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  1. I can not even get half of my school books in my back pack. I am thinking I will stop at Costco after school and get one of those bags with wheels. I always though those people looked kinda dorky...this is school not the terminal! Looks like I will have to buy a one way ticket to dorksville!

    Any one else use the bags with wheels? If not, now do you get all your books around?
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  3. by   GTChick01
    HAHAHA! You crack me up. I haven't bought a backpack yet. I'm waiting 'til after the first week to see if I absolutely, positively, have to have a rolling one.
  4. by   BernieRN
    Hi, Dorksville really isn't a bad place, especially when it saves your back!
    I have one on wheels after trying a regular pack for just two classes worth of books. Now I take it even for one because I can put everything I need in it.
  5. by   gauge14iv
    Nah...a milk crate on a luggage carrier would be dorksville, although it WILL hold more stuff

    A rolling laptop bag/briefcase will look sleek and sophisticated (right ) but probably won't hold all your books.
  6. by   Lisky90
    I went through several "shoulder" bags...none ever seemed to be right - not big enough, too big, too deep and not enough compartments, and one bag was so heavy by itself - there was no need to add to the required weight caused by all the books. My shoulders were always aching and my posture was horrible, which necessitated switching shoulders regularly. However, I could have killed someone slinging it over my shoulder. The shoulder bags and/or backpacks may seem more desirable...and I spent a small fortune trying to find the right one. If I had to do it all over again...I'd go with the wheels. Also, will you be carrying a laptop...they add a tremendous amount of weight. I never carried a laptop but if that had been added to the books I don't think the shoulder bags would have been possible at all.
    I saw in your post that you start school in 9+ hours!!! Good luck...that is so exciting...hope it all goes well...Congratulations!!!
  7. by   Kim O'Therapy
    I love my LL Bean rolling backpack. I can fit tons of things into it, it's durable, and my back is saved. They are kind of expensive, but I found mine at an outlet and saved quite a bit. An added bonus: LL Bean warranties their products for life. They either fix or exchange the backpack. Just a thought.
  8. by   mariedoreen
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    I always thought those people looked kinda dorky...this is school not the terminal!
    Gee... thanks. On the upside, soon you'll be so loaded down with stress... assignments, care plans, skills lab, clinicals, exams, papers to write, group projects, NCLEX prep... that your little rolling backpack, and what 50 unimportant strangers think about you pulling one, will be the very least of your concerns.
  9. by   GratefulHeart
    Quote from mariedoreen
    Gee... thanks. On the upside, soon you'll be so loaded down with stress... assignments, care plans, skills lab, clinicals, exams, papers to write, group projects, NCLEX prep... that your little rolling backpack, and what 50 unimportant strangers think about you pulling one, will be the very least of your concerns.

    Based on what I remember of nursing school years ago, this is right on the mark. Energy conservation at that point becomes a major priority too - so much so that your rolling backpack may just become one of your most cherished friends (It certainly saves your back/shoulder/neck for more important work.). LOL.
  10. by   todell80
    I have always hated rolling backpacks so much, but I broke down and bought one for NS. I am such a weenie w/ my back anyway though. I ended up getting a Jansport one at my bookstore, so I could charge it against my loans and grants. It was $56, but online the cheapest one I found like it was $55, most were $70, so that's not too bad.
    T
  11. by   CuriousMe
    Quote from Lisky90
    snip>. Also, will you be carrying a laptop...they add a tremendous amount of weight. I never carried a laptop but if that had been added to the books I don't think the shoulder bags would have been possible at all.
    <snip
    That would depend on the laptop, mine is just 4lbs. I carry 2 classes worth of books and my laptop in my very large backpack. It's got great padded shoulder straps, a sternum strap and a waste strap. So, even when it's loaded down, it's not that bad.

    I'm also working on getting my A&P textbook electronically. My laptop is also a tablet(ie I can write on it), so I can annotate and highlight the electronic version of the textbook the same way I could the real version(as well as do word searches on it). Also, since I can write and draw on my laptop, I use it as my notebook for all my classes. I guess I just figure that between less textbooks and no notebooks, I save some weight on my poor back.

    Peace,
    Cathie
    Last edit by CuriousMe on Aug 21, '06
  12. by   GratefulHeart
    O BTW, I live in northern California too and recently found my sturdy rolling backpack (large size) in the clearance section of a Bags & Baggage store at half off. It was originally priced at $110, but I got it for $55. I was so pleased with the quality of their selection plus prices that I went back in and purchased a regular backpack for one of my teenage sons (who is not a shopper).

    Last year, I was probably one of those geeks you saw pulling around a small suitcase on wheels on our local JC campus! I had picked it up at Target for around $20. The problem was the way that it side-zipped/loaded - very awkward for in-and-out use all day long. After my semester was over in May, I spent a couple of months searching online and in several local stores trying to find a rolling backpack with sturdy wheels, hardy fabric underneath and an extra-large capacity that loaded like a regular backpack (but wouldn't cost an arm and a leg), and honestly I wasn't pleased with what I was finding. Most were too small, had cheap plastic wheels and looked like the zippers and/or fabric would break down easily.

    One day while walking through one of our malls, I happened upon a Bags & Baggage store which looked pricey, but I decided to wander in anyway and search through their clearance section. That's when I made my discovery. BTW the store guarantees the bag for at least a year for any kind of damage. I can just bring in my bag and receipt, and they will refund my money if something goes wrong.
  13. by   JaxiaKiley
    Yeah, several new laptops are pretty light. And, if you can manage to get your books electronically, the laptop is significantly lighter than those HUGE nursing books
  14. by   OnTheRoad
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    I can not even get half of my school books in my back pack. I am thinking I will stop at Costco after school and get one of those bags with wheels. I always though those people looked kinda dorky...this is school not the terminal! Looks like I will have to buy a one way ticket to dorksville!

    Any one else use the bags with wheels? If not, now do you get all your books around?
    *****!!!!!! I have been a card carrying member of dorksville for quite some time now. I once had two guys at school walk past me and ask when my flight was leaving. It took me a moment to get it and then I was grrrrrrrrrr!:angryfire
    We aren't pack mules, and we need to save our backs so we can lift heavy patients without killing our backs. I have several wheeled packs (small, medium, and large LOL). Let people look at me funny, at least I have what I need when I need it:trout:

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