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How to Choose a Safe Backpack for Your Child

Choose the right backpack for your child by looking for these features.


  • Step 1: Determine size Determine if the backpack is the appropriate size for your child's age, weight, and height.
  • TIP: Do not purchase an oversize backpack, or one that is too heavy.
  • Step 2: Look for reflective trim Make sure the backpack has reflective trim to increase its visibility at night.
  • Step 3: Get padded shoulder straps Get a backpack with padded shoulder straps for comfort and support.
  • TIP: Your child should carry their backpack on both shoulders to avoid back strain.
  • Step 4: Choose a padded back Choose a pack with a padded back to protect a child from being poked from objects inside the pack.
  • Step 5: Choose a backpack with waist belt Get a backpack with a waist belt for extra support and to help distribute the weight evenly.
  • Step 6: Choose a pack with compartments Choose a backpack with multiple compartments. This will help distribute the weight to prevent injury.
  • Step 7: Look for recycled fabrics Make a healthy choice for your child and for the earth by choosing a backpack made from recycled fabrics.
  • FACT: In 2009, United States Marines and Sailors on the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit distributed more than 2,500 backpacks full of school supplies to Iraqi schoolchildren.

You Will Need

  • Child's age
  • weight
  • and height
  • Research
  • Backpack

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