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School Backpacks, used for carrying mundane school paraphernalia such as books, school supplies, coats, and lunches, to and from school on a daily basis, are generally simple models, Given the rough, constant use they are put through, generally speaking, better quality School Backpacks, have a better chance of lasting throughout a school year, or longer. Of course, School Backpacks must be fashionable, and new designs, colors, and
features are available in early summer each year.

The better the backpack, the more features are included, and key features to look for include a large main compartment, plus smaller compartments, accessory pockets and an organizer panel for cell phones keys, etc. Additional features may include water bottle holders, laptop sleeves, and iPod pockets



Finding a Backpack that Fits

When looking for a backpack suitable for a student, there are certain requirements to consider tin insure a proper, comfortable fit:

1) Student backpacks, when fully loaded, should weigh no more than 10% to 15% of the student's body weight. Were it any heavier, it may cause injuries to the neck, shoulder, and back, or cause poor posture to develop. No matter what the weight of the loaded backpack, if it makes your student lean forward or strain, it is too heavy for the child.

2) Pick a backpack that is not to short or too long. The pack should rest evenly in the middle of the neck.

3) The backpack should have two wide, adjustable, and padded, shoulder straps, a waist strap, and a padded back. Use both shoulder straps to allow for even pressure upon the body and tighten all straps evenly, so the backpack is close to the body. If it is too loose, it can flop against the body, possible causing a loss of balance, and a danger of falling. A backpack worn with only one strap an cause spinal curvature or extreme pain, by compressing nerves in the shoulder.

4) Just as in dealing with any wright, show your student how to BEND AT THE KNEES and not at the waist when picking a loaded backpack up off the floor, or from any point lower than the student's waist, and certainly when wearing the backpack.

5) When loading the backpack, place heavy books or other large items as close as possible to the back of the pack. Only include those items that will be used during day - the more you stuff into the pack, the heavier it will weigh. Leave room for smaller, important, and frequently used items, such as a cell phone, water bottle, mp3 player, etc. Many backpacks have separate outside compartments for such items.

Even with a multitude of such extra compartments, or extra room in the main compartments, care should be taken not to overload the pack with non-essential items, such as extra batteries, cosmetics, external hard drives, or ankle weights, when not essential to the day's activities.

Also, during the course of the school day, various additional items are regularly deposited into the backpack, and it should be a regular nightly activity to clean out the collection of new items added that day, especially trash and things not needed in school the next day. Follow these guidelines, and keeping a more comfortable and easier-to-lift backpack will will second nature, just like breathing.

With these thoughts in mind, its time to start looking for that perfect backpack, both in fit, and in design, with the latest tv or superhero, or computer-generated design, safe in the knowledge you will be wisely choosing a backpack that is tops in comfort and physical safety, as well as pleasing to the eye.



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