Since we have started commuting via walking we have become much more acutely aware of just how heavy our bag is. No longer being students, not much of the weight of the bag, if any, is caused by print books, so what is causing our bag to be so very heavy? Technology.
Granted, we are not exactly carrying a bag that is great for distributing weight, but we are surprised at what a difference removing a few pieces of tech makes on the weight of the bag. Taken separately none of the tech that we carry is very heavy, but together they are such a burden that we discontinued taking our Apple 15" MacBook Pro and Nikon D200 with us every day quite some time ago.
How much is too much? To prevent back problems it's recommended that your bag should not weigh more than 10% of your body weight. Our bag with the MacBook Pro and D200 was definitely over that limit and we are glad that we stopped carrying them every day. Of course with the new MacBook Air announced today we hope to add one to our arsenal as the travel/commute replacement for our MacBook Pro.
In case you were curious, this is the tech currently contained in our satchel:
- Apple iPhone 4
- Apple iPad 2
- Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable
- Apple In-Ear Headphones
- Panasonic DMC LX2 Camera
- Mimobot Blotz Flash Drive
- HP USB Flash Drive
- Duracell PPS2 Battery Charger
- Sound ID 510 Headset
If you are like us and cannot fathom going tech free for the sake of a lighter load, a good bag is must-have (we swear we are going to get one soon). For some bag shopping advice, a great place to look is in our archives which is where we culled these gems:
- Carry Your Tech In Style With A Backpack
- Travel Bag Basics: Features We Love for Tech
- The Best Bags For Your Photography Tech
What's in your bag and are you carrying too much tech?
(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)