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Do i take my mini disc player backpacking or not?

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Do i take my mini disc player backpacking or not?

1. Posted by jem21 (Full Member 31 posts) 12y

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I am backpacking Oz for a year, then will hopfully aim to go the NZ aftert that.

I dont really wanna carry any valuables or things that will get damaged/stolen with me, although i am taking my digital camera withs its usb lead and recharge plug. But i am not sure whether to lug around my md player and sum mini discs, along with the recharger for that too - do many people take music with them, as well as cameras n other valuable things?? It woud be nice to have my music, n mini discs r smaller than discmans but i really cant decide what to do, would appriciate any advie from anyone?? cos im leaving on tuesday and am starting the whole packing thing

thanx

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

Taking music on your travels is almost as important as taking a camera and credit card to me!

However, I don't know if I'd take the minidisc; mostly cause I wouldn't want it lost or stolen, and taking a charger is another thing to hassle around with.

I'd go for the discman and a few discs. Not the hassle if you lose it/drop it/ get it wet/get it pinched, etc.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

Many people do seem to take portable music. I never have. I find that the soundtrack playing in my head is more interesting and varied than any MP3 player I could load up.

4. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 12y

You will have many hours of waiting in many different places, your own choice of music will be an assett and acompanion, and with the added benefit of drowning out the awful stuff that you hear in so many public places, so go for it take an MP3 player.
Pack a couple of good waterproof bags and when necessary pack all your gear or just the valuable stuff in these bags inside your back pack, very useful when treking, and they do work even if you overturn when river rafting! You can get the best from military suppliers.

5. Posted by kurwah (Full Member 60 posts) 12y

I would definitely take the MD player. I travelled with mine and it fitted in one of those amenity kits you get on long haul flights. Fitted charger, 10 MD's, player and adapter with some spare batteries quite well.
And if you get to MEL maybe change the music for free.

6. Posted by fox1977 (Full Member 54 posts) 12y

Im thinking about taking my ipod to oz with me next week but bit worried about charging it. It will be ok most of the time as it will be locked away but dont fancy risking leaving it lying around to charge!

Got that use to it think its too much hassle to cart a load of cds around!

7. Posted by kurwah (Full Member 60 posts) 12y

fox1977,
Why not charge it at night while you are sleeping. I found I had a powerpoint very close by while in hostels and charged my electronics overnight in the safety of my sleeping space.

8. Posted by jem21 (Full Member 31 posts) 12y

thanks for all your suggestions guys - i will pack everything up today, see how much space i have left, n how heavy my pack is - still havnt decided, but i might take it as it is quitesmall n compact, but keep your suggestions coming.

thanks everyone