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Question for older travelers with backpacks

Posted by antoniamitchell on 22/5/2019 at 01:00

Hey everyone, I've been musing about something, and wanted to ask some of the (ahem) older travelers on here about hotelier attitudes to backpack-carrying guests. I noticed in my own travels in 2010/2011, that when I walked into a hotel or guesthouse carrying a backpack, I was treated as instantly suspicious, and asked to pay for my stay in advance almost every time. But when I walked into a hotel or guesthouse carrying an overnight bag, I was rarely asked to pay in advance and treated more as ...

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Pacsafe Bag Protectors- Worth Purchasing?

Posted by cheeco on 13/7/2009 at 23:00

My husband and I are really one the fence as to whether to purchase two PacSafe bag protectors or not. They will be $84.99 each (CAD). We will be traveling for 6-9 months throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and are planning to take advantage of AirAsia's cheap flights instead of the bus/train (as much as we can). We were a little turned off by how big the spaces are between the wire cable, as it seems like this definitely makes it easier to slash. Sho ...

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The prepared versus the unprepared traveller

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/2/2018 at 16:45

So on Sally and my recent trip through East and Central Java, we noticed that we had "slightly" different packing habits. So much so we unpacked and did a comparison. The results are pretty eye opening and in summary I'd suggest never taking packing advice from me You can read the full story here. Got a gear tip? Add it in the comments below. Thanks! ...

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Action camera

Posted by Kadadd on 12/8/2016 at 17:40

I want to buy an action camera wth a scream. Does anyone have advice I'm thinking of getting either a muvi k2 or gopro hero silver ???? ...

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Guitar soft case on Air Asia

Posted by Mzique on 25/10/2015 at 09:06

Hi there I' ll be flying to Krabi from Manilla on Tiger Air with my parlor guitar in a gig bag in jan 2016, it seems Ok because my soft case fits the dimension requirements, on returning in march 2016 i' m gonna be flying on Air Asia where there politics is to buy an extra seat for your guitar ! WTF ? Anybody out there who flew recently on Air Asia with a guitar in a soft case ? ...

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Posted by swiggle on 3/5/2016 at 16:12

Just a few things I'd like to know before we set of on our adventure! 1. Is it useful for us to take photocopies of our passports? If so, in what situations would we be likely to use them? 2. Do we need to plastic wrap our bags? Can we just put the rain covers over them? 3. Am I allowed to take a medium flip knife in my big rucksack which will be put in the hold? Also, aerosols? Thanks!! ...

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Posted by krysta_leeann on 31/1/2013 at 11:01

when we went backpacking thru europe we had to pay to have our bag wrapped in plastic wrap cause of the straps dangling off the bag and the airline saying they would get stuck in the conveyer belts ....anyone else experience this?? does anyone have any ideas on how they set up their bags for the plane? or a trick we could use so we wont have to pay for this?? thanks! ...

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Any Good References for Travel friendly watch cases??

Posted by AmitShah on 13/7/2015 at 07:19

Being a watch lover, I have a good collection of watches and I love my watches a lot! Since I am flying to UK next month for some days, I still want to carry my 5-6 favorite watches with me. It would be cumbersome to carry all the boxes. Can anyone suggest a good reference of a watch case for my 5-6 watches??? ...

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Travel Accessories for Passport

Posted by Dimplemehta on 13/7/2015 at 05:09

Can anyone give me a reference to a good site that offers good quality passport holder for my passport? A leather one would be preferred more. Thanks in advance. ...

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What backpack size do i need for a 3-week trip?

Posted by TopDollar on 8/4/2015 at 15:57

I'm about to go on a survival-trip for 3 weeks. I intend to bring as few materials as possible, so there will be more room for food. Im not going to be resupplying, so i will only carry what i pack before i go. I've looked at backpacks around 75L, but im not sure this will be enough, given som "youtubers" keep calling the 75L "great for a week-long trip". Should i perhaps go for 88L, or stick to the 75L, and if 75 is enough, can you recommend the Osprey Xenith, or is there a ...

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Men using womens backpack?

Posted by mthawkins on 30/3/2014 at 19:39

So I noticed many female backpacks cater more to what I want. They typically range around the 40-55L, while the men equivalent is much larger.. and for travel, that's unfortunately too large. I'm curious if men can purchase a females backpack that has "adjustable/removable" harness to switch out for the mens harness. Example: The Osprey Aether and it's female equiv. the Ariel both have removable shoulder harness. Why not use a mens shoulder harness with the females bag? (not sure wh ...

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Having internet access on your phone when travelling

Posted by thegreyblur on 6/7/2012 at 03:12

I have an unlocked HTC Desire, and in Malaysia I purchased a SIM for it, with 3G internet access. Well, the internet stopped working the next day, and when I went to get it fixed I was told that the phone is not compatible with their network because I got it in a different country. So I have to get a different phone (the phone calls work fine) Does this mean that I have to buy a new phone in each country? So if spend a couple hundred dollars buying a new phone here in Malaysia, it won't work ...

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Hiking Boots

Posted by christay2009 on 5/7/2011 at 19:59

Hiking Boots in SE Asia. I know that these are not generally recommend, however, It seems like I might need them. I have intentions of going to Nepal eventually and would need to buy some more gear (warmer stuff probably), I also want to go up a few Chinese mountains, as well as Borneo I would like to walk up MT. Kinabalu. However, I am debating whether I should buy them before I go or when I'm there (in KL, for example). It is likely I could make do with TEVA's for the first 2 or maybe 3 month ...

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Where to leave your backpack...

Posted by WonderingAbout on 25/9/2014 at 06:44

This might be a bit of a silly question but... If you're going on an overnight excursion, maybe staying with the locals in the jungle in Northern Thailand, and the itinerary checklist says to bring a daypack with essentials etc. What do you do with your main backpack? I'm assuming you just take everything with you, but are there lockups in main towns to store your belongings? Logic tells me to keep everything with me at all times. This will be my first time backbacking anywhere so I'm relative ...

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Film Processing in Thailand

Posted by ssaint on 15/10/2009 at 19:40

Hi i have a really poor quality digital camera so was going to take an old SLR camera with me to Thailand. i was just wondering how easy it is to: 1. get hold of film in thailand? 2. get film processed? also, does anyone have suggestions of how i could get my photographs onto a computer? do internet cafes have scanners or do film processing places have the facillities to get it on a computer? Thanks ...

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Light weight hiking boots vs trail runner?

Posted by mthawkins on 3/4/2014 at 14:52

I'll be doing some jungle trekking and Everest base camp while I'm in SEA, And I also hike locally. Curious if it's better to go with trail runners or light weight boots? Considering boots will offer much more support Gortex or no? ...

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Posted by mthawkins on 26/3/2014 at 13:38

I've been looking for backpacks for the past month or two, and even bothering the people at REI to the point where they recognize me now and laugh when they see me back. I've been looking at the Kestrel 48 (top/bottom load), Gregory Savant 58 (full front load), and the Osprey Farpoint 40. I would prefer to have my bags carry on, which I believe I've read the Kestrel and Farpoint can be. Not sure about the Savant. I read the Savant used to have a 48L but I'm not sure why they don't anymore [img ...

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Backpack with inside compartment?

Posted by HangTheDJ on 15/3/2014 at 03:07

Hi all, First time backpacker, starting off on an open-ended adventure around South East Asia in 5 weeks. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a backpack that has an inner compartment, so the section of the bag that touches your back. With a little zip away section for phone/wallet/passport/money etc. in there? I thought that'd be a great way of adding that little extra security from pick-pocketers and allow easy access for yourself I'm basically looking for a bag like that with ...

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The carry on debate

Posted by super_collider on 4/2/2010 at 05:15

Hi there, So I'm heading out on my first long term travel adventure this November, still a while yet, but can't wait. From reading the various posts regarding travelling with just a carry on, I'm still undecided. I really want reports from people who have done this. I understand size limitations vary, but curious to know how many people have had their hand luggage weighed and if so whether problems have been encountered. I'm starting in India and taking it from there, on my list of pos ...

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Picking a Bag

Posted by jrobr on 9/1/2014 at 10:17

So Im going to Thailand in March for three weeks. Bangkok, Koh Tao mainly. I have a standard british army deployment bag which is 120L but thinking this may be way to big found a 75L one linked here: what are your opinions? I like the idea that the one linked can be wheeled around and carried if necessary. Any help appreciated! ...

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