What sort of backpack should I get for my school-aged kids?
This is a great question as kids of all ages head back to school. How to choose between Spiderman and the Disney Princess vs. the Hiker's deluxe back-country pack? While there is no particular brand of backpack that is recommended over another, there are certain factors to assess before purchasing a pack for school. Of course, the age, size, and needs of your child are important considerations when sizing a backpack. Younger children need not tote around a "I'm travelling through Europe" backpack, but instead require a lighter, snug-fitting pack. Ensure the pack does not exceed shoulder level, nor drop below the child's waist. Never overload the pack, even as the child grows older. As the grades progress, so do the textbooks, so look for a pack that includes adjustable padded should straps and a waist belt for better weight distribution. Have your child start wearing the pack properly (both straps on, etc;) at an early age, as this will encourage good postural habits. Properly fitted backpacks should never change your child's posture, nor cause pain or discomfort across the shoulders and back.