As you know, I’ve been traveling a lot, which means I have a bone to pick with backpacks. It’s not backpacks themselves that are the problem. They are very handy for travelers and hikers who want to keep their hands free but have several items to carry. My issue, however, is with how some people using backpacks seem to have no awareness of the space they are taking up.
On my journey I have consistently been knocked by hefty backpacks. The person wearing said backpack never apologizes, because they can’t see what is happening behind them. The backpack is in their blind spot, and many wearers don’t realize or can’t feel that they are pushing against their companions.
Some people have taken to wearing their backpacks on the front, like a baby carrier. It’s a bit awkward-looking, but it allows them to be more aware of their surroundings, especially in crowded areas. These people are less likely to slam you in the head as they walk down the aisle, which I greatly appreciate!
Backpacks are also having a moment on the fashion scene, with some women replacing their purse with fancy leather models. This is fine, so long as they too are considerate when toting their stuff around. Be aware of others in your immediate vicinity. If the space is crowded, slip the backpack off and carry it or place it at your feet until space frees up.