Your gadgets are supposed to work hard while you’re having fun in the sun. There’s no ethical dilemma here. No “Westworld” to concern yourself with.
But you should remind yourself that all of your gear may not be designed to easily handle your next vacation’s itinerary. In fact, your personal tech can be as delicate as your skin without any SPF protection…
Here are five pieces of Kryptonite your gadgets have to contend with…
Direct sunlight can be a real problem for your camera lens…
- Strong sunlight facing your subject can wash out or over expose your shot.
- Sun from the rear can make your subject’s face look too dark.
Softer light or shade is usually easier for your camera lens to handle.
(Or just hope for a cloudy day)
The sandy beach is an especially dangerous place for your camera…
And I’m not just talking about that large body of water.
(I once saw a friend’s DSLR camera lens accidentally drop into a lake, because it wasn’t securely locked into place on its camera body. Oops!)
It’s that sand.
Those tiny granules can really kill your tech.
Even a single poorly placed speck of sand wedged into a retractable camera lens can immobilize your camera from ever taking another shot.
Another option is to only take photos with your smartphone. No exposed camera parts to worry about.
Don’t overheat your tech… as in… don’t leave it in your car at high noon.
Just having a good time in the great outdoors can spell doom for your tech.
‘Cause if you’re not paying attention… Whoops… Plop…. Crack.
(That’s the sound of your camera or smartphone shattering on the sidewalk.)
Travel Can Be a Losing Proposition
Let’s face it. It can be hard to keep track of all your stuff when you’re on vacation.
But if you leave a pair of socks behind or a t-shirt, that’s not such a big deal. If any of your tech doesn’t it make it back, that’s obviously a much bigger issue.
My solution: Don’t bring it!
If you don’t absolutely need it, I say you can do without…
And that goes for your car too.
Because when you least expect it, a wild turkey will fly into it!
(Yes, it’s happened to me.)
So you might want to consider becoming a public transportation Weekend Road Warrior.
The Terminator Vs. WALL-E
Look, I know this cautionary musing is mostly common sense.
And in fact, your fancy tech can actually enhance summertime fun… or at least feed you with lots of ‘comfort data.’
But the truth is your tech isn’t built like the Terminator.
If you want it to be back for your next vacation adventure, you’d better start treating it like your personal WALL-E.
Even though your gadgets don’t need to outlast all robotics on the planet, it also wouldn’t hurt to offer your tech a little more love.
(Or at least the protection it needs to survive while you’re having fun!)