The countdown to back to school is on, and that means it’s time to start checking items off of your list of school supplies. On top of the usual pencils, pens and erasers, a new backpack is at the top of many shoppers’ lists.
One that’s supportive is key, especially since trudging heavy books to and from school with an ill-fitting bag can lead to issues like back pain and poor posture over time. According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, there are a few things that you should look for when shopping for a new backpack this back to school season.
For children under 12 years, it’s recommended that their bag should weigh no more than 10 per cent to 15 per cent of their body weight. When picking a backpack, look for one that’s as small as they can get away with to reduce excess weight and minimize space for holding on to too many belongings.
Pay Attention to the Straps
When it comes to straps, look for ones that are padded and at least three fingers wide. This ensures that they won’t dig in and become uncomfortable when the backpack is fully packed. You’ll also want to make sure that kids are actually wearing their bags on both shoulders and not slinging them to one side, which can cause muscle strain.
Look for Interior Pockets
For older kids, a backpack that has space to safely carry a laptop and heavier textbooks should be a consideration. Bags that have padded interior pockets to place heavy items closer to the back are ideal, rather than ones with a single zippered compartment.
Choose Extra Support
If possible, look for bags that have added features like waist and hip straps to help distribute weight throughout the body and away from the shoulders. A padded back is also a great feature that helps prevent sharp corners from poking through the bag and adds extra comfort.
Take a look at some of the best and most supportive bags on the market now to get a head start on your back to school shopping.
SHOP IT: The North Face, $140
SHOP IT: Walmart, $38
SHOP IT: Amazon, $41
SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $40
SHOP IT: Selfridge’s, $95
SHOP IT: Bentley, $55
SHOP IT: Bed, Bath & Beyond, $30
SHOP IT: Indigo, $55 (originally $73)
SHOP IT: Gap, $30 (originally $55)
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