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Why Carry A Flash Drive: Benefits of A Flash Drive for Travel
1. Carry Medical Records and Emergency Information
No one wants their vacation spoiled by an emergency situation, especially a medical one. Even so, it is always good to prepare for the unexpected because sometimes, these things do happen, so it’s best to prepare by having your medical records and emergency contact info on hand.
- Before leaving for your trip, scan copies of your medical records and save them in your travel flash drive. This includes your medical insurance policy and card. Keep an updated personal and emergency contact information in there as well. If you’re traveling alone, it’s all the more important that you have this backup.
- Gather these documents in one folder and name it “EMERGENCY FILES” for easier identification. Organize your documents by putting proper file names on them. For example, you can have specific files labeled as “Personal & Emergency Contact Information” and “Medical Insurance.”
- Put an identifier on your flash drive that will let others know to look at it in case you can’t do it yourself. You can mark its surface with a little red cross, which is the international symbol for an emergency.
Make sure your travel flash drive is durable and kept in a secure, but accessible place. This way, you can immediately reach for it or others can easily find it for you. Keep your flash drive with you at all times, and don’t leave it in your bag.
2. Store Scans of Identification Documents
Saving documents in a cloud-based storage or emailing them to yourself are good ideas, but it’s a smart move to carry a flash drive as backup. Having this information in one device will allow you to access them without having to log into your email.
Store scans of these important identification documents in your travel flash drive:
- Driver’s license
- Social Security card
- Credit and debit cards
Make sure you scan the front and back sides of your cards. List your credit and debit card information details as well and include it within the folder of these scanned documents.
While your emergency documents should be accessible, your personal IDs and financial information should be secure. The best way to do this is to create two sections in your travel flash drive. One is an open folder, which anyone can access, and the other is an encrypted and secure folder.
3. Store Copies of Travel Documents
Frequent travelers know it’s important to have soft copies of travel documents, and to print them out as well. Add an extra precautionary measure by saving them on a USB flash drive. Here are some of the documents you should have on the drive:
- Booking confirmations (airline and accommodation) and tickets/itinerary
- Travel certifications/visas
If you ever need to print out your documents again, you can use the copies in your flash drive. You won’t need to worry about accessing your email through an unsecured network as you’ll have the soft copies on hand.
4. Store Travel Insurance Details
Another thing you should prepare when traveling is your travel insurance. Some airlines provide this, but sometimes you need to get it separately. Having travel insurance adds an extra layer of protection for you, as it can cover accidents, theft, or loss.
As with your other important documents, you should also have a copy of your travel insurance details in your flash drive. Make sure it includes your policy number and the hotline numbers of your insurance provider. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can forgo bringing the printed copy of your travel insurance. Keeping this with you during your trip is still important.
5. Back Up Your Phone Contacts
Make good use of your travel flash drive by storing a backup of your phone contacts. This way, even if your smartphone fails you, you will still have access to important phone contacts. It’s another good reason why you should always carry a flash drive with you.
To back up your contacts, export them to your computer then transfer them to your flash drive. You can also export them directly to your flash drive.
6. Back Up Photos
Free up your smartphone or camera’s memory by transferring your travel photos and videos into your USB flash drive. If you don’t want to transfer your media files, you can use your flash drive as backup storage instead. Even if you accidentally delete something from your main storage, you’ll still have a copy on hand.
If you meet new friends while traveling, you don’t have to wait for them to email or upload your photos and videos. Carry a flash drive with you so you can ask for copies and share your own files before you part ways.
7. Run Your Own Firefox or Google Chrome on Other Computers
Did you know that you can get a portable version of web browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome? Use PortableApps.com to run a browser from your flash drive whenever you use an unfamiliar computer.
Remember, you need to be careful of spyware that might be running on public-access computers and networks. As much as possible, limit your activities within secure devices and connections to avoid inconveniences.
8. Save Copies of App Installers
When you carry a flash drive, you can also save copies of app installers you regularly need access to. This way, you won’t have to rely on your personal laptop to use the software you need.
Have software installers ready in your flash drive so you can access them even while traveling. You can run the programs on other devices and your work can continue as it is even while you’re on the road.
9. Backup Copies of Work Documents While Traveling for Business
Traveling for business can sometimes mean bringing a lot of documents. Make sure you have backup copies of these files before you set out. This will come in handy should you have any trouble with your printed documents.
Always carry a flash drive and keep soft copies of business documents and materials. Also, don’t forget to download presentation files and store copies in your flash drive.
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On your next travel, whether for vacation or for work, make sure you carry a flash drive. Maximize your storage by trying these USB drive hacks and enjoy your travel experience!
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