I'm travelling mainly to oz and nz with stops in singapore, pacific islands and california. What sort of rucksac security will i need- if i can get away with as little as poss that would be great but has anyone experienced problems? What type is the best?
Hmm, bit of a tricky one this. In my experience, if someone really wants to get into your bag, then they probably will. I tend to use padlocks on the zips, but that's only ever going to stop an oppurtunist really. You can get those big metal mesh things that wrap the entire bag up, but they can be pretty heavy and I personally think they're a bit of a waste of cash. The best security you can have is in your head:
- always keep valuables on your person/day bag
- make copies of any valuable docs and keep them separate from the originals
- never carry much cash, and if you have to then don't flash it around in the street!
- travellers cheques are a good idea
If you're going away for a while, then you're bound to lose/forget stuff and may well get something stolen. I think the best thing to do is just accept that it can happen and try not to let it spoil things. Just think of it as another part of the trip! Plus, you'll have some good stories to tell when you get back...
Thankyou... I agree the mesh things are heavy, i think i will just do the padlock and using my brains thing!!
I've bought a lockable rucksack cover similar sort of thing to this one:
I know that if someone really wants to get in they will but not only does this sort of rucksack cover mean I can lock my bag up but it'll mean I can check in easily with all the other luggage rather than having to go to the other check-in becuase of straps etc. It's also useful for when on trains/long bus journeys etc. They're quite durable and so much lighter than a pacsafe - which I was considering buying before I found these.