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8 Reasons Why Fanny Packs Are the Coolest

These utilitarian outcasts have been a social pariah for far too long, and it's about time somebody stood up for them. Here are the reasons why I think fanny packs, like Pink in the early 2000s, are misunderstood.
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I've got a confession to make: I'm a grown-ass man who thinks fanny packs are pretty much the bee's knees. No, not in an ironic sense -- I have a fanny pack at home, I've travelled with it many times, and I legitimately believe it's the most useful type of bag I've ever owned.

These utilitarian outcasts have been a social pariah for far too long, and it's about time somebody stood up for them. Here are eight reasons why I think fanny packs, like Pink in the early 2000s, are misunderstood.

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Credit: Flickr/crza

They're way more comfortable than you think

Unless you're wearing UFO pants, stuffing your pockets with a phone, wallet, keys, Tic-Tacs, and lucky rabbit's foot can make it tough to both sit and walk; the fanny pack eliminates this issue entirely.

As an added bonus, its central location on your body alleviates the back or shoulder strain that can come from toting a more traditional murse or messenger bag. Also, if you've carrying a bigger messenger bag, you're gonna be tempted to fill it with more messages. Or, other stuff.

They make air travel incredibly easy

Your average fanny pack is the perfect size to hold a boarding pass, a passport, and a pen for filling out customs forms and/or jotting down the phone number of the attractive woman in seat 21C (JK! You're wearing a fanny pack!), with plenty of room left over.

Passing through airport security with one is a breeze, since it keeps your pockets empty. Not only that, but the little items that normally get lost in the bottom of your carry-on are within reach at all times. Best of all, it's small enough to pass unnoticed and doesn't count against your allotted carry-on and personal item. Seriously, try it. It's a game-changer.

They're whatever you want them to be

Whether you just need a little extra room for your prophylactics or a secret pocket to stash your (legally!) concealed weapon, there's a style of fanny pack to accommodate everyone's needs. It's basically the perfect in-between bag, a specialty item with myriad uses that, in a perfect world, would have universal appeal for folks of all stripes.

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Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Batman wears one

Yes, it's technically a "utility belt," but look at it: The Dark Knight's hip-mounted container is essentially an evolved form of the fanny pack we know today. His outfit rightly eschews pockets in favor of a more practical, waist-based solution, making him just another one of the millions of fanny pack aficionados around the world -- fanny fans, if you will.

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