Friday, October 26, 2012

Moving onto backpacks for school

That’s it for me with the huge tote bags. It’s become common for fashion-savvy women everywhere and “please-don’t-think-I’m-a-student” students to carry gigantic tote bags. It is even suggested that huge bags are an “emotional crutch” for women, reflecting “women’s role as caretakers” and their desire to portray that to anyone who glances their way.

Hello, Katie Holmes and her super-size Birkin.

”Whatever you have, I have it right here. No, really. In here.”


It is crazy how heavy school bags can add up to. For a library study session I need my laptop, a textbook, 240 pages of powerpoint slides, snacks for marathon study sessions and an emergency jacket. I was having neck pains on one side from always carrying my tote bag on my left shoulder. I went over to weigh my tote bag which came in at 13 pounds. I organized the clutter and moved the rest into a backpack.

Still, carrying around a backpack is no free pass. Backpacks should weigh no more than 15% of your body weight to prevent long-term injuries.

Where can we get a magic carpet bag like Mary Poppins (picture)? Like the iCloud, but… for real stuff.

mary poppins bag

What can you toss out from your bag today?