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?