Post # 1
So for our Honeymoon we are going on an 12 day tour, on a bus, of several Italian cities. I have the luggage down, but I am trying to figure out what kind of bag would be best for carrying around in the cities during the day. Something big enough for like, gloves, a hat (we are going in the dead of winter) my camera, wallet, and little things like a clif bar and water bottle since most of the day we will be out walking.
So any tips from seasoned travellers? Last time I went on a trip we were backpacking through Ireland so I was rocking th hardcore hikers gear kind of thing but for this, we will be in cities so I want something a little more sophisticated looking, but not hard to carry. Would like a large messanger bag type thing work? Or any other (specific or non-specific) ideas for what you have used in your more urban travels?
Post # 3
We tend to use a standard backpack. It may not look pretty, but it sure is practical! Plus, I make my Fiance carry it most of the time!
Post # 4
Backpacks scream “tourist.” I lived in Spain a couple of times, and traveled in Italy (and other countries) a lot. I recommend something as small as you can get away with (maybe a smaller messenger bag), that you can put across your body and that has a zipper closure, no fold over flaps that are easy to reach into and pickpocket (unless there is also a zipper inside closing the main compartment). Also, just FYI, NEVER EVER hang your bag on the back of your chair if you dine out. Keep it on your lap with a hand on it at all times. Be extra careful on any public transportation and at any outdoor markets as well. I know I sound paranoid, but I stopped someone from pickpocketing my boyfriend at the time on the metro, and had many friends get their bags stolen while I was there. Someone also tried to mug me and take my bag in Spain, but couldn’t get it off of me because I had it on with the strap across my body (and I fought and screamed!).
Post # 5
I like the idea of a messenger bag, why not go italian branding? Like Vespa – you will see HUNDREDS around and theyre funky!
Post # 6
Another vote for a cross body messenger bag. There are awesome funky ones, but also many come in soft buttery leather that are quite sophisticated.
NO to the backpack. Makes you a target!
Post # 7
I’m a big fan of Longchamp bags, whether it’s totes or messengers. I have like 10 of the Le Pliage bags in different sizes and colors and I use them all the time, and my friend just got a really cool one that has a zipper around the bag and can either zip up into a smaller purse size or zip down into a larger tote. They’re a little pricey but I feel like these will never go out of style, and the quality is really good too.
Post # 8
i say do not use a backpack.
choose a bag that will be in your field of vision at all times and can zip closed.
don’t keep your bag too cluttered. be sure that you know exactly what is in your bag so that you can tell at a glance if something is missing or not. don’t choose something that looks too expensive… you don’t want to make yourself a target.
Post # 9
I bought a Kate Spade messenger bag for our Italy trip a few years ago. IT was perfect. It had a big main pocket, and then several zippered pockets to keep valuables, so they’re still on your body. When we went on bike tours, Fiance did bring a backpack…but not when we were walking around the streets.
Post # 10
I feel like something that can sit accross your body is the best choice so that it’s not slipping off of one shoulder, plus it’s nice to have more support when you’re carrying a few heavy things. I like something a little more fashionable then a messenger bag so maybe a large boho style bag would be my choice. Maybe something like this, it’s oldnavy and $10
Post # 11
@Nicoley1985: i second the longchamp le pliage bag. i got mine (the large size) for a trip to london since it was so lightweight but also roomy, so you can carry a ton of stuff–water, guidebook, extra clothing layers, etc. and now i use it allllll the time in nyc. the zipper on the top is great for keeping it all compact.
Post # 12
The pic is huge, I’m sorry but this is what I use for travelling, and what’s around it is what I keep in it on a regular basis and it’s not over filled. Something like this: http://www.danier.com/leather-women-new-arrivals-131011057-P5947.aspx?lang=en
Post # 13
Defnitely get something with at least a zipper. Don’t carry it behind you (when I wear a messenger bag I have a tendency to let the bag part swing around behind to rest on my bum). I lived in Florence for 3 months and never had a problem, but I caught a boyfriend/girlfriend team trying to break into my bag I was wearing that way when I was in Spain. It was them fiddling with the zipper that moved the bag and caught my attention.
Post # 14
We used this bag from MEC on our tour. I thought it was pretty good. It’s a sling, so you can slide it around to the front of you in high pickpocketing areas, and we put a lock between the two zippers as well. The spot for cash is kind of hidden inside the big compartment, so someone would have to open the lock, the zipper, get inside and open two more zippers to steal our money. I thought the size was good as well, as many museums (and the Vatican) will not allow you to bring in “bags”, but “purses” are ok.
Post # 15
@Nicoley1985: I agree! I got the larger long champ tote for travel and I love it. Its a great size that holds a lot but somehow doesn’t look too huge. And it doesn’t really look it, but it really durable too.
Post # 16
Something you can carry on your side/under your arm, and secure closed. Pickpockets can be really good. At least, that’s my general consideration when traveling.