How to Choose the Right School Backpack?

Posted by   Diana Mažeikė

How to Choose the Right School Backpack?

Your child's school backpack will probably be the hardest-working item in your back to school shopping. The backpack will be used every day to take items to and from school. It needs to withstand daily use including traveling to and from school, locker storage, and the rough treatment that children dish out on their belongings.

To look for a quality backpack, look over the backpack, inside and out, and keep an eye on the following:

1. Avoid loose, uneven or careless stitching that could easily come undone. Check for Raw or frayed fabric edges which could unravel, pass up backpacks with these flaws.

2. Opt for zippers that have fabric flaps over them to keep water and other elements out of the backpack.

3. Choose the proper size: The width of a backpack should be relatively proportionate to the person’s width. For instance, a small child should not opt for an adult-sized backpack. Further, the backpack’s height should extend from approximately two inches below the shoulder blades to waist level, or just slightly above the waist.

4. Look for broad straps with padding for the shoulders, both to offer more comfort, and protect the shoulders from excessive pressure. It is important that both straps be used in order to distribute the weight of the backpack evenly. Using just one strap adds extra strain to that one shoulder. Adjustable straps are useful, not just for proper fit but for proper positioning – again, the backpack should sit just slightly above the waist and both straps should stay even in length.

5. Go for backpacks with pockets, slots, and dividers to evenly distribute the weight: In addition to utilizing both shoulder straps and ensuring the pack sits at the right height, consider backpacks that offer pockets, slots and dividers to help evenly distribute extra weight. Heavier items should be placed closer to the person’s back, within the pack. Lighter items may sit further from the body. 

6. Keep the weight of the packed backpack to 10% of your child's' bodyweight. It is important not to weigh down backpacks. This is especially true when considering children. A 100-pound child’s filled backpack shouldn’t exceed 10 pounds, while a 60-pound child shouldn’t carry more than 6 pounds.

7. Test before your purchase: Bring a few personal items that you would normally carry in your backpack to the store with you. Slip them into the backpack as you try them on to get a better sense of weight distribution, etc.

8. Some backpacks offer chest or waist straps designed to help distribute weight. Make sure they sit properly on your child. A hip belt should wrap around your child's hips. A chest strap should be adjusted to bring the shoulder straps in so the arms can move freely. The height of the chest strap should be placed where it is the most comfortable for the child.

9. Consider Your Child's Personal Style. While proper fit and good quality are the biggest factors to look for, style is still an element to consider. You want to know that your child actually likes the backpack that they will be using over the course of the year.

10. Reflectors and reflective tape are other style add-ons that increase safety. If your child will be waiting for the school bus alongside a road or walking to school, reflective elements to your child's backpack will make him visible for others.

We are sure that you can find an ideal backpack for your child in our store.

We wish you a pleasant shopping!

UAB Ecomedia Group team

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