Fanny pack - yes or no?

Feb 13th, 2006, 12:19 PM
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I found a nice mono bag at target, can be worn in the front or in the back. I think it would be safe enough and it does look stylish
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Feb 14th, 2006, 04:18 AM
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Robespierre: "I see that the first (and usually only) definition in dictionaries is "buttocks." A small number of dictionaries give "vulva" (and only as a second definition). So it certainly IS another word for "arse" (besides being my aunt's given name)."

You are using the Amercian definition. 'Buttocks' is certainly not the English definition. And we are, after all, speaking english are we not? Particularly as this is the European board?
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Feb 14th, 2006, 04:46 AM
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Momliz - We call them Moon Bags because of the half-moon shape. Although they are very out of fashion nowadays I wouldn't stop your husband from taking his - old habits die hard and he will feel lost without it. Probably won't stop moaning about the fact either!
Just don't put lots of cash or cards in it - you keep that neccessity instead?!
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Feb 14th, 2006, 05:02 AM
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I only wear a fanny pack/belt bag at an amusement park. I wouldn't consider anything else for a day of rides and rollercoasters!
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Feb 14th, 2006, 05:21 AM
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I agree with Kate a British person (of which i am one) NEVER uses fanny to mean arse, bum, rump whatever NEVER its a womans privates always has been.
Robspierre you are confused.
So when "fanny" i used hence why we would laugh, be aghast and of course Fanny packs SCREAM American Tourist (not that i am suggesting there is anything wrong with american tourists)
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Feb 14th, 2006, 05:22 AM
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Aside from the issue of whether to wear one or not, there are "waist packs" that are specifically made for security. They cannot be slashed or cut or unopened easily by a pick-pocket.

Magellen's has one:

Travelsmith also offers a few varieties, I believe, of which this is one:

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Feb 14th, 2006, 05:30 AM
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I saw plenty of white sneakers/trainers in the U.K. when I was there, and a lot of them seemed to be worn by people with British or Scottish accents. Hmmmmm......
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Feb 14th, 2006, 05:51 AM
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It doesn't matter what you use to carry your touring essentials... the key thing is to NOT carry your passport, tickets, extra money etc in the backpack, bag, fanny pack, whatever.
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May 21st, 2006, 04:23 PM
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Hate to resurrect such an interesting topic but would you say this Eagle Creek wallet-size pouch, which slides onto your belt, falls into the fanny pack category? I think this is a little more discreet than the fanny pack and maybe the only way I can get my DH away from packing his "George Castanza" wallet in his back pocket.
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May 24th, 2006, 01:03 PM
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what about kids ...can they have a backpack with stuff they like to carry snacks and such (not valuables ) ?
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May 24th, 2006, 01:35 PM
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So when "fanny" i used hence why we would laugh, be aghast

most, if not all british people are well acquainted with the meaning of this word in american english and its casual use in the american term "fanny pack". hardly worth debating.
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May 24th, 2006, 01:42 PM
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I say no to fanny packs just because while growing up I remember how they were just soooo tourist like.

I suggest a decent money belt instead, and a cute little fashionable plain colored back back or shoulder bag.

I say single colored or plain colored bag because a friend who is native to London commented on how the brightly multicolored backpacks are a bit too obvious and make the wearer definately look non-native. I will be wearing a dark colored backpack on my next trip.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 06:13 PM
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Again repeating the obvious - don't put anything in your bumbag (the Aussie term for the fanny bag) that you don't want to lose. With that I have used a bumbag since I started travelling I have been travelling since 1984: Nepal and trekked the Annapurna Circuit. (September 1984), India/Nepal (December 1985/January 1986), East Africa /Zimbabwe /Tanzania / climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (December 1988/January 1989),
China (December 1989/January 1990), Thailand/Burma (December 1990/January 1991), Europe/Malaysia (February/July 1991), Indonesia (December 1991/January 1992), Middle East: Israel, Egypt and Jordan (December 1992/January 1993), Europe (December 1993/January 1994), Vietnam (December 1995/January 1996), United States of America/Canada/Europe (December 1996/January 1997), South America: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru -walked the Inca Trail (December 1997/January 1998), Turkey/Greece (December 1998/January 1999), Laos/Cambodia/Thailand (December 1999/January 2000), Uzbekistan - University of Sydney's Archaeological Site (September/October 2000), Mexico, Belize, Guatemala (December 2001/January 2002), Middle East. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon & Jordan. (2002 December- 2003 January), Pella, Jordan University of Sydney's Archaeological Site (February - March 2003), Israel March 2003, Sri Lanka (January 2004), Southern India (December 2005/January 2006) and have NEVER had an attempt at the strap being slashed or stolen from me. It has always left my hands completely free to travel. The serious things: money, passport, vaccination card, tickets, travel insurance, spare credit card go in the money belt around my wist under the shirt.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 08:51 PM
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I have traveled all over the US, Europe, South America, and China wearing my fanny pack, and I intend to keep on doing so, fashion or no fashion. I carry valuables: extra money, credit card, etc. in a neck wallet under my clothes; leave passport and excess cash in the safe at my hotel. But kleenex, rain poncho, extra film and batteries, map and pages from guidebooks, safety pins, hand sanitizer, bandaids and change for the bus or phone (and depending on where I am, the cell phone) go in my fanny pack. My hands are free and my circulation is not being cut off by a heavy shoulder strap.
I am a tourist, and no one is going to mistake me for anything else even though I never wear white tennies. As soon as I pull out a guidebook or map, everyone knows anyway. Big deal. You just be careful and use common sense. If your DH wants a fanny pack and is comfortable with it, who cares? What a thing to worry about when you are seeing the world. Enjoy and be comfortable and forget what others think is fahionable looking...
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Aug 9th, 2006, 09:02 PM
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Never, if you wear one, your screaming to get picked or scamed.
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Aug 11th, 2006, 11:34 AM
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Now, if you are flying out of the UK, they are allowing fanny packs only, and small ones at that (aside from small purses and pockets, of course), so I am all for them. I hear saw a nice Louis Vuitton yesterday. . .
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Aug 11th, 2006, 12:07 PM
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ONly if you want to look like a fanny...
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Aug 11th, 2006, 12:10 PM
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Wear one of those thin money pouches with several zippers on it around your waist under your shirt. I even pin it to my pants to be sure it stays put. Keep copies of your passports in it should you need them and the passports themselves in a safe at the hotel.

Take small amounts of money and a credit card for daily use in either a deep front pocket - or in a zippered purse if you are a woman - and put larger amounts in the zip pouch. Only dip into it in private, in a bathroom or somewhere no one can see you do it.

I was amused to see a rather chic "manbag" carried by businessmen in Russia last week. At first, I thought they were holding their wife's bag, but it turned out to be their own. It's rather compact, has three sections, a short grip and is always made of dark leather. I also saw more casually dressed Russian men with fanny packs.
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Aug 11th, 2006, 10:50 PM
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Rather than a fanny pack, consider a pouch. I use one from Eagle Creek. cut off the straps as soon as I got it home and use it exclusively on my belt. It can hold two passports, my International Driver's license, my wallet, an address book, a pen, my pocket knife for picnics, and it still is thinner than any fanny pack. It also feels much safer than one because the minute my arm falls down, it covers the pouch.
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Aug 11th, 2006, 10:53 PM
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Hi Infotrack

Just a suggestion. If you use when you are posting links it shortens them so it doesn't make the page spread so far you can't see the entire post without scrolling which is very difficult to read.
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