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School Backpack Tips

When it comes to buying a school backpack, it may seem as easy as just finding one that is big enough to fit your child’s books and supplies. But when it comes to carrying around a bag loaded with heavy textbooks, the size, design, and “fit” of a backpack are just as important. Follow these guidelines to find the best backpack for the school year!

Look for:

  • A lightweight pack
  • Padding, which reduces pressure on the back
  • Wide, padded straps, which are better for support
  • A waist or chest belt to take weight off the back
  • Multiple compartments to allow for more even weight distribution
  • Reflective straps or patches for safety
  • Try to match the size to your child


  • The backpack should not weigh more than 15% of your child’s weight (for a 100 pound child, the pack shouldn’t be more than 15 pounds)
  • Put the heaviest items closest to your child’s back
  • Don’t pack more than you need
  • If it’s still too heavy, consider getting a backpack with wheels

Adjustments and Movement:

  • Use both straps when wearing the backpack to keep even weight and posture
  • Adjust the straps so that the pack is snug, but can still be removed easily
  • Avoid twisting your torso while removing the backpack
  • Lift the backpack using both arms and your legs (bend your knees instead of bending your back)

We hope you have a great 2018-2019 school year!

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