I have been concerned about avoiding being pickpocked, even though I will be wearing either a neck or waist wallet (for plastic cards).
It seems as though everyone has been or knows someone who has been pickpocked in Europe, whether on a subway in Paris or Madrid, or in a train station...
Even in Seattle, I seem often to be a target, being of slight build, with a spaced out look, as well. looking up at things and staring at them, as in architectural detail or finding something visually arresting and wanting to stop and observe it.
One of my main concerns is that I will be carrying a Nexus 7 (7 inch tablet), not an Iphone that I can slip into a front pants pocket. I would like to carry it in a smaller daypack (I will carry most of my things in one large carry-on backpack). It's a pretty flimsy Hikpro brand dayback, very small, one that could easily be zipped open or cut through with a blade, if I wore it on my back. Even if I reversed it and wore it on the front, I still can envisage someone experienced being able to crowd into my space, unzip it, and pull out the Nexus 7.
(Once, in China years ago, in a crowded city bus I had my daypack slashed through. I didn't know it until I got off the bus).
I can't think of any other place I could put the Nexus 7--it wouldn't fit into a neck wallet, etc., obviously, so that I could pull it out easily when I needed to check addresses, etc.--except what is called, I believe, "a shoulder bag," a bag slung over one shoudlers and diagonally across the front of one's body so as hang at one's side or even in front.
If my Nexus 7 gets stolen, I won't be able to email, lose important stored information, etc.
I haven't traveled outside the U.S. in 25 years, so I'm pretty rusty at overseas travel...
Or will the shoulder bag with its zipped compartments (Eagle Cross brand) be enough?
Its seems as though, however, that women get their purses snatched and stolen all the time in the U.S. and presumably in Europe as well.
Also, here in Seattle I am in the habit of, when at a cafe or sitting in a public or private space, of just setting it down on the chair opposite or next to me, which I am supposing is a good way of having someone "over there" just saunter by, quickly pick up it, and dash away into a crowd.
Any other ideas or suggestions? I'm not trying to be paranoid, just prudent and apply some "preventative medicine."