• American Apparel

    Nylon Cordura Fannypack

    American Apparel's light, compact fannypack comes in a whole spectrum of the brand's signature bold, bright colorways.

  • ASOS

    Bum Bag

    A large, affordable waistpack from ASOS's in house accessories line.

  • Carhartt WIP

    Small Bag

    More of a clip on bag than a proper waistpack, this small bag from Carhartt WIP is ideal for holding cameras, phones and the like.

  • Eastpak

    Springer Bag

    The Springer bag from luggage OGs Eastpak is a staple from their back catalogue - tough, useful and lightweight.

  • Herschel Supply Co

    Sixteen Hip Pack

    A fun, playful take on the hip pack, Herschel have dressed this lightweight bag in a bold tropical print.

  • Incase

    Quick Sling Bag

    This sling bag from tech luggage company Incase allows for an iPad and other essentials to be stored discreetly and easily.

  • Jansport

    Fifth Ave Pack

    The Fifth Ave Pack from Jansport is a staple - with a main zippered compartment allowing your essentials to be kept within close reach at all times.

  • The North Face Purple Label

    Dalmation Print Wrap

    The North Face's Japanese line have issued this useful wrap bag in a wild all over dalmation print.

  • Pine Fort

    Waist Pack

    Pine Fort's waist pack comes constructed entirely in the USA from locally sourced fabrics.

  • Head Porter

    New Waist Bag

    Japanese label Porter's tough, sizeable Waist Bag comes with enough storage space and pockets to carry anything you may need on a serious day trip.

  • visvim

    Leather Card Case

    This leather card case from visvim has an attachable cord, keeping your vital cards close by.

  • The North Face

    Sport Hiker

    This hiking pack from The North Face is large enough to carry anything you might need for a serious excursion, as ever constructed to withstand all sorts of weather and conditions.

  • Patagonia

    Lightweight Travel Hip Pack

    Patagonia's nylon ripstop hip pack is packable into its own internal pocket.

Accessories August, 11 2014

Buyer’s Guide: 13 Useful Waist Bags

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Whether you know them as fanny packs, hip packs or bum bags, there’s no doubting that the humble side bag is a useful way to store essentials when you’re on the move. With easily adjustable straps, small size, handy pockets and light weight, they are the ideal way to keep your phone, wallet, passport, keys and any other easy to lose but impossible to live without valuables safe, close by and easily accessible. While they might be synonymous with middle-aged tourists, that doesn’t mean your day trips, holidays, and festivals have to be spoiled by cumbersome backpacks and totes.

Here’s a roundup of the most stylish and practical waist packs out there, so you can keep your valued belongings near you in the most fashionable way possible.