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A step by step guide to choosing a back pack for your kid

Jul 1st 2015 at 2:11 AM

Kids often carry as much as 22 per cent of their body weights on back packs, often for between 30 minutes and an hour every day. Without he right back pack, it is easy for this to generate into discomfort and long term back injuries.

With the summer setting in, the school holidays might seem too distant. However, it will soon be time to get back to school and time to wonder about how to choose the best back pack for your kid. Here is a step by step guide to choosing the most appropriate Back Pack.


just as one would take measurements when fitting a dress or buying a new pair of shoes, the same is necessary when buying a new backpack. Backpacks come in vary in terms of size, as well as such aspects as the length of the shoulder straps, and the overall size of the body.

There are youth and adult sized back packs suitable for different ages and heights. Before paying, make sure to put the backpack on the child to make sure they are comfortable and that the backpack fits correctly.


the type and design of the bag affects both its functionality and the safety of the child. Choose only those backpacks that are made of strong but lightweight materials. Heavier materials only add to the weight the child has to carry.

The shoulder straps must be padded and be at least 2 inches wide. Parents must also remember that the child will likely be stuck with the back pack for long, make sure to involve them in choosing the best design in terms of color, decorations and overall design.


involving the child also helps in determining what they will use their back pack for. Will they be carrying heavy textbooks around? For the heavy weights, one should choose a bag with strong material. If they will need quick access to many items on their bag, then choose one with many front zippers or compartments. Generally, before high school, children will enjoy having multiple compartments to store toys or snacks they can easily access.


Parents must remember the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all back pack. Choose a bag that fits the child right now, and not one that they will grow into. Choose one that will not carry more than ten per cent of their body weight.

If the circumstances mean they will have to, then go for back packs that have the wheel and drag mechanism that they can pull.


make sure to stress the importance of how to wear the bag to the child after buying the bag. They should understand how the adjustment mechanism works and the need for different positions for different weights.

Consider backpacks with a waist or hip strapping mechanism as this will have the bag pulled against the waist of the child to avoid leaning. Strapping the bag on one shoulder risks injury and straining.


Buying back packs could be tedious, what with the safety concerns and the needs of the child. However, with the different options available on the market, it does not have to be difficult.

It should be a fun bonding experience between parent and child before the school calendar begins.

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