My backpack is on its last thread. The threads on the right sholder strap have been pulling apart for the last few weeks, one by one, because that’s the strap I always pick my bag up with to throw it over my shoulder.
It’s not the bag’s fault – it’s a good, sturdy bag – it’s all the weight I’ve packed it with every day. A beach blanked, camera, reading book, notebook, map book of southern Ontario (extra-large print), mp3 player, stainless steel water bottle, stainless steel coffee mug, and extra sweat shirt are the standard items. Then there’s the extras – dry sac if I’m going canoeing, swim suit and towel if I’m going swimming, skateboard if I’m going skateboarding, wine and food if I’m going to a dinner party.
So now I’ve changed my habits, at least until I get the shoulder strap re-sewed. I pick up the backpack by the left strap, and delicately slide the right strap off first before I put the backpack down. The last habit took a while, because I can’t see the straps when the backpack’s on my back, and sometimes I forget which way to take it off. Choosing the wrong way means one more thread breaks, and one step closer to having a one strap backpack.