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ISSUE:  BROKE URL 110
DATE:  March 3, 2003
TITLE: Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Old Hippies - Broke Backpacks
TIP:  Broke Backpacks
LOCATION:  In the USA Homeland

  
 

~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIP

WHAT BREAKS ON BACKPACK?

You want to buy a backpack or luggage.
I carry a small and large backpack on my trips.
They are approximately 6 years old.
They are worn, torn and battered.
But than again, like me… They have seen over
40 countries in 6 years of continuous travel.

So when you buy a bag you ask yourself,
“Will the bag last, or be strong enough?”

Most of the time you do not have to worry about
your backpack wearing out. It will normally get
stolen long before that happens.

Pictures tell the story better than I can explain.
So I have about 30 photos of real problems I have
had with my both the small front bag and the large
backpack.

THE LIST OF WORD - Hard to describe.

ZIPPERS:
The sewing on each side of the zipper rips.
A tooth in zipper is lost.
I have replace all the zippers made of plastic
on my small frontpack. They get off track and just
start to burst open.
The zipper puller. The little tab broke off.
The string that goes through the hole on the zipper
tab came off.
The ends of the zipper come off.

HANDLES AND STRAPS:
Anything that connects to the bag is a problem.
The handles on top of the front pack.
The edges of the strap wear out where they
are folded over to make the strap.

PLASTIC CLIPS:
These plastic clip or connectors have 3 teeth.
1 side breaks off.
The get permanently bent in and will not stay
clipped.
The fall off. The large one for my waist fell
off in Thailand. I was very lucky. I traced my
path and found it. The little one are easy to
buy, the big ones are difficult.

SHARP EDGE OR HARD EDGES:
If you put a canteen. A wood box. Anything
that is defined by hard edges. When it vibrates
and rubs against the side of the bus. I will cut
the side.

CORNERS:
If it is corner. There is a problem.

METAL:
Rust
Metal reinforcement in the back part of the
bag bended and needed reinforced.

MATERIAL:
Cuts in bag.
Knives cuts...
I catch the bag on the side of things as I pass.
I got off a bus in Acapulco and ripped the side pocket.

The important thing to remember about bags is:
Shoe repairmen.
They can fix your bag on the road.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/110backpack01.shtml
http://www.hobotraveler.com/110backpack02.shtml

Just another day in Paradise!
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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 5 of Hobo trip around the world.
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