We share some great tips to help you make sure your kid’s backpack is right for them…

Guidelines recommend that a packed schoolbag should weigh no more than 10% of a child’s body weight. For a 40–50kg high school student, 10% of their body weight is 4 to 5kg.

A backpack shouldn’t extend past your child’s shoulders when they sit down with it, and it also shouldn’t be wider than their chest.

Ideally the bag needs to be sturdy and reasonably water-resistant (or have a rain cover) and the material should be firm to prevent sagging.

A moulded frame and/or an adjustable hip or waist strap will ensure most of the weight rests on the hips and pelvis, not on the shoulders and spine. The waist/hip belt is particularly important to secure the load when walking, running or cycling.

An added bonus is for it to be machine washable or at least able to be wiped over to remove any spills and dirt etc.

10 Best school bags in 2023

Here are a few suggestions

Stuck on you Monogram Mini Backpack – order yours here today

Adidas Badge Of Sport Backpack for kids – shop via Athletes foot today

Bright Star Kids – Kids’ Backpack shop here

Terra Thread Organic Cotton Earth Backpack – shop via Biome now

Suissewin Swiss waterproof Kids School backpack Travel Backpack – shop via MyDeal now

Cute Kid Toddler School Bags Backpack Kindergarten – shop now

Adidas 22.5L Essentials Logo Laptop Backpack – shop via Catch now

Puma 20L Phase Backpack II – shop now

Champion Sports Fashion Small Backpack – order here now

ASICS Sport Backpack – order now

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