Backpack Flags

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1. Posted by yannyah14 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone!

I am starting to sew on flags onto my new backpack of countries/regions I have been to. Anyone has some experiences in doing that? What are your criteria to put on the flags? Ever been there? Spent a night there? Been there with the backpack? Curious for your answers, many thanks!

Yannick :)

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2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 835 posts) 12w 1 Star this if you like it!

I think my first criteria (if I used flags) would be to be sure I wasn't wearing a flag of a country that was at war with the country I was visiting. Depends on how widely you travel and where. Also, how do you put it on so there aren't holes in your backpack that might leak in heavy rain. Just a couple thoughts.

3. Posted by Skandinavisk (Budding Member 25 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

No experiences with flags, but I have sewed on other things on a backpack, so I have some practical advice.

1. Make sure the cloth you are sewing on doesn't change dimentions when wet: That looks really ugly.
2. Make sure to tape the backside using good quality tape. Bad quality tape just doesn't work.
3. There is no such thing as self sealing material. Trust me I tried.

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 501 posts) 11w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

be sure I wasn't wearing a flag of a country that was at war with the country I was visiting.

There are lots of grudges held between countries and between people, so it's not just about what happening now, or even what's happened recently (Bosnia and Serbia).
Some nations have disliked other nations for generations (Greece and Turkey), but it doesn't end there.
Generally India is very pro-United Kingdom and look at the few positives that came from being a British colony, but there are a few people that have issues with the past and it's clear in their attitude. Almost every European country had colonies and none of them were saints, whereas many other countries are still ruled by their invaders (whether they're OK with that or not!). Countries like Russia and China weren't always the size they are now.
On top of this there are also issues within countries like Spain (Basque and Catalunya),
That's why I would be very careful wearing or displaying flags in other countries.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Sep-2018, at 05:00 by Andrew Mack ]

5. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 613 posts) 11w 1 Star this if you like it!

When I drove through Spain I did notice that certain provinces the Spanish flag would disappear and all you would see were the local flags. In north Spain it wasn't uncommon to see signs in two languages, Spanish and the local dialect. When I was planning my Balkans trip I originally wanted to rent a car in Belgrade and drive around all the countries in that car but I was warned that driving around with Serbian numbers plates in certain Balkan countries ran the risk of having my car smashed up when I parked. When I did visit Belgrade the hotel I stayed at had underground parking and the lot was filled with cars whose number plates were either Croatian or Bosnian and it was the only time I saw those number plates in my trip around Serbia which makes me think the risk must run the other way.

You may see the flags as fun decoration but to a lot people those are deep and emotionally charged symbols and messages. I personally would not want to be walking around with all that. Not too mention it will mark you as a tourist wherever you travel making you attract people who may want to take advantage of you.

6. Posted by Dymphna (Budding Member 89 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

I don't do flags on my backpack. Instead I do a trinket of some sort that can hang from it. Typically it has a city name on it or a region as to where I have been.

7. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 11w 1 Star this if you like it!

Frankly, I wouldn't. Same reason as others. Some get pissy about some patch you have on your pack. Your pack now has holes in it that leak.


I have, for years, sported a World Famous haversack, and my early ones, I DID sew some patches on. It was never waterproof, and I could tuck it away if I felt it might be contentious.

I understand the idea. I travelled US and Canada in a truck and camper with my lady love. We put alot of state, area and province flags on the side of the truck.....But it was pretty easy to be sure none of those could be contentious.

There are places in "civilized" cities where wearing a shirt representing another place in the same city could lead to trouble.

Get the patches. It's cool. My suggestion is not to put them on your pack