Heading for Andalusia in Spain in january... Gonna sleep rough in sleeping bag and so on... Would like to bring my camera!
Any advices about recharging batteries on the road? Where could I go? Guess recharging is limited to the times when I'm around cities and so...??
Also I guess I'll stuff it in my sleeping bag at night - Is that okay? Or would the heat and moisture harm it??
For recharging, you've nothing to loose by asking anywhere where you will be for 20mins or more (restaurant, bar, internet cafe etc) if you can plug it in to charge it a bit. Some will say no, but some yes. Many trains have at least one power point you can use.
If you are doing it really bottom end, hitching, roughing it etc, the best thing is to have a camera which has AA batteries. Then you can recharge them where you can, but also carry some emergency spares, and buy extras if needed. Admittedly that doesn't help if you already have a camera and it doesn't have seperate batteries, but an alternative i've used is to also take a disposable camera or two as backup. Then you will at least be able to take pictures between camera charges.
I routeinly keep valuables/camera etc in my sleeping bag, and have never had any great problem - the biggest danger is you doing harm to it by rolling on to it or something... The best bet is to roll a sapre shirt/jumper around it, so your valubales are in a tight ball, instead of just leaving them loose in the bag.
I often put my propane canister, water filter, film camera and extra batteries at the bottom of my sleeping bag at night when I go backpacking in the mountains. The temperature sometimes dipped below freezing, which diminishes the performance of these items. Use a plastic bag (ie Ziploc) if you're concerned about moisture.
As for charging you could always get a solar charger this is good if you plan on being of the beaten track for a while
And if your a real wiz-kid you could make your own up. but it all depneds if you wanna keep your pack weight down. When i hitchhike you always find a spare power points at tourist information centres mostly outside to. As long as your polite pretty much anyone will let you use 2cents of energy it takes to charge something for you unless there really tight arse.
Thanks for the advices... that's great!
So doesn't seem like I would encounter too much problems with recharging and so... I mean if I use some of the things you say as well as ask politely around...
If you are staying in camping grounds you can usually find somewhere on site to plug in. It does mean sitting close by with a book while you wait though.