> They are INSANE, but I know them. (Yes, I'm looking at YOU, Roger!)
Guilty as charged.
I tried a pack with 2 pockets on the hip belt on our last European 2-month trip. The pockets were pretty useless in practice. Camera goes in pouch up on shoulder strap where it is much safer, compass hangs around my neck, hanky goes in pocket.
> perfectly happy stopping to take their water bottles out of the main pack compartment
> every time they want a drink.
Well, yes, but ... we only drink at breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. We don't drink in between unless it is really hot - over 35 C. So usually we only take our water bottle out when we are getting food out.