I am off on a 8 month RTW trip in four weeks now and i need to buy my backpack a.s.a.p. but i dont really have a clue how the travelling situation is regarding your backpack. I am only backpacking and wont be trecking so its just hostel to hostel. I have heard stories of chicken wire inside your pack, mesh covers etc or do i just go for a few combo locks? Anyone have any ideas?
I will be getting a top loader but all the ones i have looked at have easy access through the top with no zips and just a pull string under the cover. Am i just being paranoid about the safety? Obviously my day pack will have all the expensive items in.
Any help would be superb
I'm not an expert on this by any means, but I have been the recipient of a lot of advice from my many well travelled friends. Here's what they say:
1. Carry all your important stuff on you at all times, so that if anything happens to your backpack, you can still survive.
2. Get a backpack with zips that interlock when they meet so that you can put a small padlock through them. Thus the only way anyone can get into your backpack is by slashing it. And if someone decides to do that, then you're up the creek without a paddle anyway...
3. Get a big padlock, like a bike lock, to secure your backpack when you go on long bus journeys and ensure that your pack is locked to the top of the bus (or whatever). This guy was just telling me how he and his friend did this on a bus in South America with about 12 other people, and when they got to their destination, all the bags except their two had disappeared! Makes you paranoid, doesn't it?
Hope this helps.
I will be doing a three week trip through Europe, and for security I have been suggested the following by several friends:
1) Carry passport and extra money in a small waterproof pouch that you can wear under your shirt
2) Use a "PacSafe" for backpack security....can be easily removed, and provides security when you are wearing the pack as wel as when you are away from it.
3) Get an extra debit card that you can carry in a seperate location from your primary debit card in case of loss or theft.
Hope this helps
...and to continue with what lizb said....if you are away from your pack (on a bus or train, in the hostel, in a park)....LOCk your backpack to a solid object
Remember though it's not necessarily a good idea to lock your bag before checking it in on an aeroplane - some customs officers think nothing of breaking the lock or even your pack if they want to see whats inside. This particularly applies to US customs.
Buy a TSA approved lock.These can be opened by customs without breaking them.Look for the newest ones as they have a red/green indicator which shows if they have been opened by customs.Also look for a carabiner combo lock as thay are great for locking your bag or daypack to a solid object .Stops others walking off with your bag.