It is a well-known fact that the school backpack for your child would probably be one of the most used items compared to the entire back-to-school shopping list. Kids will carry their backpacks every day in order to carry their stationaries, books and other items to and from school.
The backpacks should be sturdy and strong enough to withstand the chances of it being damaged due to frequent travelling from and to school, the rough treatment which kids have towards their backpacks as they remove their belongings and even when storing it in their lockers.
Since it is used frequently and daily, you need to know what to see in a kid’s backpack before choosing the right backpack.
Tips to Choose the Right Backpack for Your Kids
During the back-to-school season, companies start to offer in a plethora selection of school backpack options including different sizes, colours, forms and texture materials. Moreover, you can notice that the quality and price tends to vary on a huge note during this season. In fact, this is the best time to take the opportunity of discounts along with backpack sales and choose the ideal school backpack for your kid.
There are times where you are even tempted to purchase a backpack which is not that costly and not even that trendy and you may think that if there are any such faults found that you can easily replace it. However, the problem is that you might not be able to choose a satisfactory backpack so easily right after the back-to-school season sales.
Truth be told, choosing low-quality and inexpensive are guaranteed to last within few weeks to around few months, typically it is less than a year. This is just adequate enough for all the items in the back-to-school category to be replaced with new merchandise during the festive season.
In order to seek out the ideal quality backpack, it is recommended to look deep inside the backpack as well as the exterior area and observe the following:
1. Look out for uneven, loose or even careless stitching which could tear out easily.
2. Never take backpacks with flaws such as frayed or raw fabric edges which could again, come out quickly and easily.
3. Choose zippers which are protected with fabric flaps that enable children to keep items such as water bottles out of the backpacks and keep books in. Never choose zippers which are being exposed to weather openly.
A Backpack needs accurate fitting
It is scientifically proven that backpacks which are being used incorrectly or do not fit properly have possible chances of causing shoulder or back strain. As you set out to select a backpack, always try to consider comfortability and proper fit as factors rather than price. There are times where the most ideal backup may not be trending, stylish or even expensive.
To search out for a backpack with great fitting, here are some helpful tips to guide you
4. Pick the right size
The backpack’s width should be equally proportional to the width of the person. Example, a kid should definitely not aim to choose a backpack created for adults. Furthermore, the height of the backpack should start from two inches below the shoulder blades to the waist level or maybe a little above the waist, approximately.
5. Broader straps with padding for shoulders
These two features enable comfortability and ensure protection from deep pressure. It is crucial for a backpack to have two straps in order to disperse the backpack’s weight more equally. Using just a single strap can be an additional strain to a single shoulder. There are straps which are adjustable to enable idea positioning but consumers should ensure it sits a little above the waist and the straps should be in equal length.
6. Choose backpacks which have slots, dividers, pockets in order to disperse weight evenly
In addition to the previous measure on how a backpack should sit, choose backpacks which have different pockets, dividers etc. enabling equal distribution of weight. Heavier the items, the more closely it sits to a person’s back and lighter the items, it sits far away from the body.
7. Ensure that packed backpack weight is 15% of your child’s body weight
It is essential to not add weight and weigh down backpacks. This may seem kind of impossible considering the amount of books children carry every day. But, do make it a point to make sure it does not equal more than 15% of a person’s weight: A child who weighs 100 pounds should not carry a backpack of more than 15 pounds while a child who weighs 60 pounds should not have a backpack of more than 9 pounds.
8. Carry out a test before purchase
Carry a few personal items which you usually carry in a backup for your daily use. Place them into a new backpack in order to understand the weight distribution and many more to get a better sense.
9. Backpacks which contain waist or chest straps need to ensure that it sits perfectly on your child
There are few backpacks which do provide waist or chest straps which are being designed to disperse weight equally. If it does not sit perfectly, then it would only lead to discomfort and not distribute weight as well.
- A hip belt is to be wrapped properly around the child’s hips.
- Adjustment of the chest strap ensures arms to move freely.
- Chest strap height is to be placed to the comfortable spot of the child.
10. Ask of your Child’s style of choice
Apart from proper fit and top-quality, style is still an important element to think about. Every child has his/her own style which should be considered as it is to be carried throughout the year.
Adding in accessories such as key chains, badges, fobs and many more can liven up the bag and display a child’s personal interest. If there seems to be any patches, parents can get glue or sew from craft stores and fix it themselves.
There are even safe measures taken such as usage of reflective tape which is used to increase safety and comes in multiple styles. These small reflectors can be easily found in many sporting stores and even sewing stores have adequate sources for reflective tape.
Shopping advice with your child
11 Make joint decisions and consider shop sales with discounts
Kids may have different stores in mind and you would probably want to visit such stores (Kohls, Aeropostale, and Nike etc.) in order to avoid tantrums. If you aim to choose a backpack which is strong and durable then you can try out the well-known brands but do avoid choosing backpacks without your child’s approval. A backpack is an item where a young adult expresses their personality and style hence make a smart purchase but do consider the child to be part of the final decision.
Furthermore, always look out for shop sales. Generally, the back-to-school season begins during mid-July and extends up to mid-August. If you are that parent who is on a restricted budget, then look for alternatives such as thrift or discount stores. Such stores do offer good prices with sufficient cash to purchase a water bottle or a lunchbox. If your kid’s backpack is still in good condition, then continue to use it as long as your child is happy with it.
Some of these shop sales or discount stores have offers where they provide two backpacks hence the additional backpack can be kept as a reserve if something were to happen to the other. It is also enlightening for a child to shift one backpack to another over the course of the year.