We take one daypack with us on trips where we think we will be walking or hiking and will need to carry extra items such as jackets, food, water and umbrellas. When we fly, this pack is packed into a suitcase. On day excursions, I will carry the daypack and Murray will carry his courier bag, due to his camera gear. We have used the same style and make of daypack for many years.
The pack is a “Serratus”, which unfortunately is no longer available. As the picture shows, the pack can be packed up into a small bundle. The pack is the right size for a couple of jackets, a large water bottle and snacks. The pack is easy to carry providing it is not too heavy. I rue the day when we have to replace this pack. In looking for a day pack, consider what will go in it, how easy is it to pack into your suitcase and how does it feel on you when you carry it.
A quick note on travel wallets. Both Murray and I leave our normal wallets at home when we travel and take smaller, thinner wallets. Mine is actually a kid wallet – bright purple! Both wallets hold fewer credit cards etc, but we find that we leave most cards at home. Don’t really need the Save-On Member Card in Greece or China! Most foreign currency fits in the paper bill section of the wallets . Both wallets are thin enough to lay hidden in the zippered/velcro pockets of our purses. When Murray carries his wallet in his pants pocket, he puts two wide elastics around the wallet, which makes it harder for a pickpocket to remove the wallet.