Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
- Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
- Pack light. Organize the backpack to use
all of its compartments.
Pack heavier items closest to the center
of the back. The backpack should never
weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
Go through the pack with your child
weekly, and remove unneeded items to keep it light.
Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging
a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.
- Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at
If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good
choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks
still must be carried upstairs, they may be difficult to roll in snow, and
they may not fit in some lockers.