Different ways of holding the bag, the weight of the bag, the length, angle and placement of the straps all affect the body posture and the degree of effort. Years of wrong posture in carrying the bag may be the cause of your shoulder, neck, lower back pain, or your posture may be off-track
Most importantly, light
The lighter the total weight of the bag, the better, try not to exceed 10% of your body weight, at most 20%. Relatively thin people need to reduce their burden.
Because no matter how you hold it, the heavier the bag, the more crooked the body. Not only does the angle of the head and the body become larger, the intervertebral discs in the middle of the spine will also be compressed even more. These will increase the pressure on the tissues around the spine and the joints of the lower limbs, causing pain everywhere and joint damage
If the items to be brought are too heavy, use boxes instead. Under the same weight, the body posture when pulling or pushing a box is better than that of a backpack, so it is comfortable and labor-saving, especially if you need to stand for a long time (the box pull rod is long enough to stand upright). But when there are many ramps and steps on the road, a backpack is easier than carrying a suitcase
Don't dislike the backpack, healthy
In addition to weight, the way of backpacking has the greatest impact on the body. Some people think that the backpack is ugly, but the symmetrical posture on both sides is healthier than the one-shoulder.
Bilateral is better than unilateral
When held on one side, the bag on one side will pull the body sideways, causing scoliosis, high and low shoulders, uneven force on the legs, and easy head, shoulder and neck, back and lower limb joint pain. For a bag of the same weight, changing to a double shoulder can significantly reduce these discomforts.
Alternate back and forth, walking behind
People often hang their backpacks on their chests for convenience or safety. This is not easy to bend over and hunch back, but the body is leaned back more than when you are back, and the waist pressure is greater. When the backpack is standing for a long time, it can alternate back and forth, but when walking around, it is more comfortable to carry it behind you
The shoulder width is soft and the spacing is narrow
Shoulder pain when backpacking is often related to the shoulder strap. The wide and padded soft belt is more comfortable. The distance between the two shoulder straps should not be too large. The angle is best to be 48°~60°. Too much distance or angle will increase shoulder pressure and may cause shoulder pain
Make the center of the bag waist-high
When adjusting the shoulder straps, first ensure that the lengths of both sides are the same, and then adjust the length of the shoulder straps according to your height so that the center of the bag is at the waist. If the shoulder strap is too short, carry the bag on the upper back, it may be uncomfortable for the shoulders and neck, and breathing is not smooth. If the shoulder strap is too long, if the bag is placed on the hip, the waist will be uncomfortable, and the bag will shake when walking, making it more laborious