Remember the days when wearing your backpack with only one strap on your shoulder was cool? Not anymore.
A heavy backpack can injure the back, neck, and shoulders. It can also create poor posture by causing you to lean forward and round your shoulders. To prevent back and neck pain, take a look at these five tips on how to properly wear a backpack and warning signs of improper backpack use.
Tips on How to Properly Wear a Backpack
- The backpack should be worn with straps tight on both shoulders so that the bag stays close to the body.
- Ensure that the bag does not hang more than two inches below the waistline.
- Use the hip strap or wait best to reduce strain on your back.
- Monitor the weight of the backpack so it does not get too heavy.
- Carry only neccessary items in the backpack
Warning Signs of Improper Backpack Use
- Pain in back, neck, shoulders, or knees
- Red marks on shoulders from backpack straps
- Tingling or numbnes in the arms
- Difficulty getting the backpack on or off
- Forward posture when wearing the backpack
- Poor posture when not wearing the backpack
Remember to pack it light and pack it right. Look for backpacks that are the appropriate size for the carrier, has padded shoulder straps that adjust, and is made of lightweight material. Don’t let the bag exceed 15% of your body weight and make sure the weight is evenly distributed in the backpack. You can do so by packing the heaviest items closest to the body. Altego carries backpacks that fit the lightweight and padded criteria.