How to Stay Connected On the Go - United Hub

How to stay connected on the go

By Benét J. Wilson

As a nation of travelers, we've all turned into multitaskers. You may be on the road for work or leisure, but life must go on and you need to keep up, making it vital to stay connected on the go. How can you do it successfully?

1. Keeping track

One of the most important things about travel is keeping track of your reservations. There are many smartphone and tablet apps that help do that, but one of the newest and best is Google Trips. The app keeps all of your travel information in one place, including reservations and confirmation numbers. It helps plan your day on the road and makes recommendations of things to do in local areas. Your travel information can even be downloaded and accessed without internet access, a win-win for those on the go.

2. Charge me up

These days, many people carry a combination of smartphone, tablet and laptop computer when traveling. On the ground or in the air, these devices are power hogs and there may not always be an outlet available. Plan ahead by carrying a portable multi-port battery pack that has the bandwidth to keep all three devices charged.

3. Where's the Wi-Fi?

Your devices are charged, but you may still need Wi-Fi in places where reception is either spotty, expensive or nonexistent, so you need to have a backup plan. One option to consider is SkyRoam, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that offers global access and unlimited data. Travelers can buy the hotspot for $99 or rent one for $9.95 a day, including the Wi-Fi access. You pay by the day, so only use it when you need it. And if you're in the air, we offer Wi-Fi on all of our larger aircrafts and most of our smaller planes. And bonus — you can use your United MileagePlus® frequent flyer miles to purchase inflight Wi-Fi.

4. Give me the power

You may find yourself in an airport that doesn't have enough power outlets, so carry something like the Belkin Mini Surge Protector, which has three outlets and two USB ports. Plus, it's a great way to make new friends when you travel.

5. Be balanced

One of the keys to successful business travel is to travel light. Let your tablet do double duty by connecting it to a mini keyboard. You'll be thrilled with the space you saved.

6. Stay organized

Finally, all of these devices need a convenient place to live because nothing is worse than being disorganized when you're traveling. Consider a durable sleeve that can hold a tablet and slim keyboard, along with other necessary items like your smartphone, cords, chargers and smaller office supplies.

The next time you prepare for a trip with us, use these tips to stay connected and ready to fly. Book your ticket on or by using the United app.

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Grand prize winners live in Bradenton, FL; Cleveland, OH; Goodyear, AZ; Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
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