International fanny pack day and the aqua fanny pack

International fanny pack Day

Even though I am smiling here, the pain of my last fanny pack is still fresh

Just like you never forget your first girl, you also never forget your first fanny pack. I remember my first pack like it was yesterday. On the way to the Grand Canyon National Park, I stopped at a bike store in Colorado in April of 1996 and bought my first fanny pack. This device served me faithfully for almost fifteen years. Defunct zippers was the cause of death, and I finally had to put my first love down.

After sufficient mourning, with my REI discount, I headed to the Lincoln Park store ready to turn the corner and start again. Life moves on as they say, although the memories and the grief were still strong. Then I found my next new love.

Nomadic Matt suggests packing items that are multi-purpose when traveling. This saves space and saves the shoulders from needless weight. One item at the REI rack in the pack section was an aqua fanny pack from Camelback. Yes, it was a fanny pack, with a mini hydration pack and an extended tube. Now I could carry all my personal items including my keys, wallet, cell phone, and camera and at the same time not die from dehydration.

Chaguaramas National Park Trinidad

Enjoying a freshing drink from my fanny in Trinidad

I finally got a chance to use the new pack. All I can say is I still miss my first fanny pack, but the sting of loss has been alleviated one sip at a time. On a hiking trail in Chaguaramas National Park in Trinidad and Tobago, I put the new pack to use. The hike ended up being twice as long as it should have been due to a debacle, but I did not care because I was hydrated and I had all my stuff conveniently located.

In other fanny pack news:

I have just been alerted of the existence of International Fanny Pack Day. Enter here to win a fully loaded fanny pack with a $100.00 gift certificate. The day is held the second Saturday of March, so I missed publishing this post on the exact day by two days. Click here to like the annual event on Facebook.

International Fanny Pack

The pack has never gone anywhere for me except around my fanny

My only problem with the initiative is the slogan: “Bring back the pack.” Where did it ever go? I know I lost mine due to a defunct zipper, but I do not think the slogan refers to my late fanny pack. Perhaps the slogan is referring to all the fanny pack haters out there.

International fanny pack

Even in the winter, the fanny pack shows its usefulness

You know who you are. People who sneer and thumb their nose at fanny packs yet secretly wished they were as cool and carefree as those wearing them. I admit it that fanny packs are not the most visually appealing adornment; however, I am secure in who I am and know the world will not judge me for a convenient strap around my chest. If they do, I do not care.

Travel is about freedom, and stepping out of the unwritten rules of society is one of the appeals of being on the road. Wearing a fanny pack, especially one that doubles as the fountain of life, to me is symbolic of that freedom. I am glad to see there is a movement to recognize the beauty of the fanny pack.

For those who may have forsaken it in the past, embrace international fanny pack day and Bring back the pack!

Stay tuned,

TT

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Ted Nelson has been adventure traveling since he was 10 years old on camping trips with his Dad to places like the Great Smoky Mountains, The Everglades, and Big Bend National Park. In 2005 he added international travel to his repertoire with a three month trip to Southeast Asia.

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5 Responses to International fanny pack day and the aqua fanny pack

  1. Jeremy Branham March 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Out of kindness, I will share this. However, I cannot condone this type of behavior or International Fanny pack Day! :)
    Jeremy Branham recently posted..The ultimate Slovenia travel guide and resource page

  2. Leslie August 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Ted, you are the world’s foremost fanny pack advocate! I trust that you will help bring back this style (unfortunately, yes, it has left the mainstream). Viva el fannypack!
    Leslie recently posted..Top 10 warm-weather activities in Vail (for non skiers)

  3. Jessica Wray August 23, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    International Fanny Pack Day? Bring back the pack? hahah Your posts have given me a good chuckle. We will see if or when I decide to take up your advice. You do a good job of selling the fanny pack regardless. :)
    Jessica Wray recently posted..Things I Didn’t Expect in Taiwan

    • travelingted August 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      I am the e-defender of the fanny pack. I actually comb the net for posts that make fun of it and then comment in favor of the pack. I am counting the days until international fanny pack day 2013.

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