Choosing the right school bags for your children is a critical decision. After all, it’s the one article they’ll wear every day of the year. Makes you think, doesn’t it? They’re going to want a bag that goes with practically any outfit—or maybe they’ll just want something that speaks to their personality. You, however, are more likely concerned with something washable—that’s easy on their back. Here are 4 things to look for when you’re purchasing a school bag for your kids.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child’s backpack weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s weight. That’s a real challenge when you consider the average hardbound schoolbook weighs between 2 and 5 lbs. Because schoolbooks are heavy, you’ll want to find a lightweight backpack that can still provide the durability and protection you’ll need for your books.
Fit—(consider the way your kids carry their bags)
Don’t buy a backpack that is too large for your student. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, the way you wear a backpack affects your health. A backpack should extend from approximately 2 inches below the shoulder blades to waist level or slightly above the waist. Backpacks that hang too low on a child’s back tend to pull the shoulders back. Usually students bend forward and hunch their shoulders to counter the strain, causing all sorts of posture problems later. Students should always wear a backpack that fits on both shoulders to keep the weight evenly distributed. Wearing the pack on one shoulder twists the back.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) Database, more than 2,000 backpack-related injuries were treated at hospital emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and clinics in 2007. Certainly the risk is the same today.
Most backpacks are nothing more than giant pockets with zippers. These are the packs that eat homework and turn it into crinkled balls of paper at the bottom of the bag. By the time you realize your child’s pack is full of half-digested work, it’s too late to turn it in.
You can find packs designed for organization, with separate areas for the various items you’ll carry. However, if you or your child falls in love with a backpack that isn’t exactly organized, there’s hope.
The last thing on a parent’s mind is usually the first thing on their child’s. Style. Luckily, style is a main selling point for most packs, so every brand will have something that grabs your attention. If you’re looking for a backpack that is all of the above with style to boot, we carry several from the sleek Altmont Slimline Laptop Backpack By Victorinox, to the sporty TP 8 Back Pack by Ogio—and dozens of great choices in between.