Backpack Safety

  • Pack light – a backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s body weight.
  • Organize the pack to make use of all compartments and pack heavier items closest to the center of the back.
  • Choose a pack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles and may increase curvature of the spine.