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tourists with really large backpacks
Posted 3/24/14
i work in the city, so i see a lot of tourists carrying a really large backpack, sometimes with a pillow hanging from it... and it makes me really curious at times... what do they put it there? a human corpse?

my questions, do you carry those types of bags when you travel? what do you put in there? compass? water? a tent?


Personally, would want to look fashionable even when i'm travelling abroad... would only carry a bag that is proportional to my body size...
Posted 3/24/14 , edited 3/24/14
Well, it depends where I go. If I'm going to some cultural site where there is a lot of walking, and I'll be carrying things like a water bottle/camera/pamphlets/souvenirs/etc., I always take my trusty backpack (which I also use for the library). It isn't "huge", just normal sized, and comfortable for those long days.

If I am going somewhere else and not much is required, then a purse will suffice.

I personally don't really get the whole "looking fashionable thing while touring" - I dress for comfort, and make sure it is appropriate for the occasion. I'm not there to show off, just take in the sights. I personally find it pretty lame when I see overly dressed tourists walking around in their good clothes. You just know that they're there to show off and look cute, and they have no idea how silly they look prancing about in Prada and heavy makeup.

I'm not talking about those that dress both comfy and stylish - but rather, those who wear pricy clothes, band-name bags and high heels, then complain about their feet hurting or being too cold/hot. Oh please. You know you dressed simply to be noticed.

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Posted 3/24/14
As an itinerant tech, if I'm travelling it means I'm working, so I'll have a spare set of clothes, a towel, a blanket, a book, my computer, some tools, snacks and water, and some wipes and soap in case I get stranded somewhere without a place to crash and don't feel like stinking the place up. Yes, it has happened before, more than once.
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Posted 3/24/14 , edited 9/6/15
Those backpacks sound like something a hiker would carry. Don't see the need for all that in the city, unless they plan to hike outside the city and camp and whatnot.

I've never seen tourists here with hiker packs, but they do tend to carry a lot of stuff. As SoldierSangria said, it's reasonable to assume they're carrying water bottles and a camera and room for souvenirs. Other than that, I don't really know. (I'm a very light packer, so huge bags of shtuffs always confuses me.)
Posted 3/24/14

Aokidanza wrote:

Those backpacks sound like something a hiker would carry. Don't see the need for all that in the city, unless they plan to hike outside the city and camp and whatnot.

I've never seen tourists here with hiker packs, but they do tend to carry a lot of stuff. As SoldierSangria said, it's reasonable to assume they're carrying water bottles and a camera and room for souvenirs. Other than that, I don't really know. (I'm a very light packer, so huge bags of shtuffs always confuses me.)


that must be it, a hiker's backpack, because it's a very long and huge bag that could literally fit an average adult human body in there....

a lot of people must be into hiking/camping... because i see them all the time...
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Posted 3/24/14

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Aokidanza wrote:

Those backpacks sound like something a hiker would carry. Don't see the need for all that in the city, unless they plan to hike outside the city and camp and whatnot.

I've never seen tourists here with hiker packs, but they do tend to carry a lot of stuff. As SoldierSangria said, it's reasonable to assume they're carrying water bottles and a camera and room for souvenirs. Other than that, I don't really know. (I'm a very light packer, so huge bags of shtuffs always confuses me.)


that must be it, a hiker's backpack, because it's a very long and huge bag that could literally fit an average adult human body in there....

a lot of people must be into hiking/camping... because i see them all the time...


Yeah, definitely sounds like a heavy-duty outdoors pack. Tents and sleeping bags and all.

I, for one, would totally want to go hiking/camping if I ever visited Australia. That just sounds awesome. Don't know if I'd walk through Sydney with all that crap, though.
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Posted 3/24/14 , edited 3/24/14
When I went to France last July, I didn't even carry a backpack. I had my cargopants that held my passport, money, license, metro ticket and an attachable canteen but nothing more. And as someone said above, I dress for comfort because I did a ton of walking and it was hot.

Also, I was in the Galapagos Islands during MLK weekend for about 6 days. I carried a backpack but only to hold water, sunscreen, and an extra change of shorts because I went snorkeling almost every day.
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Posted 3/24/14 , edited 3/24/14
Never seen regular people with them except for one or two homeless people but you'll often see military personnel with them, coming and going, to and from the barracks.
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Posted 3/24/14 , edited 3/24/14

Aokidanza wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:


Aokidanza wrote:

Those backpacks sound like something a hiker would carry. Don't see the need for all that in the city, unless they plan to hike outside the city and camp and whatnot.

I've never seen tourists here with hiker packs, but they do tend to carry a lot of stuff. As SoldierSangria said, it's reasonable to assume they're carrying water bottles and a camera and room for souvenirs. Other than that, I don't really know. (I'm a very light packer, so huge bags of shtuffs always confuses me.)


that must be it, a hiker's backpack, because it's a very long and huge bag that could literally fit an average adult human body in there....

a lot of people must be into hiking/camping... because i see them all the time...


Yeah, definitely sounds like a heavy-duty outdoors pack. Tents and sleeping bags and all.

I, for one, would totally want to go hiking/camping if I ever visited Australia. That just sounds awesome. Don't know if I'd walk through Sydney with all that crap, though.


Sounds awesome until you end up with snakes and scorpions in your sleeping bag.
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Posted 3/24/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:

i work in the city, so i see a lot of tourists carrying a really large backpack, sometimes with a pillow hanging from it... and it makes me really curious at times... what do they put it there? a human corpse?

These are people that are doing widespread travel on the cheap and whatnot. They aren't simply flying by plane to your town to hang out for a few days and then fly back home. They are travelling everywhere from day to day and staying at hostels, hitchhiking and taking public transport from town to town. They are literally living out of that backpack. A lot of people do this when they are actually looking to do a tour of a country or region as they aren't simply flying to one place as a base of operations, rather moving from place to place and city to city day by day.
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More than 20 years ago now, I and two other friends, after graduating from university, went on a trip to Europe. We spent about a month in England and France, after which I went back to the U.S. to travel to Taiwan, but they continued into more eastern parts of Europe. At that age, and after 4 years in college, you've got next to zero money, and we budgeted US$25-30 a day for Everything-- lodging, food, tickets, transport (excepting Eurail pass bought prior to travelling), souvenirs, etc... I carried maybe 2-3 sets of cloths (interchangeable), sleep sack for the youth hostels, jacket for cold and rain, usual toiletries, a guidebook (no internet or even cell phones then), camera (blocky 35 mm thing), laundry detergent, clothesline, and room for food bought in local groceries: cereal, sausages, fruits-- stuff that didn't need refrigeration and wouldn't rot immediately. Bottled water too, of course. After a month, I actually had about three hundred dollars left over, we lived so frugally. We were basically living entirely out of those backpacks, as others have said. I'm glad I don't have to travel under those conditions any more, but it was a great trip! One of those experiences of a lifetime.
Posted 3/24/14 , edited 3/24/14

Aokidanza wrote:
Yeah, definitely sounds like a heavy-duty outdoors pack. Tents and sleeping bags and all.

I, for one, would totally want to go hiking/camping if I ever visited Australia. That just sounds awesome. Don't know if I'd walk through Sydney with all that crap, though.


Really? May I ask why? I suppose Australia does have a lot of bushes... but also a lot of poisonous stuff... I'd probably carry snakes anti-venom if i were you... but i'm probably being overly cautious >_>



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When I went to France last July, I didn't even carry a backpack. I had my cargopants that held my passport, money, license, metro ticket and an attachable canteen but nothing more. And as someone said above, I dress for comfort because I did a ton of walking and it was hot.

Also, I was in the Galapagos Islands during MLK weekend for about 6 days. I carried a backpack but only to hold water, sunscreen, and an extra change of shorts because I went snorkeling almost every day.


that's actually how i prefer to travel as well--without a backpack. but then i realize how ugly my pants look with all that stuff... and i want my legs to look slim... and even.


Sweet-Revelation wrote:

Never seen regular people with them except for one or two homeless people but you'll often see military personnel with them, coming and going, to and from the barracks.


i live near a military base, so i see a lot of soldiers... but even they have smaller backpacks than those tourists... their bags are huge... but not as huge as those tourists.


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GayAsianBoy wrote:

i work in the city, so i see a lot of tourists carrying a really large backpack, sometimes with a pillow hanging from it... and it makes me really curious at times... what do they put it there? a human corpse?

These are people that are doing widespread travel on the cheap and whatnot. They aren't simply flying by plane to your town to hang out for a few days and then fly back home. They are travelling everywhere from day to day and staying at hostels, hitchhiking and taking public transport from town to town. They are literally living out of that backpack. A lot of people do this when they are actually looking to do a tour of a country or region as they aren't simply flying to one place as a base of operations, rather moving from place to place and city to city day by day.


sounds exciting to be honest, it has a more natural feel to it. i often see them in groups, but on rare occassion, i see a loner too...
Posted 3/24/14

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More than 20 years ago now, I and two other friends, after graduating from university, went on a trip to Europe. We spent about a month in England and France, after which I went back to the U.S. to travel to Taiwan, but they continued into more eastern parts of Europe. At that age, and after 4 years in college, you've got next to zero money, and we budgeted US$25-30 a day for Everything-- lodging, food, tickets, transport (excepting Eurail pass bought prior to travelling), souvenirs, etc... I carried maybe 2-3 sets of cloths (interchangeable), sleep sack for the youth hostels, jacket for cold and rain, usual toiletries, a guidebook (no internet or even cell phones then), camera (blocky 35 mm thing), laundry detergent, clothesline, and room for food bought in local groceries: cereal, sausages, fruits-- stuff that didn't need refrigeration and wouldn't rot immediately. Bottled water too, of course. After a month, I actually had about three hundred dollars left over, we lived so frugally. We were basically living entirely out of those backpacks, as others have said. I'm glad I don't have to travel under those conditions any more, but it was a great trip! One of those experiences of a lifetime.


sounds fun even if it might be uncomfortable... thanks for sharing

i'm actually planning to go to europe as well this year, wonder if my mom would do that... xD she usually has to carry a whole luggage of clothes, which is annoying...
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Posted 3/24/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:


Aokidanza wrote:

Those backpacks sound like something a hiker would carry. Don't see the need for all that in the city, unless they plan to hike outside the city and camp and whatnot.

I've never seen tourists here with hiker packs, but they do tend to carry a lot of stuff. As SoldierSangria said, it's reasonable to assume they're carrying water bottles and a camera and room for souvenirs. Other than that, I don't really know. (I'm a very light packer, so huge bags of shtuffs always confuses me.)


that must be it, a hiker's backpack, because it's a very long and huge bag that could literally fit an average adult human body in there....

a lot of people must be into hiking/camping... because i see them all the time...


The fact that people go missing wherever I go with my giant backpack is merely a coincidence.
Posted 3/24/14

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The fact that people go missing wherever I go with my giant backpack is merely a coincidence.


as if that faceless avatar isn't creepy enough!
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