This Saturday is International Fanny Pack Day, so this post is in honor of this day. On a recent trip to Mexico I learned a new way that the fanny pack can be useful. I found that it is the stealth bomber of the adventure travel world.
We all know how great the fanny pack is and how handy it can be. It keeps your wallet, keys, passport, and other important documents safe. It keeps your camera and snacks at a convenient locations for quick access. It even can keep you hydrated if you have an aqua fanny pack.
In Mexico I found a new awesomeness for the fanny pack. It is the stealth bomber of packs and flies under the radar of security. The stealth bomber was designed to get through anti-aircraft defenses by using state of the art technology to avoid radar and quickly get deep into enemy territory, deploy its weapons, and quickly return to safety. The fanny pack can work in the same fashion.
For all the positive fanny pack aspects, there are a lot of haters out there who frown and even poke fun at the waist pack. The backpack is definitely the cool bag in the adventure travel and many in this group show contempt for those who augment their backpack with an ungainly fanny pack.
On a press trip to Puebla, Mexico, I happened to be amongst a group of savvy backpackers including The Real Vagabondish, the Art of Backpacking, and Jessie on a Journey. We entered a museum together. Security stopped us to have a look at our possessions.
They insisted backpacks needed to be checked in. I said “how about fanny packs?” They looked quickly at the small inoffensive piece of equipment strapped across my chest. I think they also sensed my confidence in wearing the apparel. There was no sheepish look on my face when I asked this question. They waved me through, and I sailed into the museum while veteran travelers cursed under their breath as they got in line to check in their items.
I soared into the room depicting the seven deadly sins knowing that carrying a fanny pack in Mexico is not one of them. I loaded up on culture like a marathon runner on carbs while the three backpacking amigos fumed in line.
By this time they were so frustrated with the entry that they had trouble focusing on the next couple exhibits once they finally joined us. They were still mentally in line with their backpacks, while I concentrated on the fascinating exhibits.
The fanny pack sometimes takes a lot of abuse in the adventure travel world for its ungainly lump on a wearer’s chest, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The lump may not be the most beautiful aesthetic thing around, but it sure flies under the radar, and this one time out foxed even the most top notch backpackers.
Happy International Fanny Pack Day,
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