Being a parent is a lot like being a pack mule — you’re expected to carry a lot of things with you at all times in case of emergency or just a hungry toddler (which could also count as an emergency). But once you’ve gotten out of the early years, you no longer necessarily need a diaper bag or backpack for routine outings. Which is why it might be time to make a fanny pack your new BFF.
We know, we know. But hear us out: first, fanny packs are making a comeback in a big way. No longer considered “uncool”, fanny packs and mom jeans are now worn by all sorts of people, including lots of non-moms. Second, a fanny pack is lightweight and hands-free, both of which can make your life so much easier. We promise that once you try the fanny pack life, you won’t want to go back. But if you do, be sure to check out our round up of functional, yet stylish, diaper bags.
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Here are our picks for fanny packs that can hold a lot, while still looking cute.
IF YOU WANT TO KEEP IT SIMPLE
This is your basic fanny pack by a solid brand, Herschel, who knows how to design good-looking bags. If you want something simple that will store a wallet, keys, phone and a snack for the kids, look no further. It comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns, so no matter your vibe, you should be able to find something you like.
IF YOU NEED THE WORKS
OK, we’d be lying if we said this was the most stylish of fanny packs, BUT if you need to maximize for storage space, this is your answer. This pack easily holds two water bottles, plus with three pockets there is plenty of space to stash your stuff and the kids. Bonus: the largest pocket can fit an iPad Mini.
IF YOU PREFER A FANNY WITH A FESTIVAL VIBE
If you want a fanny pack that says I go to the playground and Coachella, Vibedration has you covered. Its made of water-resistant HEX2o material so your stuff stays dry even if the weather doesn’t. Plus it’s got a secret back pocket to store valuables — or just snacks you want to hide from the kids.
IF YOU WANT SOMETHING MORE THAN A FANNY
If you’re looking for a pack that can pair equally well with spandex and heels, check out the Casery. It both looks good, with a slimmer profile than the other packs featured here, and is supremely functional: you can wear it six different ways, including as a crossbody and through your belt loop, which has the added benefit of making it very hard to steal.
IF YOU WANT TO KICK IT OLD SCHOOL
JanSport was around the first time (the original time?) fanny packs were cool. The company is still putting out reasonably priced, quality gear. This pack has two pockets, comes in tons of fun colors and patterns and has a lifetime guarantee.
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