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I bought a leather purse-like backpack for my Paris trip. Although I will keep cash and credit cards in a money belt, I don't really want to just give away camera, maps, etc. to the pickpockets. Is a backpack just asking for trouble?

I think I'll get sick of shleping a handheld purse. Shoulder bag asking for trouble as well? Maybe just carry a shopping bag with my junk in it?

Thoughts?

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