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TPN Backpacks Part 1

Let’s just get right to it and say what we have all thought – the backpacks made for TPN that are provided to patients from home care are U.G.L.Y.

The Problem with Backpacks Made for TPN

If you’re on TPN a good backpack is essential if you don’t want to be stuck wearing a backpack that weighs you down, hurts your back, is awkward to wear, and doesn’t work for your lifestyle. This is especially important for those who infuse their TPN during the day when they are more mobile. 

The backpacks provided from Home Health Pharmacies are ugly but 

aside from that they:

The positives to those backpacks are that they are made of materials that can be cleaned up easily which is nice because leaks will happen. They are also designed specifically for TPN so everything does have it’s place. Recently I did find one nice backpack that is specifically designed for HPN by ThriveRX if you want to check that out.

My Favorite Backpacks for TPN

Just about any standard sized backpack can be used for TPN with minimal effort. You may want to choose a more fashionable one for certain events and at other times comfort and practicality take center stage. 

I’ve done a lot of searching, trying-out, and wearing of backpacks for TPN and I’ve come up with 3 backpacks that are my favorite. They are definitely more expensive than I would normally spend for a backpack considering I like to get stuff like that at thrift stores but because I am on TPN long-term and at times I need to take it with me if I am traveling or at an event so I did want to get some quality packs for occasions like that. No matter your budget you can easily transform just about any backpack into one that can be used for HPN as long as the size can accommodate your stuff. I’ll be posting about how to transform any backpack into one for TPN soon. 

This is the first post in a series of 3

Women's REI Trail 25 Pack

REI upgraded from the version I have and sells this one in it’s place. I’ll start with the negatives first which are; it’s expensive, comes in limited colors, and is not very fashionable. 

With that said, this is the backpack I use the most and I think the price is worth it due to it’s quality. 

front view of my TPN backpack in color teal

What I Like:

Final Thoughts

It’s not the most attractive backpack but it surpasses any other I’ve tried in comfort and functionality. It’s a great option when you need to do housework or any activity beyond being mostly sedentary.

*Update 2019: This is still my favorite TPN backpack and the one I use most. It has been great for travel because you can use it for other things aside from TPN. It can hold a lot of stuff! 

Sara

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