Whether you already rock a fanny pack (high five!!!!) or are wondering how to wear a fanny pack, these reasons to love ’em will have you embracing the 80’s throwback in no time.
1. GO HANDS-FREE
When you wear a fanny pack, your hands are free to take photos, dole out snacks and hold onto your kids’ hands.
(Even still, my youngest says, “Mama, think of what you could do with eight hands!”)
2. POCKETS WHEN YOU WEAR LEGGINGS
I am an unabashed fan of wearing leggings all the time. I’m pretty sure you agree that leggings 24/7 is the best mom uniform ever: All the comfort and the cute styles without having to worry about what to wear (or a dry cleaning bill).
The only problem with leggings is they have no pockets!
The brilliant solution: Fanny packs. Wearing a fanny pack is basically like adding pockets to leggings.
3. CARRY WHAT YOU NEED—AND NO MORE
If you’re like I was before I started using a fanny pack, your purse is full of stuff. You have whatever you need—and a whole lot more. I would find random toys, doodads from birthday party goodie bags, used tissues and bouncy balls in my purse.
But now that I use a fanny pack, I carry my wallet, phone, keys and a snack for the kids. I have just enough room for what I need so I don’t end up being a pack mule.
4. HIKE WITH JUST WHAT YOU NEED
On a related note, I wear my fanny pack when my family goes on short hikes. If we’re out walking the dog or hiking for just a mile or so, I don’t want to carry a big backpack—it’s overkill. But I can carry just enough with my fanny pack.
5. FIND THAT PERFECT ACCESSORY TO BABYWEARING
My kids are 3 and 5 now, so I don’t wear them that often (though I still do on the trail sometimes). When they were smaller, though, babywearing was constant. I had nowhere to put my keys and phone.
I started to wear my fanny pack along with my baby carrier and my problem was solved!
6. STASH A SECRET POCKET
My fanny pack has two zippers—the front one, where I carry everything I need, plus one that lies flat against my belly. It’s safe and secure, which is why I carry my passport there when I travel abroad (like here, when I visited Huaca Pucllana in Lima, Peru). I also keep a small set of just-in-case items there at all times: In a snack-sized ziplock, I carry a few band-aids, several Ibuprofen, and a hair tie.
7. SAVE YOUR SHOULDERS AND NECK
Recently I learned I have several bulging discs in my neck. (Glamorous, I know). Suddenly it made sense why I’d get severe neck and shoulder pain when I wear a purse: Having anything on one shoulder threw me out of alignment and aggravated my injury.
When I wear a fanny pack, I have so much less neck and shoulder pain. We moms are constantly holding a million things at once—a kid on one hip and 40 pounds of groceries in the other hand, for example—and we need to give our bodies a break. Wearing a fanny pack is one easy way I do just that.
8. STOP HITTING PEOPLE WITH YOUR PURSE
Moms, you’ve been there: You lean over to see your child eye-to-eye or tie their shoe, and your purse swings forward, bopping them in the face. Ow!
Fanny packs stay put. No more hitting people with your shoulder bag!