Purchasing a backpack for an elementary aged school boy is an important decision. There are many aspects which must be taken into consideration when you and your little guy go shopping. Safety, functionality, and durability are all design features that must be carefully researched and weighed. As you search for this all important school item, use the suggestions I have listed for you below.
Safety should be one of the top considerations when shopping for a back pack. Your student’s physical well being can be helped or hampered with the decision you make in this purchase. I have isolated a few safety features to regard as you go.
Many backpacks include reflective material in their design. This safety option will provide you with the peace of mind that your youngster can be seen by motorists in low light situations. Skechers makes a boys backpack called “Boys Ariator” which has a reflective webbing on the face of the pack. Remember that bright color can be seen more easily than a dull or neutral shade.
Ergonomic backpacks are fabricated with a young person’s fragile and changing spine in mind. Often the straps and body of the pack are curved to match the shape of the upper back Many also include a waist strap as well.
Target sells an ergonomic rolling backpack for boys. This backpack can offer your boy the option of rolling the backpack on wheels rather than putting the weight continually on his shoulders. Also be sure to shop for a backpack that evenly distributes the weight of the bag’s contents.
With safety in mind, also look for backpacks with wide padded shoulders. These save small shoulders from extra strain and pain. Some shoulder straps are made from a mesh material that allows air to circulate around the shoulder area to prevent chaffing and allow more comfort.
A back pack is not only a means of transporting school supplies to and from home, it is an organizational tool for your young boy. When purchasing a backpack, consider the items to be stored and the order of importance of those items. The student will need to have ready access to the supplies he uses most often. He will need both large and small compartments and good visibility of the entire contents of his school bag. A backpack with only one large compartment is not sufficient as items will be heaped into a big clumsy disorderly pile at the bottom of the bag. This can give rise to destroyed and lost school assignments and foster bad organizational habits in the student.
Ivar has invented a backpack that uses a convenient shelf system for organizing items. School supplies can be stacked into tiers within the bag making all items easily visible and categorized. The backpack also evenly distributes the weight of its contents making it a healthy and safe choice as well.
When shopping for a back pack, check for quality materials and construction. Backpacks take quite a bit of abuse and are best made from heavy duty canvas or nylon. Often you will find backpacks with reinforced bottom panels that resist wear and tear from being slid across floors.
Be sure to check the stitching on critical areas such as at the corners of the bag. Also check the attachment points on the shoulder straps. These are usually the weakest points of a backpack. All zippers and snaps should be examined for durability as well. Spending a little extra money for higher quality materials will be beneficial to you and your student in the long term. A cheap bag will need to be replaced much sooner than a more expensive bag typically.
I hope you have found these tips to be beneficial. With some research, forethought, and intentional shopping, you can find the perfect backpack for your favorite elementary school boy.