I am debating whether an SCB or MCB would be better for sightseeing for an upcoming trip. (we'll be in Rome and Istanbul) I've done lots of traveling but this will be the first time sightseeing with the kids in tow. They will each have a small pack of their own - however I imagine from time to time they will hand me things to hold. Also, I'm guessing there are places (museums) where backpacks are discouraged?
Anticipated contents of my PLO:
- guidebook (hard copy: I think this will be easier for the kids to look at on the go, and perhaps read when we have down time)
- long-sleeved shirt or light jacket, for changing weather or a cover-up when going into religious sites
- water bottle
- hat, when I'm not wearing it
- a few snacks
I will have my SLR (50mm or 28-105 lens; likely only one at a time, not both) with me but that will probably be on my shoulder/around my neck most of the time.
I thought about the LCB but I feel like it will overwhelm me (I am 5' on a good day). The SCB is attractive because it can double as a purse when going out to dinner, but maybe it will be too small for daytime excursions? And the MCB obviously has more room, but I wonder if it will then languish once we are home. Though, I guess, I regularly a carry a half-full 16L backpack as my EDC, so that would be similar to the MCB's capacity. (How is the strap length for petite people? And do I need an Ultrasuede wrap?)
Help! Please share how you use your SCB/MCB, on the road or at home.