Staying Organized on the Road: How Your Mac Can Help You Keep Track of Your Travels

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Have you been thinking of taking a trip or visiting a new destination? Going on an adventure is one of the most exciting things to do during your free time. However, you need to put time into planning before you go to ensure that you have a great time. While you might be tempted to leave your Mac behind when you are traveling, life can get difficult without it. Your boss might require you to submit a document. Or your phone can get lost. Having your Mac nearby as you travel can help you solve a lot of problems effectively. In this article, I shall share with you some of the ways that your Mac can help you stay organized while traveling.

Why you should bring your Mac on a trip

If you have a Mac and an iPad at home, you’ll agree with me that you can do more with your Mac. An iPad is perfect for light use. On the other hand, a laptop is an ideal device for time-intensive tasks such as photo-editing, website development, and blogging. If you are planning to document your travel experiences on your blog. Or work remotely as you visit new destinations, you need to bring your Mac with you. Before you start working on your projects, you should turn VoiceOver off if you don’t need it to avoid distractions. You can turn off VoiceOver on Mac using system preferences and keyboard shortcuts. Since Macs come in handy with several power outlets, you can always use your laptop as a source of power. You can charge your camera, iPhone, iPad, and other important accessories that you have. Instead of cycling devices, you can charge them simultaneously and have a great experience on the road.

Staying organized on the road

To keep track of your travels using your Mac, you need to download and install essential apps. Technology has made most of the tasks that we have today easier. With the right apps, you can easily stay organized on the road and enhance your experience. Here are some of the apps that you should consider installing on your Mac to stay organized on the road:

  1. Google Maps

This is one of the most important apps that you should have as a traveler. It provides real-time updates on traffic, accurate navigation and suggests the ideal route that you should use based on your preferred mode of transport. If you think you are going to lose your internet connection along the way, you can save maps offline to avoid getting lost.

  1. Apple Pay

As you travel, you’ll have to make payments along the way. You’ll need to buy food and drinks, fuel your vehicle, or buy a ticket. Apple Pay allows you to make all these payments without having to carry your credit cards or cash. This greatly reduces your security risk.

  1. Apple Wallet

This is one of the most useful apps developed by Apple for travelers. It allows you to store all important documents in one place. You can save your credit cards, hotel reservations, promo-code cards, and rental car info to name a few. With your Mac, you can easily access this information in the blink of an eye.

Cyber security on Mac: Security tips for traveling with Mac

With all the benefits that your Mac has to offer while you are traveling, it can be difficult to leave it behind. If you decide to bring your computer with you, here are a few tips that you can use to keep your device secure:

  1. Turn on “Find My Mac”

In case someone steals your laptop or you lose it along the way, using the “Find My Mac” feature will enable you to locate your device.

  1. Create backup

You must back up your device before you start your trip. Along the way, you might spill coffee on your device or lose it. If you hadn’t backed it up, it will be a double loss. You can use Time Machine or an external drive to store sensitive information.

  1. Require a login password

If you have not optimized your security settings, now is the best time to do so. Requiring a password immediately after your device sleeps or locks screen will go a long way in preventing unauthorized entry.


The idea of visiting a new destination can be thrilling. However, planning for a trip can be stressful. By using the right apps, you can easily solve a lot of problems. You can always look at what you don’t have on your Mac and install it to have an easy time. Apart from having the right apps, you need to keep your device secure. Using the tips that I have shared here will help you avoid losing your device and important information.