There are a few steps you can take to extend the life of your favourite rucksack:
Give it a wash – dirt, sweat and other nasties that build up on your rucksack can cause the fabric to deteriorate over time. Give your pack a wash using warm water and gear cleaner a couple of times a year to keep it in tip-top condition.
Pack it properly – repeatedly stuffing your bag without care will cause unnecessary stress on the fabric. Find out about the right way to pack a rucksackto make every trip more comfortable, and to help look after your bag. Try not to overstuff your pack, as doing so can put additional strain on the bag.
Use all the straps – try to avoid slinging your pack over one shoulder too much, as this can damage the strap, and isn’t good for your back either. If your bag comes with chest straps and a hip belt, use them.