Much as we all like to travel lightly through the world, sometimes it is necessary for us to carry a lot of stuff. This stuff may consist of gym gear, a change of clothes for a night out after work, lunch and daytime snacks, a pair of comfortable walking shoes, groceries, or general shopping purchases. Especially as we approach the Christmas end of the year with its tradition of exchanging gifts, we can often be burdened with more items than usual. A useful tool which helps us carry all of our extra bits and pieces is a backpack.
As the name would suggest a backpack is normally worn on the back. They can be structured from any number of materials, are available in many colours, and come in a range of sizes. Rather than be limited to what can be carried in our hands, backpacks allow us to redistribute our items more conveniently on our backs, thus freeing up our hands for all manner of other things.
Sometimes our backpacks are not filled completely at one location, and we may find ourselves moving from store to store or place to place to complete different purchases or collect a number of items. Understandably the stores we visit have introduced measures to deter shoplifters and limit loss of stock. Some of these measures include alarmed security sensors, undercover security guards and mandatory bag checks.
Given that backpacks are not often transparent, their contents can be difficult to determine simply from an external perspective. In addition, the size and compartmentalised nature of backpacks tend to make shopkeepers suspicious that we are filling our backpacks with unpaid goods. Surprising as it may be for some, in actual fact not all those people wearing backpacks are guilty of stealing.
Please remember that backpack wearers are people too and would prefer not to be stalked by your plain clothes detectives, have their bags peered into, or generally treated like they are convicted criminals just because they opt for the convenience of a hands-free shopping experience.