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Backpacking with a Laptop

Posted by cubedweller on 12/2/2009 at 00:43


I'll be leaving for Thailand in March and will be staying for approximately 2 months. For the first half of the trip I will be staying in pretty hi-end resorts; for the second half, I will be met by friends and we will continue on in the typical 'backpacker' fashion; cheap accommodations, travel, etc.

I'd really love to bring my laptop for various reasons; updating my iPod, backing up my photos, editing photos and general WiFi connectivity where available. My only problem is, I'm scared. Anyone know about travel insurance for laptops? Or if my fear is unfounded? I may also leave Thailand for Laos or Vietnam at some point -- so this is also playing in to my decision.

Any advice?



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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 12/2/2009 at 04:24

Hi cubedweller,

I have travlled about with my laptop (Thailand/Loas/Cambodia). While you are staying in the top-range hotles you could leave your laptop with reception/safe. In the low-range hotels you probably won't be able to depending on the hotel/guesthouse. I bought a little backpack for my laptop and just took it out with me.

I wouldn't leave the laptop (or anything of value) in the room when your out.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 12/2/2009 at 14:31 admin

Unfortunately I travel with a laptop all the time, I've never left it with reception, but tend to stash it or take it with me. You can buy lightweight steel cables that you can loop through the security notch on your laptop and then to the bed/basin etc -- I'm yet to have a thief saw off the leg of my bed to get my laptop!

I know WorldNomads offers extra cover for cameras -- they may do for laptops as well -- not sure.

Another tip is to use a bag other than a "laptop bag" for carrying your laptop around. I use a canvas school shoulder bag that looks like it has never seen a laptop in its life -- a good way to remain "lower profile".

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Posted by jafatravel on 12/2/2009 at 17:07

I've stayed in many a hostel and the only thing I've had taken/stolen is a pair of blue board shorts which I left on the clothes line to dry. I haven't travelled with a laptop but I would have no concerns leaving it in my pack in a dorm room. I've seen many backpackers travel with laptops and they haven't bothered with top security measures. One guy has even left his laptop in the common area for the whole 2 weeks he has been staying there!

I now leave my ipod and camera charging unintended and don't worry about it. The vibe of a hostel is that you don't want your things stolen so you wouldn't take anyone elses stuff. Everyone is very cool like that.

Its your choice. As you can see, i'm very trusting of people... actually, i'll qualify that, fellow backpackers at hostels.

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Posted by khunwilko on 13/2/2009 at 12:28

Don't turn yourself into a shop window for thieves - then you will probably be OK.
I use a cable and lock on my laptop and then hide it too.
i bought my laptop so I could travel with it - so it isn't a choice for me.

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Posted by davidjones1952 on 28/2/2009 at 18:56

Most internet cafes in Thailand (10 - 60 Baht an hour, in my experience) will let you plug in an external memory stick into the USB port. No risk of downloading a worm or virus invading your laptop will you are traveling and a memory stick can be thrown away at the end of your travels of you have any concerns about infestations!

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