What to do with my Backpack

Travel Forums General Talk What to do with my Backpack

1. Posted by Rengin (Full Member 17 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Fellow travellers.

Once i get an answer to this query, i think im gonna feel so silly asking but here goes.

When you are out there travelling in the big wide world, you arrive at a destination (hostel/whatever), you dump your stuff whereever you are sleeping/staying and then you decide to go out and explore.

What/how do you ensure your backpack is safe when you are out and about?
I know about taking a day pack with you and also the ins and outs of valuables,etc but what about your pack?



2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I just leave it where I am staying.

If you are staying in a private room then the only people who would have access to it are people who work there. I have never had a problem leaving things in my room. I have even left valuables in my bag (well hidden) and have never had anything stolen.

If you are staying at a hostel in dorm style rooms, they often have a "locker" that you can leave your stuff in.


3. Posted by hael0 (Full Member 31 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I suppose there's just a certain about of trust you have to have when you're out 'n about. Get a good look at whose staying in your room and if one of 'em is shady looking then leave your pack with a clerk. But I don't think someone one steal a whole pack. Who wants to lug a heavy bag a dirty laundry around?? They'd probably be more likely to just rummage through it at take the valuble things that you shouldn't have left in there.


4. Posted by SpaceCadet (Full Member 71 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey Rengin,

I understand what you're saying. Does that make me silly as well?

But in reality, I bet they are equally worried/suspicious about me as much as I am about them. I guess most people just want a place to bunk in.

I get tired of locking and unlocking my pack after awhile and I usually just leave everything just there and take what's important with me. I haven't had any bad experience before (yet!).


5. Posted by janeyee (Full Member 38 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I agree that a certain amount of trust has to be there.
You just can't worry too much when you're travelling.
I think the more you travel, the more you'll feel comfortable with leaving things there as it is. Locking and unlocking is really tedious.


6. Posted by chapter11 (Budding Member 21 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Many hostels have a "locker room" in which you can lock up your bag for a little extra cash. Still, the best advice is just to take your important stuff in a daypack and leave your big backpack. I've done that for years and have never had a problem. I suppose there are some people out there who would take advantage of that, but I haven't encountered anyone yet.

7. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

for me its simple, leave the bag at the hostel, i try not to bring anything valuable, the most being my travellers cheques which are insured or my camera which is normally attached to my arm like glue...... anything i pick up on the way as pressies etc i try to send back home ahead of me, saves carrying them,....... ;)

8. Posted by Rengin (Full Member 17 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Cheers everyone for your replies.
It looks like its a case of locking it away (if in a dorm) or just leaving it in the room (if in a private), providing you can lockaway securely.
The bottom line is obviously to take valuables with you, passport/money/visas/etc on your body and then water/maps/whatever/etc in your daypack.


R. x