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- Aug 31, '12 by EJMZuca Sport is the way to go. It's almost as if it is self propelled because it can get pushed or pulled with no strain, even when it's full of books. The wheels are super quiet so you can glide over those bumps without worry. Plus it has a built in seat and lots of zippered compartments. I love it.
- Sep 1, '12 by shahoo05I thought the same thing as most on this thread ("forget what everyone thinks I'm getting a rolling backpack") but ended up switching FROM a rolling TO a regular backpack. I found that the rolling backpack was really large and bulky and felt more like a suitcase than a backpack with wheels. It's also hard to easily switch between back-carrying and rolling because the shoulder straps need to be tucked in for you to be able to roll it. So, if you're rolling along and encounter stairs, you can't just pick it up and toss it onto your back. You have to untuck and clip in the shoulder straps, which takes long. Then when you're ready to roll again, you have to upclip and tuck back in the straps. Annoying.
Also, my pride got the better of me because nobody else had a rolling one. There were brick tiles outside the building and the wheels were very loud.
Instead I opted to have the spines cut off my books and had them spiral bound into sections. Just make sure they don't take too much off the left margin because one of my books got ruined this way.
- Sep 1, '12 by Kran1990Thursday morning, my first day of nursing school, I was sure I would NEVER get a rolling backpack... Friday morning I was cruising around with my brand new roller.
- Sep 1, '12 by WahineMakaiSo far, I'm the only one in my class with a rolling backpack. However, lots of people have asked me where I got mine. These books are insanely heavy! I have a feeling there will be a lot more rolling bags showing up in the next couple of weeks!
I was in a car accident last year that did a lot of damage to my back and neck -- there's no way I'd undo all of my healing progress by carrying 30+ lbs of books on my back! You only get one back. You've got to protect it. Who cares what anyone else thinks about your bag?
- Sep 3, '12 by jrsygrl76I bought my rolling bag from TJ Maxx for $20 and it's been a lifesaver! Who cares what everyone else thinks? I'm 36 and my NS is at a local high school.
- Sep 3, '12 by MedTrans68I bought a rolling backpack. My first week of school wreaked havoc on my body. I have 16 books and the heaviest laptop in existence that I was forced to buy by the school (would have much rather had MacBook). BUT it is what it is. I am 44 years old and have been a medical transcriptionist (sitting on my butt) for 16 years. I am in an adjustment period of learning how to write (with a real pencil), learning how to wear clothes (not pajamas), and learning how to wear actual shoes (not be barefoot in my house 24/7). LOL! The first week with the 50-pound backpack didn't cut it for me. It made me crabby. I fell down in the parking lot and twisted my ankle. It was 105 degrees outside one day. It hasn't been fun at all. SO, I bought the rolling backpack. I could care less how weak I LOOK. I only care about how I FEEL. I will proudly wheel my backpack to and fro!
- Sep 3, '12 by ajjones1322I am buying a tablet because my laptop is heavier. And I am getting composition notebooks for my notes. I plan on carrying my books only when necessary. So if you don't need that text don't carry it. Just a thought.
- Sep 3, '12 by slevy1130I use a regular one and make sure I use BOTH shoulder straps. To hell with what people think. I have a shoulder problem so the rolling kind wouldnt work for me. I saw an earlier comment about taking apart your book and only bringing the chapters you need, I do that myself!
- Sep 3, '12 by LizzyruI am in block 4 now and I don't think my arm and shoulder would have made it had it not been for my rolling laptop portfolio case. It has a spot for your laptop, plenty of space for your textbooks, notebooks and binders. I absolutely love mine. I started out with a laptop brief case that I carry over my shoulder but then by the time 2nd week came around, I was shopping for a rolling case. Don't worry about what others think!! They are just waiting for someone to start the trend.. I am serious. After I bought mine, it seems like everyone else joined. I am always thinking of ways to cut down on stress and this was my very first intervention. I have since tried a messenger bag, backpack, etc. but they were all every short lived. Save your back and enjoy your nursing school experience. It's tough enough on your body as it is... less sleep, lots of hair pulling assignments and exams.. be king to your body. It will thank you!
- Sep 4, '12 by Luv2bNurse<3The rolling pack pack was the best thing I ever bought! It def helps save you pain from your shoulders and with all the books you carry.... It's a no brainer! I personally thought it was silly at first because I had one back in high school( talking many years ago) and now I see more and more students of nursing buying them.