Hobo TRAVEL TIPS -  Silopi, Turkey - Backpack Camouflage
 


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ISSUE:  BROKE URL 117
DATE:  July 29, 2003
TITLE: Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Silopi, Turkey - Backpack Camouflage.
TIP:  Backpack Camouflage.

LOCATION: Silopi, Turkey

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~ TODAY�S TRAVEL TIPS

BACKPACK CAMOUFLAGE
How to protect from thieves.

I recently purchased a new front pack.
A front pack is backpacker terminology for
a normal small backpack that you wear on the front.
This is the method to carry 2 backpacks.
A large regular one on your back and a smaller
one on your front.

My large backpack is old, dirty, and worn.
The new front pack was new, clean, and in
perfect shape.

So what is the problem?

I look like a virgin.
A newbie.
My first day out on the road.
Out on my first tour.
Aaagh!

AIRPORT FASHION
In the airport you can tell how the world
wants to travel. They want to travel First Class
and in Luxury. The airport if full of fashion and
trendy wannabe type people.

Backpackers are the same. The only difference
normally is they are younger and it is fashion
to have a backpack.

So to most, new, clean, and in perfect
condition and they are happy.
The are the perfect wannabe..
Robbed.
ROB THE RICH KID.

I am so happy. I figured out how to make
my backpack look like crap.

I really do want to look like a Hobo.
A poor bum that is not carrying 2500 dollars
worth of Computer, Camcorder, and Digital
Cameras in my front pack.

NOTE: This is always a surprise at the security
checkpoint at the airport.
Executive...  Computer.
Executive...  Computer.
Hippie...  Computer, Camcorder, Digital. etc.
Ooops. I one upped them.

MAKE IT OLD?
So how do you make a backpack old and
worn looking in 10 minutes?

NEEDED:
1. Can of Spray paint.
Probably black or brown.
I used black.
2. Duct Tape.
3. Magic Marker or Felt Marker.
Any color.
4. Knife, razor blade, or utility knife
Something sharp to cut.

MAKE DIRTY
Take the can of spray paint. Stand maybe
4 foot away and lightly spray the bag.
Speckle the bag. Make it look dirty.

MAKE OLD
Take the duct tape and wrap around the
handle. Maybe in a couple of other places.

MAKE USED
Take the markers and write your name
on the bag. Write some Graffiti on the bag.
Write the name of your last 5 lovers.

MAKE CHEAP
Cut them brand named tags off.
Mountain this, Sierra that...
The brand named bag is dangerous.
Do not prove to the robber you have money.

QUESTION OF FLAGS?
A person that has traveled a lot...
May or may not have a lot of flags.
It is not that important.
( Exception for Canadians. )

DO NOT BE A WIMP.
Do not pretend to be from another country.
If I see that have the wrong flags on your
bag, then I might make you a wimp.
Be proud of who you are, and the
robbers will see you are confident.
They want to rob the wimps.

For the sake of dirt.
After the paint is dry. Take the bag
and stand in the dirt and give it
some character.

This can be also be done to your large
backpack. And now you are a seasoned
traveler and not a soft target.
You are now camouflaged.
You do not look like a virgin.

PHOTOS OF MY BAG:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/117backpackdisguised.shtml

Life is good.

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

X Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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 6 of Hobo trip around the world.
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