Back Packs


I remember the days when little kids carried back packs to & from school. Now it seems everyone who is traveling, especially men, are carrying these back packs. Even men in their 60s are carrying back packs. What in the world are they carrying around. By the way we are now in Ireland & have been traveling for 59 days. Neither my wife nor I have these back packs & I certainly wouldn't be caught dead wearing those awful "fanny" packs. What is with men & their back packs. Some sort of security blanket; just like Linus in Peanuts?

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Well if they’re travelling they can’t really carry a suitcase everywhere can they ? I agree about the ‘fanny’ packs or ‘bumbags’ as we call them, practical, but not a good look...

C'est Moi

Dishin' it out.
Houston Y'all
I suppose the backpack fad hasn't hit around here; I haven't seen anyone other than a kid getting on the school bus wearing one. My husband wouldn't carry anything larger than his wallet and I prefer to travel light, too.

Capt Lightning

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As children, the school satchel was the norm until secondary school when a briefcase was more usual. Now we carry lightweight backpacks when we're travelling around. Very practical piece of kit. Be careful of the word "fanny" - it's slang for something different this side of the pond :eek:.


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I'm a hiker and have two backpacks and a bumbag. You need to keep your hands free for negotiating stiles and climbing over obstacles. You see, Packerjohn, there's always a good reason for everything, whatever you may think!


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We had one helluva’ fight during the boarding process a few years before I retired. A man, pretty good size, had a backpack on and went to turn around in the aisle to sit down. When he did, his backpack struck a young girl about 15 in the face causing her to bleed. The father was standing behind her.

Well, daddy went off and called this guy everything, except a man. The next thing that happened was that I heard a scream and came out of the cockpit to see two guys duking it out. I told the First Officer to call the airport police. Meanwhile, I’m climbing over the seats to get to these two guys. Can you imagine me, a 6’4” man climbing over seats?

By the time I got to them, the big man with the backpack was lying on the floor covering his face and two other guys were pulling the other fellow off of him. Needless to say, the big man and the other man and his family were escorted off of the plane in handcuffs (just the 2 men). After that, we concluded the boarding process and took off.

I have also seen a few fights in airports because people have been struck with a backpack. I don’t think people are aware of the space they have behind them (or lack of) when they have on a backpack. Whenever I stand behind someone with one on, I give them extra room. We do have some pilots that also wear them. My airline did not allow us to wear one because they said they looked unprofessional.

Gary O'

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Neither my wife nor I have these back packs & I certainly wouldn't be caught dead wearing those awful "fanny" packs. What is with men & their back packs. Some sort of security blanket; just like Linus in Peanuts?

It’d chafe

And, seriously…no

If I needed that much gear I’d use a horse


In my defense, I'm left unsupervised
Texas Coast
I remember the days when little kids carried back packs to & from school...
Oh, they still do, more than ever. Had to have words with my granddaughter's 5th grade teacher this year, about the amount of weight in those things!
Teacher demanded the kids take all their books and belongings home every night, (no homework involved) so that she wouldn't have to keep track of anything.
Now my granddaughter weights 78# and her backpack weighed in at 17# .. such a bad idea .... Teacher relented with the explanation, and let her leave about 10# of books at school overnight. But she was the only one allowed to do that.


The mouthy one ;)
Nashville TN
Instead of a laptop case I use a backpack made for a laptop. It has extra cushioning for protection, enough pockets that I can carry charging cords for laptop and phone, my external drive, a mousepad and mouse if I'm going to be doing extensive computer work and don't want to mess with the trackpad, various other bits and pieces that I might need for work. I can sling it on my back and keep my hands free, able to carry it, my purse, whatever else I might be toting without any trouble. The nice thing about backpacks is that they distribute the weight evenly across my back, rather than feeling lopsided with a satchel or laptop case just strung over one shoulder.

I also use a fanny pack when I ride. On the motorbike is no place for a hefty purse, but a fanny pack is just big enough to store my phone, money, ID, chapstick and facemask. Completely hands free as well, so I'm not worried about holding a bag on my shoulder, or cramming it between Ron and me when we're riding. I can position it on my hip so it's not between me and Ron or at my back making it hard to lean back comfortably on the backrest.


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The State Troopers Assn. recommends fanny packs when traveling. They are considered safer than a shoulder bag and less vulnerable to be stolen. The main issue with this type of bag is to make sure that it has a safety latch.

I only ever remember investigating one incident of a stolen fanny pack and that was in Hershey Park. The lady’s bag latched with a slide in the back. This type is considered easy for pickpockets to grab and run. She lost her $400.00 camera and a few hundred bucks in cash. Thankfully for her, she did have a travel waiver on her homeowners policy.


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When it comes to toting possessions, one size definitely does not fit all situations. During the process of airline or train traveling, DH and I use backpacks for laptops, lunches, books, and other items we use while in our seats. When at a theme park, if lockers are available I bring a tote bag with warmer clothing for when the sun goes down (otherwise we trek back to the car to fetch them when it gets chilly or leave the park at that time) and my purse holds everything else - as it normally does.

When traveling we wear very thin waist wallets under our clothing for the bulk of our cash, our passports and credit cards. My purse or backpack (depending on the day's schedule) holds a small amount of cash, sunscreen, cell phone and other items that are either bulky or will be needed often.

While in Italy a few years ago, we were eating at a lovely sidewalk cafe. The maitre d' kept sliding my cellphone further from the table edge. I thought he was protecting it from falling on the sidewalk, but then he told us that thieves were known to stroll casually past these sidewalk cafes, grab cellphones or purses and be halfway down the block to before the guests could get out of their seats. We were grateful to not learn that lesson the hard way.

Patio Life

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I have a waist pack, actually several, because I want my hands free. My purses are also the backpack style. They can hold quite a bit of stuff for a day outing and everything the kid wants me to "hold" for him. We call it the Magic Mom Bag.
I don't get this anti-backpack sentiment. I'm with RoseMarie. Wife and I do day hiking trips and I do solo walking/hiking trips to the UK every year. I need a backpack to carry gear for possible changing weather (rain, temp swings), food, water, maps/book, and first aid kit. Also, I learned after first trip to UK about those 'stiles' you have to climb over and yes, the pack makes it easy.


My wife and I use day packs when we hike to carry lunch, rain gear, additional insulation, first aid stuff. They are very handy. I also have a fanny pack that I use for shorter hikes, especially in hot weather where a regular daypack keeps my back too hot.
Neither one of them make a good fashion statement.