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Picking a backpack

Getting the right backpack for back-to-school will help avoid shoulder aches, back strain and more. Here are a few pointers on what to look for. Style might be their only concern when comparing backpacks at the store; a choice they might regret later.

Choose the right size – It shouldn’t hang lower that your boy’s hips. Don’t buy one for him to grow into.

Don’t overload it – The bag should carry no more than 15 percent of your child’s body weight.

Watch the straps – The shoulder straps should be snug and worn on both shoulders. Never sling the pack over one shoulder. The back should have a waist strap that needs to be always used.

Check for lumbar support – Padding in the back of the pack transfers the pack’s weight from the shoulders to the lower back, which helps reduce strain.

I hope this will help you with choosing an appropriate backpack this year. Happy Shopping!