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What's the best daypack for an Excursion?

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After using a canvas zippered totebag for excursions on my prior cruises, I have decided it's time to invest in a good medium sized daypack.   Any recommendations?  I would bring my Samsung galaxy 7x5 tablet, cell phone, a lens to swap out for my DSLR camera plus extra camera batteries and memory cards, a small zippered meds bag, sunblock, a small towel, and my small crossbody purse containing my wallet, copy of passport, chapstick, extra sunglasses, tiny umbrella, bug spray, and a few other small essentials. Had anyone used a daypak with a built-in combination lock? I'll be cruising solo and won't have anyone to watch my back for thieves.   If you have recommendations, please include a link to them.  Waterproof with an outside pock for a water bottle  I will be wearing a sun-protective sunhat and wearing my camera around my neck.  Thank you!

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10 hours ago, michelle224 said:

After using a canvas zippered totebag for excursions on my prior cruises, I have decided it's time to invest in a good medium sized daypack.   Any recommendations?  I would bring my Samsung galaxy 7x5 tablet, cell phone, a lens to swap out for my DSLR camera plus extra camera batteries and memory cards, a small zippered meds bag, sunblock, a small towel, and my small crossbody purse containing my wallet, copy of passport, chapstick, extra sunglasses, tiny umbrella, bug spray, and a few other small essentials. Had anyone used a daypak with a built-in combination lock? I'll be cruising solo and won't have anyone to watch my back for thieves.   If you have recommendations, please include a link to them.  Waterproof with an outside pock for a water bottle  I will be wearing a sun-protective sunhat and wearing my camera around my neck.  Thank you!,

UPDATE:  Sorry, I should have mentioned that I will only be doing "bus tour" types of sight-seeing excursions, as I have a bad leg and cannot do a lot of walking.  I will not be doing any beach excursions.  Waterproof is just in case of rain. 

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DW and I have been carrying back packs (not day packs) for over thirty years.  Because we take long trips (two months is a norm) we try to carry packs that can serve multiple uses.  Our backpacks are used as our carry-on bags for flights, as day packs, as a carrier when we need to shop at the supermarket (we live in Mexico a few months a year and have rented apartments in various places of Europe), etc.  Our strategy, based on lots of experience, is simple.  My backpack is a relatively large (and strong) and can easily handle a huge volume of stuff when used as a carry on or to carry groceries.  DW's back pack is somewhat smaller (it is a Jansport) and has lots of smaller compartments (including a padded compartment for laptops/tablets.  Her Jansport also has its own raincoat (in an compartment on the outside bottom) which can keep in dry in a hurricane.  When we need a daypack we simply use her Jansport which can easily hold 3 large beach towels and other assorted items.    We also pack 1 or 2 totebags (we have collected dozens from our many trips) which take up little room (when packed) which can be used when appropriate.

 

Hank

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There is no right answer.  From the amount you are thinking of carrying, a structured pack may be better than what is, in effect, a single compartment bag with straps.

 

My suggestion is to go to a sporting goods store and browse the backpack section.  Look them over and visualize how you might use it.  Then look again.  And again.

 

I've gone through at least a dozen backpacks, looking for the "ideal" one.  It doesn't exist.  It is only the best you have found for the current needs.  And to that end, I currently have several that I use - again, depending on the particular circumstances and what I need.  My travel backpack, which goes on the airplane with me, is far different than my "shorex" bag, which is much lighter and few compartmentss.  Yet both go on my cruises.

 

YMMV .

 

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There are lots of bags on ebags.com that might suit your needs.  A large crossbody bag would be my choice, or a backpack.  Travelon makes bags that have a clip on the zipper pull that clips to a small ring when zipped closed, which would make it too laborious for a pickpocket to open quickly, and negate the need for a lock.  Luglife.com has a number of bags that might suit your needs.  EM

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