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When driving in Belgium, what equipment is mandatory to have in a car registered in another country?

Belgian residents are required to have the following equipment in their car : Fire extinguisher First aid kit Warning triangle Safety vest I come from a country (France) where only the last 2 are ...
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How to protect an expensive backpack in airplane hold? [duplicate]

Last year I bought a nice osprey backpack and I stupidly (after removing loose straps) put the bag through check in without wrapping it up in cling film or whatever. and it got a bit damaged by way of ...
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Is there a thinner tool card than the Victorinox Swiss Card?

I often use a Swiss Card as my catch-all pocket knife replacement while travelling, as it's light and easy to keep in your pocket (save for plane flights, obviously). However I've found the width of ...
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Is there a Waze-like app to keep track of each other among travel companions?

I am an avid user of Waze. One of its feature is the ability to share your location with followers or through text messaging. This is quite handy when you are on route to appointment while being stuck ...
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What characteristics should I look for when buying a backpack? [closed]

I'm looking to buy myself a new backpack for my 1 month vacation. I want a backpack that would serve my incoming and all future traveling needs, so I want to make the most educated decision. What ...
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Where to buy a hydration pack / reservoir / bladder / camel bag in Phnom Penh, Cambodia?

A friend of mine I met at my hostel in Phnom Penh who does a lot of walking and hitchhiking wants to buy one of those devices that contain water in a special bladder in your pack or attached to it ...
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How does one not get hassled for duties/taxes for items that aren't new but look new?

I'm one of those who buys new things before a trip and I even get my dry-cleaning folded which the cleaners put in a plastic bag. Now thinking about it I wonder if it's only a matter of time before ...
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Is it possible to buy a travel curtain for hostels/trains?

While traveling in couchettes and sleeping in hostels, I realized that a lot of them lack a very basic amenity — a curtain for privacy. Is it possible to buy a portable curtain that you can easily ...
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Traveling with paintball-related equipment internationally

Ok, so I know that as far the as USA is concerned (from TSA.gov) paintball markers are not considered "weapons/firearms" and you can put them in checked luggage. CO2 or compressed air tanks can even ...
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Quality travel clothesline that is easy to hook on shower stalls?

I have the Rick Steves clothesline which just has Velcro/loops at the ends: However, I will most certainly be travelling with shower stall access for the next few months and I want to be able to ...
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Zippered travel sheets that open flat with a pillow insert that are machine-washable?

I can't seem to find a sheet with all the qualities listed above...either they are handwash only or they only open on one side halfway etc. I'm looking "hotel" style sheets & not the "mummy" ...
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Item for removing stuff from headphone jack on a plane?

A friend just boarded an Emirates flight, with his phone full of podcasts ready to play. He's found his headphone jack is full of paper / dust(!). Given you're not generally allowed sharp items on a ...
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Utili-key “knife” and airport inspection?

I own and carry a Swiss Tech Utili-Key 6-n-1 Multitool: I love it and carry it with me everywhere. My concern is: Would it be officially allowed in cabin (inside Schengen)? If not, what are the ...
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Travelling with research equipment

I will be travelling to Japan from the US soon to conduct a three week research program with some colleagues. I would like to bring some of the fragile research equipment with me in my carry-on. The ...
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Is there a Macgyver-esque way to charge rechargeable batteries?

I am on a hiking trip an I forgot to pack the recharging device for my penlite batteries. I have enough power with me thanks to my solar panel. I can charge every device that is charging with usb. My ...
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Packable pillow for side-sleepers that actually work?

After fondling & buying various pillows from the local travel stores & hours of research online over the years I have yet to find a foldable pillow that actually is "firm" enough to support a ...
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Wheeled backpack with waist strap?

So I have some back problems, and my physio recommended a rolling backpack. But unfortunately, none of them seem to come with a waist strap. Sometimes I will use the shoulder straps of a backpack when ...
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Which airlines ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight?

I read that some airlines such as United Airlines ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight. Is there any comprehensive list of airlines that ban the use of Knee Defenders during flight (or ...
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What makes a backpack a women's backpack?

I was looking around a bit for new backpacks, and encountered, as examples this 55L+10L backpack and 70L+10L backpack. The first one is especially designated as a women's backpack. Why? Only because ...
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Headphone sockets on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

I'm flying LGW to Montego Bay in September with Virgin Atlantic (Upper Class if this makes a difference) and need to know if the headphone sockets are one pin or if I need to take an adapter as I'm ...
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Does a suit fit in a carry-on bag or rollaboard?

Usually, I travel with a bag pack, big enough for several weeks. Times goes on, and I have to travel in a more urban way. I want to buy a roller bag fitting the cabin size of an average airplane. ...
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Ideas for versatile clothes in northern India

I will be heading to Ladakh (Leh included) from mid-August to mid-October, but I want to travel with only a 32 liter bag, and obviously I will have to be flexible with my gear due to the difference of ...
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Can I carry roller blades in cabin baggage?

Can I put roller blades into a bag and fly with it as my cabin baggage with Ryanair? EDIT: There were no problems with roller blades at the airports.
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What equipment is required to traverse Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido at the end of April? [closed]

It looks like there is still snow at Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido at the end of April. I prefer hiking with snow and ice, and have the appropriate equipment, but want to know what to bring (do I need ...
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Where to store a laptop while doing few days trips during a long-term travel?

What options are available when you travel with your laptop (e.g. to work a few days while in town) but you don't want to carry it with you when doing small excursions (few days, weeks)? A laptop can ...
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Sleeping/Narcotic Gas Alarm

I intend to travel through rougher foreign parts on the cheap. To protect me from being robbed or raped I am going to buy a gas alarm. What do I need to know when buying one? What gases should it ...
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Do I need a converter if the frequency (Hz) of a country is different?

In the US, electrical outlet frequency is listed at 60Hz and 120v. If I am traveling to a country with 50Hz, do I need a transformer? My appliances work with the voltage that is listed in the country ...
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Tripod in Carry-on Luggage

Many years ago someone told me about travel with a Camera Tripod is not allowed. I have a trip to Europe from Australia, and I have a 10 hour layover in Dubai. I would like take photos at night in ...
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Will I need a power converter for my laptop? (U.S. based.) to Philippines?

It's a standard U.S. Dell laptop. I'll be in Manila, mostly in a hotel for a conference.
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Are there any good guides for what to take on a bicycle trek on the Pacific coast (Seattle to San Francisco)?

I'll be cycling through relatively lonely areas for a few weeks (towns every 40 miles or so). I'm looking for a good guide on what gear to pack. It's the Pacific coast trail from Seattle to San ...
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Door stopper for hotel room

It's been a few times that I read that on helpful item for personal security is a door stopper which stops people from crashing through a hotel room door. I know this is not a concern in all places ...
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Buying extreme cold weather “mickey mouse boots” (Bunny boots) in Seoul

Is there any place in Seoul where I can buy the extreme cold weather boots that go by the nickname "mickey mouse boot"? In case you haven't heard of these and their nickname makes them sound ...
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Which backpack theft protection features are there, and which of them work?

While wearing a backpack, what are common/known ways how someone might steal things out of your backpack (or even the whole backpack altogether)? Which backpack security features can protect against ...
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How can I reliably make myself a cup of coffee in my hotel room that doesn't suck?

Like most people, I have a habit, and that habit is Coffee. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive habit. There are plenty of methods of making it less expensive, but in my experience, most of them ...
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Adaptors that work in the various electricity outlets in Europe

Are there any single-plug (not "powerstrip"-style) adapters that can work for Italy, France, the UK, and Switzerland? It seems very cumbersome to have to pack 4 types of adapters. 'European' outlet, ...
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Searching for an Asian flight that provides a facility for divers to not pay an extra fee from Tehran to Phuket

Is there any airline with Asian flights between Tehran (Iran) and Phuket that provides a special facility for divers to not pay an extra fee for their heavy diving equipments? I have heard something ...
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How to pack for traveling by airplane with windsurfing gear?

What is the best way to pack windsurfing gear when traveling by airplane? By windsurfing gear let's say: 1 board 2 masts 3 sails 2 fines 1 extension 1 wishbone 1 harness 1 pair of boots 1 wet-suit ...
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Where to buy cheap generic camping gear in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore?

I'm planning to hitchhike Singapore or Kuala Lumpur to Taiwan in a couple of weeks and I expect to sleep outside sometimes. I've never been to this part of the world before but I've noticed that in ...
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Can Somebody travel with their gun internationally?

If somebody is a US Resident, owns a Semi auto Glock. Has local Permit to carry a concealed weapon. What if this person wanted to fly with this hand gun internationally with him for his personal ...
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Is there camping gear specifically designed to fit modern air traveling?

I have done it before, bringing my camping gear as luggage on a flight. In those days I was usually traveling alone, and I was able to bring my tent as a separate piece of luggage. These days airlines ...
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Travel adaptor in Egypt - can I buy the UK adaptor in Cairo?

I read that I need an European plug converter in Egypt. How hard is it to buy a UK to Europe plug in Cairo?
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External hard drive for storing photo backups whilst travelling

Can anyone recommend a sturdy external hard drive specifically designed for travelling that I can back up photos and videos on?
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What kind of bag can I use to travel with a baby car seat?

I need to carry a baby car seat on an international air trip. The car seat's dimensions are 28.5 x 17.5 x 30.9 inches and it looks like this: I'm having trouble finding an appropriate bag for ...
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Climbing Adam's peak (Sri Pada) in Sri-Lanka

I'm planning to climb the Adam's peak in March. What kind of trekking gear in terms of footwear etc. should be used for this trek ?
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What equipment should I travel with to increase the odds of good internet and phone connectivity?

Getting decent internet and telephone coverage while traveling is not a given. I find that outside of urban areas many places I stay when traveling have unreliable internet connectivity, if any. ...
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Is it important to wear a necklace with medical history for people with medical conditions while traveling?

Is it advised for people with chronic medical condition (diabetes, asthma, allergies, etc.) to wear necklaces with medical history when travelling? Is it a worldwide thing to check people's necklaces ...
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Is there any “leg bag” for traveling safely?

I'm looking for "leg bag" for traveling where I can put my iPhone, money and documents? I need something I can wear under my jeans, to avoid to be pickpocketed.
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Recommended software for communicating / documenting whilst on a bike tour [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Going on a long bike tour, want to make a website I am going on a long bike tour and I intend to blog about it, take photos etc. I will take a tablet pc or netbook with ...
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How much electronics and other valuables can I bring duty-free when going to India?

I am planning to travel to India (COK airport, Kerala) from United States. I want to take my laptop as well as my tablet (iPad). Am I allowed to take both in my backpack with my documents related my ...
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Lightweight travel power adaptor for laptops

I am not sure if this is the right question for this site, but I don't know any better place... Many people travel with their laptops these days, I have one of the small and light models. However, ...