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Bigger isn't always better! - August 8th 2010, 06:08 PM

And it totally applies to backpacks too! With a new school year starting, I got a new purple backpack! I'm trying to not pack as much stuff to help save my back. Every year my backpack always feels too heavy! My goal this school year (at least one of them!) is to keep my back light, no more than 6 pounds.
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Re: Bigger isn't always better! - August 8th 2010, 06:13 PM

Which is 2.72kg for anyone wondering what the metric equivalent is

I don't know if it counts for work but all I usually take is a bottle of water and a couple of days lunch. I find it helps immensely if you have somewhere on site to store textbooks and the like such as a locker.

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Re: Bigger isn't always better! - August 8th 2010, 07:18 PM

I usually don't take a backpack I take my purse and just grab a pen and pencil and the book I'll need that day in my hand.

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Re: Bigger isn't always better! - August 10th 2010, 04:16 AM

I carry a large over the shoulder purse, and in it I have at most 3 folders, on three subject notebook, a water bottle, some type of snack/meal bar, pens and pencils, and whatever pleasure book I'm reading at the time. So it's usually pretty light, but if I need my textbook for class I just carry that in my arms if it's heavy or if it's a light one slip it in the bag. But that's for college, so at most it's three classes back to back.

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Re: Bigger isn't always better! - August 10th 2010, 01:49 PM

I have 8 subjects every day, so it's pretty impossible to keep my backback light if I have homework (which I always do) in each subject, and need all the books plus my notebooks and exercise books for them, and my lunch. Mine ends up really heavy but there's nothing I can do about it. I have a base class though so I can't leave my books there when I'm going to another class, but I walk a 20 minute walk too and from school so my back hurts a lot.

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Re: Bigger isn't always better! - August 10th 2010, 02:50 PM

Last year, I had a real problem with keeping my school bag light. I didn't use a backpack - I had a bag to throw over my shoulder, and I actually had to buy a bigger one because my stuff wouldn't fit in my smaller one. xD I had 3 classes in a row with no ability to stop at my car to switch out, so I had to take 3 binders and 3 big books with me. Despite the fact that my shoulder wanted to die for the first few weeks, I did gain some muscles doing it. :P

This year, thankfully, my class schedule is MUCH easier, and I have no more than 2 classes per day, VERY spread apart, which is wonderful. As far as I know, my books for this semester are small, so I can keep my bookbag nice and light. I probably will have to use a backpack this year, which will definitely be a change for my college years. :P

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Re: Bigger isn't always better! - August 10th 2010, 03:05 PM

I LIVED out of my backpack. I lived on lower campus and all my classes were on upper and I never went back home until WAY later in the day. For my health, I think I need to have this goal to keep my backpack lighter. I could always carry my books or know when to not carry books to class I should probably go back to lower more too!

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Re: Bigger isn't always better! - August 11th 2010, 10:19 PM

I hate having a heavy back so I took all my books and left them in my mentors room All I took to school in my bag was a pen, a drink and my makeup (which was the heaviest thing in there, probably )

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Re: Bigger isn't always better! - August 11th 2010, 10:25 PM

Ahaha. I used to hate that.
Eventually I just left all my stuff in my locker except for the stuff I'd need that weekend/night and I'd go to my locker through the day. Then in A level it got to more stuff I had a MASSIVE folder I carried around in my arms all day. Over a year later and I still stop in the middle of the street and think 'shit I forgot my folder'. Its nice to have something to cuddle as you wonder around the halls xD

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Re: Bigger isn't always better! - August 12th 2010, 05:18 PM

I carry a big purse and stick a couple things in that most the time. But my classes are crazy this year so I may be switching to a backpack.

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