The 7 Best Belt Bags Perfect for the Outdoors

Hands-free belt bags are the convenient and stylish must-have accessory for any outdoor activity

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The belt bag is trending and it’s easy to see why they are back in style. The compact hands-free bag is extremely versatile and convenient. It’s an essential workwear accessory—along with fleece vests and fleece jackets—especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

Belt bags are a no-brainer solution for storing essentials on the go: phone, keys, wallet, sunglasses, lip balm and other items you reach for frequently while walking your dog, working on a DIY project, visiting a local farmers market or taking short hikes in the woods. We found the most stylish and functional options perfect for any alfresco adventure.

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Athleta Excursion Waistbag

This belt bag from Athleta is perfect for commuting, going to work or the gym and traveling. The main compartment has interior pockets, a zippered compartment and a keyring to help you stay organized while on the go. There’s also a zipper stash pocket at the top for quick access to items you use frequently.

The water-repellent recycled nylon material resists snags and tears. Two compression straps on the side help safely secure essentials inside the bag, and a mesh back adds a little extra comfort for your hips. Wear it around your waist, across your body or use the top handle to carry it in your hand. While you’re shopping, check out the essential products to stay warm this winter.

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Patagonia Utility Belt Bag

Patagonia’s five-liter waist pack includes plenty of practical storage for long day trips and hikes. The bag has a single-compartment utility design with an interior mesh pocket, plus stretchy water-bottle pockets on the side.

There’s also a small zipper pocket on the front for essentials you’ll need to access easily, and compression straps help keep the load close to your body. Its recycled polyester is extremely durable and weather-resistant, so you can pack for any adventure, rain or shine. And if you’re wondering whether to shop Patagonia vs North Face, we investigated.

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The North Face Run Belt

If you’re someone who runs outdoors frequently, you need this sleek belt bag from The North Face. It’ll hold your card, keys and phone in an ultra-slim and comfortable body. This minimalist belt bag is made with material that wicks away moisture and sports reflective accents for safety. Its single, structured zipper allows you to easily access everyday essentials while running, biking or rollerblading.

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Lululemon Everywhere Bag

It’s no surprise the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag made our list—it’s quite literally everywhere, and it’s here to stay. This one-liter capacity bag has all the basics, including a single zipper exterior pocket and a water-repellent and easy-to-clean fabric.

The simple and sleek pick fits your phone, keys, cards and a few other necessities as you venture to and from a yoga class, the grocery store or coffee shop. Add a pair of work boots and socks to complete the look.

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Carhartt Waist Pack

This no-fuss belt bag from Carhartt is the perfect accessory for a handyman or DIYer. It has just enough room for your phone, cash, keys and maybe a snack or two. Its durable, water-repellent material helps your things stay dry dry in light rain.

Water will bead up and roll right off the utilitarian waist pack, so a little storm won’t stop you from finishing the job. Choose from three essential colors: black, grey and navy.

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Nike Heritage Waistpack

This sporty Nike belt bag is one of our favorites for everyday use. The main compartment provides secure storage for your phone, wallet and snacks while the smaller pocket on the backside helps keep your keys and travel info safe.

The pack is made with at least 65% recycled polyester and comes in five fashionable colors—including a golden moss and soft pink glaze. This one is the ideal pick for those who live a sporty and active lifestyle.

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Full Moon Hip Pack

Mystery Ranch’s Full Moon belt bag offers the perfect balance of functionality, durability and practicality. Its six-liter capacity roomy interior easily stores essentials, and an interior zippered pocket keeps valuables secure.

A mesh back panel provides cool comfort, and dual compression straps ensure the pack stays close to your body while hiking. A top handle also allows for a quick grab-and-go while on the trails.

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Mary Henn
Mary Henn, MFA is an Associate Shopping Editor at Family Handyman. She’s also a national award-winning writer and journalist. Her expertise lies in interior design, home decor, gardening and outdoor trends. When she’s not working on the latest content at FHM, you can find her reading poetry or hiking with her dog, Henry.