A heavy backpack can cause injury and discomfort that lasts for a long time after the backpack is removed. If we can’t avoid the heavy stuff, what’s the best way to carry our poor, over-stuffed bags with ease?
Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize your pain and wear your backpack more comfortably.
These tips will help you wear your backpack in comfort and reduce your risk of injury.
1. Keep You Pack Close To Your Body
Balance is important for distributing weight properly throughout the backpack. Heavy items are best positioned midway up your back and as close to your body as possible. In addition, mid-weight objects must be evenly distributed from one side to the other. For traveling on a rugged trail or rough terrain, heavy weight should sit lower in the backpack.
Put on your backpack and look in the mirror. If you see a big space between your backpack and your spine, adjust your shoulder straps so the backpack is close to your body.
2. Wear Both Straps
Sure, it looks cool to wear a one-strap backpack, but wearing both straps reduces the burden on your shoulders and helps you stand up straighter. If your backpack comes with a sternum strap and waist strap, wear them! These straps help keep the pressure evenly spread over the front of your body.
3. Distribute Weight Evenly
Keep the weight evenly distributed in the backpack. Side-to-side weight should be the same throughout the backpack. Place the heaviest item in the middle or near the bottom of the backpack. Don’t wear a top-heavy backpack.
4. Limit the Weight
How much does your backpack weigh? Your backpack should equal no more than 15% of your body weight at any given time. If you’re not sure how much your bag weighs, find out by weighing yourself with and without the backpack. If the bag is too heavy, remove some items until it is a more manageable weight.
5. Make Adjustments When Necessary
The shape of your body will change with the seasons, especially if you wear thick layers to stay warm in winter. Adjust your backpack periodically to ensure that it continues to fit snugly (but not too snugly) against the curves of your body.
6. Keep Your Stuff Densely Packed
Fill in any empty spaces in your backpack with small items to ensure that your backpack is solidly packed. This makes wearing your backpack more comfortable and makes it easier to maintain center of gravity.
Still cannot fix the problem? Try our ITR One backpack – it solves the biomechanics problems of backpacks. They balance the weight in front and behind for minimum impact, strain-free load carrying.
By attaching everything close to your back, we can distribute the weight more evenly and swift the center of gravity closer across your body, so you won’t feel you are being pulled back by the backpack and make it feel lighter.
Also published on Medium.