Overnight and Overland - security?
I expect the transport will vary enormously so I wouldn't necessarily take it for granted that we will be able to lock a door to a couchette or anything. In the past I've just slept on top of my bags, but I don't think I can go for that long without a proper sleep!
Generally you'll find that local people on transit are fairly considerate and friendly. You do face risk of having things stolen now and then, but it's easy to be vigilant for the small amount of difficult to replace items and to not have to worry too much if your 8 spare pairs of underwear are nicked along with your bag of clothes. Clothes and miscellaneous toiletry items are cheap and easy to replace in many countries.
Nothing that I will take will be irreplacable, but it would be a massive pain... I had my bike stolen recently in less than an hour I was away from it, so it's really put my paranoia guards up! But a bike is just a bike, my main concern with netbook and/or phone loss is the data that would be on them - by which I mean cached data from accessing internet banking, emails and the like - has anyone tried using encryption/lockdown software in the event of theft...?
Any suggestion what to do if you went on a trek or something? By which I mean multi-day, Inca Trail, Mongolia tour and the like... Take netbooks with (I have a drybag that can be used...) or would it be better locked up in a hotel/hostel/luggage locker for a few days? - i've never asked at a hotel before whether such a service is available... any ideas?
I personally hate the bulk/weight/hassle/attention of the packsafe nets. On a sleeper train I just lay my really important gear next to me. Insurance is great for peace of mind.
At the end of the day it's about what makes you feel better. If the idea of the packsafe helps, then try one out for a while and you can always dispose of it, or eve take it back if you decide you don't like it before the trip.
Netbooks are pretty light. I'd just throw it in the bag (drybag is good) if you're doing any trekking and are worried about it. I wouldn't personally trust most hotels with my bags for a few days, but I did leave my netbook in my bag at my hotel room every day during a month in South America.
Surfing in Costa Rica for 3 months really helped me chill out about this. I was staying in a really inexpensive place and had to leave EVERYTHING in my room when I went to surf. Sure, I could have put my wallet contents into plastic and put them in my shorts, but in the end you have to reach a place where you leave concern for your crap behind and focus on being present in your journey.
Otherwise stuff it in your silk liner, use it as a pillow or snuggle up to it in foetal position. All work!
Re: hugging your stuff inside a sleeping bag liner, I had an idea when I was looking at different options before that perhaps pacsafe should do some sort of teddy bear safe, that you can take to bed with you, and that suggestion made me think of that again
Generally in the past everytime I've thought about taking the netbook away, I've left it home at the last minute and decided it's not worth bothering with, so that might yet happen! We shall see...
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