Hi. I'm planning to take the Europe in 21 Days tour next year and am doing some test runs with some shorter trips this year. I love photography but just can't use a point-and-shoot. I use a compact DSLR with one lens, very lightweight but obviously bulkier than a point and shoot. It would be in a smaller personal carry on, with other stuff for the plane (a snack), a small ziploc bag with the charger and SD cards, etc. No laptop or iPads. I will have a guide book, with the extemporaneous pages removed, a journal and an extra set of eyeglasses. That bag would be the airplane bag for the flight to Europe. I don't want a camera bag because I'm not carrying a bunch of gear.
When I'm out and about, the camera will spend most of its time in my hands (I love this thing). When its in a day pack it would most likely be on top of a folded poncho in its storage bag and a super lightweight down vest or sun blouse, depending on the weater. The camera is protected by a LCD screen protector and kept in a hat when I'm not using it.
I'm wondering if a Civita backpack would work for this. Unfortunately I don't know of anyplace nearby (Sonoma or Humboldt County, California) where I could look at the bag to get a better idea.
I apologize if this has been addressed elsewhere. I searched through the forum and didn't find a discussion on DSLRs and the Civita bags.