The Fannypack. It was popular in the 80s and 90s. Shockingly, it’s starting to make a comeback in the fashion world, even though it is worn a little bit different (across the chest). Thankfully for a person wheelchair bound, they’re very convenient! When I started driving and gained independence, I needed a quick and efficient way of organizing my money, cards, and medical gear. I was talking to my hairstylist about my life and she brought up the use of a fanny pack and how perfect it would be. I smiled in agreement, but little did I know she was 100% serious. The following week, I saw her at church and she told me she had a present for me. Not only did she have a cute and stylish fanny pack, her husband removed the zipper handle and replaced them with D rings, so I could efficiently zip or unzip the pockets! I don’t think anyone could have a better hairstylist!
From that day forward, the Fannypack (with D rings) has changed my independence. Here are 10 reasons why the Fannypack is so great for wheelchair users:
- There are minimal pockets. This gives me easier access to items.
- I don’t need a wallet. I organize my credit cards and cash in whichever pocket is quick to access but also separates it from the main compartment. Narrow pockets are typically harder for me to open so if I shop for new Fannypack‘s, I keep my eye open for wide pockets.
- It is big enough for a cath kit. To be honest, I typically I do not store cath kits in one. I have a nurse’s caddy bag that I Velcro onto my arm rest which is small but stores my medical necessities, which are few.
- You don’t have to worry about annoying purse straps on your lap.
- You can hang them on anything. If I need to, I can hang it on my arm rest, the back of my chair, or on the armrest in my van. If I put it on the armrest in my van, it is when I’m driving.
- They are in style. And if they ever go out of style, I don’t care, and I will still use them!
- It is light in weight. I know I will always be able to lift it up easily in any position I’m in. I can pick it up from the ground with my quadtool reacher and it’s easy for my hands to hold without risk of dropping it. (Hand problems).
- It’s small enough that it does not get in the way of other things on my lap. I can hold my water bottle, a laptop bag, and my fanny pack!
- It fits perfectly against my quad gut;)
- (If you add D rings) The D rings are perfect touch and takes zero time for me to open any pocket. You can find these at any fabric or craft store.