Storing / Backing up Photos & Documents while Travelling

A big part of travelling is taking lots of photos and videos to show everyone back home what an amazing time you’re having. However, no one wants to have the worse happen and lose all of them vital photos before you get home. Besides, how are you going to post Instagram throwbacks weeks after getting home if you lose them all? In this travel brief travel tips blog I will go into detail the best ways to ensure your photos and important documents are back up and safe, should the worse ever happen.

Before leaving for a big trip I recommend saving your important documents such as copies of travel insurance, passports, tickets etc to a cloud-based storage service. I.e. Google Drive or Microsoft Cloud. Both offer free services which have more than enough storage space for these types of documents. Therefore, should you need one, provided you have internet access you can easily obtain the document. Another way would be to also email attachments of the document to yourself. The benefit of having these stored on a cloud-based services means it’s hard for someone else to access the sensitive documents as well (provided your password isn’t 12345). If these are saved on a USB stick someone can easily open the document if it gets lost or stolen.

That covers the document side of things but what about the more important photos and videos. Well, these too can also be backed up to the cloud easily. Google photos backs up all your photographs to the cloud-based storage offering a chance to recover them if your phone breaks/gets lost/stolen. Often this is a free service for most Android phones. Obviously, with an Apple phone, you have Apple’s version ICloud which will also back up your photos automatically. With most of these cloud-based storages, there is often a free limit that you can use, or you can purchase additional storage should you use this all up. You will often have to set up your phone to back up to the cloud, and this will often only occur when connected to Wi-Fi unless you specify otherwise (watch out, using cellular data may cost you a fortune). This also means having good Wi-Fi / internet connection which in some parts of the world can be difficult.

Another way to save your photos is to post them to social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, not only are you making everyone back home jealous but at the same time, this is technically a backup for your media once again. I mean often we take way too many photos and videos and only post the best ones to social media, so obviously, this isn’t going to be an option for saving 1000 photos, (I mean it could be, but I doubt many people will look through all 1000 besides your parents and Nan). But for many people, it can be useful as a nice little highlight real of the best bits of the trip.

Finally, there is the old-fashioned way of backing up media and documents, but still very useful and that is with a portable hard drive or USB stick. The obvious advantage to this is that you don’t need an internet connection to back up your stuff. It’s also useful for those who take photos and videos on a sperate camera to their phone. With this method, you can keep the media on your SD cards and back it up to a portable hard drive which you keep separate and safe from your camera. Therefore, once again should the worst happen you have a back up of all your media on a separated memory device. If you want to be extra cautious you could even, then back up your portable hard drive to a cloud-based storage service to ensure ultimate protection against all your media and documents. Portable hard drives aren’t expensive and often have an adequate amount of storage for the everyday traveller needs. The more money you pay the more storage it will likely have. It may mean however that you need a computer or laptop to be able to transfer your media to the storage device but many hostels/hotels or even fellow travellers will have one of these, so it shouldn’t be a problem for you to use this if you don’t bring your own.

I hope this helps some of you looking for options to keep your media safe, any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below.

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