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Personal Bags….

Arlington, Texas
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Personal Bags….


Your allowed to take small backpacks, purses etc… into most places in DC right ? The monument, capitol , museums etc…

I think the only place your not allowed a bag is the White House ?

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1. Re: Personal Bags….

Rules can vary, and things can change. There might even be a bag allowed at one place for a certain size but not allowed at another site.

I’d recommend checking the official sites for the places you’re planning on visiting.

Here’s the Washington Monument site to get you started:


Northern Virginia...
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2. Re: Personal Bags….

Plus they rummage through your bag at some museums that don't use metal detectors. So less stuff is better.

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3. Re: Personal Bags….

Re #2- Last week, I passed through each and every museum lining the National Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, and yes- security staff were rummaging through bags at each and every one of them, except the National Botanical Gardens.

Edited: 28 June 2022, 10:34
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4. Re: Personal Bags….

Bringing a backpack is not a problem. Small wait at some places but usually under 2 mins to get it checked. In my experience it's usually less of a rummage and more of a 5 second look.

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5. Re: Personal Bags….

Backpacks have become a hindrance. Some places allow and others make an issue out of them. I have less trouble with dogs than with a backpack these days.

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6. Re: Personal Bags….

Backpacks can whack art and people when on the back so they are an issue. A hand carried bag or side bag like a purse or sling bag, less so.

I guess people are "over covid" but personally I dislike people or a multiused stick touching the inside of my purse.

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