I used to carry a briefcase over my shoulder, but the pain and damage that it did to my neck and shoulders over the years put an end to that quickly. We don’t realize how lugging around heavy backpacks and briefcases can cause unneeded pain and disrupt good posture.
The Healthy Back Bag by AmeriBag combats that through its shape that forms to the curvature of your spine relieving some of the pressure that can come from a heavy bag. Its shape helps to distribute the weight more evenly instead of tugging on only one shoulder and causing stress to your neck and back.
The strap crosses over your chest, and the main zipper rests against your back, which keeps pickpockets from easily reaching your valuables.
One downside for me was that my laptop didn’t feel as secure as it would in my briefcase or a backpack with a laptop pocket, but these bags are meant for both leisure and business use so for most people, that’s not an issue.
What was especially important though is that the Urban Traveler bag has an RFID protected pocket inside, which is the perfect spot to store your wallet or credit cards because it keeps thieves from having the capability to skim your number simply by being near you.
There are also D-ring clasps where you can hook keys, water bottles, or bag tags. I especially liked the front pocket that had a magnetic flap allowing you to grab small items quickly. In the main pocket, there are small slots for pens or coins.
These stylish, unisex bags are a great alternative to more traditional backpacks; they are soft and machine washable and come in various colors (including a classy, leather option). It retails on the AmeriBag website for just under $100.