The 15 Best Fanny Packs and Belt Bags for Travel

There’s no disputing that fanny packs are a useful accessory. They free up your hands while keeping everything at your fingertips. Plus, you don’t have to suffer the excess heat on your back that often plagues backpack users, nor will you have to switch the strap to avoid shoulder pain (looking at you, tote bags).

Thankfully, fanny packs of the 21st century have gotten a makeover since their popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. Yes, you can still find packs adorned with wild shapes, in Outrun color schemes or made with iridescent material, but many of them are more fashion-forward. They come in neutral tones, classic designs and have unique features to keep you organized.

In the market for a fanny pack? Based on consumer reviews and travel expert insights, these are the best fanny packs for travelers. Whether you’re vacationing solo, heading out on a hike or taking the kids to Walt Disney World, there’s something on this list for you.

The Top Fanny Packs and Belt Bags for Travel in 2023

(Note: Prices and availability were accurate at the time of publication; they may fluctuate due to supply chain issues.)

Best Overall: Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack

Open Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack in gray against white background

(Courtesy of Dagne Dover)

What sets this pack apart: Dagne Dover’s fanny pack is made from recycled plastic bottles, making it an appealing option for eco-conscious travelers. The bag features three different sections: a front zip area, the main zippered compartment and a card slot on the back. Inside the main pocket, you’ll find slots for both lip balm and cards or cash, plus a key clip. The fanny pack’s neoprene material is also water-resistant and has an adjustable waist strap. This pack comes in classic colors, including blush, olive, camel, black and gray. Special seasonal colors may also be available.

Travelers appreciate: Reviewers say the bag is excellent for everyday use and they love being hands-free while traveling or running errands. Others note that the bag can be small if you have a large phone plus other items inside.

Best Overall (at a lower price point): JanSport Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack

What sets this pack apart: This bag holds all your travel essentials in a main zippered compartment with a small zip pouch on the front and a fully adjustable waist. When empty, the pack weighs just 4.5 ounces, and it is available in a variety of colors and patterns, including lilac, camouflage, floral and black.

Travelers appreciate: Users of this bag praise the variety of colors and patterns, noting it’s best for those traveling light (think: a few credit cards, phone and lip balm).

Best Budget: Waterfly Slim Fanny Pack

Three Waterfly Slim Fanny packs colored orange, green and pink, against a white background

(Courtesy of Waterfly)

What sets this pack apart: This budget-friendly and compact design measures 8 x 2.5 x 4.3 inches, making it an excellent size to store your keys, cards and a smartphone (note that the bag can only accommodate phones measuring less than 6.5 inches). The front has three separate compartments: one large zippered section, a small zippered pouch and a covered pocket; there is also a zippered back pocket. The Waterfly bag is constructed with a water-resistant fabric in a variety of colors and patterns, and the adjustable belt can accommodate 20- to 50-inch waists.

Travelers appreciate: Though some reviewers note this pack is too small to use as an everyday bag, active travelers say it is a perfect size for stowing essentials during a bike ride, kayaking trip or hike. Others note that it makes a comfortable sling bag, too.

Price: $19.99 or less
Shop now: Amazon

Best Crossbody: Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 1L

What sets the pack apart: The bag features a water-repellent fabric with two zipper compartments: one main section (which includes a mesh pouch inside) and one along the back exterior. This crossbody comes in multiple colors, including gray, black, silver and white. Select colors feature fabric made from recycled materials.

Travelers appreciate: “I started using the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag when I would take my son to a park or playground because it allowed me to keep my hands free and also kept all my essentials at my fingertips (without being bulky),” says Ann Henson, assistant managing editor of travel at U.S. News. “Now I use this as my everyday bag. It’s easy to wipe clean and the interior pockets keep everything organized.” Reviewers also like the extendable strap, which reaches 41.7 inches at its full extension.

Best Belt Bag: Lo & Sons Waverley 2

Lo & Sons Waverley 2 in light brown against white background

(Courtesy of Lo & Sons)

What sets the pack apart: If flexibility is your main requirement of a fanny pack, consider the Waverley 2 from Lo & Sons, a business founded by Chinese immigrant Helen Lo and her sons. Not only can the Waverley be worn as a belt bag, but it can also be worn as a crossbody purse, carried as a wristlet or clutch, or used as a shoulder bag. You can select from two different sizes (small and large) and three different kinds of leather, one of which is plant-based. Bags come in an assortment of colors and silver, gunmetal, gold or brass hardware.

Travelers appreciate: Reviewers say the bag is perfect for carrying essentials on the go and compliment the bag’s construction.

Best Waterproof: AiRunTech Waterproof Pouch with Waist Strap

Filled and unfilled AiRunTech Waterproof Pouch with Waist Strap in black against white background

(Courtesy of AiRunTech)

What sets this pack apart: This waterproof hip pack protects belongings from getting wet up to 32 feet underwater. There are three different zip locks to keep valuables safe, plus each bag is see-through and touch-screen friendly (except the black version) to access devices while keeping them stowed. Another bonus? Bags come in sets of two.

Travelers appreciate: The bag really works. For everything from embarking on cruises to snorkeling in Costa Rica‘s waters, users tout how easy the bags are to use. Plus, travelers like that bags can be worn as a waist pack or over the shoulder.

Price: $16.99 or less
Shop now: Amazon

Best Plus Size: OlimpiaFit Fanny Pack

What sets this pack apart: The OlimpiaFit bag fits waists up to 44 inches and comes with an extender that provides another 18 inches. Two large compartments fit everything from wallets to small water bottles, while the two front pouches keep necessities like keys and hand sanitizer in easy reach. There are also two hidden pockets for keeping valuables safe from pickpockets. A small opening at the side of this fanny pack allows headphone cords through. You can get yours in navy, gray, purple or black.

Travelers appreciate: The bag has plenty of room to store belongings, and users rave about the length of the belt. Others wish the bag was better quality, saying the pack can be pretty quick to fray.

Price: $22 or less
Shop now: Amazon

Best Anti-Theft: Travelon Anti-Theft Active Waist Pack

Travelon Anti-Theft Active Waist Pack in blue against white background

(Courtesy of Travelon)

What sets this pack apart: Thanks to RFID-blocking technology, locking waist straps, locking zippers and slash-resistant material, this Travelon fanny pack is ideal for travelers who want some extra security during their vacations. The bag features front and rear zippered pockets and the interior has a key clip plus a small light. The strap can accommodate waists up to 46 inches.

Travelers appreciate: The security features, plus the bag’s classic style, appeal to reviewers. Some travelers say the bag was too small for their needs, while others say it was just the right size for essentials (like a passport, credit cards and a phone). Keep in mind: To take full advantage of the security features, you’ll have to relock the bag each time you get something out.

Best for Parents: Kibou Bag

Unzipped Kibou Bag in blue/purple against white background

(Courtesy of Kibou)

What sets this pack apart: This hybrid bag combines everything travelers love about fanny packs with the necessities of a diaper bag. The pack has a main zippered compartment – complete with key hook – as well as a front zippered pocket with slots for cash and credit cards. At the back, there’s a waterproof compartment perfect for wet wipes or soiled baby clothes. The second back compartment contains a removable changing pad. You can get a belt extender (for free!) to extend the length of the belt to 66 inches; the attached belt has a maximum of 48 inches. Bags come in either vegan leather or canvas. Color options include blush, jade and black.

Travelers appreciate: While some parents note the bag is a little small to carry all the essentials (spare diapers, a bottle, snacks, etc.), most parents love its convenience. They also appreciate that it’s easily wiped clean.

Price: $98 or less
Shop now: Kibou

Best for Kids: Everest Junior Waist Pack

What sets this pack apart: From snacks to fidget spinners, children have their own necessities during a trip. Everest’s kid-sized waist pack could fit the bill. The pack itself measures approximately 8.3 x 2.8 x 3.5 inches and weighs just over 3 ounces when empty. The pack has two front-access zippered compartments. There are several kid-friendly color options, such as coral, purple, hot pink and turquoise.

Travelers appreciate: Travelers say the pack is perfect for small children, noting it fits their kids well and gives them space to keep small objects (such as rocks and seashells) safe as they explore. Nevertheless, parents do warn the buckle can be finicky and that the excess strap is long after adjusting.

Price: $21 or less
Shop now: Amazon

Best Leather: Genius Leather Shop Leather Fanny Pack

Genius Leather Shop Leather Fanny Pack in dark brown against neutral background

(Courtesy of Genius Leather Shop)

What sets this pack apart: This genuine leather fanny pack comes not only in your standard black and brown hues; it’s also available in burgundy, mustard and cognac. The bag has a zippered pocket on the backside. The main zippered compartment on the front features a pocket ideal for cards and cash. The strap is adjustable from 33.5 to 52 inches. For an additional fee, the company will engrave the buckle or emboss a leather tag for the front of the pack.

Travelers appreciate: Wearers point out the fine quality and beauty of the leather. Many report using it for day-to-day activities, though some report minor issues with the hardware.

Price: $82 or less
Shop now: Etsy

Best for Festivals: SoJourner Holographic Rave Fanny Pack

SoJourner Holographic Rave Fanny Pack in transparent gold and pink against white background

(Courtesy of SoJourner)

What sets this pack apart: SoJourner’s fanny pack comes in brightly colored geometric prints, galaxy prints, holographic gold or silver, glitter, sequins, and colorful transparent – along with a clear option if you’re looking for a stadium-compliant bag. To sum up: These bags aren’t for fashion conservatives. The packs have three pockets, with two on the front and one along the back. Plus, the material is water-resistant. While the strap adjusts to fit waists up to 48 inches, you can also purchase an extender to add another 13 inches (including the buckles).

Travelers appreciate: Most reviewers love the fanny pack, noting it’s particularly great for concerts and events. A few reviewers mention some issues with quality.

Price: $17.99 or less
Shop now: Amazon

Best for Theme Parks: Baboon to the Moon Fannypack

Baboon to the Moon Fannypack in green against white background

(Courtesy of Baboon to the Moon)

What sets this pack apart: The bag comes in a variety of colors like yellow and lavender, as well as a choice of a 3-liter and 1.5-liter sizes. The Cordura nylon shell is water-resistant, and the main compartment is equipped with mesh pockets and a key hook. Two additional zippered compartments (one on the front and one on the back) allow for additional storage as you pack your belongings for a day at an amusement park.

Travelers appreciate: Those who use this fanny park praise the color selection and the fact that the bag holds a lot. Some note issues with the straps, saying the belts are shorter than anticipated.

Best for Hiking: Cotopaxi Bataan Fanny Pack

Multicolored Cotopaxi Bataan Fanny Pack against white background

(Courtesy of Cotopaxi)

What sets this pack apart: Each multicolor Cotopaxi fanny pack is one-of-a-kind. Possible color options include everything from bright green or orange to neon yellow or soft gray. Purchasers have the option to select their own bag or can save a few dollars by receiving a mystery bag (and have no control over the colors). What’s more, its materials are sustainably sourced: Packs are made from surplus nylon fabric that otherwise would’ve ended up in a landfill. The single zip compartment has two internal mesh pockets to help keep belongings organized.

Travelers appreciate: “Besides being fun to look at and wear, this durable fanny pack really packs a punch when it comes to outdoor activities,” says Leilani Osmundson, digital producer for travel at U.S. News. “In addition to my phone, wallet and keys, I’m able to fit other hiking must-haves like snacks, first aid supplies and even a small water bottle. Plus, with two mesh pockets inside, it’s easy to keep things organized.”

Best for Skiing: Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack 1L

Multicolored Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack 1L against white background

(Courtesy of Patagonia)

What sets this pack apart: Patagonia’s pack has a classic style, with one large zip pouch and a smaller zippered enclosure on the front. It comes in multiple colors from basic black to slate blue to muted purple. What’s more, the pack stows away into a stuff sack for easy portability on your ski trip and weighs less than 4 ounces. It’s also made with 100% recycled materials.

Travelers appreciate: Reviewers agree this fanny pack is an excellent purchase, saying it holds everything they need for running errands or schussing down the slopes. However, some do wish there was more interior organization. Patagonia also makes a larger version of this pack.

Why Trust U.S. News Travel

Marisa Méndez is an avid gear connoisseur who’s constantly on the hunt for her next perfect travel item, which must always have ample organization options. Current favorites are a large L.L. Bean toiletry kit, a Scout bag (which is her beach tote) and her trusty Samsonite carry-on. She used her love of organization and painstaking research to come up with this list of fanny packs. Méndez is currently deciding which color of the Waterfly pack to purchase for her trail runs.

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