In preparation for my genealogy trip this fall, I have been analyzing the type of bag I want to carry on a daily basis. Normally I use a backpack that was specifically design to hold a DSLR camera. It has adequate space in the top to carry my billfold, reading glasses, small notebook, umbrella, rain jacket, etc. Bottom line is that there is no need to carry a purse, so this backpack is what I normally use when I am out shooting photos. And it has the added bonus of a pouch on the side to take along a water bottle. What it doesn't have is a spot for my iPad. First of all, I don't know if my hotel room will have a safe so that I can leave it in there during the day. Second, since this is a genealogy trip, I will definitely be hauling my iPad around to check my facts and take notes. Also I am not sure I am comfortable with having the bag on my back subject to pickpocketing.
could also carry a smaller purse along with the backpack. Then I could
keep my iPad, billfold, passport, etc. in the purse and just have the
other items on my back. But that means hauling two bags around each day.
Do I really want to do that?
So I did what any
red-blooded American woman does in this situation - I asked advice from
Google. Wow! So many options! They do indeed now make purses that are
designed to carry your camera as well. And some of them are super cute.
But I think the co-pay at the hospital for the delivery of my first baby
was less than some of these purses are going for. I also don't know how
much most of the bags weigh empty. I don't want the bag alone to add 5
pounds on my shoulder. A cross body style with a padded strap would be
ideal. Then I could carry all the items I need in one bag that would be
in front of me so I can keep my eye on it.
I am glad I
started looking into this early as I don't think a decision is going to
be too easy for me. If you need me, I will be sitting at the computer
searching for the perfect Curse.