Whether you have a bag that needs to be replaced or simply feel like treating yourself, you may want to consider an option that leaves your hands free. After all, the less you have to fiddle with your bag, the less likely you are to spread germs. Plus, hands-free bags have a ton of benefits, like the fact that they make it easy to check your phone, walk your dog, carry a soda—or another bag—all at the same time.
If you’re not sure which hands-free bag is right for you, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up six great options you can enjoy year-round.
Fanny packs are back in, although unlike in the 1980s, these days they’re as likely to be worn slung over one shoulder as looped around your hips. The Fifth Avenue Waist Pack is a versatile, unisex option that works both ways. What’s more, it comes in a variety of patterns and colors— and, yes, even suede—and is just large enough to comfortably hold both your essentials and a few extras.
If fanny packs aren’t your style, consider the Weekender. With its minimalist design, it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a bag that’s a little less on-trend. The adjustable shoulder strap makes it easy to get the Weekender to lay just right for comfort, while the front utility straps help keep your items secure.
Looking for a bag with a lot more sparkle, and a skosh more space? The Half-Pit FX Mini Backpack is roomier than the bags above, but still smaller than a full-size backpack. Plus, it comes in two chic and fun patterns: the kaleidoscopic Rainbow Splash and the tone-on-tone Python Please. And because it’s a backpack, the weight you carry is evenly distributed, meaning it’s good for your posture, even when you fill it all the way up.
Or, split the difference between the Half Pint and the Fifth Avenue or the Weekender bag with a Quarter Pint FX: a cute little bag that’s big enough to hold your essentials while still giving you the flexibility of a backpack. This version comes in both a disco-fun metallic and softer rose pattern, so you can pick whichever you prefer—or get both, and you can wear the one that suits your mood that day.
You could also go smaller. The Kitsack is a cylindrical bag with a drawstring, ideal for carrying around multiple sizes of water bottles or accessories. There’s also a mesh pocket on the back, perfect for smaller items. You can wear the Kitsack on its own or layer it with an existing bag, so that you can quickly and easily grab your water bottle without having to dig through your bag or worry about leaks.
Just as its name suggests, the Essential Carryall is ideally-suited to carrying all of your essentials. Its slim profile can hold your cash, credit cards, keys, smartphone, and chapstick—and not much else, which is the beauty of this bag; you can’t stuff it to the brim and wind up with a bag that’s too heavy for the long-haul or too crammed to find a thing in. Plus, you can keep your basics in here everyday, then slip the entire bag into a larger one to help you stay organized on the days when you need a little more room.
Still worried about germs? Here’s what you need to know about sanitizing your bag.
By: Jessen O’Brien