When using a wheelchair, it is necessary to use your extremities to operate it properly, especially when a manual wheelchair is being used. Propelling the wheelchair can be very physical and it is not always possible to keep track of all the things you have to carry around with you.
When operating a vehicle, it is not advisable to be holding things or have things moving around while the vehicle is mobile. This is the reason why storage space has been developed. A wheelchair, however, has no such compartments, good thing wheelchair users can now have backpacks for their wheelchairs.
Before wheelchair backpacks were developed, when wheelchair users took their personal items with them, they had to place them on their lap which meant that the items could fall on to the floor or cause discomfort or even injuries.
Just like normal backpacks, wheelchair backpacks come in a wide variety of colours and designs. The backpacks are made to fit any standard wheelchair, although customisation services are available. Wheelchair backpacks have straps that can be attached to the back of the wheelchair seat. They come in various forms including:
- Flap Covers
- Zipped - for more safety
There are also backpacks that feature many different compartments to help you keep organised.
Although quite the functional item, wheelchair backpacks can also be trendy. This is why they come in many different forms and designs. While there are many who prefer to have them in classic colours including black or blue, there are those who prefer them to be colourful or have bold patterns.
Wheelchair users also have the option to choose among different materials including regular fabric, nylon, or polyester. Regular fabrics are often trendier but nylon and polyester are waterproof and easier to clean.
Wheelchair backpacks can range in price between £8 and £25, depending on the style, size, and material. Because they are so functional, they are considered to be worthwhile investments. Just remember to be aware of those behind you at all times, especially when there are valuables kept inside.