Managing Your Documents: Working when Travelling

Tips for staying connected when you're on the move.

 This page is part of a series intended to help you work productively in a variety of situations. 

Traveling with your laptop

  • See our page about working from a laptop.  If you expect to be working offline or with limited network connectivity, consider bringing an external disk to use for backup or doing periodic synchronization with the SAS file servers.
  • Be aware that many public WiFi networks don't include good security and can expose you to a variety of risks.  Your communications can be intercepted by hackersAvoid connecting to open WiFi networks; if you must use these networks, avoid communicating any sensitive information.
  • If you use a mail program such as Thunderbird or Apple Mail, you may find that you can receive mail normally, but have trouble sending.   See our instructions for modifying the settings for your email program.  Or you can use SAS Webmail to avoid this problem.
  • PGP encryption or other software on your computer may be subject to travel restrictions.  Users intending to travel to Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Iran or Iraq must contact the Office of Research Services for assistance in determining whether an export license is required for computers with PGP installed, and, if so, assistance in applying for an export license.

Using internet cafés or other public computers

  • See our page about issues related to use of public computers.
  • Assume that any information you view or type on a public computer is vulnerable to disclosure to others.
  • Be aware of "shoulder surfers" - people who try to observe your activity, including watching you type passwords or other sensitive information.


Working while traveling may involve:

  • Connecting your laptop to unfamiliar networks
  • Working offline
  • Using computers provided by friends or other institutions
  • Using public computers in libraries or internet cafes
  • Using mobile devices