Backpacks have become one of the most important items on a back-to-school shopping list. They are used every day to take to help kids carry school-related items back and forth between home and school. They must be constructed of the highest quality materials that can withstand the wear and tear they must endure on a daily basis. Ballistic and ripstop nylon will hold up better than lighter weight fabrics. Canvas is also a popular material used in backpacks. Sturdy zippers are a necessity for keeping belongings safe and secure. Look for backpacks with strong zipper pulls that help the child open them more easily and prevent broken zippers because of too much stress being placed on them.
Packs with wide padded straps are an important consideration to help prevent shoulder pain and bad posture. Choosing a pack with ample carrying capacity should be a priority when buying one for older kids who must carry heavy textbooks. High school students may need a pack with at least 2,000 cubic inches of space inside, while younger children probably only need about 1,000 cubic inches. Backpacks come in a variety of popular colors, patterns, sizes and designs that appeal to the discriminating tastes of both boys and girls. Because some students may be required to carry their packs to every class during the day, the style and design is especially important to them. Image plays a major role when it comes to selecting the right backpack for these fashion-savvy kids.