We are planning a 2-week trip to the U.k. We've never been to Europe/UK, and are new to the travel experience. We are looking into Trafalgar, Collette, Rick Steve, Insight (and others). We watch Rick's shows, and have read much of his tips, and columns. We plan to take one carry-on suitcase.
In addition, we would like to have some type of "daypack" for the many outings during the day. (binoculars or camera, extra clothes, water, whatever). We can't decide between a very lightweight, inexpensive "packable" daypack - vs- a tad bit bigger and more sturdy small daypack.
A examples of "packable" daypack:
Venture Pal lightweight packable
A few examples of a bit larger and firmer daypack:
Osprey Packs Daylite Daypack
Kelty Redtail 27 Hiking Backpack
Pros and Cons, etc.
With packable, I am a bit concerned that the pick pocket thiefs could easily tear into it, and walk away with all in it.
With packable, if i carry something somewhat heavy (camera, binoculars), i have heard that it can toss and turn due to lack of support.
with firmer daypack, will it be too heavy, or will i wish that i could fold it up and put in in my suitcase.
What about the pockets on the far back (of either model), if the zipper is too accessible can a thief unzip it and take the contents.
What are your thoughts? What brands do you have? and what are your regrets? what has worked and what has not worked?