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Russia plug adapters, Pacsafe City bag 200, refillable toiletry bottles

I've got several different questions!

  1. Plug adapter for Russia - what size?

  2. Since I want to travel as light as possible (not carrying my battery charger), are AA batteries readily available in Russia? I'll be in major cities - St. Petersburg and Moscow. These would be for my camera.

  3. Is a bag like the Pacsafe City Bag 200 really worth buying? It looks huge on Pacsafe's website, but the current nylon Nine West cross-body purse I have really isn't big enough to hold a decent amount for travel. Is the strap long enough to put cross-body? It was hard to tell.

  4. Friends who have traveled to Europe recently have told me that it's a good idea to have liquid toiletries in bottles with both) oz and ml markings. They've seen American travelers at European airports lose their toiletries because the bottles (ones you fill yourself) were only marked "3 oz" and the traveler did not have the language skills to tell the screener that 3 oz was about 100 ml. I know that the empty bottles I bought at Walmart only show "3 oz." However, if I buy travel sizes of commercially available products, the size markings are in both oz *and ml. Has anyone else run into this?


Posted by
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I really wouldn't worry about having your toiletries in bottles marked in metric measures. I've traveled all over the world and had not trouble at all with completely unmarked bottles. As long as they look obviously within the rules, they should be fine. Screeners at any international airport have had literally tens of thousands of baggies pass their way at this point and are quite aware of the sizes that pass muster.

The only issue I ever saw was a US TSA screener, early on, who was tossing metric labeled bottles because they weren't "three ounce" bottles. But that was within a few weeks of the original rules coming into force. I haven't seen a screener even look at the contents of a baggie full of teeny bottles in recent months.

Posted by
9363 posts

AA batteries are available, but I'd take a package of lithium AAs and only buy there in a pinch. It's hard to judge, since you don't mention the length of your trip, but a package of four lithiums have lasted me easily for a two week trip. Of course, a lot depends on how many pictures you take.

You won't have any trouble with your toiletry bottles only being marked 3 oz. I've traveled in Europe, Asia, and Central America and have never had anyone look twice at them.

Posted by
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Re #3: my wife used a PacSafe City Bag 200 on two trips to Europe this year. It carried her diabetic supplies, camera, water, and other assorted goodies. Yes, the strap is long enough to put cross-body. You'll need to decide if its "really worth buying."
Happy travels.

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i took the Pacsafe City Bag 200 with me to paris for a two-week visit recently. it is so roomy, it served as my second carry-on. this is what i carried in it on the plane: rick's guide to paris, my small journal, a small paperback, regular-size water bottle, sunglass case, bag of trail mix, one pudgy point-and-shoot (canon G9), one holga camera (larger than the G9), a fisheye lens, two rolls of film for the holga, a memory card case for the G9 cards, my wallet, eyeshades, blow-up neck pillow, mints, aspirin, hand lotion, chapstick, pens, tiny flashlight, and a scarf. i use this bag all the time even when i'm at home just running errands. the strap is adjustable and most definitely long enough to put cross-body, even for someone who's large. it was worth every penny!

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As the others mentioned, Russia uses the Shuko or Euro-style Plug Adapters. You should be able to obtain these locally, or you could order from (their delivery times are usually excellent).


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I have a small square battery in my Canon camera, and I've found that-ok, sounds disgusting but it works-if the battery "dies", if you take it out and lick the business end you can get several more days/weeks out of it. Yep, true. And I've never been shocked, tho some people watching me have been...

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I don't know what kind of battery charger you have. I own 2, one is a Sony I bought 4 years ago, the other an Energizer I bought at Sam's Club a couple of months ago (I needed to buy new batteries and the incremental cost of the charger was less than $5). Both charge AAs and AAAs, up to 4 at a time. Each is roughly the size of a pack of cigarettes and weighs about as much, sans batteries. Why bother with buying single-use AAs, probably for premium prices (and maybe knock-offs or off brands that won't last for a full day's photos anyway - which happened to me in Holland when I forgot to charge my batteries).