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5 Light Packing Tips to Save Your Back From Trouble
Bags are considered to be our trusty allies. And we don’t just call them trusty for nothing; they should aid us in carrying our belongings without causing us pain in the long run. Heavy packs can usually cause spine problems, and we don’t want that to happen— not to us and most especially not to our kids.
We tend to bring an extra pair of this and that when in fact, we don’t use them on a daily basis. It’s true that packing an additional piece of something makes us feel safer but do we really need them? Well, that’s one question we have to keep asking ourselves until we learn how to pack lightly— a lesson we can eventually pass on to our kids someday. You know what they say, always teach them young!
Here are some tips on how you can save you and your kids back from future trouble.
Carry Only What Is Necessary
You don’t have to bring your whole cabinet at home. You’re only leaving the house just for a couple of days, and sometimes even just for a day, your back doesn’t deserve to be burdened with a heavy load.
Pack only the stuff that you use almost every day, including toiletries in small containers. If you notice an item inside your bag that you haven’t used in more than a week or so, remove it and just leave it at home.
As for your child, also help her acknowledge which belongs in her everyday backpack and which doesn’t. Remind her about her locker at school and how she can take advantage of it. If you have extra funds, you can even consider purchasing another set of books for home use only. In that case, she won’t have to worry about leaving a book inside her locker, especially during her exams.
Organize You Bag’s Contents
Most backpacks have several pockets inside, be sure to use them. It can help you organize the contents of your bag. The small one can be for your phone, power bank, and a couple of cords. The larger pocket can be used to stuff books, notepads, or other cases.
A more organized bag means lesser movement when you pull out items from the inside. You won’t have to exert more effort into looking for something when you already know where exactly you’ll find them.
Carry a Lighter Pack
It’s best to choose a bag that is light so it won’t add to the weight you have to carry around. Usually, the best suitcase is the one that weighs light but is sturdy enough to keep all your belongings in place.
A light suitcase is also perfect for your kids who carry a lot of notebooks, pens, and coloring materials with them at school. You don’t want them hurting their backs as early as now.
If you bring a bag that’s already heavy alone, imagine the horror your back will endure if you start putting your stuff in it. Keep in mind that back pain can last a couple of days even after you stop wearing the heavy pack. You don’t want losing sleep because of that.
Avoid Using Small Pouches
While using small pouches can help organize your belongings according to a category, they can take up too much space inside your bag. There can sometimes be awkward spaces between each pouch that you can’t even use. It really matters to make use of the space inside your bag efficiently.
We’re not saying you should stop using them, just choose one or two pouches to put in your everyday pack and you’re good to go.
To avoid bringing unnecessary stuff and causing your suitcase to weigh heavier than expected, try as much as possible to pack early. When you pack early, you can even make a list of what to bring.
This way, you won’t have to panic about bringing everything you lay your eyes on just because you think it’s important and that it’s better to overload your baggage than regret forgetting something behind.
Lighten your load and save your spine from the dreadful problems you might acquire because you just can’t let go of a couple of unnecessary belongings inside your bag.