When summer break comes to an end, parents usually troop to malls to find new school supplies for their children. One of the most important things to get during this time is the backpack. Most students choose to bring a backpack because it allows the person carrying it to have both hands free. This makes the bag less likely to hinder other activities that the person carrying it may be doing at that time. Unlike a shoulder sling bag, it evenly distributes the load on two shoulders, which makes the chances of muscle strain and fatigue-related injuries less likely compared to other types of bags.
Here are the ways you can choose the perfect backpack for school.
- Estimate the size and weight of things that will go inside the bag. How many books will your child be carrying to school? How many notebooks should be inside the bag? You should know these details before buying a bag for your child. Each situation requires a different bag so it pays to ask your child about the expected load.
- Do you need special storage for the bag? If your child will be carrying a laptop computer inside the new backpack, make sure that you get a model that has padding, or a backpack that's designed specifically for laptop use. This will protect the computer from bumps and falls that might damage the device if it had less protection. Knowing the special needs that the bag will be used for can definitely make you consider the best options for your purpose. Also, if you will be using the backpack to carry a laptop, be sure to bring the computer when you shop so you can fit it - laptop bags usually come in different sizes, 12", 14", 15" and so forth.
- Are you going to use the bag for a long time? If you want to use a bag for a long time, you will be better off investing in a good brand that is known for quality. You may have to pay extra cash to get the top of the line and most durable backpack in the market, but in the end, you really get what you pay for.
- What designs does your child want? This has to be a very big consideration, because children tend to put a premium on using bags that reflect who they are as individuals. Ask your child about his color preferences, and the design he is keen on. Better yet, ask your child to go with you when you go shopping.
- Count the pockets. Backpacks usually come with a lot of pockets and generally, the more pockets, the better. This allows your child to organize his things, like pens and pencils inside small pockets, without having to lose these small supplies inside the main compartment.
Picking the perfect school backpack is all about get the sweet compromise between form, function and price. Remember to choose the best fit for your or your child's needs.