Updated December 07, 2020 by Melissa Harr

The 8 Best Waterproof Fanny Packs

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Fanny packs and hip sacks go in and out of style, but there are plenty of activities that justify reaching for one of these waterproof models. They'll keep your electronics and other valuables out of harm's way while you're relaxing at the beach, snorkeling, hiking, or lounging on a boat. We’ve included models with a range of capabilities, in styles that should suit most fashion sensibilities. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Blue Sky Basics

2. Freegrace Dry Bags

3. AiRunTech Pouch

Editor's Notes

December 04, 2020:

Since the SealLine Seal Pak is currently unavailable, we've replaced it with the more waterproof and budget-friendly AiRunTech Pouch. While it comes in several color options, you can only interact with your mobile device through the transparent versions.

We've also opted to remove the Loksak SplashSak, as we believe there are several alternatives that are more tried and tested. For example, we just added the highly popular, Freegrace Dry Bags to our list. For a surprisingly low cost, you'll receive a multi-gallon rucksack, a fanny pack, and a touchscreen-friendly phone case. Though the waist bag and phone case are only available in black, you can choose from several colors, styles, and sizes for the rucksack.

If you don't think you'll need all the extra storage the Freegrace Dry Bags provide, the RunTasty Belt might be your best bet. It offers just enough room for your smartphone, so you can safely capture photos or videos while boating, snorkeling, and engaging in other aquatic adventures.

June 03, 2019:

At this time, it remains hard to beat the Blue Sky Basics Pouch, which is offered in a handy two-pack. Both are simple enough to use, but effective, acting as the perfect companion to your summertime and vacation fun. The iKuShang 3-Pack is similar, although it's a bit pricier; it does, however, come in more colors. After some consideration, we decided to keep the SealLine Seal Pak and the Geckobrands Tarpaulin Waist Pack. They are both made to high quality standards, but you should be aware that they aren't meant for submersion — so you shouldn't plan to wear them while snorkeling, swimming, or cavorting in the ocean or pool. Finally, we decided to keep the Waterfly Slim Soft, as well, although it's more of a water-resistant model. It has more pockets than most others, though, so it might come in handy for light duty.

Special Honors

SixtyFourWest Travel Belt The SixtyFourWest Travel Belt isn't for submerging, but if you plan on getting splashed or sweaty, it can help you keep your most precious items safe, including tickets, cash, cards, and passport. Made for discreetness, it's slim enough to be worn under your clothes. sixtyfourwestbelts.com

Mountainsmith Dry Tour Considered to be a technical lumbar pack, the Mountainsmith Dry Tour is probably a bit much for lounging by the pool but is just right for fishing, hiking, and all other fast-paced, but wet, activities. Its detachable water bottle holster helps you stay you hydrated, too. mountainsmith.com

Patagonia Stormfront Fans of the company's high-quality adventuring products will appreciate the Patagonia Stormfront, a hip pack that can hold a beefy 10 liters of gear. Of course, this also makes it a bit bulky to wear, but it includes a padded neck strap for weight distribution. patagonia.com

4. iKuShang 3-Pack

5. NKTM Waist Strap

6. Geckobrands Tarpaulin

7. RunTasty Belt

8. Waterfly Slim


Melissa Harr
Last updated on December 07, 2020 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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