What Kind Of Backpack Is Best?

With school just beginning, getting back in the swing of things can be a little tough. One important thing that you have to get just right is your choice of backpack. It has to be durable to last through the year, large enough to hold all your books, and stylish enough to complete any outfit.

But, there’s another important aspect to pay attention to: how will your backpack help support your back?

Back pain is a serious issue amongst teens today. Carrying around multiple textbooks and all your other school supplies quickly adds up in pounds. For your posture’s sake, it’s important to find a backpack that will help you avoid back pain and stand tall every morning.

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Go Small

No matter how big of a back pack you get, you’re going to pack it to the brim. A smaller sized pack that’s just big enough to hold the essentials will help you avoid carrying around unnecessary weight. Another tip: get a locker organizer and keep as much stuff as you can in your locker each day. In-class only items that you don’t have to take home can save you a good amount of room and weight!

Go Wide

The straps of your backpack should be wide (at least three fingers wide) to ensure they can withstand the weight you put into your pack. This will also help distribute the weight across your shoulders so they don’t dig in.

While single-strap backpacks can be stylish, if you intend to carry one or more standard sized textbooks and/or two or more notebooks, you will need two straps (for both support and durability).

Some backpacks have hip loops to help further distribute weight if you intend to carry a good amount of weight.

Look Inside

The outside is important, but the interior of your bag is also important to look at. Your backpack should be designed to help you pack it intuitively, i.e. put the heaviest books closest to your back. The pockets for your laptop or small devices should be on the outer side of your backpack to help distribute the weight of each item properly.

While single-compartment backpacks look spacious, inner-organizers will help you keep everything in place and create a sort of system so that you can find all of your notebook and supplies with ease at the start of each class.

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Don’t Go Too Big

Thankfully, most teachers these days are catching on to the issue of heavy backpacks and provide in-class textbooks for students.

Your backpack shouldn’t weigh more than 10% of your body weight. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, your backpack should be 15 pounds or lighter. If it’s excessively heavy, consolidate your notebooks and determine what exactly can be left at school and what you can leave at home.

If there’s something you only need to bring to class a couple times a week, leave it at home or in your locker on day you don’t need it. This will keep your backpack as efficiently pack as possible!