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    Traveling with your Fanny Pack: Part 2

    Now that we've covered travel bags, what exactly do you put in them to make your 1 bag last 2, 3 or 4 weeks while still looking good? Here are some of my essentials plus some ideas for things you can cut out - it may seem tough - to make it happen.

    The first thing to think about when you are packing for a trip is the kinds of activities you will be doing, because this will inform the necessities you need to bring and help you differentiate between what you'd like to bring, and what you MUST bring. For me, this is mostly outdoor activities like rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc. Prioritize the specialty gear you'll need for these activities. In some cases, you'll be better off getting certain gear when you're there. For example, when I traveled to Patagonia, I brought hiking shoes for the outdoor activities I was planning like ice trekking and mountain hikes. However, Patagonia is such a hub for those types of activities that you'll find tons of places renting hiking shoes for the day or week. I wish I had done this, because I really only used my hiking shoes for 2 or 3 days and for the rest of my 4-week trip I had to haul them around. But some things you just need - and that's fine. The point of packing light is to make your travels are easier and more convenient - you don't want to end up doing the opposite.

    The next thing I try to plan are outfits. You don't have to fully decide what you'll be wearing on each day, but think about your clothing in terms of outfits, not separates. And pick from your most comfortable and most flattering, favourite outfits. Just because you're on vacation does not mean you have to look like a tourist. A cute outfit at home is also cute abroad! I find if I bring my best outfits, I don't mind wearing them over and over again. I try to have a week's worth of outfits, plus maybe 1 extra just in case. This usually looks something like this (for hot climate vacations:

    • 3 dresses (1 that can be dressed up for nice evenings out)
    • 2 long flowy pants (these are my fave - ultimately comfortable, have a super vacation-y vibe, and cover your legs fully so you don't have to worry about sunscreen or bug spray as much!)
    • 3 t-shirts
    • 1 legging
    • 1 pair of shorts
    • 1 sweater (for the airplane)

    Even though that is not a huge amount of clothes, it will last you over 1 week easily. Just add your undergarments (try to pick a versatile bra or two!) and you're good to go.

    The next thing I think about is hair, makeup and jewelry. This is where I've really learned to cut down! Ladies, you seriously only need 2 looks when traveling. A day-to-day look - I stock concealer, powder and lipstick, and an evening look - add blush, eyeliner, masacara. I pick 3 of my favourite lipsticks that go well with my chosen outfits. This way you still have variety. I find I really don't need anything more than this. For my hair, I have a mini flat iron that I swear by. It's super tiny (travel-sized) but still works great for me since I have short hair. For jewelery, really limit this. Bring one versatile statement necklace and a few pairs of earings. It will allow you to give the finishing touches to your outfit and won't take up a lot of room. I like to keep all of these items contained inside my fanny pack, within my luggage, for easy organization. The various pockets make it a great place to keep track of small items like earrings.

    Fanny Pack travel necessity

    Next up is toiletries. Since you're traveling with carry-on only, you are only able to bring liquids that are less than 100ml and that fit in a small ziplock-like bag. To make this work, I buy small containers and then fill them with my shampoo, body lotion, etc. You can get these at the dollar store and they really help keep things compact! I usually store my toiletries in a clear plastic bag. This way I can easily bring them out for airport security and there are never problems.

    The last thing remaining is shoes. This is where things get controversial. Pick an EXTREMELY comfortable pair of sandles as your main shoe (this is if you're traveling to a hot climate, of course). Then pick a nice flat that could be casual or more formal depending on the outfit. I have a cute gold lacey pair that work great for this. I've even mountain biked in them, they were actually perfect for that! If you are able to limit yourself to two small pairs of shoes like this, your life will be much easier. But I know this is probably the hardest part for most people!

    I hope these tips have helped you consider how you can more efficiently pack your bags for carefree travel. Instead of stressing, just remember that you can always pick up something you may have forgotten when you arrive. So it's really not a huge deal.

    Feel free to comment below with any questions or tips of your own for traveling.

    Cheers!

    How to Travel Light with a Fanny Pack

    We all try to pack light, but it’s easier said than done. And when on vacation, you want to look good and NOT stand out as a tourist. So how do you do it? With some simple planning and the right travel bags, that's how. Learn how to travel like a boss while saving money and time.

    Fanny Factory Fanny Pack for traveling

    I’ve traveled South East Asia for 3 weeks, South America for a month (all climates!), and Europe for 3 weeks all with a carry-on bag.

    So how can you pay less for flights and checked luggage, have the flexibility of low-cost transfers (easily hop on a bus, train, or low-cost flight), carry less weight (3 flights of stairs up to your AirBnb? No sweat!) and still look cool doing it? Read on below for my tips!

    Standard luggage travel bag

    Packing light starts with the right carry-on travel bag. Standard Luggage’s Carry-On Travel Backpack is versatile, light, and sleek. It’s a great base because it is super light – 3.7 lbs – a benefit of its simple design and cloth construction. It doesn’t have wheels, but you don’t seem to miss them – instead you have carrying options. Wear it on your back like a backpack (that’s how I usually sport it), or use the side strap to sling it over your shoulder, messenger-bag style. It’s also sized perfectly to fit on international airline rules for carry-on size. So basically anywhere in the world you go, you know you’ll never have to check this bag. That is a HUGE time (and hassle) savings.

    I like it because it’s loaded with features (expandable zip, rain cover, compression straps) & compartments (laptop sleeve, passport holder, extra zipped pockets) but it still looks super clean and simple. I’m just not into those oversized backpacker packs with a million zippers and stretchy things and attachments everywhere. These features are well thought out and help to maximize space and organization!

    This is optional, but I also use Standard Luggage’s packing cubes when I’m going on longer flights and need to pack a lot in. For instance, when I went to South America last January, I used the packing cubes to separate out clothes for different climates and keep everything EXTRA compressed. I was visiting Buenos Aires and Santiago which are super hot and humid, trekking down south to Patagonia where it's MUCH milder, and then also hitting up the Atacama desert in northern Chile where it can go from-10 and +30 in one day! I put all my cold weather clothes in one packing cube, and all my hot weather clothes in a different one. #winning

    The best packing cubes for traveling

    For day-to-day activities, I swear by my fanny pack. When I'm on vacation, I don't need a purse full of stuff like I normally wear. I just need a small wallet with cash, ID and 1 credit card (not the zillions of gift cards, membership cards and business cards I normally carry around with me at home - ha ha) plus a few other key items like hand sanitizer, tissues, lipstick and of course my phone. Pairing down your regular purse to a fanny pack will help you save packing space, plus it's lighter and more convenient to carry around, especially in hot climates and when you're out and about for long periods of time. It's the perfect wandering bag. And you can still look cute and stylish thanks to the fab Fanny Factory designs!

    Cool retro fanny pack for music festivals

    Now that you have your carry-on bag, your packing cubes and your fanny pack, what are you going to fill them with? Good question. In part 2 of this blog post, I've cover some of the ways I cut down on space while still having a lot of variety and fun outfits that can work for day and night. Stay tuned!

    5 fanny pack essentials to make your dog walk even better!

    The summer is coming to an end, the colder weather is kicking in, but now is just as important as ever to make sure you get outside with your pup to give him/her plenty of exercise. If you live downtown and have to travel to a nearby park (hopefully off-leash!), here are some items that you can make that trip a bit easier and of course that will fit into your fanny pack!

    Fanny Packs for dog walking

    Travel bottle

    This travel bottle will take a bit of space in your fanny pack, but is essential if you are going on a long hike with your pooch. It allows you to re-hydrate your friend, after he or she has been chasing the ball around all afternoon.

    Poo bags

    These bags from Earth Rated are made from vegetable-based materials and are 100% plastic-free. These bags will fit into your typical bag roller and of course inside your Fanny Factory fanny pack. For ease, make sure to get one that clips to your leash - it will help!

    Treats

    Pedigree offers a wide variety of treats that are not only healthy, but good for your dog’s teeth and digestive function. Be sure to bring a few extra treats if you are going to the dog park!

    Fanny Factory Fanny Packs for dogs

    Leash

    Getting a leash that is compact enough to fit in your fanny pack is great if you going to let your doggy off leash. If you are just going for a quick jaunt, check out this leash that really is an all-in-one carrier. This will free up some of that fanny pack space for owner treats and goodies!! This leash has a flashlight, food carrier, poo bag and pop up water bowl.

    Toys

    With so many dog toys on the market it is tough to pick just one. Click here to check out a list of exciting new toys that not only provide your pup with hours of entertainment, but are actually stimulating and help them learn.

    Fanny Packs hold all your dog treats

    Fanny packs also make the perfect gift for the dog person in your life that has everything! Priced under $25, they are a great Christmas gift for a coworker, teacher, or family member and will make their dog walk much more stylish! Buy a cute fanny pack today!

    Bringing Back the Fanny Pack

    Why the Fanny Pack?

     

    The fanny pack is probably the most polarizing fashion accessory out there. Visions of embarrassing parentals come to mind at the very mention. But the fanny pack can be more than your dad's conveniently functional Disneyland accessory. It can be cool, cute, fun and even fancy.

    Here at Fanny Factory, we're reclaiming the fanny pack by taking its best features and making them better. And then punching up the style factor with awesome trendy patterns and prints.

    Cool Fanny Packs by Fanny Factory

     

    Wear a fanny pack and enjoy:

    • Convenience. Fanny packs let you live the hands-free life by awesomely strapping around your waist or your upper body. Your body does the carrying for you. Just ZIP, CLIP and GO! #Freedom
    • Efficiency. Get at your stuff easily with one hand - no more digging around the depths of your purse for your keys. Plus with our 5 separate zipped compartments, everything has its own place and you can easily organize.
    • Comfort. Our fanny packs are lightweight and sit easily on the body. Hot weather and crowds are no match for the fanny pack!
    • Security. Fanny Factory straps have a side-release buckle so you're extra secure (no one can sneak up on you from behind to unclip your fanny!)
    • Fabulosity. This may not 100% be a word, but it's a thing. When you rock a Fanny Factory fanny pack you are making a bold and fabulous fashion statement. You go girl. #OnFleek

     

    Cute Fanny Packs for Music Festivals

     

    The Best Fanny Packs Around

    What makes our fanny packs so special, you ask? There's a lot:

    • Our fanny packs are the best size: We believe your fanny pack should carry everything you need. Ours are large enough for all your essentials plus more and don't look bulky on the body.
    • We have the hottest styles: we've kept the cool rounded pack shape of the classic 90s fanny pack and given the fabric a serious upgrade. It's water-resistant and comes in tons of rad prints – from ice cream cones, to retro geometric patterns, to grungey florals, to pop-art – we've got something for every personality.
    • Top quality: Fanny Factory fanny packs come with premium YKK zippers and a YKK buckle, plus 600D polyester fabric that's both water-resistant and washable.
    • They're a fashion statement: wearing a Fanny Factory fanny pack isn't just smart, functional and convenient. It's also edgy AF. Stand out at music festivals, while traveling, or even at the gym. There is no proper time or place for coolness. Coolness is a mindset – if you've got it, you're wearing a fanny pack.
    • Hidden pocket: you may like to make a splash with your outfits, but everyone needs a little privacy some times. We've included a hidden pocket under the flap of every Fanny Factory fanny pack for your most personal and discreet items.

    The Best Fanny Packs available online

     

    Why Bring the Fanny Pack Back Now?

    There's no better time than now for the glorious return of the fanny pack. 90s fashion is back and accessories from your childhood have become cool again. The choker necklace, high-waisted jeans, crop tops, a plaid shirt tied around your waist – these are all fashion relics from the 90s that have made a chic comeback. If the fanny pack is wrong, we don't wanna be right!

    Hipster Fanny Factory Retro 90s Fashion Fanny Pack