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Backpack or purse?

7 Feb 2010 Emma B asked

Emma B
I have heard many things i am going to london/paris amsterdamn in May and i am not sure if i should bring a backpack or a purse/tote bag on day trips.<BR>any help would be great<BR><BR>Thanks
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  • 7 Feb 2010 aymeh! said


    I used a messenger/tote bag for the days i felt safer with my bag on the side and was easier to access when needed…although it is up to personal preference.

  • 8 Feb 2010 Natalie said


    I used a small purse/bag that slung across my body. If I was to go back I’d take a small backpack instead. But carry your things on the front of your body anyway, its safer.

  • 8 Feb 2010 Jess said

    Jess does a really good secure handbag with a slash-proof strap and locks and stuff. I’ll probably be getting one of those to take.

  • 8 Feb 2010 Vic said


    I used a medium purse/tote bag with a front flap as I wanted to be able to keep it close to me in some areas.

  • 22 Dec 2011 Explorer1334491 said


    I was thinking of taking a small messenger bag. Maybe by travelon or pacsafe. Then perhaps keeping a backpack on the bus with a few extra things…

  • 19 Feb 2012 Emma B said

    Emma B

    i ended up using a purse that went over the shoulder it wasnt too heavy and fit everything in. I would only suggest making sure it has a zipper

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