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Because if your bag is large enough to be only carried on your back (i.e. you cannot carry it on one shoulder), you'll much more likely to bump into, and do some damage to objects/sculptures/other people while turning around. This is because you don't see your bag, and it is much harder to estimate how big it is when maneuvering. It is much less likely when ...


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Once, when checking an external frame backpack onto a Virgin Atlantic flight I was offered a giant, durable, resealable (great for security checks), clear plastic bag. It was similar to a clear trash bag but thicker and had the airline's logo on it. It seemed like a good solution prevent any straps or hooks from getting caught in the baggage handling. Since ...


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For Germany: The most inconspicous backpacks are either Jack Wolfskin or Deuter. Seriously, while traveling it is like a lighthouse: Hello, compatriot ! Other popular brands: Arc'teryx, Eagle Creek, Tatonka, The North Face, Thule, Vaude or special brands like PacSafe. But you can always use a cheap No-Name brand: They are also quite often visible. For ...


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Locked means there is a lock on it. For a backpack, if you lock the main compartment and perhaps the secondary one, it should effectively be considered locked. This of course does little to ensure contents of the pack remain in the pack but if you have to do it according to some rules, it should do. To lock it more effectively, place it in a wire metal mesh ...


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According to the producer of the backpacks: “SL“ stands for Slim Line. The entire pack, including the carrying system, is designed with a woman’s physique in mind, but can also be used by anyone with a smaller torso and frame. Features of the SL system: A slightly shorter back length (to accommodate a shorter torso). The SL back system ...


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People wearing backpacks sometimes forget it is there and inadvertently knock into/over things when they turn. I have not heard of the "one shoulder rule", but in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery I was asked to either hold my backpack or wear it backwards (on my front) while perusing the museum. I've been whacked this way myself while waiting in ...


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Checked bags may be opened during screening. So the plastic wrap would be removed. You could get a duffel bag with a draw string and put your backpack in it. That would offer more protection then a plastic bag, but it would take some room in your backpack to carry around when your not using the duffel. The TSA's site has some tips.


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The women's backpacks have different shape to accommodate for the fact that most women have narrower chest, so women's backpacks are generally narrower. Some have shoulder straps shaped differently (S-shape) not to go on top of breasts. Same goes for the shape of the hip belt to accommodate for different shape of men's and women's hips. Also general size ...


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Right, so after thinking about how I'd answer this... Why packing is an individual thing Each to their own. Some friends backpacked South America and New Zealand with day packs. Others take extra luggage and suitcases. It all depends on what you think you'll need. Odds are you'll overestimate - you never need everything. It's easier to pack less, and ...


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As for France and other European countries (Spain, Poland ...), go to Decathlon. That's the most popular sport store by far, it is reasonably priced and the quality is good, they invest much in R&D. I would recommend actually buying your backpack there than in North America, I bought one at Mountain Equipment Coop, the Canadian equivalent, and for the ...


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I have a similar pack. When I fly with it, I usually remove the shoulder and hip straps (and put them inside the pack itself). This seems better to protect them from getting damaged. So far it has worked fine. I haven't considered wrapping it in plastic as the airports I use don't provide this option. On my pack, the shoulder and hip straps are made of ...


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If you buy a travelling backpack, i.e. a backpack that opens like a suitcase, normally they will have a pocket that you can zip the straps into, which keep them out of the way when checking in. Like this (courtesy from MEC's website):


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Not actually a backpack, but what I do is to get a decent plastic or fabric bag from a local market chain. Not only does it make me inconspicuous, but teaches me to not to pack unnecessary stuff as well. To have one hand busy all the time helps against carrying a camera and other traveler's stuff in hand all the time. One must be careful, though, not to ...


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Common sense is the best feature you can have when wearing a backpack. Always keep the valuable stuff in the inner big pocket not in the outer small pockets. Pickpockets can simply manipulate the outer small pockets when you are wearing the bag without you feeling a thing. Even if you are using locks on smaller pockets, pickpockets can use a blade to make a ...


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That's a bit risky, since the roll is only held there by pressure. A couple of good whacks to the side, exactly like the ones the bag will receive on the conveyor belts and in the loving arms of the baggage loaders, and it can be knocked out. There's a simple trick for considerably increasing the odds of a rucksack and its attachments making it through in ...


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You can also use the (paying) plastic wrapping services that are often found in the airport terminal. This will ensure that all straps, handles, etc do not protrude, and thus will not be caught in the tapis roulant. If TSA/Security or whoever needs to access your bag, they will cut through the wrapping and should then replace it with their own heavy-duty ...


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While I like the optimism of George Y's answer, ultimately it relies on trusting the source to tell the truth. However, as well as seeing this in US museums, we see this in US sports venues, where small handbags are allowed, but small backpacks are forbidden. In sports venues, bags are forbidden in order to prevent people from bringing in their own alcohol (...


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Here is a basic premise that was told to me before I went travelling that proved good to keep in mind: If somebody really wants to get into your bag, you're not going to be able to stop them. What you can do, however, is discourage them. Assuming you're not leaving your bag out in the road unattended for several hours, all you have to do is be ...


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Find a pack of appropriate size. Find other things from the store and stuff every compartment to the max. While packing everything you'll need. Put it on and walk around. Climb some stairs or step onto a bench/chair. Is it comfortable? Can you easily access some compartments while wearing it? Can you use the zippers while wearing gloves? Does it inhibit ...


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The backpack I have has a pocket at the bottom with a cover that zips over all the straps sort of like what alanh mentions in his answer. That'll only help you if you consider this important enough the next time you buy a backpack, though. Apart from that, I've also got a combined rain cover and transit bag. Something like this: http://www....


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In 2007, I travelled on Eurolines between Amsterdam and Oslo both ways. We were a group of 15 young people and all had hiking backpacks in the 60–75 litre range. It was no problem whatsoever: backpack goes in the luggage compartment under the bus, small items can be brought to the seat in the main part of the bus. Although my experience is rather old, it ...


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The bag you show is bigger than the allowed dimensions on one JetAirways, and that pretty much answers your question. (The other answer says it's within limits on Turkish Airlines, so you should be fine if you manage to get it that far.) I've never flown with those two airlines but, since the bag looks big, there's a good chance you'll be challenged about ...


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First, establish the use for the backpack. Will you be wearing it all day, in all kinds of weather, while walking 8 or 12 hours through nature? Or will you be putting it in the luggage compartment of buses or trains? Will you be using it in a city where you need to worry about pickpockets or bag-slicers? Does it matter that it fits the rules for carryon ...


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If you don't mind hauling it around at the other end (or discarding and looking for another when its time to go home) maybe a cardboard or plastic tube of the type used for transporting blueprints and art (any art store should carry the type shown below). Some of them might be useful transporting other stuff with a backpack so it wouldn't be totally wasted. ...


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I think the choice of luggage very much depends on the type of trip you are planning to do. If you are doing standard backpacking trip, when you need to carry your stuff mainly for short distances from a hotel to a bus or train, then it makes sense to have a bigger backpack with more clothes/stuff to make your journey more comfortable, and have some spare ...


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(a) You will probably be identified as a tourist whatever you do. (b) Nobody will mind (and neither should you -- after all, you are a tourist). As for backpacks: the mere fact that you are toting a big friggin backpack in the first place is the biggest giveaway, regardless of branding. If you want to be mistaken for a local, leave your backpack at the ...


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I personally prefer a backpack because I can sort things into different compartments and everything zips up. There's also a handy exterior pocket or two for a water bottle. If you get a smaller size, college student- or commuter-sized backpack, and don't pack it full, United's not going to care if you're off an inch in the measurements. If I were going to ...


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TLDR; It Does This was begging for an experiment,... So I bought Alienware 17 R2 and Osprey Farpoint 40 and the rest is history... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnrUfZVdJog And if it fits Alienware 17 it pretty much should fit any 17'' laptop...


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Ryanair answers your question: What you CAN bring on board If you have purchased "Priority & 2 cabin bags" or a Plus/Flexi ticket you can carry the following on-board: One small bag e.g. handbag, laptop bag etc. not exceeding 35cm x 20cm x 20cm One cabin bag, not exceeding 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in size and 10kg in weight. If you ...


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I would only take off the straps if the pack flies as checked-in luggage and in that case I would put them in the pack. If so, you will need to do it before handing it in as the luggage drop off. If there is a security check before the drop off, you may as well wait till that has been past, but if arriving at the airport by car and your pack having a good ...


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