Wheelchair bags or packs are often necessary accessories to enable you to easily tote your personal possessions, a lightweight jacket or sweater, snacks and drinks, reading materials, and even shopping items. When shopping for a chair bag, there are a wide variety of carrying sizes and configurations from which to choose.
You must first decide how you want to carry your bag on your wheelchair. Models are designed to strap onto the back, side or bottom of your chair.
Then look for chair packs that have the features and capacity you need to carry your things, such as expandable pockets, zippered compartments, a water bottle holder, and even hidden pockets for your keys and money. Choose closures that are easy to handle and enable you to open and close your bag with minimal effort.
How your chair pack is made and the type of material used is important, based on how – and how often – you plan to use it. Look for strong, durable construction, check for taped seams (for comfort) and determine if your pack features waterproofed materials or treatment to keep moisture and rain away from your items.
The most important selection factor is to make sure that the bag type you choose doesn't inhibit the functionality of your wheelchair.
Before making a purchase, fill the bag to capacity with various items you plan to carry with you. Then have it strapped on to your wheelchair. Take a test ride to see if the attached "carryall" interferes with your mobility and makes the chair harder to move.
If it does, see if the straps can be adjusted or select a different style or size. After all, these bags should provide added convenience and not slow you down.
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