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Portable devices are prone to issues, particularly when they’re used outside the home. It just takes one drop, or badly-packed suitcase, to cause damage to the delicate components in a tablet. But they also prove invaluable in airports, or on long car journeys, for watching movies or entertaining the kids.

On average, each of us will take 3 gadgets on holiday every time we go. If you’re planning a trip, it’s a good idea to get your tablet insured alongside your other valuable devices. Here are a few reasons why.




1. Your Travel Insurance May Not Cover Tablets

When you buy travel insurance, you might assume that the entire contents of your suitcase will be covered. That isn’t necessarily the case. There are usually limits on the amount you can claim for individual items.

If you take a £600 iPad on holiday, and your travel insurance policy limits single items to £100, you’ll be hugely out of pocket if it gets broken.

Travel insurance is difficult to compare, and there can be many exclusions that aren’t immediately obvious on price comparison websites. If the cost of increasing cover gets out of hand, you might decide that insuring your gadgets separately is going to be cheaper.

2. Tablets and Drinks Don’t Mix

Most of us carry hand luggage, and it’s tempting to carry our gadgets and snacks together for convenience. But if the top comes off a drink in your bag, or a bottle splits in transit, water damage could render your tablet useless for the rest of your trip.

Nobody wants to come home to find their tablet’s out of warranty because of liquid damage. That’s before you look at the cost of buying a new one.

Where possible, store your tablet in a pouch, and then keep drinks in a watertight plastic bag. It’s not entirely foolproof, but it’s an easy way to ensure that leaking bottles won’t spoil your device.

3. Tablets are a Magnet for Thieves

A stolen smartphone can result in expensive calls. And a stolen tablet can be costly too. If a thief manages to unlock the device, they can rack up calls if you have a phone facility set up.

Replacing your tablet is likely to be expensive, too -- so that’s another cost to add to the bill.

You can’t always make tablets 100% secure against hacking. It really depends how old the device is, since some don’t have fingerprint readers and other robust security features. If you are worried about this, it’s best to lock your tablet in the hotel safe rather than taking it out with you where it could be stolen.

4. It’s Easy to Lose a Tablet on Holiday

How many times have you left your phone in a taxi, or alighted a train without one of your bags?

When we’re in unfamiliar places, and out of our usual routine, it’s all too easy to misplace items that we’d normally take care of.

That’s another reason why taking expensive tablets on holiday is risky. Often, we forget we’ve got them, so we don’t think to check that we’ve picked them up.

5. Tablet Insurance Provides Peace of Mind

Having your tablet insured on holiday will allow you to truly relax and enjoy your time away. Not only is it covered against the risks we’ve talked about, you’ll also benefit from quick replacement when the worst happens.

Next time you go away, don’t forget your tablet insurance. You never know: it could save you time, money, and stress if the worst happens on holiday. For more information, get in touch with the friendly advisors at Row.co.uk.

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