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Posted 03 April 2018 - 02:54 PM

Was about to suggest an anti theft backpack type.

I just ordered one last week, a bit cheaper (about half the price) than the one QT listed, it should arrive this week I'll let you know what it's like.

Second the poncho in the bag, you just never know when the heavens are going to open.

Regarding the local SIM, a lot of companies are doing no roaming charges now. My network offers zero roaming charges a round Europe (not as much of a big deal now the laws have changed) but also UAE, Australia and a ton of others. Alas it doesn't cover China, but WiFi is your friend, and just don't take calls unless absolutely necessary.


In other news, finally got talking to someone on the phone, visa application posted off today, with hopefully zero problems, and I should have my visa next week!

Probably need to start looking into my accom for Shanghai and the possibility of travel to Xian
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Posted 03 April 2018 - 03:07 PM

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... finally got talking to someone on the phone, visa application posted off today, with hopefully zero problems, and I should have my visa next week!
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Posted 03 April 2018 - 04:06 PM

I think being a white person in Japan is going to give the game away. Also Im sure its not a utopia but I am led to believe that crime is almost non existent but I think I will do some more checking on that.

Still a proper travel bag may be a good investment anyway.
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Posted 03 April 2018 - 04:30 PM

View PostCause, on 03 April 2018 - 04:06 PM, said:

I think being a white person in Japan is going to give the game away. Also Im sure its not a utopia but I am led to believe that crime is almost non existent but I think I will do some more checking on that.

Still a proper travel bag may be a good investment anyway.


Ok, screams 'hopeless naive best theft target you've seen all day tourist as opposed to those other tourists with cooler bags who can non-violently take would-be thieves down and hold them for local authorities' then.
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Posted 03 April 2018 - 04:56 PM

View PostCause, on 03 April 2018 - 04:06 PM, said:

I think being a white person in Japan is going to give the game away. Also Im sure its not a utopia but I am led to believe that crime is almost non existent but I think I will do some more checking on that.

Still a proper travel bag may be a good investment anyway.


Oh! If it's Japan, you're fine. You don't need to worry about theft for the most part (Crime is existent, but it is not remotely the same danger it is in other places). But yeah, getting a good bag for future is always a good idea, and a daybag/daypack is a solid investment.

And you can mostly find snacks everywhere. Even the most remote campsites have oft-serviced vending machines. So you don't need to worry as much about "bringing snacks".

The advice I'll give you for Japan is the two bits of advice my Japanese great-aunt shared with me before her death. Get used to the rush hour crush of people in all places, transit, streets, and sidewalks. It just IS. And if you are going in the summer/mid-summer, ACCEPT the humidity. It is nigh 100% inescapable, and invest in/keep in your daypack multipleJapanese COOL WIPES. These are little packages of wipes that cool and deodorize you, and I've had it on good authority from many friends who have lived in Japan that this is the easiest and cheapest way to get a bit of relief from the sometimes oppressive humidity of Japanese summers. Try them out, and find the one that works best for you.

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 05:07 PM

And bring me back as many bottles of Japanese whisky as you can carry. Empty your bags if necessary.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 09:46 AM

View PostAbyss, on 03 April 2018 - 05:07 PM, said:

And bring me back as many bottles of Japanese whisky as you can carry. Empty your bags if necessary.


I had a much harder time getting Japanese whisky in Japan than I did at Heathrow, or any other European airport for that matter. Even the major whisky store in Tokyo had only three bottles of Japanese whisky, just the standard Nikka variants.

We did stumble upon a small basement pub that sold local whisky, but it was the only place out of god knows how many bars we frequented during that trip.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 01:42 PM

Yah, it seems to depend on where you are, when you're there, and how hard you look.

Lately some new/good stuff (Mars, Hibiki) has been coming to Canada so i keep an eye out and get there before the 20 bottles evaporate. But there are always a few i never see here, even relatively low end like the Nikka Barrel or Coffey grain no-age blends.


Bottom line tho is if you're travelling long enough not to get tagged with import duty, the Japanese whisky is still cheaper in Japan and you're more likely to find something not available at the airport.

...also, nothing wrong with the Nikka, and their older blends are glorious.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 03:09 PM

This metrosafe ls250 bag is growing on me, enough for a water bottle, passport, wallet, my ipad (which I want to bring for entertainments and to document my trip) but still small enough for the plane and everyday carry.

I'm not sure if its enough, for the day to day exploring yes. But I may still need a bigger 35-30 litre backpack. I think its always a good idea to take a day of clothes carry on etc. Any suggestions welcome
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 03:21 PM

Do you travel for day trips or multi day trips in your home country often? If so, sticking to what works for you then with any weather based adjustments is probably the best idea.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 04:06 PM

View PostCause, on 04 April 2018 - 03:09 PM, said:

This metrosafe ls250 bag is growing on me, enough for a water bottle, passport, wallet, my ipad (which I want to bring for entertainments and to document my trip) but still small enough for the plane and everyday carry.

I'm not sure if its enough, for the day to day exploring yes. But I may still need a bigger 35-30 litre backpack. I think its always a good idea to take a day of clothes carry on etc. Any suggestions welcome


As I noted, that is the bag that both my wife and I bought (about 4 years ago, both still going strong), and she loves her so much she decided to make it her everyday purse. The side bottle pockets expand or clip closed depending on your need of them (which is nice as it doesn't need to stick out with no bottle in it). It fits the things you've noted well, and will keep all your stuff safe to boot.

But yes, if you might need more space then a daypack might be more your speed in general.

For around 30L-40L backpacks, I'd recommend the following (all of which I've used and or do use and recommend):

This is the North Face Surge, it's 33L and is my day to day pack for travelling to work and back...handles extra clothes, devices (has a soft pocket for your kindle OR IPad) and even has a top soft pocket for sunglasses (so they don't rattle around and get scratched). I LOVE it. It's probably my fave of the backpacks I've bought over the years (I buy a lot of them, I have a problem...lol) as it's durable, with great strong zips and zippers with hidden lines or pull over flap lines. It's not as small as a daypack, but it's not overtly large either. And for a 33L pack that's impressive. It's comfortable, and has lasted me without any visible wear and tear.

The daypack is the Borealis, and it pretty much features the same things as the Surge (soft pockets, ect.) but is smaller. I went for the Surge over the Borealis because I wanted to make sure I could fit enough in it if I needed the extra space. You may not need those extra litres. Up to you. Both are great packs, and North Face is amazing at this game.

Patagonia makes the Refugio, and it comes in a few sizes, all very daypack-ish. This 28L is the one I have, and it was great as well. It's not AS filled with bells and whistles as the NF packs...no soft pockets (I LOVE those soft pockets), but everything else lines up well. They are mostly durable, well made and hold up decently well overall. I have two minor complaints about the Patagonia packs. 1. The colours are very nice...but they fade FAST. I've had my North Face for 3 years now and it's still as bright and awesome as the day I bought it....but my Patagonia Refugio began to fade after 6-8 months. The other negative tick is that the zips are just fine....but the toggles are not well built and snapped or came off with time and wear and tear. This just means that I grab the zipper proper to open it...but not having the toggles for ease of use anymore bothered me. So both issues are minor mostly aesthetic ones, but I'm a nitpicker. Still, a solid daypack by a trusted name. And it's cheaper than the North Face packs if the prices are freaking you out.

Osprey makes the Daylite packs as it's Daypack offerings but they are small (only 13L) so I won't recommend them specifically, but you can go have a look. The one I have and used is the Comet and it's 30L. It's funny, this is one of the brand people brag about as being the dogs bollocks...and while it's very good...it's not a scratch to me on the NF packs really for the price, and frankly at only about $20-30 cheaper, you're better off with North face or the Patagonia if you are choosing from all choices. But this is still a fine pack for the money and does the job it's supposed too. It's just that Osprey aren't about any extra bells and whistles, just straightforward getting the job done. It DOES have great toggles though (big loopy, easy to grab ones), and the zips especially are better than most other brands for durability and weather prevention.

Oh, and while we are on the subject of bags but not backpacks....and apropos of nothing...for carry-on/luggage I have (and have bought for 4 other people so far who have requested it after seeing mine) the North Face Base Camp Duffel (comes in different sizes). Literally designed to withstand being at base camp on Everest...it is the finest, most durable piece of travel luggage I own. I NEVER travel anywhere without it. It's like storing/pakcing your stuff inside a brightly coloured, impenetrable brick.

Anyways, hope some of that helps you.

Best advice I can give is not to skimp price-wise on a pack. You can get a pack for $40-50 that might last you for a trip or two...but if you spend $100-120 you will get a pack that can last you for a decade or more that will keep your stuff in order, and safe.

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 04:09 PM

Jesus.

That's an awful lot of thought put into a purchase.

I generally, see, click, get delivered, then judge my purchase a failure. B)
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:16 PM

View PostMacros, on 04 April 2018 - 04:09 PM, said:

Jesus.

That's an awful lot of thought put into a purchase.

I generally, see, click, get delivered, then judge my purchase a failure. B)


LOL

My dad is responsible for this. His OCD (and by offshoot my OCD) taught me to research the shit out of EVERYTHING. It can be terribly exhausting, and my wife hates it when I'm the one who has to pick/buy a household item because it takes me a long time to do it.

TL;DR: I overdo everything.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:42 PM

Which one will allow him to securely bring back the most bottles of whisky for me?
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:59 PM

View PostAbyss, on 04 April 2018 - 05:42 PM, said:

Which one will allow him to securely bring back the most bottles of whisky for me?


Surge. B)
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 06:05 PM

I travel with a 35ish liter backpack. It is a North Face, but of a kind I think is not made anymore. I bought it ten years ago to carry my laptop and books around for law school and now it's aged well into a two day three day pack.

What I find is having a very tiny bag for putting jacket/charger cord/book/water bottle is handy for the actual day to day stuff. Mostly I use a shapeless stuff sack for this and it's helped us during things like museum trips or hanging out in city places that can be hot and cold. It's big enough to fit two rain jackets or a couple towels, a couple small things, fits into a jacket pocket, and weighs almost nothing.

That stuff sack with shoulder cords then goes into the backpack I first mentioned when we want to move rooms. Both are able to be carry-on and fit under seats.

It might be good to mix that with a luggage for the overflow clothes and to hold the gifts you'll bring back (whiskey actually being a great idea bc Japan's whiskey is often incredible).

You're not going camping or going to dangerous territory, so you don't need a huge backpack or fancy stuff keeper. But if it makes you happy, go for it.

I tend to travel a bit more like Ford Prefect, although I always bring a jacket in case of rain, my jackets always hearing aid batteries, and I like carrying water plus a book.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 06:35 PM

This is a large amount of bag discussion. I am both amazed and appalled. Being a woman I carry a bag with me every day containing stuff for many eventualities.
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Posted 04 April 2018 - 06:47 PM

Contrary to everyone here, I carry a backpack everywhere.

I have a SwissGear (not sure what model) that was big enough to fit a 17-inch laptop in it (I actually squeezed my 19-incher in it for years, but it was designed to carry a 17-inch one). So it's big.

I use it for any travel (but I've been carrying an oversized backpack with allMy books home everyday since Grade 1, so I don't do back complaints), as well as camping/beach/any other type of trips. Only reason I don't currently use it for work is because on of the zippers is busted and I can't find the time to bring it in to get fixed.

I've been to Europe with it multiple times, carrying it everywhere (I also generally have a map or a guidebook, so it's blatantly obvious I'm probably not local), but that didn't cause any issues with thieves/pickpockets. So YMMV
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Posted 05 April 2018 - 02:09 PM

The bag I was going to buy suddenly went out of stock!
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Posted 05 April 2018 - 06:32 PM

München!

I'm driving there to a concert tommorow and will have a free afternoon and evening (concert starts at 11) and possibly the following morning to look around the city for a bit. I'll leave my car in one of the P&Rs and will probably proceed on foot from there. I'm sleeping in the car - hopefully the P&R won't have any problems with that - and I'm not yet exactly sure how will I get back after the show but I can always walk. I've heard enough about the conservatism of Bavaria to not risk taking/getting any weed there so that is settled. Sooo I'm looking for reccos of interesting places that are either free or cheap, and any tips regarding getting around the city and all that stuff

Regarding Backpacks, I've been carrying my Dakine Detail(27l) around basically daily pretty much everywhere I go(school, many trips to nature, on bike and motorbike, concerts, parties etc) for the past year and a half and it's still almost as good as new and it's the most comfortable backpack I've had(obviously never had any of the high end ones)
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