Common Mistakes when Packing and Using a Bag

People are constantly making ‘school boy’ errors whilst using or packing their bag and this misuse can cause damage. Lets take a look at the most common mistakes and how they can be avoided. Apply the following tips to ensure you get the most from your Kurtis Paul bag.


This is one of the biggest bug bears when planning a trip. People choose to take everything, sometimes even the kitchen sink! Over packing of your bag can cause stress to the stitching and other elements of the bag. A way to avoid this is to be smart and plan what to take. Think to yourself do you really need 4 pairs of shoes for a weekend trip? Do you need to pack 2 spare outfits when going for a overnight business trip? Of course it would be amazing if we could take our whole wardrobe so we have that freedom but from personal experience it isn’t always necessary.

TIP: Choosing the right bag can help avoid the need for overpacking


If you find yourself having a game of tug and war when trying to fasten a zip then stop! This means there is too much in your bag or it hasn’t been packed correctly. Excessive force of the zip can cause it to split. Try repacking your bag with a little more thought as this could free up some more room, if this is unsuccessful remove any items which are not necessary.


When using a bag it is going to spend a fair amount of time on the floor, which is fine. When placing your bag down it may be a good idea to think ahead. Have a quick look where you are putting the bag and make sure there are no hazardous elements. I.e. placing your bag down on rocky ground or broken glass can cause the underside of the bag to rip.

TIP: When choosing your bag check the underside for metal feet, these give added protection.


An often overlooked area is the bags content, we place our belongings in without regard for how they will effect our bag. Remember, pens leak and scissors are sharp. Try placing any items which can leak inside a case, i.e. pens within a pencil care and sharp object should have their tip covered.

TIP: When purchasing a bag check for an inner lining. Not all bags require a lining and it depends on how you use it as to whether you need one but they do add an extra layer of protection to your investment.


It has taken you time to search for your perfect bag so you will be keen to treat it well. For people like us who are determined to keep there goods in the best condition there are many ways you can look after them. You can find out exactly how in our ‘caring for your leather bag‘ and ‘caring for your canvas bag‘ blogs.


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