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Rolling Backpacks For The Student

Updated on January 8, 2014

It's Time For School! Choose Your Backpack!

The summer is winding down and there is an excitement in the air because school is getting ready to start. Families are looking for school supplies for each child in preparation for the big day. In addition to clothes, school supplies are a very important purchase. Here are some ideas for your child's new backpack. You want what is best for your child!

The backpacks come in all colors, shapes and sizes. There are color choices, themes to choose from and details to check out. Let's look at some of the concepts that a parent is considering with a backpack purchase.

1.) How large is the child? Smaller children need smaller backpacks. A first grader needs a smaller bag than a sixth grader. In addition, a first grader cannot carry the same amount of weight as an older and heavier child.

2.) What color would work best? When our children were growing up, color was very important. By the end of the school year, they grew very tired of bright colored bags. As our children aged, the more standard solid colors seemed to work best. Smaller children may like a certain bold color because it stands out and they are less likely to misplace or lose it.

3.) Will a themed backpack be a good choice? Some kids are crazy about Cinderella, but usually have changed their focus halfway through the year. Let's face it, kids are fickle and have seasons of likes and dislikes. What theme will last for the entire year?

4.) How much can the backpack hold? Are there special compartments for pens and pencils, for money, for water? What special needs does the child have in that grade, at that school and personally?

Backpack on the Back or Roll It

A big concern for parents should be the weight of the books and supplies that their child carries. Books can be extremely heavy and hard on a young back. Parents today have a choice to buy a backpack for the back or one that rolls.

I remember as an adult in graduate school how heavy my books were as I walked the hill to my classroom. I had to visit a chiropractor during graduate school. The wear and tear on my back left me with sciatic pain that got worse as the year went on. Eventually a lower disc slipped out of place and left me unable to carry anything.

I prefer the rolling backpack for growing children. The weight is easier for them to handle. One of the drawbacks is that the backpack on the ground can be overlooked and trip someone. Teaching a child to watch out for others is important when a rolling backpack is used.

In Conclusion

It has been a number of years since I took a child to purchase a backpack for school. It is such an important part of a child's school year and the search can be so much fun! Choose carefully and make a memory with your child as you search for their next backpack!

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  • pmccray profile image

    pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

    Timely hub, I feel for those of you who still have the new school year madness to endure. Excellent hub and very informative.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thanks for stopping by HappyHer. Yes, it sounds like a roller bag of some sort would be helpful to her back. I know that the office stores like Office Depot sell rolling bags that are very nice looking and would serve her well.

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    HappyHer 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    Getting my daughter ready for pre-med, I know how heavy her books are and how long of a walk she has from her dorm to her class. This is a great article that addresses a most important concern. Great Job!