/ Securing rucksac
flying to Spain for a weeks climbing shortly. Done very little previous travelling and was looking for advice for the airports.
am using my big rucksac for my main hold baggage - any suggestions on best way to secure it to prevent pilfering whilst it's out of my hands. i ask as it's been suggested that this may be a problem at many airports.
I've not experienced any problems, ever.
Take everything of higher value in your hand luggage if you can.
Nor me. And I don't know anyone else who has either.
> Nor me. And I don't know anyone else who has either.
without the aid of the above methods? so probably not worth the fuss?
Ditto. Those mesh things might be ok for fixing a bag to something, but they look like the staple diet for baggage conveyors to me and, once it's caught, it's going to come apart in front of some baggage handler's eyes.
Valuables on your person, always
No, the only time I've ever bothered putting it in a bag is when there are lots of loose straps, just to avoid it getting caught in something. I've never worried about it, security's so tight everywhere that I'm not sure who'd have the opportunity to nick anything. I suppose I might think differently if going somewhere in the world without so many CCTV cameras.
If you get your kit nicked, then I deny saying any of the above. My account must have been hacked.
I had a couple of locks forced and broken on suitcases by customs and after that stopped locking them so folk can have a look and see there's nothing of interest without breaking anything.
I always, always lock my bag. Security will usually ask you to open the bag if there are any concerns, I've been called over everytime when transporting tools.
Maybe put your rucksack in a large, lightweight bag which has a lockable zip for transport purposes (thinking a cheap sports bag) if weight isn't an issue. It would also keep straps safe/add extra wear resistance to your pack through the baggage handling system.
I wouldn't bother with a lock. They aren't secure if anyone is intent on opening your bag and it just causes grief when security want it opened and you lose your key.
Instead, tie the straps off with a couple of stopper knots which a) keeps them out the way b) means that it takes a few vital extra seconds to open the bag. Pack smelly underwear on top if you are still worried.
Locking bags is pretty pointless IMO, you won't make it secure and any lock just adds to the chances that it'll get damaged by airport security. Airport security are not liable for any damage to your luggage so they aren't going to waste time picking a lock if they can just rip the zip off.
Keep any small nickable items about your person or in your hand luggage. If it is small nickable and dangerous (like a multitool) then bury it in your checked in luggage.
I always take my rucksack on as my cabin bag anyway, with a holdall in the hold. I guess I'd make an exception if I were going on a backpacking trip and didn't have anywhere to leave any other kit, so I'd need everything to be in the rucksack.
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