The Advantages of Rolling Backpacks


July 2, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Backpack Tips


One of the most useful additions to portable bags is the invention of the rolling backpacks.  With all of the convenience of a traditional design, these backpacks are more adept at making carrying essential items more comfortable.  They can work as carry on luggage on planes, in some cases they can be used as briefcases with important equipment and paperwork stored inside.  The designs are virtually limitless and rolling backpacks can be successfully used by people in all walks of life.  Everyone from elementary students to busy professionals will find that using a backpack with wheels is the fastest, most back friendly way to get their belongings from Point A to Point B.

There are few key elements to keep in mind when choosing the right rolling backpack for you.  The first thing to consider is ergonomics.  Rolling backpacks should be as compatible to the person using it as possible.  For example the handle should be long enough to allow the owner the ability to walk upright when pulling it without any hunching or distortion of the back and shoulders.  Since all terrains won’t allow for the wheels to be used, be sure the shoulder straps are padded and wide enough for comfort.  It is also a good idea to try on the pack to determine if it sits at least 2 inches above the waist.  This is essential for the proper fit.

Most experts recommend that a backpack of any type, rolling backpacks included, not be packed with any weight above 20% of the person’s body weight.  This is especially important to consider when purchasing a pack for children.  Teach them to pack their rolling backpacks in such a way as to evenly distribute the weight of their school supplies.  For an adult, the same rule applies and the best thing to do is use the rolling feature to help protect those easily damaged back muscles and spine.

Of course the appearance of the rolling backpacks is important as well.  Students and young adults will probably prefer a backpack that doesn’t look like carry on luggage.  Fortunately these backpacks come a wide variety of styles and colors, so finding the perfect look shouldn’t be too much of a problem.  Older adults and professionals have a lot of option in rolling backpacks as well.  Many are styled to look like a small carryon case or even a professional looking tote.  Once again, there are plenty of designs for men, women, and students that are appealing to each group.

Rolling backpacks are a huge benefit to busy people on the go.  They are less stressful for the back and shoulders and are incredibly convenient.