Day pack advice

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1. Posted by JodieHill (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I've got a 55 litre backpack for my travels, but it doesnt have a daypack attached, so I'm looking for something suitable for carring around some bits of food and drink, plus valuables I dont want to leave in the hostel during the day.

My concern is that I'm going to need a bag/backpack that will fold up pretty small as I'm going to have to put it in my main backpack when changing location.

Any advise or maybe websites where i can find anything suitable? I've looking in camping and sports shops and been less than impressed so far!

Thanks in advance,


2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jo,

You could just carry your small bag on your front and your main one on your back when moving around :)

I'd say get something between 10-15L for a day pack because that will hold whatever you need if you want to leave your main pack behind anywhere (i.e. going on short treks, etc).

I bought a pack with a daypack attached but I always had to take the daypack off and wear it on front to balance myself out a bit.

Hope that helps

3. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A piece of (rather obvious) safety advice; NEVER put any valuables in your daypack! Keep things like cards, passports, big money, MP3 players etc. close to your body, underneath your clothes; bigger items, notably cameras, are best kept in zippable pockets, or in a purse clenched firmly under one's arm. To the skilled pickpocketer, there is nothing easier to search through (or simply cut open) than a pack worn on the back.

4. Posted by huishan (Full Member 96 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey hey hey.

i get what you mean! you want a bagpack that has a small pack which you can attached at the back preferably! or one that is small enough to stuff into the backpack.

i tried both, and they suck. i know it seems to be less of a hassle to stuff the daypack into your backpack while moving around, but trust me, it is not! its actually better to carry your daypack infront, and your backpack behind rather than the above and zipping it up on the backpack.

the worst of the 2? the one zipping up on the back of the backpack. i felt so insecured, that someone is going to just rip it of the pack since i cant really see it.

5. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Usually when I travel I take with me a large-ish messenger bags. It keeps everything that I have to use for the day and it looks a lot less tourist-y than a backpack.

6. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey you should have a look at pacsafe gear. they have all sorts of bags that have reinforced straps and stuff so people cant cut your straps etc I think they are supposed to be really secure.

7. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm also wondering the same thing myself. But, the whole carrying the daypack in front of me thing is out of the question.

8. Posted by rwesthead (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Jodie,

I would reccomend checking out Macpac day sacks. Try somewhere like Cotswold (shop or internet), failing that just Google it. They come in all shapes and sizes.

These bags are a little more expensive, but then you get what you pay for. They are really well designed and also waterproof (although I would advise a bag liner too).

Hope that helps.


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