Backpacks suffer a lot of wear and tear, are tossed around, and are often subjected to heavy loads. If you want yours to last, give it the TLC it deserves.
- Step 1: Keep the backpack clean. Dirt causes fabrics to deteriorate.
- FACT: Health authorities recommend that you never carry a backpack that weighs more than 10 to 20 percent of your total body weight.
- Step 2: Avoid slinging the backpack over one shoulder. This puts an enormous amount of stress on the carrying strap.
- Step 3: Do not overload the backpack. Doing so is bad for your back and bad for the backpack.
- TIP: Consider purchasing a backpack with wheels.
- Step 4: Use the backpack as intended, and use the shoulder and waist straps. Wearing the backpack properly puts less strain on the construction.
- Step 5: Purchase a quality backpack. It should be made of sturdy material and have a reinforced bottom.