Luggage Tips  -May 16, 2016



         Planning on ‘The Big Trip’ this summer?  It is important to choose, pack and lift your luggage correctly, in order to avoid muscle and joint pain. Over-packed and poorly-designed luggage are common causes of neck, shoulder and back pain. Follow these tips to take the pain out of your vacation.
Choosing Luggage

  • Look for sturdy, light-weight, and high-quality luggage
  • Choose a bag with wheels and handle, even carry-ons
  • If using a backpack, ensure that it is adjustable, with shoulder and waist straps to evenly distribute weight

Packing Luggage

  • Place items in a few smaller bags instead of just one large suitcase
  • Pack heavy items at the bottom of bags
  • Limit carry-on luggage to less than 10% of your body weight
  • Only pack what you absolutely need! Chances are that where you are travelling will have the needed products

Lifting Luggage

  • When lifting baggage, get close to the load and stand with feet shoulder width apart
  • Bend at your knees and hips, let your legs do the lifting
  • Keep the load close to your body and avoid twisting your back. Instead, shuffle with your feet when you need to change directions
  • If using shoulder sling bags, switch sides often to reduce strain

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