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my3kids
11-09-2006, 05:21 AM
as effective as a waist pack but less tragic stylisticly? I HATE the fanny pack, but, by golly, it can't be beat, as far as I can tell, for holding tickets, cards and keys; still letting me get on the rides without leaving it behind. But face it ladies, it is a fashion nightmare. Pair that with a set of Crocs and Clinton and Stacy are likely to pull me right off Space Mountain. So, any suggestions? :sunny:

Scrap'nPatty
11-09-2006, 08:32 AM
You could also try a back pack style purse.
They are small enough and you can shift them to your front when you go on the rides.

I personally bought a zippered lanyard at my local Office Depot.
It was large enough to carry my ID, debit card,hotel card, hopper passes,emergency # list AND my cash. I had one for my son as well and he was thrilled to have his own hotel card and control over his hopper. On any ride that I thought could cause me to loose the lanyard, I just tucked it down the front of my shirt. (So did DS)

Then all I had to carry was the traditional backpack for snacks. My 11 yr DS and I then took turns with the back pack. We had no trouble with the back pack at our feet for the rides.


The thing to remember is what ever you carry, make sure it has all zippers.
You don't want flaps that can open.

Also I carried my camcorder in a plastic bag in the back pack for those wet rides.

:goodvibes

Judy from Boise
11-09-2006, 09:20 AM
I wear a lanyard for ticket, room key, money, and keep kleenex, lipstick and handlotion in pockets. Thats all I need. What they really need are great cargo shorts for women.....hard to find!

my3kids
11-09-2006, 09:21 AM
And hard to fit! Wherever the manufacturer puts a cargo pocket, I seem to have too much of my own 'cargo' to fit under the pocket!

samkj
11-09-2006, 10:40 AM
I've given up and purchased a waist pack for my camera and everything else. What I found was no matter how small the pack my shoulders still feel bruised after a few days when carrying anything over my shoulders. Not stylish, but at least my shoulders are happy! I do get a plastic card holder/lanyard for our passes while at DL.

Echo queen
11-09-2006, 10:40 AM
Earlier this week :hourglass I found a small leather-look, purse-like bag ( :teacher: 5.5in wide x 7in lenth) that you can wear across your body. It has a long thin strap so can be worn over or under a coat or sweater. It has 3 separate zipper pockets and one snap-over pocket :smooth: . It will easily hold all things mentioned and more :wizard: .

cats mom
11-09-2006, 12:10 PM
And hard to fit! Wherever the manufacturer puts a cargo pocket, I seem to have too much of my own 'cargo' to fit under the pocket!


:rotfl2:
I'm with you on that!

I bought a baggallini backpack that someone posted a good deal on and everyone was raving about over on the WDW boards.
Used it one day and went back to my Mickey Mouse waist pack the next. Good thing I brought Mickey along just in case. ;)

The backpack was fairly small and lightweight, but was shaped such that it really only fit the same amount of stuff as my much more compact Mickey pack. Plus I put the backpack down and just about walked off without it twice in one day.
I figure my other option would be one of those across the body things and I rate those right up there with waistpacks when it comes to flattering your figure - or not. :teeth:

Honestly my fanny pack works so well that I think I'll just stick with it.
Fashion statement be da... well, you know
:rolleyes1

Albort
11-09-2006, 12:24 PM
i bring a camel pack to Disneyland every time... saves me money for water, and i put all my stuff in it... they dont care if i take it on or not :)

tlovesdis
11-09-2006, 12:30 PM
I use the Jansport Mini backpack. It's perfect for everything I need to carry and it's small and lightweight and doesn't hurt my back at the end of the day. I only put my money, pass, hotel key, chapstick, some pain reliever, and my camera!

mystic_path
11-09-2006, 01:06 PM
Pair that with a set of Crocs and Clinton and Stacy are likely to pull me right off Space Mountain. So, any suggestions? :sunny:


:rotfl2: HAHA! That was the best thing i've heard all day thanks!!! Oh man, you totally read my mind as to how I feel about those things. LOL I love it.

I went out and got myself a small leather mini backpack. It didnt bother me AT ALL during my trip to disneyland, it was soooooooooo easy to store on rides and if you took it onto water rides, nothing inside got wet.

rosiep
11-09-2006, 01:37 PM
I use a small packback meant for a child. I'm petite so it fits me. It's got a stuffed lion on it and I always draw comments about how cute it is. I never pack alot so it fits all the necessities. During rides that are bumpy I wear it in front. It fits in perfectly at Disney. Thing is, I use it everyday! (I'm 44) :rolleyes1

thunderbird1
11-09-2006, 01:50 PM
I gotta put in my vote for the Baggallini Messenger Bag. It's famous over on the WDW boards; I'm surprised there has been only one mention of it here (and that was a negative :sad2: ). I love mine so much, it's the only bag I use anymore.

What I like about over a small backpack is (1) it easily slides around to the front for rides or to get something, so there's not all the on again/off again you have with a backpack; and (2) it has a cell phone pocket in the strap, so it's easier to hear it ring in crowds, and it's much quicker to get the phone out to answer it.

Here's a link:

http://www.shoebuy.com/sb/s.jsp/r_prof/br_Baggallini/b_1-0.82907/p_5/st_121602/sbstl_285133

ScrapperKimmyD
11-09-2006, 01:56 PM
I was thinking about something like that after our last trip. My DH said he'd rather have a back pack because with the messenger type, all the wt. is on one shoulder, even though it's slung across the body. With a regular back pack, it's evenly distributed.

Since he's the one that carries it, I went along with it and bought a nice one with some wonderful something-or-other in the straps so they won't hurt.

So, do you feel like you need to change shoulders at some point in the day with the messenger kind or is it okay?

Tasmen
11-09-2006, 01:58 PM
I use a mini backpack. It's tiny enough that it doesn't consume my entire back. I can fit a thinnish hooded sweatshirt in there (the fitted kind -- I had a terry cloth one in my pack last trip). It's also just big enough to hold an 8x10 picture in the Disneyland envelope. Everything I need fits in the pack nicely with room for a few souvenirs. The pack has side mesh pockets that I put my camera inside. When I go on a wet ride, I just put the camera inside the pack.

I've also got a lanyard that I wear to keep my pass/fast passes easily accessible so that I don't have to keep digging into the pack. And hey, it gives me a chance to show off my pins too :)

I would recommend checking www.ebags.com, www.zappos.com, and www.luggage.com to see what they have available. Even if you don't like the idea of a backpack, they do have small purses you can wear like a messenger bag that will help you carry the bare essentials in the park. I made my mom get one of those for a trip to Disneyland as I told her I wouldn't be seen with her if she had a fanny pack :p (I know, bad daughter!)

doombuggy
11-09-2006, 02:01 PM
I bought a Travelon bag from QVC about a month before I went to DL in August.
http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/app.detail (Link to this bag on Qvc.com)

It's a little smaller than what I am used to for everyday, but it actually worked out great for my trip. You can wear it back pack style. I have encountered several women visiting WDW with these.

Qvc has other styles of Travelon that might be better for you.

ScrapperKimmyD
11-09-2006, 02:03 PM
what I plan on using this trip is a little camera bag that I got from Target. It can hook onto your belt or belt loop with a caribeaner (sp?), or as a fanny pack or over the shoulder. It has a zippered pocket for my small digital camera, another zippered pocket for money, lipstick, etc. and the outside has an elastic cord that can be tightened - not sure what that's for yet, though.

I plan on wearing that either over my shoulder and across my body or clipped onto my belt loop. DH will have the backpack with all the bigger stuff! :rotfl:

rosiep
11-09-2006, 02:53 PM
So, do you feel like you need to change shoulders at some point in the day with the messenger kind or is it okay?

Good question. I'm curious too.

Scrap'nPatty
11-09-2006, 06:49 PM
I can not comment on that brand of messinger bag, but we did try to use my son's Adias one and I went back to the reg back pack because you could not change shoulders with it and be comfortable.

fidoprincess
11-09-2006, 07:14 PM
Part of the magic of Disneyland is that fashion "doesn't count"! People wear fanny packs there who would not be caught dead with one anywhere else.

That includes me and my family-lol. Now my kids are old enough to carry their own, dd is 6 and has her own Pooh fanny pack she puts her own camera, shades, gameboy for line waiting and her own snacks. DS is 11 and would absolutely DIE if anyone of his friends saw him wearing a fanny pack but at DL, it is fine and he has his camera, gameboy, snacks and shades too! I love it because now that they have their own, mine is tiny!

We still bring a backpack in with sweatshirts and even sweatpants to slip over the kids regular clothes if they get cold as those late hours approach but that goes in the locker and we get it as we need it but never carry it around in the park. I like my hands free and my back free too!

We have tried every other bag know to man, messenger bags, across one shoulder travel bags, mini backpacks, nothing works as well for us as the butt packs which we wear to the front and side, never across the butt!

Leofoenget
11-09-2006, 08:30 PM
as effective as a waist pack but less tragic stylisticly? I HATE the fanny pack, but, by golly, it can't be beat, as far as I can tell, for holding tickets, cards and keys; still letting me get on the rides without leaving it behind. But face it ladies, it is a fashion nightmare. Pair that with a set of Crocs and Clinton and Stacy are likely to pull me right off Space Mountain. So, any suggestions? :sunny:

I use an Eagle Creek over the shoulder/fannypack combo. It has a zipper on the back that holds the wrap around your wast belt. If you dont want to use it, you stuff the belt (permanantly attached) back inside and use the shoulder strap to go over one shoulder across your body. I totally love it. The only reason I changed was becasue my cell phone wont fit anymore.

KelsiesMommy
11-09-2006, 08:46 PM
ditto the baggallini messenger bag- i finally got one and took it with me the last DLand trip in Oct and I loved it- DH even wore it (I had a black one)

abby
11-09-2006, 08:47 PM
I do the fanny pack thing. I tried a small backpack but got tired of taking it on and off everytime I wanted to get inside it. I have a large eddie bauer fanny pack that holds two water bottles and has a shoulder strap as well. I just can't find anything else that works as well for travel, so I have given up fashion for convience. My dd 6 picked out a fanny pack at DL and loves it also.

Judy from Boise
11-09-2006, 11:06 PM
I totally agree fashion does not count at DL. I just have gone to what i can fit in pockets because with my fibromyalgia, even a fannypack at the end of the day causes muscle strain. If a FP works for you.....wear it without a thought ;)

Dukland
11-10-2006, 12:04 AM
I didn't want to do the fanny pack, either. But then I remembered....I'm old now. I'm allowed to look like somebody's mom! LOL My sister was teasing me that I was bringing a fanny pack, so I took a picture of me with it on, just for her.

I bought a messenger bag at Old Navy this summer that I used for the camcorder, and whatever other things we picked up that day. It worked out really well.

staley7580
11-10-2006, 12:36 AM
I have a Messenger style diaper bag, and for me, after about 6 days of theme parking it, my back was DONE. I could take NO more. Of course, I am incredibly out of shape, and the hotel bed was as hard as sleeping on the floor. Not to mention all the snacks, diapers, wipes, juices, sippys, toys, extra clothes,and nookies I had to carry around, That didnt help matters much. But I could switch sides with it and It was nice that it wasnt on my back. I always get freaked out with backpacks, Im always afraid that someone will try to break into it, steal my wallet or something.

MateasMom
11-10-2006, 01:15 AM
I too bring a Camelbak. My girls carry their own too and we don't have any complaints (though we do get TONS of people asking where I got theirs LOL).

Next best choice, I agree. A nice sporty messanger bag.

And last choice...one of the fanny packs that is less 'Middle America' and more 'I just used this 'sports bag' on my 10 mile hike yesterday'.

my3kids
11-10-2006, 07:35 AM
Crisis averted, ladies. Very Bradley has a bag for every occasion! DD has a tiny bag with a very long strap that will cross over my shoulder. DD and DH said it looked way better than the fanny pack although DD checked to make sure I wasn't making HER wear the FP. It won't hold a water bottle though, unless maybe I can find a teeny tiny one. But being so small it won't weigh down on my neck, so I should come throught he vacation with only sore feet. (no separate pocket for fast passes though.....I'm going to have to think that one through!)

thunderbird1
11-10-2006, 01:40 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScrapperKimmyD

So, do you feel like you need to change shoulders at some point in the day with the messenger kind or is it okay?


Good question. I'm curious too.

I never did. Because of the way the bag is designed, the weight isn't really on your shoulder the way it is with a purse or tote bag. And the baggallini is small enough that you can't weigh it down too much. I did take it off for meals, so there were breaks throughout the day.

my3kids
11-10-2006, 02:19 PM
I went in the AAA store today and they had exactly what I would have gotten if not the Vera Bradley find in DD's room. It is the mini Bagallini or something like that. Thin strap over the shoulder, inside zip pouches, flat. Only thing it wouldn't have held was sunglasses or water but it would have reat on tickets and cards.

Echo queen
11-10-2006, 07:27 PM
[QUOTE=doombuggy]I bought a Travelon bag from QVC about a month before I went to DL in August.
http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/app.detail (Link to this bag on Qvc.com)

Thanks for the info on the Travelon bag :grouphug: :sunny: I found the messenger style at the Samsonite store today :woohoo: . It's perfect size, with an expandable middle comparment where I can keep my camera and the cell phone pocket on the strap.

AZMickeyfans
11-10-2006, 07:32 PM
I always use my black Travelon bag from QVC. I hardly notice it's there and it holds camera, wallet, camcorder, bandaids etc. Have always found it to feel very comfortable and very secure.

Alex2kMommy
11-11-2006, 05:38 PM
I'm rather proud of the fact that we carried all of our park essentials in a regular old backpack! At home I carry my purse (umm...not a huge one, but fairly good-sized) and a diaper bag, so I was a bit concerned about being able to get everything into one bag for DL.

We carried DH's wallet, park tickets, coupon booklet; 4-5 diapers, travel pack of diaper wipes + change of clothes for DS2; autograph slips of cardstock and variety of colored clicker Sharpies (but forgot to pack the small clipboard I'd bought for this); the boys' Disney Dollars; snacks; sunscreen, chapstick and handwipes; and still had a bit of room for a few small souvenirs if they were light enough to carry. We left water bottles and sweatshirts in the stroller basket, which thankfully went undisturbed.

The backpack was easy to carry on all the rides, either worn or set down at our feet or beside us on the seat. We did make it a point to buy bigger or heavier items on our way out of the park so we didn't have to carry them around, and that worked out well, just required a bit of backtracking to a shop at times.

disneegrl4eva
11-11-2006, 06:17 PM
I wear a lanyard for ticket, room key, money, and keep kleenex, lipstick and handlotion in pockets. Thats all I need. What they really need are great cargo shorts for women.....hard to find!



you know what???? Im so retarded...never even thinking about that...my lanyard that I got last year came with a plastic pouch that ziplocks...I could have been doing the same thing you guys do but noooooooooooo I have to carry around a huge bag and take it on every ride with me...sheesh :headache: :rolleyes1