Have you ever made use of a backpack that did not last longer than you expected it to? One of the most reoccurring complaints I have heard about bags is that they are not able to last for a very long time. Would you be willing to learn some ways that you can actually make use of to enable your backpack to outlive its normal lifespan?
If your answer is yes then trust me when I tell you that you have definitely landed on the right page because I am going to reveal to you some methods you can use to make your backpack last longer. The idea to create this post came to mind when I wrote on some luxury backpacks for men.
While creating that post I came across some specific instructions on how to maintain some really expensive leather backpacks which can actually make it last longer.
We buy a backpack, it stays at most a year and then that’s it. Sometimes some people are not even lucky and their backpack ends up giving way before a year. When this happens what next? Do you put your hands into your wallets and make another purchase or do you try fixing it yourself?
If you decide to make another purchase that is totally up to you but at least try to fix the backpack yourself. If you are not able to then you can decide to purchase a new backpack the choice is really yours.
If you decide on fixing the backpack yourself you can check out a post I created on how to repair a backpack it would be helpful to you.
Do you think it is really possible to make a backpack last longer? If you are in doubt then read on as I show you some ways that you can actually use to make a backpack last for a long time.
Go For Quality Not For Cheap
First of, let me just get this out of the way. If you intend on buying a new backpack, one of the best ways to guarantee your backpack to last for a long time is buying a quality backpack.
Most of the time, quality is always attributed to been expensive. This means that we always believe that expensive items are of very high quality. Although this is not always true, most of the time it usually is. I created a post that deliberated on expensive backpacks and if they are really worth it.
You should try to read it as I tried to explain why it might actually be worth investing in an expensive backpack. This is not a myth as it has been proven that most expensive backpacks are of high quality which inevitably leads to the backpack lasting for a very long time.
I see people talking about why they cannot bring out $100 and above to purchase a backpack. While you can also find good quality backpacks for less than $100, if you really want your backpack to last longer then you would have to pay well for it.
We have no problem investing more than $200 in the new yeezys or even on phones and we end up changing these things on a regular basis. Some of them we use for at most two years and then we abandon it and move on to another expensive shoe or phone or other items.
But why are we so afraid to invest in a quality backpack that we can use for a very long time. I really don’t understand this because it is baffling to me. Do we actually prefer buying backpacks on a regular basis or do we consider it as an item that is not so useful?
Backpacks are not as they once were. They are now been used as an accessory. Backpacks are now even been created to look stylish for women and men and even recently high tech backpacks are been created. With all these do we still actually think the prices of backpacks would remain very low?
You get what you pay for. If you want your backpack to last then pay for a backpack that is slightly pricey. We are not saying that you need to break the bank to get a good backpack but still you don’t need to buy a cheap backpack just because you plan on saving money.
Most of the time you really do get what you pay for so my advice to you on a way to make your backpack last longer is to buy a backpack with really good quality and if possible go for a slightly pricey backpack.
You don’t expect a backpack of $20 and that of $250 to be of the same quality now, do you?
In this case, penny wise pound foolish should be the other way round. It should be pound wise penny foolish. You should be ready to buy backpacks frequently if prioritize cheap over quality.
Make Your Purchases From a Reputable Brand
Some brands are known to produce quality backpacks, that’s just how it is. They have been around for a long time and know quality over quantity is important. Putting their customer’s satisfaction first before their own profits is what they really care about.
There are some brands that are just coming up that have some really quality products and it is OK to go with them after making sure you have done research on the quality of their products.
There are review sites that review products where you can find mentions of reputable brands.
Also, there are forums and discussion boards where such topics are talked about. You need to make sure to do your research before buying your bag as that is one of the ways you can go for a company that produces quality bags which can in return make your backpack last for a very long time.
Most of the backpacks I review on this blog are from Amazon and I really like using Amazon because most of the products sold on their site have reviews written by others where you can be able to find out if a product has good quality.
From places like Amazon you are able to get the names of some really good brands producing backpacks and you can learn about the backpacks they produce by reading through the reviews of other previous customers.
I have made use of this medium several times and I have been able to find out some really good brands producing some really good backpacks. You can also do these things so you can get a brand that produces backpacks that last long.
Avoid Overpacking Your Backpack
Sometimes, we feel we can only be pleased if we can actually fit our houses into our backpacks. If we are not able to do that then we would just not be contended. I remember the movie Mary Poppins whereby she is able to put almost everything into her bag.
I have a picture of that somewhere on this website. To check it out you can click here. Just scroll down the page that opens and you would be able to see what I mean. It is a really old movie and I think they just recently re-made it.
Anyway, in that particular scene if you have checked out the picture she was able to put almost anything she wanted into her bag and it never gets filled up.
For some of us, if our backpacks are not like the bag of Mary Poppins we just cannot be satisfied. We want to put so much into our backpack that if possible we would put every single thing we own into it. While this is not good for your health it is also not good for your backpack.
It is not like a backpack made of complete metal or iron has been created that can be able to take a lot without breaking down and I seriously doubt we would be able to carry a metal backpack unless we all have our own personal robots to assist us.
When we overpack our backpacks on a regular basis it can actually end up damaging the zip lines of the backpack and if the backpack is heavy it can end up also damaging the backpack.
Some really high-quality backpacks might be able to withstand these but it can end up giving way in the near future.
If you expect your backpack to last long and you are in the habit of overpacking then you are definitely on your way to experiencing your backpack live a very short lifespan.
So my advice to you on a way to make your backpack last long is to try to make sure we don’t overpack our bags. This is for our own health and for prolonging the length of the lifespan of our packs.
You Really Don’t Need To Over Use Your Bag
You bought two shoes $100 each with the same quality and out of 7 days in a week you wear one of the shoes 6 times and you wear the other one ones a week. Let me ask you a simple question, which out of these two shoes do you think would last longer?
Is it the one you wear 6 times or the one you wear ones a week? 99% of the time the one you wear ones would definitely last longer than the one you wear 6 times.
It is pretty simple. If you want your backpack to last longer then don’t overuse it. It is as simple as that which is why I always encourage people to have more than one backpack.
I have a shoe that actually cost a lot and another shoe that doesn’t cost as much. I wear the shoe that does not cost much more than the one that actually cost a lot. Out of those two shoes the one that still looks as if I just bought it is the one that actually cost a lot.
I wear it but not as often as I wear the other shoe that doesn’t cost much. Though the shoe that does not cost much still looks OK, it is beginning to show signs of wearing out. Putting quality aside, what is one of the reasons you think this is happening?
One of the reasons is that I have obviously overused it and the moment you start to overuse any time it must definitely start to show that it is been overused and this can lead to cutting the lifespan of that particular item short.
I would mention this again, you don’t have to have only one backpack. There is nothing wrong in having more than one backpack so you can alternate them to make sure they don’t become overused which can lead to them lasting longer.
Give your backpack some breathing space to actually rest. You don’t need to make use of it every day. Some backpacks especially those that are expensive comes with protective pouches.
You can use these to store the backpack when it is not in use to keep it fresh and also give it that fresh new backpack feel.
Get A Backpack With A Warranty
I consider this a way to make a backpack last longer although some people might not and I would explain why I do. Most of the time a lot of brands promise that their products are of great quality.
We end up purchasing some of these products and they turn out not been of the quality we expected.
This in turn makes the bag give way before we even properly make use of it. For some of these brands to back up their claims of great quality they always attach a warranty period to any of their purchased products.
If I bought a backpack and it does not live up to my expectations and ends up getting damaged without my doing then you can be rest assured that I would return the backpack and claim my warranty for a new backpack.
Getting a new backpack to me has increased the lifespan of my backpack because I did not make that purchase. It was actually used to replace my previous backpack and there is a high chance that I would get a backpack with even better quality.
Some brands even offer backpacks with lifetime warranties which is just amazing and some of them replace your backpack for you no questions asked.
Even if my backpack is not replaced and they fix it instead I think it is still a win for me because I won’t have to purchase a new backpack which would end up costing me money.
Why Not Try Fixing Your Backpack
One of the ways to make you bag last longer is to actually get it fixed if it experiences an issue. You don’t have to be thinking of buying a new backpack every time your pack becomes torn or if the straps come off or the zippers or any other issue that may develop. You can either get it professionally fixed or you fix it your self.
If you click the link above you would be able to get some methods on how you can fix some of the issues of a backpack. If you are not able to find any solution peculiar to your backpack you can always do a google search or even video search to know how you can fix your pack.
You don’t need to spend money to get a new backpack every time your bag becomes damaged. Get creative and try to fix your backpack.
If you feel it is not a job for you then try to get it professionally done or you can even return it to the brand of the backpack and they would fix it for you either free or you would have to pay a small fee.
This is definitely one way to make your backpack last longer and it is something I have personally done to my own backpack. A lot of us don’t have a lot of money in our bank accounts so it is not advisable to buy a pack on a regular basis especially those that are expensive.
Please note that if your backpack is really expensive I would not advise you try to fix it yourself. I would advise you send it back to the brand of the backpack so they can get it fixed for you.
Don’t make use of anyone else outside the trained teams of a brand. Most of them designed these backpacks so they should know exactly how to fix it.
Maintain Your Backpack The Right Way
How do you actually maintain your backpack? Do you hand wash, use a washing machine, a clean cloth, do you brush your bag? Not knowing how to actually maintain our bags can end up reducing the lifespan of the bag. Why on earth would you use a washing machine to wash a leather backpack or why deep it into water to hand wash it.
Doing these can actually lead to your backpack not been able to last long. I am glad some newly purchased backpacks come with care instructions that show you how to take care of the pack. Unfortunately, this is most common with expensive backpacks.
Expensive backpacks due to the money spent in purchasing them mostly come with care instructions on how to maintain your backpack and if they don’t you should be able to find some of them on the product page of that backpack on the official website of the brand.
Please, it is imperative that you follow the care instructions of the bag so you know exactly what to do when you decide to clean or wash your backpack.
Using a brush on some packs can scrub off the color of the bag so before you do this you should be sure that it is the right thing to do so you don’t have a backpack with washed off color.
I have experienced this because of using a brush on my backpack and trust me when I tell you that it was definitely not a good idea.
It actually made me abandon the backpack and had to switch to another backpack.
The way you maintain a leather backpack is not the way you maintain a canvas or nylon backpack or even a mesh backpack. Before you decide to maintain your backpack please do some research so you know what to do because the lifespan of your backpack can depend on this.
Also, know that it is not a must to regularly wash your pack as this can actually make the fabric of your backpack become weak which can lead to the backpack getting torn rather easily.
How About Raincovers
I have actually stopped making use of a backpack I owned because it was drenched under rainfall. Drops of rain don’t actually bounce off all the backpacks out there and some of them can actually get drenched to the point that it drips water.
If your bag becomes very wet and you don’t air dry it, your backpack can end up having a really bad smell that can take weeks before becoming normal. This has made some people to actually abandon their backpacks especially those in areas where there is constant rainfall.
So how can you avoid this? My answer is through rain covers. Some backpacks actually come with rain covers such as this Kopack anti-theft backpack. So what you do is whenever rain is falling or about to fall and you don’t want your backpack to become wet you just take out the rain cover and use it to cover the backpack.
This would prevent both the items in your backpack and your backpack itself from becoming wet. This can be of huge help and can make your backpack not to suffer from the impact of water.
I do not advise that you regularly sun dry your backpack as this can degrade the fabric of the backpack.
Making your backpack last longer is actually not rocket science. Following some simple rules can make you enjoy your money’s worth from your backpack. There are several other rules that were not listed here that might still be of great importance on making your backpack last longer.
If you follow the methods listed in this post your backpack would live long to your satisfaction. Just a reminder on some of the rules or methods you need to employ to make your backpack last longer.
- Make sure you buy quality backpacks and don’t go for cheap.
- Buy backpacks from reputable brands.
- Do not overpack or overuse your backpack.
- Buy backpacks with warranties and if your backpack gets damaged consider having it fixed before deciding to purchase a new one.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to care for your backpack and try to use rain covers for your backpack.
To wrap this up I would repeat what I said earlier on. In this case of making your backpack last very long, it is better to go for the saying pounds wise penny foolish. Get yourself a good quality backpack even if it is a bit pricey and maintain it the right way so it lasts for a very long time.
As usual, I would love to hear from my awesome readers. What do you think about this post? How long has your backpack actually lasted and what are some of the methods you employ to make it live a long life? I would really love to know so please live your replies in the comments section below.