How to Choose the Best Back-to-School Bag

As much as your child may protest, eventually, the summer holidays will come to an end and it will be time for them to go back to school.

With the new term comes loads of new equipment: stationary, uniforms, jackets, shoes, bags… Where does it end?

But perhaps the most important item on the list is the school bag. Choosing one is a difficult task: you need to find the perfect balance between style and functionality. There’s no point having the latest trendy bag if it’s going to fall apart as soon as they overload it with textbooks.

Here to help you out is our Expert Advice on what to look for when buying a school bag to keep everything smooth sailing.

What kind of school bag is the best?

When shopping for a new school bag, there are a few things that you might want to consider…

But luckily for you, we’ve got all the answers.

School Bag Size

School bags tend to get overstuffed. As soon as your kids hit high school, they can have up to 8 textbooks to carry around at any one time. Make sure you get a bag that is roomy enough to fit all of them in, along with their pencil case, calculator, lunch, water bottle and any other essentials they might need throughout the day.

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Next, check that the bag is the right fit for your child. If they are still at primary school, an adult’s backpack is going to be far too big – and may still be for those at secondary. Remember, straps can be adjusted.

Look out for a label on the bag that displays the content size in litres. This will give you a good indication of how much you can actually fit in it, as backpacks and satchels often vary in their capacity. A bag that is 20-24 litres should always do the trick. However, children in their first three years of school won’t require much more than a book bag.

Bags should never be heavier than your child can handle. For students with a number of books to carry, we recommend backpacks with wide straps. This way, they will be able to disperse the weight across their whole body rather than putting undue strain on their back.

If they are determined to get a shoulder bag or satchel, then similarly ensure that the strap is as wide as possible for added support. If there is enough length or it’s an adjustable strap, they will be able to wear it across the body and avoid straining the one shoulder.

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School Bag Style

Just because a bag is practical, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Make sure you pick out the best style for your child, keeping it mind their uniform and personality, but also one that’ll keep your mind at ease, too.

The top two choices for a school bag tend to be: satchels or backpacks. Both are classically stylish options, which also work practically. If you want to go for functional fashion, choose a backpack in a bright colour to get the best of both worlds. Our Aabner Casual Backpack is a top choice. Available in 10 cool colourways, it will suit fussy infants of all ages – including grown-up ones, too.

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Now you’ve nailed the school bag, take a look at our Back-to-School Essentials Checklist to see what else you might be needing.