A fanny pack is like a small purse attached to your waist with a nylon belt and a plastic clip closure. It usually is used for travelers, and one can spot tourists by their fanny pack giving them away. It allows the wearers to be hands free, with all their belongings at their waist. The fanny pack has lots of zippered pockets and can even be colorful, although most folks buy black. I think it became popular in the early 1980's. In the early 2000's, there was a resurgence of the couture fanny pack during New York fashion week.
These days, mostly tourists use them. Well, I admit to using one, almost daily. Yes, I will wear the scarlet letter with pride. I love my extra large fanny pack. I use it for hiking, jogging, and shopping when I don't want to carry a large purse or backpack, and it has secret pockets for secret things (mad money, anyone?)! My fanny pack is black, and I put my valuable things in there, like my wallet, coins, keys, and Chapstick. Then, I throw the fanny pack into my big-ass bag, and I'm ready to go! When I shop, I know immediately where my wallet is (fanny pack) because my purse is so large, that it would slow down the lines at the checkout stand considerably if I had to dig through that to find my wallet.
When I go jogging or hiking with my fanny pack, I'm so unattractive and clunky that anybody who would have thought of approaching me for a hook-up steers clear, and I never wear matching clothes or bandanas with my outfit anyway. Even the homeless and would-be perpetrators cross the street. I'm definitely safer on the city streets because of my fanny pack. And if you ever run out of zip loc bags, toilet paper, paper towels, or a water bottle, I have got you covered (that is, if you know me and are with me, because otherwise you may have already run the other way).
So, may I ask for a few moments of silent thanks for the inventor of the unfashionable, tacky fanny pack? It has enhanced my life immeasurably over the years.
What's your experience and opinion of my beloved fanny pack? I want to hear from you!
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