I have always been a purse person. I have been carrying a purse since I was about 8 years old. At my extended age today, I feel naked without something on my arm, my shoulder, or in my hand.
I remember as a child, I had a cute little tiny purse, and I usually had a dime or maybe a dollar in it. About once every other month back then, my family would drive from Seattle to Vancouver, Canada, to visit my grandparents, and we always stopped half way there for dinner somewhere. On one trip, I left my little purse at the restaurant, and I didn’t realize it until we were about 20 minutes down the road. My father, being the sensitve man and my hero, turned the car around and drove straight back to the restaurant for me to go get my purse, which was still there, on the booth seat where I left it.
Traveling far from home as often as I do today, I still want to carry a purse. I am aware that a purse can be stolen, a pocket can be pickpocketed, and I can be so discombobulated and disoriented by international travel, that maybe a purse isn’t the best idea.
With that in mind, here are some suggestions for traveling to and around Ecuador, (or any other international destination) especially if you want to travel light.
Regular size purses are not the best idea when not in your own country, even though many South American women carry them just like North Americans do; purses can be grabbed anywhere unless you have a tight hold on them. I have a large ‘hobo’ bag in which I carry my umbrella, paper, pen, book, sunglasses, etc. I bought it at Target, it was not expensive, so, if someone grabs it or pickpockets it, I won’t be too annoyed to lose it and what I have inside it. Except maybe for my notes, that would bug me if I lost them. I also have a small ‘hippy’ bag, that can be worn around my neck and under my jacket, something like this: http://www.magellans.com/vaultpro-quick-connect-bag although my bag does have some nice embroidery on it and has a drawstring. I can’t remember where I bought it.
The best kind of clothing to wear, I believe, comes replete with lots of pockets, zippered or velcroed, or something like this: http://www.magellans.com/scenic-tour-jacket
I don’t have pockets on my jeans, I’ve already got enough padding on the hips, but hubby has pants with zipper pockets and jeans with pockets. Try pants or trousers like these: http://www.magellans.com/in-transit-convertible-pocket-pants