So you have gotten your visa and starting to pack and thinking of all the great things you will bring - right? Like your laptop, passport, etc. Well as one traveler to another let me tell you what I am doing to pack a little safer this time around.
FOR THE BACKPACK:
I have bought a ruck/backpack (I name it this because it isn't a full size rucksack - only 28L). I also bought a packsafe mesh wire to use over top. This is what I see as a lifesaver. It fits different sizes (comes in S, M, L) and allows you to chain your bag to a position as well (like a pole, or anything that the wire can't slip through or off). I heard bad things about the pack safe but found my way around it - One thing was that it comes with a standard similar key - so if you end up in a hostel and someone has a similar bag and the same packsafe you may end up inside their bag before you realize you have the wrong bag - not good at all. So to fix that I went to a locksmith and am getting a similar lock that comes with only one set of key - meaning no one else has that key lock combo - done. The next criticism I heard was that they can still get into the pockets since the wiring isn't like a screen. This is easy - I have just learned to cover my bag in the rain cover before putting on the wire - this also makes it easier to put it on since I don't have to contend with all of the straps. The Packsafe (and others like it) are a great thing as well because I can also lock within it my runners if I change shoes and leave the bag at the hostel (like for those nights at the bar - etc). Just remember not to loose your keys. <This I have to say is great for the train if you are taking that since you may not end up in a separate car but where your bunks are out in the open and you are sleeping with your pack - lets you get some shut eye.>
FOR THE PASSPORT AND SMALL STUFF:
The last time I was there I just let my passport dangle at my side in my cloth purse - um, not the best idea now that I think about it. The girls I traveled with had the cloth under "fanny packs" That fit rather comfortably around you and under the shirt - it is like underwear - the good ones anyways. lol. This is very convenient out at the bar since it usually slips nicely on - can even be adjusted for your leg if you are wearing a skirt - I must say as a girl going to a bar and when you don't have pockets I might consider this for regular night outs here and not just in foreign countries.
So other than packing it nicely in your bag - what about once you get to your destination. Well just in case I get a thief or what have you I am bringing my laptop lock - just to chain it to my desk. This also converts it to a desktop since my laptop gets hot and tends to burn me - this will prevent it.
I may end up putting one of those small locks on it - since I may put my laptop inside - but that may just add extra attention to it and those locks only deter so much.
WHAT LITTLE THINGS LIKE THIS DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR TRAVELS OR FROM OTHER TRAVELERS?