I will be backpacking in Europe for a few months (this is my first time doing so.) I'm bringing camera gear and photography is a big reason I'm going on this trip.
While staying in hostels, what security measures would you recommend for keeping my backpack, DSLR, tripod, and everything safe, specifically while sleeping and taking a shower?
I have a 70-L backpack (Osprey Aether) and it's great, but it's big and bulky. Is it safe to leave on my bed? Do you think I can actually lug that thing next to 'just outside' my shower and keep it in the corner of my eye?
Some hostels have lockers, though I've heard stories that certain places aren't reliable and the staff can go through them. Having my own lock will fix that, right?
At the very least I will bring my money belt to the shower and hang it on the shower head. And put my camera and two lenses and hard drive and memory cards in a separate bag that I'll put right outside the shower.
I suppose I could put my tripod in a bag too, so my question is, do you think this hassle is worth it or are there better ways of securing my stuff?
p.s. I plan on covering my backpack with a rain or duffel cover and sleeping on it at night.