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Daypack - what to use?

  • karynelder

    Joined Travelfish
    27th May, 2007
    Posts: 3

    Hello -
    My husband and I are traveling through SE Asia for six months soon. We are each taking a 40-45L rucksack, but are struggling with what to use for a day bag. Is it a better idea to use a small backpack, or a messenger-style shoulder bag? We would like to try to optimize safety/security, but minimize the whole western tourist thing at the same time! Any tips/suggestions would be really appreciated.
    Thank you!

    #1 Posted: 6/8/2007 - 18:00

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  • princessdis-

    Joined Travelfish
    30th November, 2006
    Posts: 36

    I favour the messenger-style shoulder bag, its easer to carry with your rucksack, mine is quite small and fits more in it than people think.

    #2 Posted: 7/8/2007 - 10:41

  • jobieblank

    Joined Travelfish
    18th March, 2007
    Posts: 1

    I have an Eagle Creek pack that has a smaller backpack that zips onto my big pack so I can leave my big pack behind and have a day bag. It has been the most comfortable and convenient system I've used. As far as not looking like a western tourist you will have to both look local and dress locally to get away from that.

    Messenger bags can cause sore shoulders due to the unbalanced weight. I found I was always shifting mine and stopped using it once I got the Eagle Creek.

    #3 Posted: 8/8/2007 - 18:31

  • marianwarren

    Joined Travelfish
    12th March, 2006
    Posts: 270
    Total reviews: 13

    Hi Karyn

    I traveled with a pack with the zip off day-packs but quickly ditched the day pack in favour of a smallish handbag which held purse, camera, passport, pen and notepad, my reading glasses - I travel pretty lightly even when at home - and just bought water when I needed it. You can buy water bottle holders really cheaply and they are a lot more comfortable to wear, than having a day pack which makes your back sweaty all day and encourages you to cart around more stuff than you need.



    #4 Posted: 10/8/2007 - 15:46

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