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What do you recommend for a male to carry when visiting a port that can hold items such as water, raincoat, umbrella, snacks, etc.? I have a messenger bag to use for carry on items. Would you use something like that? It does have a shoulder strap.

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I just give all those items to DW, she has a large purse.🤡

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2 minutes ago, dadroy said:

I just give all those items to DW, she has a large purse.🤡

I have plenty of things of my own.  He's a big boy 🙂

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FANNY PACK!!!!!!

 

actually a mess' bag works fine

 

for me, I wear cargo shorts and if it don't fit in the pockets it don't go!!

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1 minute ago, Capt_BJ said:

actually a mess' bag works fine

 

What's a mess bag?

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Depends on the cruise and type of excursion. For cities and towns/ general sightseeing tours, DH carries a messenger bag very similar to the Timbuk2 classic. For the beach, hikes, or other outdoor excursions he just takes a lightweight nylon backpack that folds up small for easy packing.

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I meant to comment also that that bag - his isn't that exact one - is also his carry on bag.

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16 minutes ago, clo said:

What's a mess bag?

Messenger bag I assume...

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Just now, hallux said:

Messenger bag I assume...

Ah, thanks.  I googled mess bag and got nothing 🙂

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What's a mess bag?

 

actually I said mess' as in abbreviated messenger bag which OP mentioned for carry on stuff

 

typical messenger bag ,,, has a shoulder strap ......  Really a man-purse!!!!

 

Classic Messenger Bag

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1 hour ago, Capt_BJ said:

 

 

for me, I wear cargo shorts and if it don't fit in the pockets it don't go!!

Bingo. Many many days walking Barcelona, Rome, London. Even if I carry a umbrella it fits in my back pocket. 

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DH has backpack for excursions, which is perfect for water, light jacket, guides etc.  For scenic excursions he can also carry binoculars, which are definitely not going in my purse 😉

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DH also has a light weight backpack for water, towels, etc.  My crossbody wallet is generally in there as well since I have been known to leave my purse more than once or twice.  

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Hubby carries nothing...I carry it all...so therefore, we don't take anything I don't want to carry.  For beach excursions, I carry a tote with towels, sunscreen, book, etc....

 

For simply touring or shopping, I carry my purse.  We don't bring much else.  Almost EVERY port has drinks for sale, so we don't carry water, umbrellas, raincoats, etc......If it's raining, I don't go!

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Mr spook has two different size Camelbacks.  Fill the bladder with ice conveniently provided by the cabin steward then top off with water.  Everything else fits inside or in cargo pockets,, both he and I have the convertible pants that zip off at the knee and lots of pockets.  

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13 minutes ago, cb at sea said:

Almost EVERY port has drinks for sale, so we don't carry water,

Here on the Left Coast anyway single use plastic bottles are, at the least, seriously frowned up and at worst banned.

 

Regarding rain, I bought this rain poncho a year or so ago and absolutely love it.  And it has a little drawstring bag that it will actually fit back into.  And, at my husband's suggestion, on our last cruise, I carried it as a purse equivalent on the ship.  Held key card, lip balm, camera, etc.

https://www.joulesusa.com/Women/Accessories/French-Navy-Dog/Poncho/Showerproof-Packaway?id=Y_PONCHO

 

My husband carries his umbrella.

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DH carries a light weight backpack (when needed)....nothing of value in it. I carry the $$, credit card and our ID's in my crossbody bag. Many travels and so far this has worked for us.

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Pockets. A fella just needs pockets.

 

For money credit card and ..........cant think of anything else

 

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Posted (edited)

lightweight black backpack or soft 'messenger bag'.

 

It's pretty normal for men to carry bags where I live...even older males. Not sure why it should be a worry.

 

My husband uses both of these each week.

 

Image result for messenger bagImage result for mens backpack

Edited by Velvetwater

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DH always takes a back pack when we go ashore.  It can hold our bottles of water, small umbrells if we know there is rain in the forecast, my camera, etc.

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5 hours ago, DarrenM said:

Pockets. A fella just needs pockets.

 

For money credit card and ..........cant think of anything else

 

sunscreen.  especially if you are a GINGER.  

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Both of us carry a small/med backpack.

 

Carry what we need off the ship, with space for purchases when returning.

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