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.