My favorite everyday adventuring gear

Fanny packs are seriously underrated. Of all the gear I tote around town, a fanny pack is the one accessory I need to make sure I have all the other stuff I might need. Nothing says “Don’t worry, I’ve got your back” like the telltale click of my favorite fanny’s buckle around my waist. In go the car keys, a pair of sunglasses, phone, chapstick, and whatever else I need. Especially with the advent of smart keys for cars (I just got my first smart key vehicle, actually) the need to keep essentials on your person is more dire than ever before!

But not all fannies are created equal. I personally own seven different brands of fanny packs (does this officially make me a fanny enthusiast?) and have to say the different features make a big difference.

Check out the Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack Bum Bag, my favorite lightweight fanny pack. The ripstop material is impressively strong yet lightweight, it handles getting wet well, and maximizes the storage space, which is admittedly not much given the 1L capacity. But it fits what I typically need it to for hiking, a day outside, or even just grocery shopping. It comes in a couple of different fun colors, and as I’ve come to expect from Patagonia products, is extremely well-made.

I own so many hats that a floor to ceiling over-the-door rack can’t hold them all! I’m definitely a hat-lover, perhaps even verging on- dare I say- collector… and have a special penchant for trucker hats. One of my all-time favorite hats is this Billabong Womens Trucker Hat. It comes in a few color options, and I love the fit and simple but very cool design that reminds me of surfing and the ocean.

A great pair of sunglasses is a game-changer. A someone with eyes that are fairly sensitive to light, I wear mine even on cloudy days and need something really comfortable with maximum protection. I received a pair of Oakley Frogskins as a gift and they have been my go-to pair ever since.

My favorite features of the Frogskins are the style and look of the frames, how surprisingly lightweight they are, and the fact that they never get uncomfortable on my head. I can wear them for hours and hours on end and they feel too tight- I don’t even feel them at all. And perhaps best of all, they look great with my vast collection of hats!

Do you own any of this everyday gear or have other go-to favorites for bopping around town? If so, I’d love to hear about it- leave me a comment and let me know what essential adventuring accessories I should try out.

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