Can you identify a well-made backpack?
What do four textbooks, plust three notebooks and a host of electronic devices in a backpack equal? Risk of back pain, or worse, if kids aren't careful. Experts say kids should never carry more than 15% of their body weight. Consider these features when shopping for the right bag:
- Two Padded Shoulder Straps reduce pressure. Contoured (as opposed to straight) straps permit free arm movement and avoid prssure under the arms.
- A Hip Belt transfers some weight from the back and shoulders downward, resulting in a more even distribution of the load.
- Reflective Material makes kids more visible at dawn, dusk or on dark, foggy days.
- Multiple Compartments spread weight around while keeping items secure and accessible.
- Bags with Air Pads can provide extra support to the lower back if your kid chooses to carry it or opt for a wheeled backpack to really take the load off.