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How do I keep my computer safe while in Egypt?

Asked by TheGreenBrideGuide (178points) November 28th, 2007

My husband and I are heading to Egypt and Morocco and I would like to bring my laptop. I am worried about keeping it safe (from theft) while I am there. I am hoping there is some false bottom bag or something out there to hide it while we are out and about. Any thoughts?

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ben's avatar

Depending how worried you are, (and what you plan to use the laptop for), it might be worth throwing down a few hundred for a low-end laptop.

Obviously you’ll still want to discourage theft, but it might be something to consider.

woodlandanimals's avatar

i like ben’s idea…. but if you keep it close to you, it shouldn’t be anything to worry about. I lived in New Delhi for a year and toted my powerbook around with me everywhere…. felt safer then in my own neighborhood in philadelphia.

you are much more likely to be taken for a and expensive cab ride then outright thieved.
(backup your data anyway)

occ's avatar

I would suggest getting a backpack that fits your laptop, rather than a “laptop bag.” There’s still a chance of the backpack being stolen, but 1) you wear it on both shoulders so you can’t get pickpocketed, and 2) no one is likely to know that you have a computer in the bag, so they won’t go out of their way to steal it. I saw this “laptop backpack” at patagonia—it was really nice, and no one would know there is a computer in there:


occ's avatar

on another note…having traveled with a laptop before…I’d strongly recommend leaving it at home if you don’t need it for work. Schlepping it around with you turns into a big chore, and you spend a lot of energy worrying about it getting stolen.

glial's avatar

Agree with OCC….

YARNLADY's avatar

Buy a computer laptop backpack and keep it with you at all times. You can even wear it under your jacket if you want to be private about it. It’s a great invention.

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