History of the BUM BAG or FANNY PACK

Where did the Fanny Pack Come From?

First, a definition!

The British equivilant to a fanny pack, becuase fanny back in Britain means something entirely different. (Let’s just say, in England, only women have fannies.)
SEE: fanny pack
It’s not a fanny pack mate, it’s a bum bag.

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The handiness and ease of opening of fanny packs has also resulted in them being used as holsters for handguns. Many manufacturers make fanny packs that are designed for concealed carry. 1 Some military and and law enforcement units also utilize fanny packs to carry additional equipment, such as first aid, night vision, markers, etc

Many observers consider the fanny pack a sure mark of an out-of-place tourist, evoking the traditional tourist stereotypes known around the world, or regard them as an item worn by unfashionable or older people. Musician “Weird Al” Yankovic mocks the wearing of fanny packs in his song “White & Nerdy.”.

The name “fanny pack” is derived from the way they were traditionally worn facing the rear above the buttocks, for which “fanny” is a slang term in the United States. Despite the name, many users do not wear fanny packs on their rear because they are easier to pickpocket and harder to access. In the Anglosphere outside of North America, other names are used since the word “fanny” means vulva, rather than buttocks, in those countries.

The fanny pack is something special that can make a person very unique when in a crowd. If I see someone with a fanny pack my immediate reaction is “Wow, look at that pack of the fanny. How daring?”.

Calling them “belted satchels” or “hands-free bags,” several designer labels sought to bring the accessory back into vogue in early 2011, by offering stylish and expensive designs selling for as much as $1995.

A fanny pack (US, Canada), waist wallet (Canada), belt pack (US), belt bag (Philippines), belly bag (US), chaos pouch (US), buffalo pouch (US), hip sack (US), phany pack (US), waist bag (or waistpack) (US), hip pack (UK), bum bag (UK, Australia, New Zealand), Snatchel (UK), Kangaroo and Koala (South America, Ireland), butt pack (US) or moon bag (South Africa), is a small fabric pouch usually secured with a zipper and worn by use of a strap around the hips or waist.

I Bet You Didn’t Know…

1. Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) will tell you that anyone wearing a fanny pack might as well wear a sign saying “I am carrying a gun.”.

Fanny packs walked onto the tourism and fashion scene in the 1980s. Since then, everyone from joggers to parents juggling kids have been seen sporting this waistline pack. It’s been touted as a perfect cargo-carrying sack to hold keys, a cell phone and anything else that might otherwise occupy your hands as you’re running around town or nature walking. There are a wide range of fanny packs on the market today– everything from utilitarian bags to the ultra sleek and fashionable can still be found decades later on the waists of men and women alike.

2. Many social groups still embrace the fanny pack today and include:.

-Medieval Re-enactors * Otherwise known as Renaissance Fair Dorks. Sir Humphrey of Forest Lakes will wear his fanny pack slung low and in the frontal position, and will refer to it as his “codpiece”. Don’t be fooled, it’s a fanny pack, and he’s likely a cashier at Barnes & Noble.

-Hippies Yes, Moonbeam, you CAN put your grass in there, but it’s the first place The Man is going to look when you show up at Red Rocks for that Phish concert.

-College Professors – This group is much smaller and condensed than all the rest. The purpose in carrying it is to keep the students on their toes and constantly guessing what really he/she has inside. Maybe there are pencils or pens in there. Maybe its empty. There is even the possibility that there in another smaller fanny pack inside. The world may never know …

-Germans The nation that produces the finest beer, beautiful automobiles, and beautiful blue-eyed, blonde women also has some of the worst taste in clothing ever known. Perhaps it’s some kind of karmic repayment for that whole “master-race” thing.

So there it is… Fanny Packs, or Bum Bags as well call them, have a very colorful and practical history that you can be proud of as you don yours for hiking, running, travel or any other reason you want to carry your important “stuff” with you.. hands free.