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Old 05-09-2012, 10:27 AM   #1
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What do you think about fanny packs?

I am curious how many of you still wear a fanny pack.... My family has told me that they are soooooo out-dated and I should get a new bag. I like my fanny pack because my hands are free and I can't set it down and forget it (which I have done with purses in previous years!). I have read other threads about which bag style is the best, but still think the fanny pack is the way to go.

BTW - I am "older" and really don't care what other people think about me and the way I dress/look!!
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:35 AM   #2
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Talking You are in a park full of strangers...

You know what? It's Disney! No one knows you.... if you like the fanny pack ...wear it! Just remember to take it off for the photos! It makes the hips look WAY bigger than they are!! By the way - I like mine too! Have a great time!
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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I use a small fanny pack (ozark trails) from Wal-mart. It fits just my iphone, keys, wallet stuff, eye glasses (when I take them off on roller coasters), a small sun screen, and park maps. I, too, like going as hands free as possible.

I say use what's comfortable to you. I think you'll find a lot of people that use a fanny pack (or Disney themed backpack for that matter) at the parks that probably don't use that at home.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:46 AM   #4
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I say wear your fanny pack and be comfortable! You're on vacation! I personally wear a cross shoulder bag that is perfect for my size but I've worn a fanny pack on shorter trips and wouldn't think twice about it. It's great to be completely hands free!

Mind you, this coming from the person who wears crocs with socks while at Disney and I could care less what other people think! My feet stay comfy all day long.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:47 AM   #5
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What people "think" at Disney really doesn't bother me. I have seen "all" kinds of weird things that I would never do/wear. I haven't worn my fanny pack for a few years, have a small crossover that I find user friendly now, but the fanny pack is still near, LOL, and I may go back and forth. Who cares if it's "outdated", you don't know these people and will never see them again, so I say do what's comfortable for you WDW is different than "everyday" life. I also love the "hands free" touring The really one biggie that I'll never "get" are the women that wear "heels" (and I mean HEELS) to the parks
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:52 AM   #6
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BTW - I am "older" and really don't care what other people think about me and the way I dress/look!!
I think this is a key element to successfully wearing a fanny pack.

Joking aside, I don't wear one, and probably wouldn't wear one unless I was trying to embarrass my DD or something , but I think that's a generational thing. Cargo shorts work just fine for me. Whatever you wear, though, just wear it confidently. I've never looked down upon someone for wearing a fanny pack or anything else for that matter, but you can absolutely tell when someone is self-conscious about what they're wearing, and THAT is what makes them look ridiculous.

When my parents used to take me to WDW when I was a kid, they did it wearing fanny packs and pith helmets, which I was convinced was designed to humiliate my brother and I. Now, though, I get that you gotta do what you gotta do, and those absurd safari hats probably DID provide a lot of shade!

For what it's worth, though, if I ever had so much stuff that it wouldn't fit in my cargo shorts (and we may after DD gets too old for a stroller), I'd probably go with a messenger bag or a small backpack. Again, though, I think it's a generational preference thing.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:53 AM   #7
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We just bought one, yesterday... We're both in our 20s. So don't worry, wear whatever you want.

Personally, I think they just look like mini-backpacks.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:56 AM   #8
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I haven't worn one in years, however I certainly won't judge! I expect to see them worn in WDW. At home....not so much.

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Haven't worn one in about a year thanks to cargo pants.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:58 AM   #10
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I'll wear a loose-fitting waistpack at WDW, but not a fannypack. What good is it to have the sutff I need in a small pouch behind me?

My waistpack strap goes above one hip on one side, and hits the bottom of my other hip. It's tight enough not to fall down, but not so tight that it defines any part of my body.
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I wore a fanny pack up until a few years ago. I then discovered the Baggallini Bags. They are much more comfortable than a fanny pack, plus you still have your hands free and your bag attached to your body.
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Could someone please, rationally, explain to me what is wrong with fanny packs. They are simply a small zippered bag that straps around one's waist for easy access and hand and pocket free walking.

It doesn't look any dumber than paying hundreds of dollars for some designer labeled, scrotum looking, spaghetti stringed tiny little backpack that needs to be removed every time you want to sit back in your seat.

Social fashion dictation is one of my many pet peeves. It is amazing to me that so many people listen to some individual or grouping of holier then thou, obnoxious twits tell them what to wear and when to wear it. Talk about being cattle led to slaughter. Mooo!

I only use my "fanny" pack (funny it's called that because it never gets anywhere near there) for touring mostly WDW. It is handy, easily slides out of the way, carries all of my important stuff, (money, credit cards, tickets) with a whole lot less concern about possible pickpockets or general theft. So everyone can go ahead and snidely laugh at me for using a Fanny Pack because no ones opinion other than my own matters for this.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:08 AM   #13
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A fanny pack has the buckle centered in the front, and the pouch in the back.

The bag I use has the buckle right next to the pouch.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:19 AM   #14
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A fanny pack has the buckle centered in the front, and the pouch in the back.

The bag I use has the buckle right next to the pouch.
My fanny pack has always been worn in the front or side, and that's the way I've seen most people wear them. What's the point (security wise, sitting wise) in wearing it in the back? I would never do that - that's why I don't like easily accessible (to others) backpacks. My alternative to fanny packs are small crossover body "purses/ bags" that are securely attached to me and visible at all times.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:21 AM   #15
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I always use my fanny pack at WDW and I probably always will. I always want it in FRONT of me - not in back - because I am always digging for something in there.

To avoid any back pain, I wear it on my left shoulder with the bag itself under my right breast for a while.

Then I switch it to be around my waist for a while.

If I have SOFT things in the bag with nothing like my camera, I switch it to be around my back for lumbar support while I am sitting in a show.

The only time I use this bag LOCALLY is when I go to my local casino. I put in the bag only the amount of money I am willing to lose, and only what I will need for the next hour or so. It is better to be in the casino with a much lighter purse.

AND ..... I could care less If ANYONE thought it was out dated !!!!
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