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1. Posted by phish123 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

I am backpacking with a few friends through eastern europe and Russia. Also, I am American. I was planning on bringing a laptop and a camera (SLR). How can i prevent getting these stolen because I am very worried they would get stolen in the hostels or something.

thanks,
Matt

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 8y

Put them in your daypack and bring them with you everywhere you go. Don't flaunt them. That should be all that's needed. (At least that's what I've done on all my travels.)

If you're in a dorm, there'll probably be lockers that you can put the daypack in at night. If not, the "don't flaunt them" thing becomes even more important.

3. Posted by phish123 (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

cool thanks. by the way. sitting on my bed on the laptop isnt flaunting is it?
and while walking around would it be a bad idea to have the camera around my neck. It just seems it would be a hassle to take it out of my bag everytime I want to take a picture.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 8y

Quoting phish123

cool thanks. by the way. sitting on my bed on the laptop isnt flaunting is it?

I probably would only do that in a dorm room if there were secure lockers (unless all the other beds are occupied by your friends or something), otherwise it'd be better to do it in the relative anonymity of the hostel's lounge, I suspect.

and while walking around would it be a bad idea to have the camera around my neck. It just seems it would be a hassle to take it out of my bag everytime I want to take a picture.

Depends completely on the neighbourhood and circumstances. While walking around major tourist attractions, it's fine to have the camera out (just as long as you keep a good grip on it), but obviously you'd want it out of sight while walking over mostly deserted streets at night. Basically just let common sense guide you, and you should be fine.

5. Posted by Schof26 (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

A few simple things to keep in mind:

1) Insure all your gear before you go. Make sure the policy covers full replacement value.
2) Make sure your laptop has a CD and/or DVD writer, so you can burn discs of pictures and mail them home. Then, if your gear is stolen, at least you still have your picture.
3) Get an online storage account and a thumb drive (8 GB, min). Leave the laptop at the hostel, but copy your pictures to the thumb drive and upload them to the online storage at a PC room.
4) Get a PacSafe kit and lock up everything before you leave for the day.

That should get you started.

Bill

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

I always take a laptop lock with me. If I'm staying in a private room, I'm pretty comfortable leaving the laptop locked to something solid. In a dorm situation, I think I'd be taking it with me. A day pack that carries a laptop + camera comfortably might be a good idea - these Crumpler ones are pretty cool: http://www.crumpler.com.au/Lite/English/Products/Customary-Barge-CU02A.html?image=2 . The laptop sits flat against your back and you can't get to it without taking off the backpack.

And yes, have everything insured! Taking notes of your serial numbers, etc.. as well is a good idea.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 2, 2008, at 9:35 PM by Peter ]