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How To Get Relief From Back Pain Caused by Laptop Bags

Is Your Laptop Killing Your Back? Get Some Relief

Last week I read a post on FabSugar about how you shouldn't carry a bag that's more than 10 percent of your body weight and I knew I was in trouble.

Geek girls can't help it — it's the laptops! Since the average weight of a laptop is about 5 pounds, we're usually around halfway to that 10 percent mark — and as women, we've got all our purse essentials in there as well. Add on some luxurious fabric like leather, and BAM! Back-break city.

That's why sometimes it's not even a question of laptop sleeve vs. laptop bag; if you're using a sleeve in a bigger bag, that's going to be heavy. If you're using a laptop bag that holds other things, that's going to be heavy, too. We can't win!

Except, of course, we can. Here are a few tips for your next laptop bag, if you're starting to feel the weight of your world on your shoulders! To see the tips, just


  • As Fab says, you can look for a bag that's not in leather (bummer, but at least leather trim is OK), and the straps make all the difference. If you're going to wear something over your shoulder or messenger style, look for a wide, padded strap.
  • Sadly, as much as it defies efficiency, the problem may lie in having one bag to hold everything. One of my co-workers carries her handbag separately and her laptop in a laptop backback, which she says solved her back problems. Holding your regular (lightweight, of course) handbag in one hand and your laptop in a slim, lightweight bag in the other is an alternative, too.
  • And there is also the dreaded bag on wheels. Thankfully, there are few that aren't too terrible to look at, and they offer the ultimate break for your back. I like this leather, studded GoGo Voyage one.

Check out some of my selections that fit into the above categories!


EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
"Since the average weight of a laptop is about 5 pounds, we're usually around halfway to that 10 percent mark" You weigh 100 lbs?!?! I'm personally a fan of the 2-bag system. My laptop goes in my padded bag with my tablet & power adapter. Then my purse has my wallet, makeup, etc.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
My laptop bag is soooo heavy, but its company issue. I make sure to lock it up at work when I dont need to take it home (like to work from home the next day). But without a desktop pc at work, I need my laptop!
Ryot Ryot 9 years
I got a really cute leather laptop bag (by GinaB, I think there was a contest for the same one here on GeekSugar a few months later) for my most recent consulting gig. It could really get heavy, what with the laptop and everything else I needed for 11+ hour days, but I made sure I only carried it from the house to the car, then from the car to the office, and back again, no further. I also took a long a smaller handbag that I could grab when we were just stepping out of the office for lunch or whatever. I have a much more comfortable (but no where near as cute) laptop backpack for longer trips, like through the airport -- and a husband to carry it for me! ;)
Dr-No Dr-No 9 years
My laptop bag is heavy but I love it. I'd rather replace my laptop! (although I am not replacing either anytime soon!) I should have gone with the ultralight--but I needed the desktop replacement at the time...
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I have a bag, and the weight doesn't bother me. My new laptop is pretty light.
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