Locks on my Pack?

#31 Sep 7th, 2005, 09:18
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I locked the main compartment of my pack with a small combination travel luggage lock at airport and in India. I kept it discreet. All it does is deter people from going through my belongings. Anyone could cut open the pack if they wanted to, but I think most people are honest, the lock just reduces temptation. Quite often the first day in a new hotel I would lock my pack till I had a sense of the place. I did get reports from other travellers who found that hotel employees would go through there belongings though I never had this experience myself(or didn't know it) Often the only valuable item I left in the room was a camera and figured that it was all replaceable anyway...
#32 Sep 7th, 2005, 15:13
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in kathmandu back in '95 i once went on a shopping spree before flying back home, some stuff to sell back in the States. the management of my usual hotel, who knew i had placed some large orders, told me that my normal room was unavailable and so they set me up next door at a nicer place for the same price for my final days.

well, the nicer place next door didn't have the option to put padlocks on the doors, and i once caught the staff going through my room- with my old staff part of the "operation" (they tried to distract and detain me when I approached the hotel so they could get their buddies out of my room safely).

well, all the found was a room full of embroidered shirts, not the booty they were wishing for. but, yes, hotel theft happens. i've also had staff in china boldly going through my room before my eyes without shame.

if there is no padlock option, then always secure your valuables on your body or in a locked bag. the staff most likely won't cut any bag open, but sticky fingers tend to take anything they can get their hands on without using force.
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#33 Oct 16th, 2005, 21:17
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I've been through many many airports and not once has my pack been rifled through. They can if they want, all they are gonna find is dirty undies.

Tip, take your valuables in your handluggage. Remember that the hold is not pressurised and can get very cold so can damage electronics.
#34 Oct 16th, 2005, 22:01
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More Lock tricks:

As well as a bag lock, a padlock is handy for the those budget hotels that has a padlock on your room door instead of a regular lock.
Use your padlock on the door as well, so the staff cant raid your goodies.

I just bought a travel lock that comes with 3 ft of light but strong flexible stainless steel wire that locks into the padlock when required.
Much lighter than carting around chain.

Re Gladwrap/Kitchen film:
Its light, so carry a roll with you if you have the spare space,because as well as sealing your bag for flights cheaply,the film is great for a snake bite as a pressure bandage.
There are Cobras there dont forget!
It also will work for serious bleeding from cuts or gashes, till you can get help anyway.
#35 Oct 16th, 2005, 22:19
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Originally Posted by wizemen2 Re Gladwrap/Kitchen film: Its light, so carry a roll with you if you have the spare space,because as well as sealing your bag for flights cheaply,the film is great for a snake bite as a pressure bandage. There are Cobras there dont forget!
If you get bitten by a cobra, I doubt that all the gladwrap in the world would help you!
#36 Oct 16th, 2005, 22:54
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Cobras are Sissy's

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Originally Posted by Anders If you get bitten by a cobra, I doubt that all the gladwrap in the world would help you!
Usually, and if your lucks has not run out, it will give you time to get to medical help,and a compression bandage does work, whether its a cobra in India, or one of our "most deadlies" here Downunder.
Cant say what the hell to do though if you run into "Spitting cobra" though, cant really wrap your head with glad wrap, thats rather teminal in its self..
Anyway Cobras are sissys compared to the snakes we got here in Oz, even thouhg the Cobra kills thousand of Indians each year..
Maybe Indians dont know about Glad Wrap!!


Be prepared!! is a good Motto.
#37 Oct 17th, 2005, 12:31
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Originally Posted by wizemen2 As well as a bag lock, a padlock is handy for the those budget hotels that has a padlock on your room door instead of a regular lock.
Use your padlock on the door as well, so the staff cant raid your goodies.
If you feel that the staff in the hotel are going to rob you, something from my experience is highly unlikely, Indian people being pretty honest. Just don't stay there!

All this talk of locks and stealing would give the new adventurer some sleepless nights when infact, unless you are really daft or very unluky, you and your stuff will not be parted.
#38 Oct 17th, 2005, 12:37
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Originally Posted by iwanttogoback i just bought a pack of the largest padlocks that would fit my zips - buy a pack so you aren't fiddling around with more than one key. i also bought half a metre of chain and used that, with another padlock, to chain my pack under my seat on the train.

better to be safe than sorry i say, anywhere.

Seeing as you're in Perth and I am too, I was wondering where the best place you've found for all this security stuff is - actual travel shops like Main Peak or just good old Bunnings??
Cheers!
#39 Oct 17th, 2005, 13:24
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Originally Posted by Sunray If you feel that the staff in the hotel are going to rob you, something from my experience is highly unlikely, Indian people being pretty honest. Just don't stay there!

All this talk of locks and stealing would give the new adventurer some sleepless nights when infact, unless you are really daft or very unluky, you and your stuff will not be parted.
Exactly,,,,,,,,,,,, Sometimes I think we're visiting different Indias,
You'll have no more and probably a lot less problems & worries about security and crime in India than you would do in your own countries,,,,,,,,,,,,
#40 Oct 22nd, 2005, 12:06
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you can't lock bags if you're checking them, they won't allow it. They need to be able to look inside for security reasons
#41 Oct 22nd, 2005, 21:31
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Originally Posted by camelgirl Here in the USA, if you use a regular lock they will chop it off unless it has TSA written somewhere on the lock--the security people have a universal key to open it. I've lost one lock to the hacksaw but now I have the TSA kind. They are pretty cheap, small and certainly wouldn't keep out anyone who wants to slice open my bag. That said, I still use those small cheapo kind of locks and figure it's a deterrant...figure the thieves will go for the bags that don't have any Outside pockets still vulnerable but try not to put anything important in them.

Funny true story: today I brought my husband to the airport and he used our lovely new TSA lock on his bag. Got to the airport and he discovered he lost the keys! Had to get security to open it for him or he wouldn't have been able to get into his luggage!!! Found the keys on the front porch when I got home.

My opinion: Use a lock
You CAN use a lock. Look for the TSA symbol on it and no problem.
#42 Oct 28th, 2005, 10:10
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Originally Posted by MeCasa mira4bai4, I travel a lot with my gear and I'm not worried about the gear once I take possession at the airport. I only started worrying when people in the thread started talking about luggage being rifled when it's in the airlines possession. I pack my gear in heavy-duty cardboard boxes and once I drop it off at the airport it is out of my control. However, I'm not going to worry, I need to trust the airlines, I have no other choice and I believe it's safe.

Hehe, I spend a lot of time in Costa Rica and they'll steal your gold fillings while your talking, and I still have most of my fillings, so I'll be OK.

Haha, nobody will rob me, remember, I got a knife

Just kidding
Must have gotten lucky but I read all sorts of thievery stories about Costa Rica and had no issues whatsoever, even walking around in San Jose. Although I'd read enough stories about SAn Jose that I couldn't let my guard down and enjoy myself at all on those walks.

The only places where anyone has attempted to pickpocket me was Hong Kong and also there was something fishy going on one night in Ha Noi.

On locks - I wouldn't leave my house unlocked, my bike unlocked, my car unlocked, my purse or any valuable unattended, I even wrap my leg around my bag when in a restaurant - and that's in my home country - naturally I would take the same precautions when travelling. It's not an insult to the people who live there - I'm just taking care of my stuff.
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