The first question to ask when it comes to taking a laptop or tablet such as the iPad on a bicycle tour is do you really need one?
For shorter tours of a few days or even a few weeks, the answer is probably ‘no’.
Essential tasks can be tackled with a cellphone (especially if you have an iPhone or Android Smartphone), or even a Kindle 3G eBook Reader. Everything else can wait until you get home. Without a laptop your bags will be lighter, you’ll have one less expensive gadget to worry about and you’ll be more likely to get talking to other people along the way, rather than staring at a screen all evening.
That said, technology does have its uses. We’ve always carried a laptop on longer journeys, and we use it almost daily. This article will guide you through some of the things to consider, including:
- Why Take A Laptop On A Bicycle Tour
- Features To Look For
- Models To Consider
- Packing And Protecting It From Bumps
- Photo Editing: Great if you’re planning a multi-month tour and want to sort out your pictures as you go, rather than leaving them all until you get home.
- Journal Writing: Some people don’t find writing by hand as comfortable or as easy compared to typing on a computer.