I wonder if there is a certain amount of weight that I could carry in a rolling bag to help prevent me from being knocked over by the wind. I have balance problems and some lack of muscle strength in my legs and sometimes it feels like strong wind gusts here in Boston, MA may knock me over, especially when I walk in a wind tunnel between buildings. I have a rolling bag that I pull along that weighs 6 lbs. when it has a pair of shoes in it. I also fill it with kids' books and toys for work but they don't usually weigh very much. The handle extends 20" above the bag and I can keep a good grip on it. Would the bag have to weigh more than I do in order to be of any help? Thanks for any ideas. Donna
Pretty much no. The problem is that you are not (pardon me :-) ) a rigid body, so you're going to feel a certain amount of force from the wind regardless of what sort of weights you're carrying. What can help is walking with your feet farther apart, which gives you a more stable base to work from, and to learn to turn your body sideways to the wind as much as possible, to reduce the surface area facing the wind.
If you're not worried about appearances, then you could try using a cane to provide essentially a three-point support system (cane plus two legs) which will help stabilize yourself further.