and in it I put...
Backpacks - a female invention?
backpack is probably the most practical piece of luggage ever
invented by man. Or more likely woman, who probably devised
the first one to lug babies around in. Consider the advantages
of a backpack:
(Source: Paul Waters, Travel Editor, Montreal Gazette, May
- It leaves your hands
free so you can fumble around for your tickets and passport
- It usually has neat
little pockets that are ideal for hiding dirty socks.
- It can often pass the
carry-on-luggage test at airports.
- And you don't have to
put it down on wet dirty floors whenever (and however) nature
Pack your condoms...
Beside their primary function,
condoms can come in very handy when you're travelling. Infantrymen
(and women) as well as seasoned jungle travellers use them to
carry suprisingly large volumes of water among other things.
They are also good waterproof covers or containers. They can
be used as temporary fan-belts in cars, washing machines and
vacuum cleaners. Condoms can be filled with ice and placed on
swollen painful joints to decrease inflammation and discomfort.
(Source: Bugs, Bites & Bowels, Dr. Jane Wilson Howarth)
Older adventuress packs nothing...
eighty-eight-year-old woman who rides the buses regularly mails
her clothes to the friend she's visiting. That's right - mails
her clothes. Isn't that marvellous? She has no luggage to wrestle
with or keep track of or wait for when it doesn't show up. Only
a small purse goes with her.
(Source: The Girls With The Grandmother Faces, Author, Frances
Is carrying a backpack
Doesn't it unnecessarily advertise your presence
and indicate your vulnerability to every passing thief? The
answer is, surely, no more than a suitcase. The main difference
between them is that whereas backpacks are associated with
budget travellers who are going to be walking to their hotel,
suitcase are associated with those who can well afford a taxi.
Unless you can take the taxi as well as the suitcase, carrying
the latter will not make you any less inviting a target. In
fact if anything it probably increases your chances of being
robbed. It is easier to snatch a suitcase from your hand than
to run off with a backpack attached to your back.
Source: Handbook for Women Travellers, Maggie and Gemma
Watch Your Daypack...
Whether in the airport or in a restaurant,
I never leave my pack pack out of my sight. If it's on the
floor under my chair, I put my foot through one of the straps.
The least tug on it and I know immediately. If it's beside
me, I pile my coat, etc. on top so you can't get at it easily.
I keep my valuables in a zippered compartment in the back
inside section of the pack -- the part closest to my back.
I pack thicker things -- a small towel, my sweatshirt, etc.
at the front of the backback -- the part facing out and most
vulnerable. If a thief tries to slit my pack with a sharp
utensil -- he can't grab and run, unless he covets my very
Source: Evelyn Hannon, Editor Journeywoman.com