Best Fanny Packs for Hiking, Travel, & Everyday

Check out our list of the best fanny packs for hiking, traveling, road trips, and everyday wear that are stylish and functional.

Call them what you want – fanny packs, waist packs, bum bags – but I’m going to go ahead and say it: fanny packs are underrated. I ditched my purse for a fanny pack years ago. They’re convenient and functional for all the times when you need to have both hands free and they are the ultimate piece of gear to bring on road trips, hikes, or traveling pretty much anywhere. Since fanny packs sit snug on your body, they are great for keeping your valuables safe, too. From the best hiking fanny packs and waist packs to our favorites for everyday wear, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s our list of the best fanny packs that are both functional and cute.


Best Everyday Fanny Packs

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini 1L Hip Pack

The Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini 1L Hip Pack is former BFT writer Katherine’s favorite waist pack for everyday wear as well as for hiking and traveling. It’s adjustable, roomy, and made of durable ripstop nylon that’s also waterproof and easy to clean. True to its name, this is a lightweight and versatile pack that looks cute and does everything that it’s designed to do while you’re out and about. Katherine wore this one on our Central California Coast Road Trip.

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Fanny Pack / One of our favorite fanny packs

Check Price: Patagonia / REI / Backcountry

REI Co-op Trail 2 Print Waistpack

If you want a low-profile fanny pack that also has some technical design details, go for the REI Co-op Trail 2 Print Waistpack. A smaller option that’s also great for short hikes, it’s made for storing your essentials with features like a bucket-style, top-loading main compartment for easy access while you’re on the move. Plus, it’s even got a front and secret back zippered pocket for valuables. This is Linda’s (BFT’s Director) fanny pack of choice since it’s small and simple with the perfect amount of space to carry the basics.

REI Co-op Trail 2 Print Fanny Pack / One of the best small fanny packs on our list

Check Price: REI

Kavu Spectator Waistpack

The Kavu Spectator Waistpack is a simple, stylish, and straightforward option for everyday or casual outings. It has two zippered compartments, an adjustable strap, and an easy side buckle. This waist pack comes in a variety of prints that punch up the look enough so you can go without a bag and not have to worry about stuffing everything into a pocket. It’s easily one of the best waist packs for going hands-free on a night out with friends.

Kavu Spectator waist pack / One of our favorite waist packs for everyday wear

Check Price: REI / Backcountry / Moosejaw

Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack

The Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack has a large main zippered compartment that’s great for holding bigger items (think: sunglasses, snacks, even a packable layer) and smaller mesh pockets inside, so you aren’t fishing around for the car keys. It has an adjustable strap so you can wear it on the front, side, above the bum, or even as a sling bag. Plus, you get to choose from one of the many unique colorways which set it apart from the rest.

Check Price: Cotopaxi / REI


Best Hiking Fanny Packs

REI Co-op Trail 5 Waistpack

Made from recycled polyester and recycled nylon, the REI Co-op Trail 5 Waistpack is an eco-friendly option that can be worn on the trail or as a larger everyday option. The outer shell has a water-resistant coating making this perfect for all seasons, and daisy chains on the front allow you to loop your jacket for even more hands-free convenience. It has 2 water bottle pockets that each fit a 1L bottle (not included) as well a large main pocket and handy small front and back organizational pockets for smaller items.

Check Price: REI

DAKINE Hot Laps 5L Hydration Waistpack

The DAKINE Hot Laps 5L Hydration Waistpack is a workhorse of a fanny pack. Designed for mountain biking, but versatile enough for day hikes or traveling, this is one of the best hiking fanny packs for female travelers who like doing a little bit of everything. The biggest feature is the spacious main compartment that stores a 2-liter hydration reservoir and a bite valve, so you don’t have to remove it while drinking. Plus, a front zippered pocket that organizes everything else: keys, wallet, phone, snacks, and even a spare bike tube.

Dakine Hydration Fanny Pack / One of our favorite hiking fanny packs

Check Price: REI / Backcountry / Moosejaw

Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack

The Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack is one of the best hiking fanny packs with a water bottle holder. The pack holds a whopping 9L of gear and the side pockets fit 32oz water bottles (not included). There is an interior zippered compartment to secure your small valuables. The pack is extremely comfortable, ergonomic, and is one of the most popular hiking waist packs on the market.

Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack / One of our favorite hiking fanny packs

Check Price: REI / Moosejaw


Best Travel Fanny Packs

Sherpani Qube Hip Pack

The Sherpani Qube Hip Pack is the perfect travel fanny pack – it’s large enough to fit basics like your passport, phone, and other small necessities without looking bulky. It has RFID protection, a locking zipper closure, and an anti-slash fabric bottom to help keep belongings secure. This is a great hip pack for someone who doesn’t want a lot of frills but wants a lot of protection.

Sherpani Qube Hip Pack / One of the best travel fanny packs on our list

Check Price: REI

Pacsafe Vibe 100 4L Hip Pack

The Pacsafe Vibe 100 4L Hip Pack is another great travel fanny pack, offering a ton of room. The main pocket fits up to a 7-inch tablet, among other must-haves. It has a PopNLock security clip for quickly securing the bag to a fixed object (like a chair leg) and slashguard material on both the bag and strap for an added layer of security. This is the perfect travel or everyday hip pack for those wanting to stay safe and organized.

Pacsafe Vibe 100 4L Hip Pack / One of the best travel fanny packs on our list

Check Price: Backcountry / Moosejaw / Pacsafe


Do you like wearing a fanny pack on hikes, when traveling, or every day? What’s your favorite? Leave us a comment below!

Written by Kristen Bor

Hey there! My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside.

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