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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  077
DATE:  July 22, 2002
TIP:  Designated Travel Pants
LOCATION:  Krabi Thailand

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DESIGNATED TRAVEL PANTS
Or why I will wear the same pants every time
I leave one place and go to the next.

I use the word designated, then realize
I will need to explain. This mean I am going
to use a specific, or indicate by name the
exact pair of pants I will use to travel.
Everytime I travel I will wear the same pants.

OK. I am a traveler. But I do not travel every
day. I travel from place to place then stay
a few day in each location.

So the DESIGNATED TRAVEL PANTS are to
be used when I get on a bus, plane, or train
etc. Pretty much any time I carry with me
my backpack and valuables.

Most tourist or backpackers have their money,
passport, and valuable on them. I keep all my
valuable in my room. 95 percent of the time
only rent a room that allow me to use my own
lock.

But from destination to destination.
I carry all my valuables.
Small backpack. Computer and digital camera.
Big backpack, clothes and miscellaneous.
Cooking supplies, fingernail clippers, etc.

MONEY - PASSPORT - ATM CARDS
I carry these things on my body.
In a pocket. Neck Pouch, or secret pocket.

I am in some ways making the idea of
using a neck pouch obsolete for myself. I do not use
a money belt. I find them just too uncomfortable
and not quick to put on or utilize. I can put the neck
pouch around my neck, and in my shirt quickly.
The money belt takes more time.

I will put my NECK POUCH inside a
secret pocket now, and not around my neck.

WHY HAVE A NECK POUCH?
I take my passport out for immigration offices.
At checkpoints by military police.
By a policeman that wants to check me in the street.
To check in at the Hotel.
At the airport.
Lots of times.

I could put it away... In my secret pocket.
But this take more than 1 second.
I can put the strap around my neck.
The officials do not like it when you put
things away before they are done.
When I am out of their sight. I will put it
in the correct secret pocket.

WHY NECK POUCH?...
NO TEMPTATION TO PUT IT DOWN
There is a huge temptation to put the passport
and holder down on the desk.
At the check-in at the airport.
On the counter of the immigration office.
On the reception desk of the hotel.
WHAT HAPPENS is then.
I leave it.
I pick up my backpack. Talking with a friend.
Walk away. If I always have it around my neck
until I am completely finished with the process.
I will not forget it.
Unless I forget my head, and my neck.
My mother told me I was lucky it was attached.

DESIGNATED PANTS
A pocket needs to be:
1. Cut proof, or razor blade proof.
2. Pickpocket proof.
3. Difficult to put things in and out.
4. Secure from things falling out.

So I have specially altered my pants.
I have sewn in 5 pockets.
4 of the full size pockets, and 1 credit card
pockets. I have also chosen a pair of pants
that for different reasons.

REASONS I CHOSE THESE PANTS
1. They are old and used pants.
2. The have large pockets on the side for guidebook.
3. They are normal pants in Thailand and
would be considered cheap, and not mean
I have any money. All the Thailand guys where
these pants.
4. The wallet pocket on the rear has material for
the pocket, and it is difficult to cut 2 layers.
5. The large pockets on the side are big enough
to sew in another secret pocket.
6. The pants have belt loops. I can hang them up
on a hook and I like a belt.
7. I like them, and they are comfortable.
8. Normal military pants. Used and cheap.
9. Military pants are designed very close to what I
ideally want for the perfect travel pants.
(Note: The military are probably the best
trekkers and travelers.)

I HAVE A 2 TYPES
I have made two pairs of DESIGNATED TRAVEL
PANTS. One pair of shorts and one pair
or long pants. The zippered type pants where the leg
can be removed are nice but they say,
“I am a tourist, and I have money.”
I like a little less flashy, and an uglier appearance.

HOW I WILL CARRY THINGS?

RIGHT FRONT SECRET POCKET
Wallet or billfold. Keys. One ATM card.
I have 2 ATM cards. One is credit card.
(Automatic Teller Machine - For Bank)

RIGHT FRONT NORMAL POCKET
Small coins, and 2-3 dollars taxi fair.
Pen, paper.

LEFT FRONT SECRET POCKET
Maybe keys, or when I have too many
coins. Sometime bus tickets, or check
in stubs for baggage.

LEFT FRONT NORMAL POCKET
Card or piece of paper with the address
of the hotel I am going to try to find
in the city I am entering. This way I do
not have to get out my guidebook? Maybe.

RIGHT LARGE SECRET POCKET.
Pocket camera. Digital by Creative.
150 photos and good.

RIGHT LARGE POCKET
Maybe guidebook. Umbrella.
Language Phrasebook. Pens.

LEFT LARGE SECRET POCKET
Passport money pouch. One ATM CARD.

LEFT LARGE POCKET
Junk...Stuff. I am right handed.

I do not carry or use travelers checks, and do
not have a plane ticket home.

REAR POCKETS
Notes. Junk paper. Telephone numbers.
Brochures and pamphlets.
IF I WANTED ROBBED !!!!
I WOULD CARRY MY WALLET HERE.
MAKING SURE IT WAS LARGE
Note: Some of you need to volunteer
to do this, so that there are people who are
easy targets for the thieves, and they do not
choose me. Thank You in advance.

SMALL CREDIT CARD POCKET.
I do not use this pocket.
I have never been that paranoid yet.
But good just in case one day I am that paranoid
about getting robbed it is there and ready to go.

Where you keep your stuff is not that important.
Having a reason why in your mind is important.
All of these ideas change. They are a guide
to help you and not the answers to all problems.

But I will now wear the same pants on
all my travel from location to location.
This way I will always be prepared.

RULE OF THUMB
If you are worried. You need to search for a
better way I do not worry about being robbed.
Think yes about it, Worry no. If you are worried
and feel unsafe at your destination.
Leave.

I RECOMMEND YOU LOOK AT THESE
PHOTOS AND EXPLANATIONS OF PANTS.
CLICK HERE
http://www.hobotraveler.com/077thailandkrabi03.shtml

MORE PHOTO AND BUY SECRET POCKETS
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