I'm going to London and Paris from mid June till the end of the month and it will be my first trip to Europe. I've known of Rick for about 20 years and I love all the advice, but I'm wondering whether or not to travel with a day pack/backpack and whether to carry a neck wallet or use a money belt instead.
On the one hand carrying a back pack and using a neck wallet seems convenient. I'll be carrying a jacket, an umbrella, my cell phone, a small camera, extra batteries for the camera, a couple of credit cards, a debit card and my passport. It seems that with a neck wallet, an experienced thief would easily spot it and they would just cut it from around your neck. It also seems that a back pack screams "TOURIST. ROB ME PLEASE". Since I don't have eyes in the back of my head, I think that unless I lock the back pack zippers, I'll come up missing everything before I know it.
So, I'd like some advice please. I understand "choose what's comfortable" but what about the security factor of using neck wallets and back packs? Am I worried over nothing? If you use a back pack, do you lock the zippers? What general advice/tips does everyone have about neck wallets/money belts and/or back packs? Thanks in advance for the help :)