There’s just one answer to this question: take your iPad mini case with you, by all means! Though you may not need it to provide that all-helpful cooking assistant (who uses the kitchen on vacation, anyway?) you’ll still want to do all the hundred and one things you do on the iPad every day: browse your social media, chat with friends, read the news, or hunt for inspiration on Pinterest. You may want to take several hundred pictures or videos, or— if you find that unwieldy— at least view the pictures and videos you take on your iPhone on the larger screen of a tablet.
There are dozens of reasons to take your tablet, and none at all to leave it behind— unless, perhaps, the iPad is one of the more valuable things you own and you’re worried about theft. Booked a bunk in a youth hostel room that sleeps fifty and will have no place to keep your belongings safe? Well, maybe in that case you’d just as well leave it at home and gain some peace of mind.
Traveling with nothing but a change of clothes definitely means you’ll be encouraged to live in the present, and you’ll have nothing to worry about losing— except your passport and ticket home, maybe. On most vacations, though, you’ll have your own private or semi-private space that you can keep safe, and if you decide your iPad wasn’t the most important thing to bring along you can always just leave it in your suitcase.
What Not To Do When Traveling With an iPad mini case
So you’ve got your iPad in the to-take pile— what do you need to know before you go? Here are a few don’ts to keep in mind.
Don’t expect to have cellular coverage all the time, even if you’ve got a SIM inside your iPad. Plan to take advantage of any Wifi available during your travels, and download what you might need ahead of time.
Don’t buy yourself a cheap iPad cover. That five-dollar iPad mini 6 cover may look snappy the day it arrives in a package from Amazon, but it’s likely to begin to disintegrate before you’re halfway through your trip. Instead, look for the best iPad mini 6 case money can buy— and in our opinion, this is always a Zugu case.
Don’t forget to turn on Find My iPad so that if you misplace your tablet during your trip you can use Apple’s magic tracking to find it again.
Don’t rely on the iPad for all your trip photography— it’s got a great camera, but is honestly not the best size for picture taking on the go. An iPhone is typically the better choice for that.
What to Do When Traveling with an iPad
Now you know what not to do, what do you want to make sure you do before you leave? Here’s a checklist:
Do add a passcode to your iPad, and enable FaceID/TouchID. You may never have had to use any of these at home, but when you’re out and about you’ll appreciate an extra layer of protection keeping curious eyes out of your personal business.
Do check what the power sources will be like at your destination, and bring along whatever power adaptors might be appropriate. You’ll probably want to bring along one or two external batteries as well— but if you’re flying, make sure that their capacity is within the airline’s guidelines.
Do download content you might want to use during your trip: audiobooks, movies, music, what have you. Streaming services are great when you’re home in your cushy WiFi-full life, but they will seem strangely lacking when you’re out in the big world.
To save screenshots of any tickets, bookings, and itineraries— don’t rely on being able to access the websites they live on, or even your own email.
Do start any habits at home that you want to continue on your trip. Planning to do an extensive journal? Start journaling on the iPad before you go. Want to try out a fancy video-making app? Give it a trial run before you leave.
Do download all apps you intend to use on your trip. If you want to do photo editing, for instance, choose your photo editors before you leave and make sure they’re fully downloaded. There’s nothing worse than trying to do big downloads when your internet connection is super slow!
Do make a backup of everything before you leave. The hope is that nothing happens to your device when you’re traveling, but you do want to be ready for every eventuality.
Do plan to back up your device mid-trip, too— iCloud is one great way to run automatic updates whenever you’re connected to Wifi, whether that’s in London, Paris, or Argentina.
Consider signing up for AppleCare+ so that you’ll have coverage if your iPad gets in an accident. There are Apple stores scattered almost everywhere across the world, and if your iPad Pro 12.9 case is in a Zugucase, your screen repair might even be free!
Got all that? Sound scary? It shouldn’t! Going on vacation is fun, and taking an iPad on your vacation is a no-brainer. Following these tips should turn your travels with the iPad into a smooth experience. The best part is, by the time you get back your tablet will be chock-full of memories: journal entries, pictures, and GPS logs of all the wonderful places where you visited or stayed.