One of my pet peeves is watching schoolchildren and even young adults, wearing backpacks that are hanging very low on their backs. Anyone who has done any serious backpacking (hiking, camping, Army/Marines) knows that you pull those two front straps as tight as is conveniently possible. That way, the weight is distributed more evenly across your shoulders. When it hangs low, the weight is supported by your lower back. Low-slung packs can create back pain in the short-run, and more serious problems for the long-term.

The linked article by Wendy Bumgartner, from About.COM, also has other useful links.
The proper way to wear a pack is in the first picture. Two and three shows the improper ways to do so.



  1. #1 by Tenzing Norgay on December 2, 2012 - 10:06 PM

    Buckle the hip belt. Adjust the shoulder straps to fit to your shoulders, then either cinch or loosen, such that you can no longer feel the weight on anywhere but your hips. You let-out the hip belt and ensure it’s contacting your whole waist, right above the hip bones… Then decide if it’s worth fastening the sternum strap. Now, squeel laykh uh PEEG!

  2. #2 by cheekos on December 7, 2012 - 3:59 PM

    Tenzing, thanks very much for the Comment. This Post was basically written to address very elementary Backpacks that many Young People, in the U.S., use to carry books to and from school. They mostly just have the two shoulder straps, unfortunately carry a heavier weight than they should and are seated way down on the back–potentially causing problems in later years.

  3. #3 by on August 19, 2014 - 7:57 PM

    There are also mesh bags that can be bought to cover backpacks if you have to leave them alone somewhere or need to check them in. Again, these things can be locked around to avoid people tampering with them.

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