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Fanny Packs Were the Biggest Thing at Ultra This Year

Fanny Packs Were the Biggest Thing at Ultra This Year

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By S. Pajot

Once ridiculed as the hilariously embarrassing accessory of choice for fat American tourists, the fanny pack is now a practical piece of party gear for young EDM fanatics.

At music fests such as Ultra - which ran over the weekend in Miami - it was a ubiquitous carry-all for scantily clad ravers with no pockets. Easy, versatile, convenient. Noted pouch enthusiast Andrina (pictured above): "What isn't in my fanny pack!"

Of course some will insist that these pouches must be stuffed with drug paraphernalia. And who knows, maybe they're right! But we spoke with some actual Ultra 2014 denizens to find out:


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"The fanny pack is a festival essential," says Kay Steele, a veteran of Tomorrowland, Tomorrowworld, and Electric Daisy Carnival who was enjoying her very first Ultra Music Festival.

And what's in your fanny pack, Ms. Steele? "I gotta have my cigarettes, ChapStick, lighter, gum, glasses, ID, and cash. Basically, everything I need!"

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Oh, and it's even got her sorority's tag.

"I go to FSU. And this fanny's flashing Zeta, my sorority's name."


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"Obviously, a guy's gotta come prepared," says fanny packer Hendo, who's apparently got a ton of crap to carry since he's also toting a Pikachu backpack.

"There's a cell phone, wallet, money, just all the random stuff that you need to survive out here."

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Digging deeper, though, Hendo finds a few other goodies: "Oh! Some Vicks for the nose and chewing gum."

He'd also like to mention that his fanny pack is a vintage piece. "It's literally Bugle Boy! It had the tag and everything! I saw it on eBay! And I was so pumped! Like, 'Oh, yessssss!'"


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"I've got pockets, but they're not very good pockets," Lisa admits. "And I've got a bra, but bras don't really help."

And that's why a young lady needs a high-quality fanny pack, in which to hold her "cigs, reflective glasses, and lighter."

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But one of the drawbacks of the belly bag, as Lisa's friend Rachel points out, is its tendency to "flop around my stomach when a girl is just trying to dance."

Still, the fanny is a fine option. "It holds everything that you're gonna need to have fun, smoke something, and protect your eyes."


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Says Marie: "Well, if you try to use pockets, when you dance, everything comes out!"

Now on her sixth trip to Ultra land, she knows that keeping your junk in order is everything.

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But what exactly is she toting 'round? "Aquaphor ointment, some trippy sticks, money, my ID, and lipstick."

Because, she notes, "You gotta stay looking gooooood and feeling gooooood."


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Meet Jenny, so comfortable with fanny pack livin' that she arrived at Ultra 2014 in a pair of shimmery aqua lamé shorts and a Little Mermaid sports bra - which means no pockets of any kind.

"My PARTY kit takes care of everything," she says. "I got sealed cigarettes, two lighters, my tickets, a pacifier, a phone charger, and a hair brush."

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That's a lot of stuff, girl.

"But you need it! I'm saving the smokes for when I'm stressed. There's no way my phone's gonna die. And I gotta brush my hair for the hot guys," she laughs.

How about the binky? "Oh, my friend's got a baby."


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Twinsies!

These best buddies, Chad (AKA Magical Mother Fucker) and Chloe Christie (AKA Daisy Goddess), actually took a shopping trip to find the perfect pair of matching fanny packs.

"We went to the mall and spent hours looking till it closed," he says.

"And," she adds, "we spent a lot of money!"

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Now, when it comes to the actual packing of his fanny, Chad prefers to keep it simple. "I just have my phone, a charger, and money."

But Chloe Christie loads that lil' pink puppy up. "I have all that stuff too. Plus, contacts and lipstick. Oh, and extra knee-length socks, just in case these ones get wet."

Forget anything? "Food!" they scream. "You know, like chocolate or pizza."

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