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Everything You Need to Know About Backpacks

Friday, December 7th, 2018 | Permalink

There are two words that are reason enough why many people such as campers, hikers, and adventurers choose to go with a backpack: hands free.

Even if you’re carrying a month’s worth of luggage, the weight is evenly distributed on your back that you won’t be bothered too much when you’re carrying it. Most backpacks these days are durable and can be easily cleaned when exposed to dirt or mud.

Anatomy of a Backpack

Even though backpacks are quite straightforward, there’s actually a little more to them than what it looks like at first. Here are the specifics that you might need to look into when buying a new one that will last you a long time:

  • Shape/Lay-out– The shape of your backpack will resemble the contents that are supposed to beplaced in the bag. While hiking bags are often round, office backpacks aresquare-shaped to accommodate laptops or folders.  
  • Pockets/Compartments – While external pockets are great for items that you need to take out and put back in when you’re on the go, internal pockets and compartments are for items that may need to be kept safely.
  • Straps – Your backpack’s shoulder straps are what supports and evenly distributes the weight of the bag on your back. However, even if the straps are strong enough, they can still buckle or snap if the bag itself is too heavy.

Types of Backpacks

Different types of backpacks are suited for different purposes, and they are designed and manufactured depending on the surroundings and setting they are supposed to be used in. Here they are for your consideration:

  • Hiking – Hiking bags are specifically built to carry heavy loads over long periods of time, and are designed to resist wear and tear. While they are the most durable, they also appear quite bulky and should
  • BikeBag – Bike bags are designed to be flat in shape with a roll topto keep the contents of your bag dry.
  • Office/Urban/School – These types of backpacks are often square or rectangular in shape in order to accommodate rectangular-shaped objects, such as laptops or books. Some backpacks even have a separate sleeve or compartment for this purpose.
  • Fashion – Backpacks in this category only have a front pocket and a main compartment, and are designed more to look good than to be practical. If you have this type of backpack, try to keep it clean and avoid packing it with heavy things.  

When choosing a backpack, be sure to choose one that’s especially suited for your purpose – for instance, having a hiking backpack in the office will definitely look out of place. Checking on the backpack’s quality and characteristics will help you do this easily. 

5 Quick Emergency Repairs for Your Footwear You Can Do on Your Own

Friday, December 7th, 2018 | Permalink

If you’ve ever been in a situation where your footwear breaks down in the middle of the street, there’s a good chance that the first thing that came to your mind is to buy a new pair.But when your budget is tight and you can’t afford it, emergency repairs are a thing you need to know how to do.

Luckily for you, they don’t have to be so hard. Here are a few emergency repairs that you can do on your own:

  1. Re-attach the heel – While in some cases, it’s completely possible to simply re-insert the heel back in place, there are other cases that your heel breaks off completely from your shoe.

When this happens, try to scrape off as much of the old glue as you can and make the heel surface as rough as you can before applying the new glue.

  • Use super glue tore-attach the sole – Loose soles can happen in shoes all the time, and can be theresult of a lot of factors, including weather and general wear and tear. Whenthis happens, shoe glue is your best friend.

Make sure to buy a shoe glue that’s both waterproof and flexible, and spreading it around the sole before gluing it back in will allow the glue to cover a wider surface area.  

  • Repairing expensive leather – Scuffing or scratching leather is quite painful to witness, especially if the shoes are new. But the good news is you can now conceal the scuffs with the use of special color pens which can work on all types of leather – just make sure you get the right ones.

Alternatively,other things such as petroleum jelly or toothpaste can also do the trick, butthey could be risky as it can depend entirely on the solution. As much aspossible, stick with the leather polish that is specifically designed andformulated for your shoes.

  • Applying adhesive – Holes in your soles may not be fixed by applying a generous amount of shoe glue, but a good amount of adhesive may be able to plug up the holes that may be caused by rough terrain.

When applying adhesive on a hole, it’s important to give it a few moments to become tacky and dry before plugging it with a tab.

  • Replacing aglets – Even the plastic tips on your shoelaces can wear down over time. Fortunately, you can easily solve it with a quick repair by applying glue to the frayed edges and wrapping them with thread. Be sure to tie both ends and leaving them to dry before applying toothpaste to get rid of the grime.