Backpack Safety

Posted by Munhi Sohn on 9/1/2020

Do you know your recommended backpack weight?                  classroomclipart

Experts  recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs.  If you weigh 100 pounds X 10-20% = 10-20 pounds is the maximum weight your backpack should be!


Many children carry more than this recommended maximum weight leading to bad posture.  Heavy backpacks can lead to shoulder, neck and back pain.


When choosing a backpack, KidsHealth recommends to look for the following:

  • a lightweight pack: get one that doesn't add a lot of weight to your load; for example, leather packs look cool, but they weigh more than canvas backpacks
  • two wide, padded shoulder straps: straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulders
  • a padded back: it not only provides increased comfort, but also protects from being poked by sharp objects or edges (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack
  • a waist belt: this helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body
  • multiple compartments: to help distribute the weight throughout the pack


Use backpacks wisely. Simply lighten your load. Make sure both straps are on your shoulders for equal distribution of the weight. Try backpack on wheels! For more tips, check out KidsHealth.


Can you identify below which school bag is not recommended?