How to Make Your Device Ready for International Travel?

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Vacation season is in full swing and you're all set to embark on an off-the-beaten-path adventure. But wait, there's one more thing: setting up your phone for an international getaway. Fret not! With a few simple steps, staying connected abroad has become easier than ever, without any exorbitant roaming expenses or convoluted configurations.

So pack those travel-sized essentials, and book your plane tickets and Airbnb accommodations, because it's time for an unforgettable journey... with your dependable smartphone as your loyal companion in international travel!

Photo on a phone
Photo on a phone

1. Use less traffic

Traveling with a limited data plan doesn't have to be nerve-wracking. There are numerous techniques for conserving your precious megabytes, and one of my favorites is the Airplane Mode Method! This simple trick involves enabling airplane mode when you don't need data access, like checking emails or downloading updates.

Temporarily disable this setting only when necessary, such as for essential tasks like looking up translations or viewing maps. Then, promptly switch it back to minimize further usage and save valuable mobile data! To save data, ensure that you disable auto-updates and syncing. Background apps can quickly consume excessive data without your awareness, so be mindful of the enabled ones!

If you use an Android device, explore the Data Saver mode. This setting helps reduce app usage both in the foreground and background. Even with a generous plan, every byte matters, so take a moment today to review these settings for maximum efficiency.

2. Find out more about the location

While traveling, it is not uncommon for individuals to encounter the risk of phone theft and pickpocketing in certain areas. To ensure your safety, it is advisable to securely store your devices in a pocket while exploring. Ideally, keep them on your person rather than stashed in a bag. Furthermore, in the event of an emergency such as a fire or bomb threat that necessitates evacuation, refrain from using your devices for two reasons: it can impede your own progress as well as that of other travelers, and cell phones themselves may potentially act as triggers for explosives. Keep these considerations in mind when traveling abroad to mitigate any potential dangers.

3. Use a VPN

When it comes to traveling, installing and using a VPN for travel on your smartphone is crucial. Among the entire range of services, VeePN is an excellent choice as it encrypts your traffic securely and offers a wide range of servers at an affordable price. This is especially useful when visiting countries that restrict access to certain websites, such as China's Great Firewall.

4. Look into getting a local SIM card

The most affordable and optimal method to use your phone in another country is typically by acquiring a local SIM card. If you're unfamiliar, SIM is short for "subscriber identity module", and it enables you to access the internet, make calls, and more. While your current phone's SIM card allows these functions in your home country, it won't function abroad. Luckily, upon arrival, it's relatively easy to obtain a SIM card that's tailored to your destination.

Man listening to music on his phone
Man listening to music on his phone

Before your travels, it is advisable to conduct location-specific research in order to determine the best place to acquire a local SIM card. In some instances, you may even be able to obtain one directly at the airport. For example, a friend of mine embarked on a week-long trip to the U.K. and successfully obtained a SIM card at Heathrow Airport.

5. Make an offline copy of important data

Having access to important information while traveling is essential, but what happens when the internet connection isn't reliable? Make sure you're prepared by saving critical data offline. From itineraries and emergency contact numbers to visa confirmation details or a map of your destination – keeping screenshots on hand means that no matter the situation, you have something tangible to refer back to!

6. Prepare devices for customs

In spite of the constitutional rights protecting U.S. citizens, border patrol officials have the authority to search and seize electronic devices, such as phones, tablets, or laptops, when entering the country. However, this practice is not limited to border areas alone! When traveling abroad, it is important to be aware of the specific regulations regarding digital device searches in each country to safeguard any sensitive data stored on these devices.

Before crossing international borders, consider deleting contact photos from your phone and clearing browser history and caches. Keep in mind that all deleted information can be easily restored at a later time if necessary.


To ensure that your journey runs smoothly, it is crucial to prioritize safety and proper planning. These tips will help you not to catch yourself off guard in various conditions. The strategies listed are invaluable for globetrotters and will significantly enhance your journey.

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Mable Harris

I'm Mable Harris, and if there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I absolutely love to travel. Exploring new corners of the world gives me a thrill like nothing else. But there's a twist – I'm not just your typical traveler. I've mastered the art of getting my devices ready for international escapades, making sure I stay connected and secure no matter where I roam.


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