How to Choose a Backpack
- Make sure the backpack itself is lightweight.
- Look for two wide, padded shoulder straps. A waist belt may be more stable.
- Multiple compartments will allow the weight of the contents to be distributed more evenly.
- Ergonomically designed backpacks are best.
How to Pack a Backpack
- The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends limiting the backpack’s weight to no more than 10 percent of the child’s body weight.
- Try to distribute weight evenly, using all compartments.
- Pack only essential supplies… leave non-essential items at home or at school.
How to Wear a Backpack
- Use both shoulder straps.
- Tighten the straps so the pack fits close to the body.
- The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline, says the ACA.
- American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Chiropractic Association
- American Occupational Therapy Association
- National Institutes of Health
- National Safety Council