How to Make Life Easier Using a Digital Camera

Most digital cameras today are small and durable enough to take just about anywhere. Why not put that technology to good use?

You will need

  • Rental cars or apartments
  • Landmarks or signs
  • Kids
  • Gadgets
  • Map
  • Contact information
  • Camera phone
  • And familiar places

Step 1 Use it for rentals Snap photos of the existing blemishes on rental cars and in apartments to protect yourself from having to pay unwarranted fees or losing a security deposit.

Step 2 Find your way back Take pictures of landmarks and signs near your hotel or parking spot when you travel to find your way back after a day of sightseeing.

Step 3 Keep track of kids Snap a pic of your kids when you’re on vacation or in a big crowd. If they get lost, you’ll be able to show a police officer what they look like.

Step 4 Use it as a digital notepad Make digital notes to yourself — take pictures of hairstyles you want to copy, knitting patterns, or even recipes you might try.

Step 5 Take a "before" photo Take a “before” photo of a keyboard or other gadget before you clean or repair it so you’ll know how to put it back together.

Step 6 Keep maps handy Take a closeup shot of the map at an amusement park, airport, or mall so you can check your location without stopping at every kiosk.

Step 7 Give your camera an i.d. Keep a photo of your contact information under the word “reward” in your camera’s permanent memory so it can be easily returned if you leave it behind.

Step 8 Keep in touch with loved ones Send a camera phone picture of where you are and what you’re doing to your parents or friends throughout the day — it’s easier and more fun than texting.

Step 9 Play games Take photos of familiar places to make clues for a treasure hunt that will lead your kid or your better half to a fun surprise. There’s almost no limit to the fun and practical uses of a digital camera.