Getting to your travel destination this Christmas can be hard on your joints, muscles, and nerves.
Traveling requires us to use our bodies in ways we’re not used to, such as hoisting luggage over our heads into the bin and lifting off the moving baggage claim.
There are our 6 Smart Luggage Habits for this holiday season
Lift luggage in stages. Move slowly when lifting your luggage and break the action into smaller parts. For example, when lifting a bag into an overhead bin, it can first be lifted to the arm of the seat, then to the top of the seatback, and then into the bin in separate motions.
Never twist while lifting. This is a common cause of injury to the low back. Pivot with your feet so that your whole body moves instead of just twisting your back.
Better yet, avoid lifting. Ask someone for help. If you explain you have a back condition, you will be surprised how helpful the airline staff will often be. If your bags are small and light, it will be less of a burden to ask someone to help you.
Ship ahead. This is my favourite solution for luggage: just mail your essentials to your destination ahead of time. This way you avoid luggage entirely and can carry just one small bag onboard with you. No schlepping. No hassle. No pain.
Pack light. Use 2 or 3 smaller bags rather than one large, heavy bag, especially if you will have to lift the bags in or out of car trunks, off airport baggage carousels, into and out of overhead bins, etc.
Use a backpack. Do not sling a bag over one shoulder (unless it is a very light handbag). Use a good quality lightweight backpack. Use both straps. The generally recommended maximum weight of a backpack is 10-15% of your body weight and even less if you have a painful back. Using a backpack has the added advantage of leaving your hands free to hold onto handrails on escalators, stairs, the boarding ramp, etc.
Wishing all CT-ers a Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you back at our clinic soon