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How to Wear Sling Backpacks

by Lindsay Champion

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Sling backpacks

Sling backpacks, also known as messenger bags look sleek and are healthier for your back. Instead of placing the weight of your bag on the back half of your body, a sling backpack evenly distributes the weight on both the front and back of your body with help from its versatile strap. If worn improperly, the benefits of messenger bags are lost, so look below to learn how to wear sling backpacks.

Detachable Strap Bags:

  1. Look for a strap. Determine if your bag has a detachable strap.

  2. Position the backpack. Position the sling backpack so that it is right-side-up and hold it against your back the way it would sit on your back if you were wearing it.

  3. Put it over your shoulder. Hold the bag in place as you pull the top part of the strap over your right shoulder or left shoulder, depending on the model of your sling backpack.

  4. Strap across your chest. Hold the top strap in place as you pull the bottom strap across your chest to meet the top strap and attach firmly.

  5. Adjust strap as necessary. Some straps have adjustable lengths, while others don't. Slide the strap so that it falls diagonally across the center of your chest.

Non-detachable Strap Bags:

  1. Position your backpack. Place the bag right-side-up against your back where it would naturally sit. Hold the bag with one hand.

  2. Pull it over your head. With your other hand, grab the strap and pull it over your head.

  3. Examine the strap. One side is attached to the top of the backpack, while the other side is attached to the bottom.

  4. Pull it over your shoulder. Pull the side of the strap that is attached to the top of the backpack over your shoulder. Pull the side of the strap that is attached to the bottom of the backpack over your shoulder and arm and then lift your arm to put the strap in its proper place.

  5. Adjust the strap as necessary. Some straps have adjustable lengths, while others don't. Slide the strap so that it falls diagonally across the center of your chest.

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