When I started my commute last year I used to be that person. That person who walked in her work shoes and carried a full to bursting handbag. I now look back and realise how silly I was!
When my elbows began to play up with my arthritis last winter I was referred to a physio. She talked to me about things I could do to help the pain, mainly changing my commuting habits. Mainly my bag… The look on her face when she lifted my handbag. It was no coincidence that my bad arm was also the one that took most of the weight. She also suggested I switch to trainers, and to change into work shoes at work. That shaved a good 10 minutes off my walk meaning I could leave the house later!
As everyone had raved about Fjallraven Kanken backpacks, I began to contemplate one. At first I just used an old hiking backpack. I was the geek at school, one of the only ones with a backpack. Possibly leading to my stubbornness with nice handbags as an adult. However, I had heard good things and read that they helped a lot with back problems, so why not give one a go? Especially with the amazing colours. So that’s when I bought my first one… And then recently I ended up buying my new one because I couldn’t say no to the pink and blue colour way!
The huge bonus to the Fjallraven is just how much you can cram in it. The boxy shape makes it perfect for the commute and I’ve managed a couple of nights away with it too. Most days it’s not too full. I couldn’t live without the basic backpack essentials obviously… Phone, season ticket, wallet, keys, sunglasses, iPod (his name is Merlin FYI), work pass, planner and a stash of Polos.
(Not pictured but also backpack essentials- my lunchbox, my emergency stash of painkillers, my latest book – as I finished one last week and am yet to pick one for this week’s commute, and my phone charger… left it at work!)
I’m not really a chewing gum fan so Polos are essential for me. They’ve recently created these new Polo Pots, which are super handy and stop your Polos from getting manky in the bottom of your bag… Like mine often do… Paper wrappers and a crammed backpack don’t mix! The Extra Strong flavour really wake you up if you need it and there’s sugar free versions too. So kind for your teeth.
Using a backpack really has helped my poorly shoulder. But it’s also made my commute a bit easier. I can pack it so the essentials (like my train pass) is near the top for easy reach when the conductor’s about. They’re also a bit more secure than a typical handbag. And how can we not discuss the colour one more time? I love bringing a bit of brightness to my day.
Are you a fellow commuter? What’re your backpack essentials? Are you a Fjallraven Kanken backpack fan? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Post in collaboration with Polo Mints. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.