Bergan and security

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  1. Negligent-Discharge

    Negligent-Discharge LE Book Reviewer

    I'm off to KL and Oz in March and want to put kit into my faithful old Bergan and put it in the hold.

    1) How can I make it secure so that the blokes at Thiefrow don't nick stuff?

    2) Having used my Bergan in the field and, therefore, may have traces of powder on it, will it set off all sorts of alarms at security/check-in?
     
  2. You could use something like this
    Pacsafe Rucksack Harness 55 - 85litre

    Or get it wrapped in 20 boxes of clingfilm.

    I think if it's only footpowder you will be ok but if you've been doing Heroin then you could be in trouble.
    They generally swab bags as a test but I think that's for explosives. Mind you have you been knocking about with PE4?
     
  3. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

  4. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Go and buy a decent rucksack you horrible Pikey. Why would you want to draw attention to yourself? I bet you are the sort of person who bulls their combat highs on Thursday evenings so you look extra cool at the motorway service station during the drive home on Friday.

    In all seriousness, check the local laws, many countries have a blanket ban on anyone using camo other than their armed forces.

    Oh and in answer to your questions:

    1. You can't, the handlers are highly trained in the art of thievery, don't worry though, seeing that you have chosen to use your gopping old bergen over a decent holdall or rucksack, they will probably think you are too poor to afford any thing worth robbing.

    2. Unless you spent your time in the field making IEDs or liberally sprinkling gun powder on your gear, I reckon you will be fine.
     
  5. 1. Wrap it (or get it wrapped at the baggage services shop) with cling film. This is commonly used all over the world, and stops petty pilfering. Alternatively, baggage shops sell those lockable wire-mesh covers for rucksacks - unfortunately, these use up a chunk of your weight allowance.
     
  6. Just get a new rucksack mate, getting your arse rimmed in customs is not much of a way to start a holiday!
     
  7. You can buy packs with wire mesh built in but it is a lot of extra weight that you may decide you can do without.

    There is no really good answer except to carry your valuables with you. Anything that is no able to be carried on the flight, place it right at the bottom of your bergan. But I agree with the previous poster, why travel with a military bergan?
     
  8. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Some light reading from the Malaysian penal code, I've highlighted the good bits.

    Go buy yourself a decent rucksack.
     
  9. The Breadstealers don't have a problem with DPM. Its countries in the Caribbean and African ones with regular military coups that have the restriction. Aruba, Barbados, Ivory Coast, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe.

    I agree that a Bergan ius a damn handy piece of kit to go round the world backpacking. I however have the old Olive Drab one as well so i don't have too much of an issue with clothing. As long as you're visiting somewhere that was/is on our side I don't see the problem in using your Bergan (I'd be careful backpacking round Argentina, Iraq, Serbia or anybody else at the recieving end of HM's finest Precision guided munitions in the last 20 years or so). I work on the Side pouches for Pants and socks, suncream and mossie nets. Books in the outside pouches and the rest of my clothes in the main section. Obviously Pornography and other vaulable things get zipped inside the lid cover.

    Regarding it honking of PE4, Cordite or other materials that drive Spaniel puppies bananas at airports. You could try washing it? Alternatively carry your MOD90 which should give a good enough reason. I'd build a good hour into your travel plans to explain this to airport plod though.
     
  10. Hmmm, since Malasia is on your list Ravers is right. Unless you plan on carrying your kit in a couple of black bin bags out of the airport when they confiscate it, use an old Olive Drab one or buy another rucksack.
     
  11. Negligent-Discharge

    Negligent-Discharge LE Book Reviewer

    Bomb-Int, Ravers, Travelgall and others.... thanks for your time. I think I'll take the advice and get a new rucksack. There's too much cordite/old Porn/empty bottles in mine. I may just get my old Samsonite and buy a bag in KL or Perth, Oz for our little jaunt. Does an MOD90 work abroad for discounts or am I just being a Jock? Thanks anyway lads.
     
  12. Only in America. They love their military and us by default. Pretty much everybody else will tell you no.
     
  13. Ravers

    Ravers LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    I've never been to KL but if it's even vaguely like Singapore City, you will be able to buy a very good (knock off) North Face rucksack for around $15 US.
     
  14. don't ******* sweat it just don't take owt you can't replace

    anything of value, cash and cards just keep on you

    The net things are clever but you'll lose interest in sorting it out every five minutes
     
  15. wedge_cadman

    wedge_cadman War Hero Reviewer Book Reviewer

    look for TSA approved padlocks if you have zippers on your bergan, as stated dpm is not a good thing in Asia and Central America.