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The Secret to a Comfortable Backpack

An ill-fitting backpack can cause some uncomfortable repercussion that last for a while. Packing a bag is not that easy, but you can employ some resources to help you. The key to a comfortable bag is having the right fit and organized packing. Here we will show you how to adjust your bag well to avoid injuring your shoulder, neck and back, and how to pack your bag well.

Packing Your Backpack

One secret to having a comfortable backpack is packing a balanced weight. The load needs to be centered and near your body so that the backpack won’t pull on your shoulders leading to shoulder pain.

1. Lightweight things such as socks and shirts should be put at the bottom of your bag. Pack them densely enough such that they are not compressed too much by the heavy items.

2. Put heavy things such as footwear, a laptop, or camera in the center of your bag. Let them stay close to your body.

3. Pack your medium-weight things such as jackets and trousers around your heavier things in the top half part of the bag. Use these to fill out the backpack and maintain its structure.

You should carry just what you need, if you aren’t going to necessarily need something, leave it behind. Don’t carry excess luggage. By packing only what you really need, you lessen the weight on the shoulders, and you also leave room to add extra things later on as you travel.

Adjusting Your Backpack’s Fit

A well-fitted backpack feels light and natural. Chest straps and hip belts might not be very appealing, but they serve an important purpose. They are put there to give you comfort and safety. When used well, a hip belt shifts 8/10 of your bag’s weight from your back to the hip region, hence your leg muscles carry most of the load.

Shoulder straps can make or break the carrying comfort of the backpack. Thick straps might be cushy, but the width of the straps is what determines the comfort. Wider straps even the pressure over your shoulders, thus you will feel good for longer while travelling. The best backpacks have a balance in thickness and width.

Steps to Follow

  • Unbuckle and loosen the straps.
  • Put on the backpack
  • Adjust the chest strap vertically such that it is across your sternum. Buckle up and tighten this strap to bring the shoulder straps closer together, ensure that the shoulder straps aren’t pulling on your shoulders.
  • Adjust the shoulder straps so that the bag is lying against your back comfortably.
  • Buckle up and tighten your hip belt on your hips. You will notice that the weight is transferred to the leg muscles.
  • Make some final adjustments to your hip belt and shoulder straps until most of the load is switched to your hips.

Follow these steps and your backpack may feel very comfortable.

More Tips for Your Backpack.

  • Choose the right size. A 16L bag is for carrying minimal items like groceries, a 20L is for carrying a change of clothes and some gear for one day, while 32L size caters for bulkier goods like clothes for a whole week.
  • Roll top or Zip top: roll tops are more secure, whereas zip tops are easier to access.
  • Don’t go for the gimmicks as they increase the weight of the bag.
  • Don’t over pack, just carry what you need for the trip.
  • More pockets may lead to more problems.
  • Wider shoulder straps are the best.
  • If you have a hot back, you should consider some panel placement to ease the journey. Mesh material is great as it promotes air circulation.

So there it is. There are some factors you can put into place to have a comfortable backpack.

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