Backpack Safety

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 the waist. 
  • 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.