A bum bag is known by different names in different parts of the world. They are called fanny packs, belt packs, moon bags, etc. in countries from the US to South Africa. These terms refer to a pouch made of fabric or leather or other man made material. This pouch is then strapped at the front of the body around the waist just above the hips.

These were very popular especially among tourists around the mid-1980s up to the 90s. You can still find them today being worn once again mainly by tourists. Although the popularity has gown down a bit, it was brought once again to the forefront when well- known designers promoted them in their fashion collection.

Bum bags are very convenient because of the way they are strapped on the body. It leaves ones hands free to manoeuvre whilst the bag is securely positioned on the body. You can find these in many different colours and designs to cater to individual tastes and fashion trends. Although the staple bum bag is black in colour and discrete in its designs, one can find those that have many kinds of embellishments on them. Some come in neon colours as well as floral fabrics and geometric designs.

Many now have numerous compartments as well as hidden ones to help keep cash and other valuables safe whilst travelling. Since it is strapped and positioned to the front of the body, there is very little chance of pick-pockets succeeding in stealing the contents of these bags. A lot of people also wear them under their jackets making it even more difficult for any chance of being the victim of pick pockets.

You can also find these bags made from plastic or other water-resistant material to keep them dry in case of rain, etc. These are especially useful for those who use them when hiking or going on jungle treks where the weather can be unpredictable. It is also useful when traveling during winter season when there could be snow and chances of getting wet from snow is high.

People also appreciated the fact that it is always visible to them and that it was accessible at all times. It is usually big enough to carry important documents such as passports and cash and even small items of shopping.
During its height of popularity, many people started wearing them whilst going shopping because of its convenience. Women especially liked it because it was strapped in front, was visible and easily accessible.

It also meant that you had both arms free to move about without having to carry a handbag over one shoulder. Men also found that it was more convenient to have their cash in these bags rather than their back trouser pockets where the chances of being pick pocketed was high. It also meant that one did not have to wear a jacket specifically to carry their wallets.

Bum bags are worn all over the world and many people can be found wearing them whilst traveling and even by those selling produce in farmers markets! These bags have proven to be convenient and the bag of choice for those who want freedom of movement whilst going about their daily business or whilst traveling.

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