I'll be backpacking through Tanzania for about 3 months. I'd be very grateful if the experts here could answer a few of my questions:
1). I'll be carrying two expensive things - my video equipment, and my netbook. The netbook is not awfully expensive, but I'll need to do some work while I'm there, so even though I'll be backing things up, it would be highly inconvenient for me to part with it. So what is the best way to make sure that I come back with both items intact?
a). Always carry them with me (doesn't sound like the best idea?)
b). Leave them at the hotel in my room.
c). Leave them at my hotel in a safe. Should I tell the clerk what's in the bag, before leaving them in the safe?
d). Do you know of any insurance company that can insure my electronics only (I don't need the whole trip insurance package?)
I'll be staying in budget/mid-range hotels, so the security probably won't be the best.
2). If I decide to leave things in my room, would it be wise to chain them to something, or would it just attract more attention? Has anyone used the following types of locks/devices (obviously, nothing is ever completely thief-proof)?
The beeping/alarm lock:
3). What would be the best way for me to get on the Internet using my own netbook? I understand that higher-end hotels provide wi-fi, but what about budget/mid-range?
4). How safe is withdrawing money from ATMs? Are they located outside (like in the US), where everyone can see you, or inside buildings?
5). In addition to money belts, do you guys use arm/wrist/ankle belts? There is such a diversity of them, can you recommend some good ones?
6). Water filters. Since I'm going for an extended period of time, in addition to buying bottled water, does it make sense to bring a water filter? I hear that the tablets taste pretty vile. What types of filters do you use (sorry, I'm clueless about this, so if you could let me know the brands too, it'd be great :)
7). Is it a good/bad idea to carry pepper spray for self-defense? I'm a girl traveling alone. Obviously, I don't want to end up in the slammer either, so I want to make sure I do everything legally.
8). If I do end up in the slammer (by all means I will not be doing anything illegal, this is just a what-if question, if some misunderstanding arises), who do I call? The embassy, the lawyer back in the States, the friend who knows my ATM code???
9). In addition to all the vaccinations, should I ask my doctor for some other meds that you think might be useful on a long trip (antibiotics, etc.)?
10). Is it stupid/overcautious to bring your own needles and ask the hospital to use them if I get sick? Are there any laws about "illegal needle possession" :) in Tanzania?
OK, I think this is it for now :) Thanks guys!Edited: 01 August 2011, 22:15