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bringing small laptap for internet? is it advisable

19 Aug 2009 Vien asked

guys im thinking of bringing a laptap, i want to take a lot of pictures and i dont think my <BR>cmera memory is enough, im also traveling solo so my mom want me to do webcam chatting whenever there is wifi, is there a lot of wifi areas in europe? is it advisable to bring laptap? plssss helpp me, im doing 29days europena contrast <img src="" alt="Smiler" width="15" height="15"><!--graemlin::)-->
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  • 25 Aug 2009 cdm115 said


    Most people will tell you no. I think it’s something to consider with a lot of caution. I’m not sure how much wifi is available, but you’re going to have 2 issues with Chatting with mom. One is finding wifi at a time when you have the time to chat, not easy on a contiki tour. Second, it’s got to be at time when you’re mom can talk too. When I’ve called home on my trips it’s usually pretty quick and I spend half my time with the phone just trying to get someone on the phone to actually talk to. If you decide to have that as an option you and your mom have to understand that it might only happen once or twice during the 29 day trip.

    As for the laptop, two things to consider in my book. The hassel of carrying it around. Sometimes you’ll be able to leave it at the hotel or the bus, but are you prepared to have to carry it around a city all day? I personally like to just have the bare necessities and the thought of carrying around a laptop is a total hassel to me. I might consider it for a netbook type of thing. I typically only travel with my laptop on longer trips to one location where I would feel ok with leaving my laptop in the room when I’m not there. The second thing to really consider is what will you lose if you lose or break your laptop? aside from the monetery cost what type of info is on it? passwords, banking info, documents and photos (only copies).

    It might be cheaper and easier to just get yourself another memory card.

  • 25 Aug 2009 Darren said


    I just got back from a 16 day European tour with Contiki. I brought my netbook with me and I was one of about 3 or 4 people who did. I left it in my suitcase instead of carrying it in my daypack. I’m a real shutterbug though. I took about 6,000 photos on my DSLR and shot exclusively in RAW, so I came back with about 55-60GB worth of photos. Without my netbook I never would’ve been able to store them all. The downside is I didn’t have backups aside from the netbook, so had something happened to my netbook, I would’ve lost them all. In future, I’ll bring a small, external hard drive as well. A friend of mine from the trip had all his photos on his netbook….it did not survive the return journey and he lost them all.

    As for wifi, pretty much everywhere we went had it. But internet cafes are all over the place at a pretty reasonable cost. Plus chances are someone in the group will have a laptop you could borrow to transfer photos onto a USB stick or burn onto CD’s. I know my netbook was used by about 5 or 6 people.

  • 29 Aug 2009 Kevin said

    Originally posted by Darren:
    … 16 day European tour with Contiki… I took about 6,000 photos on my DSLR and shot exclusively in RAW… 55-60GB worth of photos

    Thats my logic for wanting to take my netbook & a portable drive.


  • 29 Aug 2009 Curtis71 said


    Be careful, if you live in the US or Canada, the border authorities can legally take your laptop and any other electronic device, copy all the data, and analyze it all for the sake of your security.

    One guy going into Canada had his phone searched and they found a picture of his infant son without clothes. The guy was arrested on child porn charges.

    Gotta love how the border people keep us safe. Roll Eyes<!--graemlin::rolleyes:-->

  • 30 Aug 2009 said


    I have taken a number of International flights over the past 5-6 years, mostly from Canada to the USA, and then a good number Abroad from Canada and Back home from Europe. All of them have been with a Laptop, and not once has it been looked at anymore then as it went through the X-Ray machine at the Security Checks.

    You can very simply add your laptop to your travel insurance and then you don’t even have to worry about it getting broken/stolen as you can claim it. Just make sure you have the receipt or there could be some issues.

    As far as it being a hassle, people bring DSLR’s on these trips, most of them weight the same as a Laptop and take-up even more space in luggage.

    If you are doing it mainly for storage of Photos, I would forsure suggest you take both blank CD’s and a small external drive, backup the photos on all three and carry the CD’s or the External in your day bag. That way if the card fails, your computer fails, the cd’s fail you still have the external.

    Also use many smaller cards for taking photos, don’t get large 16Gig ones, use smaller 3-4 gigs and just keep reloading them. That way if a card does fail before you backup, you don’t lose all the photos at once.

  • 2 Sep 2009 cdm115 said


    I agree with Christoff with using “smaller” memory cards, gosh I remember when 32 mb was a big memory card…

    Does anyone have a netbook with a cd burner on it, I haven’t seen any with it?

    As for customs searching your computer and phone… It’s not a regular thing, if you start saying stupid things then it might happen, in which case you probably deserve it… I suspect there is more to the story of the guy getting arrested for a naked picture of his infant son…

  • 7 Sep 2009 Vien said


    you guys are a really big help! Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->, im also planning to bring my small camera,video cam,laptap and ipod..and i cant leave them anything, did u also guys bring those things?

    could i just have a big bag wid podluck to leave on my bus seat where i could stuck those gadgets, so i will just have to carry my bodybag around europe?….i was supposed to travel with a friend and we agreed to bring half of those gadgets, but unfortunately she backout…

  • 7 Sep 2009 Vien said


    theres a new launch laptop of sony which has cd-re drive, its quite expensive…not advisable to drag around but it has a complete package

  • 11 Sep 2009 cdm115 said


    Definitey bring your ipod and small camera – those are staples. The video camera depends on the person. If you’re by yourself it might be a bit much to juggle both video and regular camera. I suck at video so I don’t bother bringing that.

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