How do I take my Vive with me everywhere?
Hauling your HTC Vive around with you when you visit friends or travel to distant lands will definitely make you very popular, but the whole process, including transportation and setup, can be a hassle. Stress is compounded when you realize you have to bring your expensive gaming PC along with you. There are a few items and tips that will make traveling with your HTC Vive much easier!
Best carrying cases for your HTC Vive
These cases will keep your Vive safe and sound when traveling.
Lanshowed Vive carrying case
A hard, EVA shell protects your Vive from bumps and shocks when you're out in the wild and is coated with PU leather for easy cleaning. The inside is lined with velveteen to protect your precious cargo — don't worry about scratches or scuffs on your hardware. On the inside, half the case is a mesh, zippered pocket for Wands, Lighthouses, and other accessories, and the other side has an elastic band to keep your HMD in place. This case starts at about $24.
USA Gear S7 carrying case
Sure, the name says Rift, but you can definitely fit your Vive in this shoulder bag. There is plenty of padding inside and you can customize the compartments with removable dividers. A pocket on the outside of case will hold other accessories if the Wands, Lighthouses, and HMD take up all the space inside, and the bottom of the case is made from waterproof material to protect your hardware from wet conditions. This case starts at about $20.
Hyperkin Polygon Vive bag
The Hyperkin Polygon bag is perfect for times when you can't keep your Vive with you for the entire trip — airlines aren't easy on checked luggage. This case is designed to protect your Vive with padded, removable interior walls and grid-pattern foam on the outer wall. A padded cover folds down over your Vive and its accessories, and another durable lid clips in place over the whole thing. Carry the bag around by its handle, or use the included shoulder strap for your convenience. This case starts at about $80.
More Vive accessories
Looking for more great Vive accessories? Travel-oriented or not, we have a ton of great items to make VR better.
Best laptops for VR
If you don't want to lug your desktop rig around with you when you travel with your Vive, you need to pick up a gaming laptop capable of running VR. Here's our pick!
The GPU is arguably the most important part of your VR experience, and here we have your choice of an NVIDIA GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, an AMD Radeon RX 470 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, or an NVIDIA GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. You can also get up to an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with a 3.5GHz clock speed. This is a powerhouse.
Your 17-inch display goes all the way up to a 4K resolution, and they'll even jam 32GB of RAM in there if you want it. No matter which configuration you choose, this laptop will run your Vive without a fuss. Configurations start at about $1500.
More VR laptops
If you'd like something a little less alien, we have many more VR-ready laptops to choose from in our laptop buyer's guide.
Traveling can bring unexpected conditions — here are a few safety guidelines to keep in mind when traveling with your Vive.
Letting others try your Vive can result in unwanted grime and sweat on the HMD. Investing in microfiber cloths for the lenses can make a huge difference, but that's only the start. Have a look at our Vive cleaning guide for tips on how to keep your Vive clean!
Water and your Vive don't mix, so consider investing in a waterproof case when you travel. If you're in a situation where a case isn't available, wrapping the Vive in padding and plastic is a good alternative. Rain can happen at any time, and the hotel's pool might jump out and grab you before you have a chance to stash your luggage.
Bringing documentation with you when you fly is a good idea, whether it's an owner's manual or something else. This is just to prove the device isn't something nefarious if the security agent is unfamiliar — the Vive isn't easy to power on like a laptop.
Your Vive will be scanned by X-Ray, but should not take any damage from the process. If your Vive has to go under the plane with other checked luggage, make sure you invest in a good case. If possible, carry your Vive with you onto the plane so that you can keep an eye on it. Airports don't necessarily have a great reputation for keeping luggage safe.
Does your Vive travel with you?
Do you take your Vive with you when you travel? How did it go? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!