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what to do with my backpac?!

Posted by Lisa86 on 17/5/2012 at 02:42

Hi
What do you do with your big backpac if you were going on a 3day trek? I have a little backpac I would take on my treks but im unsure if it is safe to leave my big backpac at a guest house while im on my trek..? is it safe? what to do?

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Posted by busylizzy on 17/5/2012 at 03:23

I have left my pack quite a few times with a guesthouse or travel agent and never had a problem - omce for nearly a month. I always padlock it up, and obviously don't leave any valuables in it that you aren't prepared to lose (worst case). I have left my netbook and/or DSLR camera once or twice when I had to get away with just a daypack; it;s obviously a risk, but it's worked out OK for me.

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Posted by caseyprich on 17/5/2012 at 09:23

Many places have a pack-closet where they keep guest's bags for just these circumstances -as lizzy says, it is a good idea to lock your bag up if you keep valuables in it - though that is why i recommend not traveling with any valuables - the most valuable thing I usually have is my pack. I've left my bag a number of times but was only afraid it'd be stolen because then I'd come back and have nothing clean to wear.

If your place doesn't have a storage spot - then if you've booked your 3 day trek with a tour-spot, they should certainly have same type closet for just such occasion. Chances are these are very safe spots to store things, as the last thing these businesses want is negative press about letting things get stolen.

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Posted by Lisa86 on 18/5/2012 at 15:20

awesome thank you!
I wont be traveling with anything expensive. I dont want to have a phone or laptop etc etc i wont to stay well away from all that!! most expensive thing i will have in my pac is my first aid kit

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 21/5/2012 at 08:30

I run a guesthouse in Chiang Mai (and trekked around here in the good ol days) and yes you can safely store your big bag at the guesthouse while you go trekking. I have never heard of theft occurring in this situation and usually your bag is going to be stored in a secure place that only the staff have access. But it goes without saying don't store anything of high value. Either keep it with you during the trek or ensure that the guesthouse stores it securely (not in the general bag area/closet). All this assumes you booked the trek through the guesthouse itself. At least with the cheaper places if you book the trek elsewhere they might not store the bag for you.

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