As much as your child may protest, eventually the summer will be over and it will be time for them to get back to school. With the new term, comes lots of new equipment! Stationary, uniforms, jackets, shoes, school bags… Where does it end? Perhaps the most important item on the list is the school bag. It can be hard picking school bags – you have to find the perfect balance between style and functionality. There is no point in your kids having the latest trendy bag if it is going to fall apart as soon as they overload it with textbooks. So here is a rundown of exactly what to look for when buying a school bag that will keep both you and your stroppy teen happy.
School Bags Size
School bags are often ridiculously overloaded. As soon as your kids hit school they can have up to 8 textbooks to carry around at any one time. So make sure you get a bag that is big enough to fit in all the essentials. Look out for a label on bags that shows the content size in litres. This will give you a good indication of how much you can actually fit in, as often backpacks and satchels are squashed down and empty when on the shop floor, making it difficult to judge the true size. A bag of 24L+ will probably do the trick.
Next check that the bag matches your kid’s size. If your child is 12 and you buy them an adult’s backpack, it is going to be far too big for them. This will cause them to fill it just for the sake of it, making it unnecessarily heavily. If you’re in store, make them try the bag on. If you’re shopping online, make sure to look specifically for kid’s bags and double check the measurements.
Different School bag Designs
As we’ve already covered, a school bag is going to be stuffed to the brim with books and other necessities. You want to make sure that the bag you choose is going to be as safe as possible for your child to carry. This means checking out the design. If you’re choosing a backpack make sure to look at the straps, as they will indicate how the weight will be distributed on your child’s back. Choose a wide strapped bag, as this will help to distribute the weight and avoid any unnecessary strain.
If your child is dead set on getting an over the shoulder satchel or similar then again make sure to check that the strap is wide and long. If there is enough length, they will be able to carry the bag across the body, rather than putting undue strain on one shoulder.
Make sure to also take a look at the stitching of the bag. If the stitching looks clumsy or weak then don’t buy it. You need strong stitches that will be able to resist the added strain. Pay careful attention to where the straps meet the bag at the top, as this is where the weight will cause strain.
Stylish & Cool School Bags
Just because a bag is practical, doesn’t mean it has to be boring and unstylish. Kids these days are more obsessed with looks and style than ever before. So make sure you pick out the best style for them, which will also keep you happy. The top two choices are either, satchels or backpacks. Both are stylish options, which will also work practically. If you want to go for a more practical backpack style then pick a fun bright colour, as this will appeal to younger kids. Plus you’ll be able to spot them easily when you go to do the school run!
Here’s our pick of the best back to school backpacks, available at Trespass. They all bridge the gap between style and practicality, so everyone will be happy!
The Luna School Bag (pictured) is perfect for both boys and girls, with a stylish pink flowery one for girls and camouflage for the boys. If you’re looking for something more simple and stylish the Swagger is a great choice. Whatever style you need Trespass is the place for girls and boys school bags.