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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Hey Folks,

Ok, I 've been on the road a while. On my last brief trip to west Europe I was somewhat aggravated my this policy of placing your bag in a locker, but fine in the sense I had a key.

Like most people my camera and other important items are usually in my day pack. So I don't want to part with them. Leaving them in some hostels, hotels is fine. But others are too dodgy. And, when ever you leave the camera being, you miss a great photo.

Spain, I wandered around with the big backpack in supermarkets with no problem. In east Europe I would wander into a supermarket no problems with the day pack. Mid East no problems.

West Africa Problem. Please hand you bag over to security. No. My camera is too expensive to leave, as is all the other bit an things I have. So, I ask for the manager, and no problems I am allowed in.

Pakistan India, not problems. Nepal, no problems. China no Problems.

SEA, various countries. Headache.

Two months ago a little security man made the mistake of asking to look inside my small shoulder bag with my camera at a Mall. No problems, but don't prod it with that stick as it's just a camera.. So naturally enough he pokes into the bag with the stick and I grab his wrist just as it chinks off the LCD. To say I roared at him to remove his hand was an understatement. And to say it caused a commotion was also an understatement. The gun wielding man in a white shirt took about as kindly to me shouting at him from doing exactly what I asked him not to do, as I did with his stick against my LCD screen. Manager time. No problems.

The stick prodding is of particular annoyance to me, as poking a stick into a bag does little to see what's under the first layer.

Right, into the supermarket. Please deposit your bag in baggage. I have my laptop, and camera there. NO. You can't come in. Manager. Yes I can.

Today, I buy a 2nd LCD projector. Wonder why? A clear piece of plastic, and a plastic bag that is heat sealed with the receipt stapled into the handle. It's about 6' x 4'. Off to the supermarket to buy toothpaste. Nope not allowed in until I deposit the little plastic bag. Security most adamant. Can I take my camera and bag in. Yes. LCD protector in tiny plastic bag. NO. Manager, this time, no thanks. Too pissed off. Head to local market and have fun there instead, and wander through with no problems carrying my camera bag and dangerous plastic bag.

Security is one thing, poking bags at the top halfheartedly with wooden sticks does not stop a bomb, nor weapon. I have my swiss army in my pocket and the little metal detector fires off and no one says a thing. Neither does carrying a little sealed plastic bad into a supermarket cause a threat. Will I be filling it full of chocolates and sneaking out, no, it's sealed. And all those wandering security cameras, and guards should generally put me off if I was inclined to steal things and put them into the little plastic bag.

So, that's my rant. So please excuse any bias in the text, lets just say, bad day! I am not such an ignoramus to realize that the lowly security man is just doing what he's told, or be fired.

Backpackers carry bags. What are other people's experiences with carrying your most valuable day pack around while shopping?

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Try getting yourself a big purse. A nice Fendi knockoff or something. I've been asked to leave my shopping bags at the entrance many times (right here at home), but they never make me leave my purse.

If they say anything, tell them it's gender discrimination and you're going to file a complaint!

3. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

[quote=tway]Try getting yourself a big purse

:) Considering the fact that I have noticed a high percentage of the gentlemen around here seem to be wearing ladies clothes too, I think that may find my heterosexuality threatened by having a man bag!

At least you cheer me up tway!

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Sorry, but I think you're a little foolish carrying a laptop and an expensive camera too in a pack. Why do you need a laptop - plenty of cybers even in the boondocks now, and if you're a pro photo type, you should have a camera bag. You'd be excluded in N. America for sure.

5. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

Sorry, but I think you're a little foolish carrying a laptop and an expensive camera too in a pack.

Have a look at my profile. I have been on the road 4 years. I use a laptop for banking and work, and generally carrying my life around, and camera in the bag because its less obvious, unlike a camera bag. They still search camera bags. Never had a problem in the US carrying a laptop nor camera.

A lot of travelers do carry laptops and cameras around these days, sign of the times.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 18, 2008, at 8:36 PM by outcast ]

6. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

I've had some supermarkets in Asia make me deposit my umbrella in the bag storage before they would let me into do my shopping...now that is excessive!

It's a pain having to despoit bags, but if that's what the shop wants I just go along with it with a roll of the eyes at the security guard!

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Oh l remember the days in Northern Ireland when we used to get security checked for EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE!! Walking into shops a security guard was there having a rummage around in your bags and handbag!! Even just walking down the street - random checks!!!! Just to see if we were carrying bombs!!

Maybe this is why security at airports dont really bother me that much - lve been used to it for ages!

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

I was once asked to leave a supermarket in Rio (Barra Shopping) because I was not wearing any shoes. I put two plastic bags on my feet and was then allowed in. It was rather slippery.