A consumer report has found that 16% of women buy a handbag on impulse and nearly one in 10 men purchased a bag in the last year. The report, by Mintel, also found that 21% of women would buy a bag to accompany a new outfit.
How you pack and carry a bag, especially large bags, can have important effects on your posture. Large bags can weigh up to 3kgs before anything gets put in it and this only gets worse as the user loads it up. Also, a larger bag is more unwieldy and more difficult to deal with. Heavy big bags can cause neck and shoulder strain as well as the long term affects on posture.
Here are some useful tips:
– The lighter you keep your bag the better, especially if you have to carry it about all day. The most important thing is to check the contents of your bag(s) each day and only carry those items you need for the day ahead – it is surprising how many people carry unnecessary weight each and every day.
– If buying a single strap bag, make sure the strap is long enough so you can wear the bag cross body, enabling you to keep the bag and it’s weight close to your body. Remember to keep your shoulders relaxed when carrying a bag in this way.
– Avoid holding a bag with long straps high up in the crook of your arm or down towards your knees as this will put an uneven load on your body.
– There is no ‘maximum’ weight for a bag, as it all depends on the size and strength of the person and the style of bag used. Bags that distribute weight more evenly across the back will put less strain on the body, so something like a rucksack is always best as long as it is carried on both shoulders and the straps adjusted so that the bag is held close to your back.