Backpack Awareness

Some helpful tips for choosing your child's backpack

-Choose a backpack with heavily padded straps that also features shoulder and chest straps
-Pack the heaviest items in the back of the backpack and place lighter items towards the front
-Wear both shoulder straps unless the backpack is designed for use on one shoulder
- A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10% of his or her body weight

Helpful tips for adults

-Select purses with built-in compartments. This helps distribute the weight more evenly.
-Select a briefcase made of light materials such as microfiber and nylon.
-Opt for carrying two light suitcases, one in each hand, rather than one heavy suitcase in one hand or on your shoulder.

From AOTA, 2010