So I've read a lot of articles saying that airline baggage theft has gone way up, even in locked bags (thefts by airline employees/TSA).
We're flying across the US to adopt our first baby, and due to legal processes, will have to stay in his state for about 2 weeks. I'll be bringing my DSLR camera (a must for baby pics), MacBook Pro, its external hard drive, a Wacom tablet, and iPad because I run a business and will need to check in on clients and do a little design work. Most people suggest just putting anything of value in the carryon to avoid theft, but I just can't see how that will all fit, and I don't want to mash them all together without room for much protective padding! Is it at all safe to pack items like these in checked baggage, or should I try and get them in a carry on? If so, do you have any tips for packing them well? We are flying Southwest, in the middle of December.