BEST FANNY PACKS FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS
I’m going to go ahead and say it: fanny packs are underrated. I ditched my purse for a fanny pack years ago. Fanny packs are convenient and functional for all the times when you need to have both hands free and are the ultimate piece of gear to bring on road trips or traveling to pretty much anywhere. Not to mention, they can look cool, too. It’s not hard to find a souped up fanny pack that’s also got a cute design, colorful print, or a sleek style that’ll get you a compliment or two.
So, snag one of these practical packs if you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking to have your gear (and look) dialed.
Here’s our list of the best fanny packs for female travelers that look cute and work well.
DAKINE Hot Laps 5L Hydration Waistpack
The DAKINE Hot Laps 5L Hydration Waistpack is a workhorse of a fanny pack. Designed for mountain biking, but versatile enough for day hikes or traveling, this is one of the best fanny packs for female travelers who like doing a little bit of everything. The biggest feature is the spacious main compartment that stores a 2 liter hydration reservoir and a bite valve, so you don’t have to remove it while drinking. Plus, a front zippered pocket that organizes everything else: keys, wallet, phone, snacks, and even a spare bike tube.
Kavu Spectator Waistpack
The Kavu Spectator Waistpack is a simple, stylish, and straightforward option for everyday or casual outings. It has two zippered compartments, an adjustable strap, and an easy side buckle. The cute striped design punches up the look enough so you can go without a bag and not have to worry about stuffing everything into a pocket. Easily the best fanny pack for going hands-free on a night out with friends.
REI Co-op Trail 2 Print Waistpack
If you want a low-profile fanny pack that also has some technical design details, go for the REI Co-op Trail 2 Print Waistpack. One of the best fanny packs for female travelers while hiking; it’s made for storing your essentials on the trail with features like a bucket-style, top-loading main compartment for easy access while you’re on the move. Plus, it’s even got a front and secret back zippered pocket for valuables. It’s breathable mesh material keeps you from feeling sweaty and uncomfortable while hiking.
Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack
The Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack has a large main zippered compartment that’s great for holding bigger items (think: sunglasses, snacks, even a packable layer) and smaller mesh pockets inside, so you aren’t fishing around for the car keys. It has an adjustable strap so you can wear it on the front, side, above the bum, or even as a sling bag. Plus, you get to choose from one of the many unique colorways which sets it apart from the rest. A top-notch characteristic of best fanny packs for female travelers.
DAKINE Rad Hip Pack
Strap on the DAKINE Rad Hip Pack when you want a fanny pack with a more stylish and streamlined look. The two large zippered compartments have a surprisingly large storage capacity for a sleeker fanny pack, so you won’t run out of room when it comes to essentials. Best for casual activities, road trips, festivals, or just as your new everyday carry.
JanSport Waisted Backpack
When you want to have the option of switching things up, you’ll want to go for the JanSport Waisted Backpack. The best fanny pack for female travelers while on the road, it has a low-profile, roomy zippered compartment, and a cool look. It’s got an adjustable strap to customize your fit, or to sling it across your back when you don’t want to wear it as a fanny pack.
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini 1L Hip Pack
The Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini 1L Hip Pack is BFT writer Katherine’s favorite fanny pack for hiking and traveling. It’s adjustable, roomy, and made of durable ripstop nylon that’s also waterproof and easy to clean. True to its name, this is a lightweight and versatile pack that looks cute and does everything that it’s designed to do while you’re out and about. Katherine wore this one on our Central California Coast Road Trip.
What’s your favorite fanny pack for outdoor adventure travel? Leave a comment below or join the discussion in our Bearfoot Theory Outdoor Adventurers Facebook Group!