Pimpin’ my wheels may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I hope it got your attention!! A title like “OHHH Look What’s In My Backpack!” does not exactly draw in an audience! However, since you are here and have read up to this point, please stay and really see what’s in my backpack.
Wheelchair backpacks play an important role in my getting out and about. I keep all my essentials to make community outings a breeze…OK, that was also an exaggeration! Wheelchair backpacks are designed specially for fitting on the back of a wheelchair. There are different types and designs for different types of chairs. My backpack is from my wheelchair company, Quickie. I received mine as a gift when I purchased my chair, but it normally costs $53.00. When researching for this blog, I found a Amazon.com to be the best option for purchase. They have a nice selection of all different styles and types of wheelchair backpacks for every budget. Wheelchair backpacks can cost between $10.00 to $200.00. I think you can expect to spend around $50 for a good quality wheelchair backpack.
What I like about my backpack is the different compartments, which allows me to separate and organize my essentials. I divide my backpack into 3 major categories: restroom essentials, care essentials and eating essentials.
I keep my restroom essentials in their own zippered compartment for obvious reasons. My restroom essentials include a hand urinal (which I keep wrapped in a plastic bag), medical gloves for my caregiver and wipes.
My backpack has a really nice separated area with a Velcro® strap, where my eating essentials are kept separate from everything else. My eating essentials include a butter knife, fork and spoon. I also include a strip of non-adhesive, non-stick shelving liner which goes on my tray and keeps everything from sliding off. I also take a cup with a lid and straw, this keeps me from getting very wet! I try to remember to also take a few paper towels or napkins.
My care essentials change based on the length of trip, the timing of the outing and the season. Currently I have a can of sunscreen and bug spray. I also always carry Tums® and a small jar of peppermint oil. I suffer from heartburn issues and chronic headaches (peppermint oil), so I keep these on hand for every trip. I am hyper sensitive to loud noises, so I always carry ear plugs for loud event, most recently they came in handy for the fireworks. If I am planning a longer outing I may take my medication box with me.
Other things I may take on certain occasions may include: mittens, sweater, coat, umbrella, extra plastic bags to cover my wheelchair controller in case of rain, paperwork, medical forms, cell phone, snacks, receipts and change, hairbrush, deodorant, camera and this list can go on and on!
For my rollin’ readers, what do you carry in your backpack?
When gift buying for someone in a wheelchair, accessories for our rides is always a winner. Care packages for outings would certainly be put to good use!
Until next time, smile and keep on rollin”