July 25, 2024


Travel Finishes First

31 Best Fanny Packs 2022: Shop Top Picks From MZ Wallace, Lululemon, and Prada

Like many trends we thought we’d lost to the ’90s, fanny packs are back in style, and for travelers, that’s a great thing. The best fanny packs have always been the most practical way to tote your essentials around—be it your phone, hotel key, or wallet—with quick, hands-free access. And thanks to the resurgence in popularity, there are now designs made specifically for everything from the trail to the city. Whether you want to elevate your winter outfits with an upscale leather piece or are looking for a tough, minimal belt bag for your next hike, there’s truly something for everyone.

What we’re looking for:

The best fanny packs are versatile, durable, and stylish. With these qualities in mind, we looked for a variety of high-quality options that varied in material, size, adjustability, and price. We found fanny packs that can be worn for multiple occasions, are comfortable on your waist, and offer plenty of space for carrying your must-haves—and that look good, too. 

Scroll through to see 31 of the best fanny packs for travel, or click straight to the section that best fits your needs:

This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date. Additional reporting by Kristi Kellogg.

Top fanny packs for travelers

MZ Wallace Metro belt bag

This quilted nylon belt bag is among the most versatile on this list—it works as well in the city as it does on a day hike. And if it suddenly becomes your go-to bag for weekends at home, we don’t blame you. Shop the bag in black, navy blue, or pearl white.

Dimensions: 4.5″H x 1.1″W x 7.2″D

Weight: 7 ounces 

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag

Leave it to Lululemon to create a versatile waist pack that’s designed for an active lifestyle. The textured, winter-ready fleece material is a fun take on the viral, water-repellent original version. In addition to the zippered compartment, there’s an easy-access exterior pocket that can fit cards, cash, or sunglasses.

Dimensions: 7.5″H x 2″W x 5″D

Away sling bag

Organization is a cinch with this multi-compartment sling bag. There’s a quick-access back pocket, and the zippered front compartment reveals two additional pockets within. The bag (which is big enough to hold a standard water bottle) is made of water-resistant nylon and features leather trim. 

Dimensions: 11″H x 2.6″W x 6.5″D

Weight: 11.2 ounces 

Béis The Expandable Pouch

Possibly the most versatile bag on the list is The Expandable Pouch from Béis. It easily transforms from a fanny pack into a sleek backpack, with plenty of space to fit must-haves for a whole day. Wear it on your waist on days when you need to carry just a few items, then wear it on your back when you need more space—or expand it in the middle of the day if you pick up a souvenir. If you only have room to pack one day bag in your carry-on, let it be this. 

Dimensions as a pouch: 5.1″H x 8.6″W x 3.1″D

Dimensions as a backpack: 15.4″H x 8.6″W x 8.3″D

Weight: 1 pound

Cuyana Convertible Belt Bag

This pebbled leather belt bag keeps you hands-free in style. The belt is detachable from the bag, so you can also use it just as a belt (which is a boon when you’re traveling and want to get the most out of every item you throw in your suitcase). It’s made to be worn around the waist or as a crossbody, and if you’d like additional storage, Cuyana makes a small, circular pouch that you can also add to the belt. Seen here in ecru, the belt bag is also available in rust, black, and natural snake. 

Dimensions: 4H” x 7.5W” x  0.5D”

Dagne Dover Ace fanny pack

Sleek, soft, and durable, neoprene is one of our favorite fabrics, whether it’s a zip-up jacket or a fanny pack, like this one from Dagne Dover. The half-pound, eco-friendly bag is lined with Repreve (a fabric made of recycled plastic bottles) and has color-plated hardware. The strap is adjustable and the interior features a handy slot for credit cards. Shop the bag in colors like heather gray, onyx, navy, and dark moss. 

Dimensions: 9.25H” x 5.5W” x 2.75D”

Weight: 8 ounces 

The Sport Pack

The Sport Pack from Béis puts a modern twist on the classic fanny pack. Not only does this one look effortlessly cool, it comes with extra D-rings to hook on any essentials that don’t fit inside (or that you want readily available). It also includes a strap for your water bottle. 

Dimensions: 6H” x 16W” x 4D”

Best fanny packs for hiking and camping

Cotopaxi Bataan del Día fanny pack

Cotopaxi’s bold, lightweight travel fanny pack is a camping trip essential. It holds an impressive amount of gear (phone, snacks, lip balm, credit cards, more snacks, etc.) and has an adjustable webbing strap hip belt. There are two interior pockets made of mesh. 

Dimensions: 10H” x 5W” x 4D”

Weight: 3.2 ounces 

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole mini hip pack

This travel-ready pack is made of Patagonia’s basically indestructible ripstop nylon fabric and has two pockets for storing all your essentials. It’s available in several colors, including purple and Borealis green (pictured), and as the name suggests, is a light addition to any carry-on.

Dimensions: 4.75H” x 8W” x 2D”

Weight: 3.2 ounces

L.L. Bean Stowaway hip pack

If you’re really channeling the ’90s aesthetic of a fanny pack, lean in with the L.L.Bean Stowaway. It matches the decade’s look to a tee, with color panels like turquoise and hot pink or navy blue, plus neon green bungee zipper ties that feel as nostalgic as those blue and purple solo jazz paper cups. Though you could wear it in the city, the super-light ripstop nylon back has been made with the outdoors in mind, so expect additional features, like a mesh back panel for extra breathability that’ll hold up on long hikes or countryside bike rides. Best of all, the whole thing can fold up into an internal pocket, making it as packable as can be.

Dimensions: 10.5H” x 4.5W” x 3.5D”

Weight: 4 ounces 

Osprey Arcane waist bag

This fanny pack will quickly become your go-to, thanks to its small profile, dual pockets, adjustable waist strap, and clean silhouette. It keeps all your belongings neatly on hand. There’s even carabiner attachment inside for your keys. 

Dimensions: 5.51H” x 9.45W” x 1.97D”

Weight: 5.6 ounces 

Carharrt waist pack

For those days when you need to carry a few extra items, the Carharrt waist pack is a reliable option. It’s slightly larger, offering enough room to keep a few snacks with you for a long day of hiking. There’s a large main compartment, a front zippered compartment to store smaller items, and two exterior loops that allow you to attach additional gear.

Dimensions: 11.5″H x 6″W x 4.5″D

Fila fanny pack

Logo lettering over a solid background makes for a fresh, sporty option that’s a perennial bestseller on Amazon. The competitively-priced bag has two zip pockets and an adjustable strap. It’s available in several colors, including red, navy, and white.

Dimensions: 5″H x 12″W x 3″D

Herschel Fifteen fanny pack

This top-rated Amazon find from Herschel features a clip-fastened adjustable strap, zipper closure, and fully-lined interior. It’s available in more than 10 colors and patterns, including woodland camo (pictured), light gray, navy, and goes-with-everything black.

Dimensions: 7.75″H x 6.25″W x 2′”D

Best fanny packs for running

Camelbak Hydration Belt Bag

Wear this Camelbak Hydration belt bag for active days in warmer destinations, like Florida or the American southwest. The best fanny pack with a water bottle holder, it holds a 21-ounce drink so you can stay hydrated while running, biking, hiking, or exploring a national park this summer. In addition to the bag’s main compartment, it also features a front pocket for easy access to your phone or lip balm. 

Dimensions: 5.12″H x 4.33″W x 0.42″D

Weight: 9.6 ounces 

Lululemon Fast and Free running belt

Designed with runners in mind, the Fast and Free mini belt bag is lightweight and compact enough to keep on your waist as you move. It is stretchy enough to fit your phone, cards, and keys without the weight of a bulkier bag. The touchscreen-friendly mesh on the front allows you to tap your phone to change the song or silence a call without opening up your bag. 

Dimensions: 26.6H” x 41.2W”

Nike Air Slim Running Fanny Pack

Another great option for running, hiking, or other outdoor adventures. This slim fanny pack fits your essentials without slowing you down. Plus, it shows off the signature Nike swoosh.

Dimensions: 15″H x 13″W x 3″D

Adidas fanny pack

This sporty fanny pack is perfect for active travelers—it’s lightweight, compact, and features the Adidas logo on the front. There’s a main compartment for your phone, wallet, keys, and a smaller front zippered compartment for items like lip balm or Airpods. 

Dimensions: 29″H x 8″W x 10″D 

Weight: 4.8 Ounces

Best designer fanny packs

Prada logo belt bag

For a belt bag that is as fabulous as the pied-à-terre you’re renting in Paris, look to Prada. Made of a decadent calfskin, the bag loops through a gorgeous leather belt. It zips open along the top and feels like a purse more than a fanny pack—yet its belt means you can cinch it around a flowing dress or loop it through structured pants for a day of hitting the museums in style.

Dimensions: 4.3″H x 18.5″W x 2.4″D 

Tory Burch nylon belt bag

This nylon belt bag from Tory Burch fits everything you need for day trip—and it looks so sleek across the chest or on your waist. It’s lightweight, unstructured, and has multiple pockets inside and out. It will match anything you have on—wear it year-round, in any destination.

Dimensions: 4.8″H x 10.4″W x 2″D 

YSL monogram belt bag

If you’re looking to splurge on a more elevated bag that’s still casual enough to wear during the day, this leather YSL belt bag is a great pick. The gold detail and iconic YSL logo will never go out of style, and give the bag a chic, polished look that means you can confidently pair it with fancier outfits at night, too.

Dimensions: 9.8″H x 5.5″W x 1.3″D

Best waterproof and water-resistant fanny packs

The North Face Mountain Lumbar water repellent belt bag

Ideal for travel days with unpredictable weather, this belt bag from The North Face has a fully water-repellent coating and is durable enough to withstand some wear and tear. Inside, there are small mesh and closed pockets for organizing like keys and cash easily. 

Dimensions: 6″H x 75″W x 2″D

Osprey Daylite Waist Pack

This water-repellent waist pack made from recycled materials is a great size for hikes and camping trips. It has two zippered compartments with pockets inside that give you enough room to bring extras like a snack and hand sanitizer on-the-go. 

Dimensions: 6.5″H x 13″H x 2.5″D

Fjällräven Kånken water resistant belt bag

Swedish brand Fjällräven unsurprisingly nailed an effortlessly chic pack. The super-light bag—it weighs less than five ounces—is great for hikes, and has three zippered compartments that can fit small items like sunscreen and power bars. Seen here in pink, it’s also available in corn yellow, black, royal purple, and arctic green. 

Dimensions: 4.7″H x 7″W x 3.5″D

Weight: 4.7 ounces

Baboon to the Moon fanny pack

It’s no secret that we’re fans of cult luggage brand Baboon. From their duffels to the totes, everything they make comes in bright, eye-popping colors and unisex shapes that are easy to wear. Their three-liter fanny pack is no exception. The water-repellent nylon is durable without looking too sporty, and the mix of colors to choose from is anything but boring. Even better, this medium-sized bag has plenty of compartments, including a backside zipper for keeping valuables safe, and an interior clip to grab hold of your keys or wallet. Because of the size, it’s also super versatile, and can hold its own whether you’re hitting the streets of Seoul or hiking in Oregon.

Dimensions: 5″H x 10″W x 2.5″D

Weight: 6.8 ouches

Rains Bum bag

Made of polyester, this Bum Bag is completely waterproof and easy to clean. It can be worn around the waist, over the shoulder, or across the body, thanks to its easy-to-adjust webbing strap. There’s one internal compartment, so you can fill it with everything you need for a day trip. Plus, black goes with everything. 

Dimensions: 5.5″H x 11.8″W x 1.8″D 

Weight: 5.1 ounces 

Best fanny packs for parents

Paravel fold-up belt bag

The ultimate packable fanny pack—this one from Paravel folds up into a small pouch and can be quickly expanded. It can be worn multiple ways, is so lightweight, and has multiple compartments to keep everything organized. Bonus: This one can be personalized with custom embroidery. 

Dimensions: 5″H x 2″W x 8″D

Weight: 4.96 ounces

Rothy’s The Belt Bag

Rothy’s is known for making high-quality, sustainable items that last. This simple yet sophisticated belt bag is no exception. Ideal for moms on the go who want to wear a chic purse that’s a little more functional, this belt bag can be worn as a crossbody or around the waist.  It’s lightweight and fits only the essentials—a small wallet, keys, and your phone. The best part: It’s machine washable, so don’t worry about any accidental spills or stains. 

Dimensions: 5.5″H x 7.9″W x 1.2″D

Weight: 9.6 ounces  

Luka Belt Bag

This belt bag is on the larger side, so it’s best for day trips when you might need to carry some extras like snacks, a water bottle, or even a bathing suit. It is made of scratch-resistant nylon and has an adjustable strap that lets you wear it as a crossbody if you prefer. 

Dimensions: 11″H x 5.5″W x 3.5″D

Weight: 8 ounces

Kibou smoky indigo bag

Believe it or not, this small wonder is a diaper bag. That’s right—there’s no need for a jumbo diaper bag when you’ve got this parent-approved fanny pack slung around your waist. The outer compartment rolls out a detachable changing pad, while the inner compartment has enough room to neatly store changing essentials, snacks, a phone, keys, and cards. 

Dimensions: 11″W x 6″H x 4″D

Everlane The Renew Transit bag

Everlane’s durable, high-quality bag can be worn as a hip bag or a crossbody. It’s made of 100 percent recycled polyester and is available in four neutral shades. True to its name, the Transit bag has you covered whether you’re on foot, biking, or taking an Uber downtown. 

Dimensions: 6.3″H x 14.9″W x 2.6″D