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1. Posted by Jayk (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Planning to spend at least 6 months backpacking around SE asia....
I use my laptop mostly for music (aspiring dj) and for internet if there's wireless access. Is it safe to take with me? Do hotels, hostel etc have facilities to lock it up? Not overly concerned about the laptop, just the music on it. Will buy a travelling backpack/case to put it in when I travel.
ny tips/suggestions wld be great.......

2. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 416 posts) 10y

Anytime you take something of value with you there is some risk. So long as you are careful with it you'll likely be ok carrying it. I'd take it with me in my daypack rather than leave it in most hotels - unless you are staying someplace VERY reputable with a real safe (not one of those in room models). Be discrete in it's use, and secure your bag well and I think you'll be fine.

I'd burn/save all your music/data to some form of media and keep that separate from your laptop so if the laptop does get stolen (or melts down) you'll still have your music/data. Personally I'd mail the media home on a regular basis just to be on the safe side.

You might also consider one of the Pac-Safe mesh bags for your backpack or their daypack to increase the security if you ever need to leave it in your bag somewhere.

3. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

You have to ask yourself, do you really want to carry around a laptop and charger with you all the time?
I'd suggest you list the pro's and con's, as everyones piorities are different.
Have a great trip

4. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Reviving this thread, cause I see that I didn't have to start it in the first place. Does anyone have any suggestions for me if I have my digital camera and want to save my pictures to the computer as I travel? I will be backpacking around Europe for 3 months this summer. I take a lot of pictures, and although my 2gig memory card will hold nearly 700 at the best quality, I will be taking more than that in 3 months, I'm SURE. I feel that if I bring a laptop, I can a) back up these pictures, b) keep in touch with family and upcoming destinations easily without having to pay for phone calls and such, and c) update a travel blog to keep friends and other travellerspoint members up to date.

I suppose I could bring my laptop with me as I go in a smaller day-bag backpack, no problem. I'm sure there are people with experience in a similar situation. How does this work out? Are there any issues with this that I can't foresee? I understand the risk of its getting stolen, but is there something else that I'm missing that might make me think, "Gee, I shouldn't take it!"? Maybe I'm just being a bit neurotic in trying to overthink every detail of this trip, but I'm still interested in what you guys have to say.

5. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

Go into an internet cafe or photoshop and have them put on a CD and post them home. ;)

6. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

different needs for everyone.

getting a laptop stolen is one thing, falling of a boat, bad weather etc is another...take that into account.

if its only music then back it up on a external hard drive as a precaution, just in case. you can buy cheap drives out there that are 500gigs!!! or back it up on dvd.

im taking my laptop with me, and i will have it with me at all times except if i stay in the more expensive hotels. my laptop is like my baby, its my work, social...aaa everything! i need to take it because my camera wont be able to keep all my photos....so i need to upload them to my laptop too....i use my laptop for my work, since i work for myself my laptop comes with me.

the problem with a laptop is that you have to be super careful. if you go clubbing for example you got this damn thing with you! if you get drunk etc...

kez_jay - for your case you could just go to a internet cafe, and burn the cds in there, or get some web space were they give 5gigs away for a few quid....

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 9y

Quoting abesworld

I suppose I could bring my laptop with me as I go in a smaller day-bag backpack, no problem. I'm sure there are people with experience in a similar situation. How does this work out? Are there any issues with this that I can't foresee?

I carried around my laptop (and DSLR) in my daypack for 2+ years, and overall it worked out fine, and I'd do it the same way again. I loved being able to edit my pictures in idle hours during my trip (otherwise I don't think I'd ever have gotten through them), having all my bookmarks and settings and everything just so when going online in internet cafes (and the security when needing to do online banking), and just the huge amount of storage (although I still burnt everything to DVD all the time, because if the laptop's harddisk would've crashed, the loss would've been too great too contemplate).
Things to consider are what to do with the daypack if you go, for example, take a shower and the dorm room doesn't have lockers (I basically took it along to the showers, putting it on the little bench along with my clothes), and accept that you'll be limited a bit by always carrying the thing around.
Having a little combination lock on the zippers of the daypack definitely helped my peace of mind too when having to leave the thing behind for a few minutes here or there.
Oh, and I had a laptop with keycard, without which it wouldn't start up. Doesn't prevent theft, but at least makes it less likely for all your personal information to end up on the street if it might happen.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 25, 2007, at 11:53 AM by Sander ]