So we just returned from our trip to Jamaica. My wife and I were traveling not just for a vacation but to shoot a good friend of mine’s wedding. So needless to say, because of the wedding I was going to be travelling with a fair amount of equipment.
Here was my concern. I had never been to Jamaica, never been to this specific resort, and through my web browsing and review reading, I had seen a fair amount of people concerned or who had experienced theft within their rooms. Now this is not specific to Jamaica, so lets not put those words in my mouth. Theft in hotels/resorts can and do happen anywhere. But I was travelling with a lot of equipment.
Now what you do not see in the above is a 15″ Macbook Pro Retina, which was also being carried in my bag. Needless to say the hotel safe was not going to cut it. But to be completely honest the safe was bigger then i expected.
So what was I going to do. I definitely did not want to have to carry my gear around with me everywhere as for 6 of the 7 days my wife and I were on holidays and wanted to relax. After a bit of searching I came across the PacSafe.
The Pacsafe is a small wire mesh that wraps around your bag. To be completely honest I will never travel with out it as of now. It takes a bit of time to put it on your pack and to lock and unlock the Pacsafe, but its definitely worth it. I never felt that my bag and or contents were at risk. It took an extra 2-5 minutes to put all my gear in the bag and safely lock it. In my opinion money well spent.
The bag after it is secure and wrapped then attaches itself to something secure in your room. Most tables or beds or something in your hotel room is fastened securely and once this is attached to it, your bag is safe. Or at least as safe as its going to be.
Is the mesh indestructible? No. Can it be cut with wire cutters? Probably? But most thefts especially in resorts happen fast. And anything that can deter or make it more difficult is definitely a plus. This cost me about 60ish dollars canadian.
Well worth the money. IF you are travelling this may be something that you might want in and around your bag.