Tips for Having a Lighter Backpack

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Francesca Testen, In Focus Editor

Does it ever feel like your backpack weighs
too much? Studies show that carrying a backpack
that is too heavy can cause neck, shoulder,
and back pain. Here are a few tips to
lighten your load.

1. CLEAN OUT YOUR BACKPACK EVERY
SO OFTEN
Most of the time, it’s little things like pencils,
old handouts from last semester, and that book
you thought you lost that are making your
backpack heavy. Go through your backpack
once every two weeks to clear out the junk.

2. CARRY YOUR LUNCHBOX
Your lunch box or bag probably doesn’t feel
that heavy, but when it’s on your back along
with a history textbook, two binders, and four
folders, it’s just one more thing that adds
weight to your already heavy bag. The same
also goes for laptops.

3. GET A LOCKER
As inconvenient as it may be at times to get
to a locker during the day, a locker can help
eliminate some weight. You know that heavy
Algebra textbook that weighs about as much
as a bag of apples? Toss that into a locker and
get it before class, that way you won’t be carrying
around unnecessary weight all day…
(See A Secret Unlocked, article in The Hawkeye)

(For the rest of the tips, pick up a copy of The Hawkeye, located at the newsstands by the front office and media center)