Padlocks/Cable locks?

#1 Jan 10th, 2012, 01:50
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Hey guys,

In the course of my packing process, I've come across the interesting question of security for my belongings.

I'll be using the Osprey Kestrel 38 backpack (http://www.amazon.com/Osprey-Kestrel.../dp/B0016XMYWW). It doesn't have those little holes travel bags sometimes have on the zippers to lock the compartments. It's an outdoor pack.

When I leave my bag in a hostel or something--which will inevitably happen--I've thought maybe I could try to secure my belongings by using a cable lock wrapped all the way around the middle of the pack from top to bottom. That would prevent the top compartment from being opened. The other possibility is to lock the bag to my bed post or something. Or both. I read somewhere else that taking a padlock could be useful if you get a private room in a hostel and want to lock the door with more than just the key you're given...

Anybody have thoughts or experience with this stuff? I'm probably going to keep a UV light water sterilizer, some cash, and other valuables in the bag, and I'd like to feel at ease when I leave it somewhere.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
#2 Jan 10th, 2012, 03:44
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I normally carry a padlock and a pacsafe cable, just in case I need it.

Good for securing rucksack to bed or table, also good on trains.
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#3 Jan 11th, 2012, 00:50
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The lock is great when traveling in trains, but I would carry my valuables (cash,passport,ID's, air-tickets) with me in a back-pack instead of leaving it in the room be it a hostel or even a 5 star hotel. I guess taking a photo copy of your ID's will not hurt.
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Talking padlocks/cable locks

nameste, as I travel a lot to India/Nepal I always carry a combination padlock to put on my hotel rooms. If you use the one the hotel provides who knows who has access to spare keys when you are out being a tourist? I carry a small coiled cable to secure my backpack to the beds on trains in India while I wander the inside of the car during travel. On buses I give the tender a few rupees to be allowed to take my pack up myself and secure it to the railings with cable and padlock. Not the best security in the world but it works good enough. Because people are allowed to sit up top of busses with your backpack I have had items missing when I got off but that is just the cost of traveling in countries where everyone for the most part is dirt poor. Happy trails
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Thanks guys. I decided to get the Pacsafe Wrapsafe to secure my bag to a bedframe or something if I ever leave it behind in a hostel for the day while I'm out and about. I figure since the thing is 8 ft long, I should be able to wrap it around from top to bottom (securing the lid of the bag and the bottom access sleeping bag compartment) and around the sides of the thing before I secure it to some other rail, pole, or object.

Will get my own padlock for doors. You guys have any recommendations on those? Preferably combination (don't want to have to keep track of a key) and not too heavy.

Thanks!
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I understand the wrapsafes can be cut with either nail clippers or a Butane lighter though I haven't had occassion to verify that. I do have a couple of their other products. See if you can get a small shackle protected lock. Just do not lose the key! I have one but I lost the spare and locksmiths just laugh when I ask to have it duplicated (American Lock Co.)..
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post I understand the wrapsafes can be cut with either nail clippers or a Butane lighter though I haven't had occassion to verify that. I do have a couple of their other products. See if you can get a small shackle protected lock. Just do not lose the key! I have one but I lost the spare and locksmiths just laugh when I ask to have it duplicated (American Lock Co.)..
They are pretty strong and are made of high-tensile stainless steel wire. I wouldnt want to lose my key anyway.
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How was your trip? Did everything work out?

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