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The Indispensable Backpack

Updated on April 29, 2016
What's in my trusty backpack? Children pack their bags with school supplies and necessary personal items such as snacks, water, and clothing.
What's in my trusty backpack? Children pack their bags with school supplies and necessary personal items such as snacks, water, and clothing. | Source

As I was writing this article I recalled an old tune from my elementary school days. I learned it years ago from my dear music teacher, Mr. Reed. You've probably heard it. Well, maybe not. I don't think it was a popular song after the 70's:The Happy Wanderer. Now, here's a catchy tune that will wrap itself around your head all day long and beyond. In fact, if you play the music video posted you may just find it coming back to you as well - over and over. You'll thank me later.

As a kid, what I found most endearing about this song was the knapsack. I could picture myself trekking along a rocky mountain path, tramping through a field of daffodils, and hiking along a bubbling riverbed while singing and whistling this tune, my trusty rucksack slung over my back. What a life!

Today, the knapsack is now an indispensable backpack for school kids around the world. Over 40 million children carry these mobile packs every day. And somewhere on God's earth they may just feel like the happy wanderer as they traverse the trail to school.

Valderi, Valdera, Valedera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

The Essentials

They enter class carrying their backpacks and unload them by their desk. Several land with a loud plunk on the floor, others jingle and shake as they spin towards their sanctuary under the chair. Regardless, it is near them, a silent maître d' ready to serve.

I don't remember having anything resembling a backpack as a high school student. I carried a notebook equipped with inside pockets for holding paper. I hooked a plastic pencil pouch on the rings for my writing tools. That was it, besides the added weight of three or four textbooks. Remember carrying those heavy books in your arms all day at school? I'm surprised my hands didn't stretch past my knees!

Today items packed inside a bag range from textbooks to toiletries. Many students use their backpacks as mobile storage closets and it makes you wonder if there is anything left in their room back home. Nevertheless, the inner holdings of backpacks are what keep students organized and ready for whatever their schedule requires.

What are some of the unusual items I've seen students carry? A tide stick, stuffed toy, silly string, small pillow, and a superhero cape are about the most bizarre items I have come across. Because of the limited space, walking distance between classes, and priority of school supplies, most students pack only what is essential for the day. (Below is a list of common items carried by students.) Still, there can be a lot of "essentials" packed into one bag.

 
Common Backpack Items
 
notebook
cell phone/ipod
pencil/pen
textbook
tablet/laptop
sharpener
writing/note paper
calculator
highlighter
binder
headphones/earbuds
wallet/billfold
folder
memory stick
keys
water
index cards/sticky notes
umbrella
snacks, gum, mints
tissue
sunglasses

The Proper Fit

Which student is carrying their backpack properly?

It may be cool to sling it over one shoulder, but using both straps will protect your back and prevent injuries.
It may be cool to sling it over one shoulder, but using both straps will protect your back and prevent injuries. | Source

Safeguards and Tips

Is there a proper way to wear a backpack? The US Consumer Product Safety Commission states that approximately14,000 children are treated for backpack related injuries each year. Most often treated are shoulder pains, strain to the back, and contusions. If improperly worn or too heavy, they can cause joint and muscle injury as well as posture problems. Over time, toting a heavy bag can lead to chronic neck, shoulder and back pain.

It is important a child wears a backpack appropriate to his weight and size. Other key features are padded shoulder straps, adjustable straps, waist strap, and lightweight material. The bag should rest against the lower back with the heaviest items packed so that they lie against the child's mid-back.

Remind your child to always use both straps when wearing her backpack. Make sure the straps are tight and the waist strap is also fastened to help distribute the weight across her back. Teach your child to bend from the knees when picking up the backpack. If a child struggles putting it on, it is too heavy. Watch for signs such as tingling or numbness in the arms or legs indicating a heavy load.

Child's Weight
Maximum Backpack Weight
60
5
60-75
10
75-100
15
100-125
18
125-150
20
150-200
25
Source:
American Physical Therapy Association;American Chiropractic Association

Backpack Identity

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The practical individual packs for organization and logic. Some backpacks come with matching lunchboxes. Bags on wheels ease the load but the wheels are hard to manuever and add weight to the bag.  Although this is lightweight, it is not functional. The thin straps do not provide enough support and may leave rubmarks on the shoulders.
The practical individual packs for organization and logic.
The practical individual packs for organization and logic. | Source
Some backpacks come with matching lunchboxes.
Some backpacks come with matching lunchboxes.
Bags on wheels ease the load but the wheels are hard to manuever and add weight to the bag.
Bags on wheels ease the load but the wheels are hard to manuever and add weight to the bag.
Although this is lightweight, it is not functional. The thin straps do not provide enough support and may leave rubmarks on the shoulders.
Although this is lightweight, it is not functional. The thin straps do not provide enough support and may leave rubmarks on the shoulders.

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It's Definitely Me!

According to market research, each school year over two billion backpacks are sold. It is a 750 million dollar revenue maker for the industry. Yes, talk about the importance of capturing teens as a target market!

The trying on of backpacks has become a yearly ritual. Parents take their child to the mall or department stores to purchase a particular bag that is going to make their year complete. Forget about the price, students identify with their backpacks and cost is secondary. The average backpack costs between $100 and $200, unless you are going for the custom-made limited edition which can go as high as $800.

What's new? How about speakers in the straps and buttons for answering your cell which is inside your bag? Then there is the solar panel feature which charges your phone conveniently from a side pocket. A must for most is a padded sleeve for their laptop or tablet. Some kids carry bullet-proof backpacks while others must tote a see-through bag required by their school.

Color is another factor considered when choosing a backpack. Basic black is the choice with 50% of students. Designer colors range from neon, rainbow, pink and canvas for expressing your own individuality with fabric paint or markers.

It's not just a backpack anymore; it's a symbol of individuality! Valderi, Valdera!

© 2014 Dianna Mendez

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      teaches12345

      Excellent product hub with some very important points about wearing backpacks - especially those in relation to school children.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I still use a backpack, on occasion...as do my daughters and granddaughters. They are too useful not to! Whether for a weekend get away, school, theme parks, hiking...there are so many uses for them. By the way, I have a Tim McGraw backpack :) Great article!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sigh!

      I don't know what else to say.

      Sigh!

      I used one when I'm hiking at 9,000 feet. Never had one in school. I can just imagine my dad laughing if I ever asked for one. Oh well...times change, right? And change is always good, right? :)

      Well-written my teacher friend.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Backpacks are very useful for anyone who needs them to tot things back and forth. They were great when my kids were in school, but I do not recall ever having one until I went to college.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Sally, the backpacks I see kids carrying at school are so varied. My concern is with those who pack them so heavily that they walk hunched over from the weight. Thanks for your comment and views on this topic.

      Linda, You will have to share your photo of McGraw's backpack! Yes, adults use them still and they are so handy. Take care, dear lady.

      Bill, my parents would have handed me a flour sack at the time. Not much need for those things .. says my dad. Glad you were here today.

      Colorful, never owned one myself until I was in my thirties! Yes, I do have one that comes in so handy for the gym. Great seeing you today and thanks for commenting.

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      Ruthbro 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the interesting hub, my third grader had to carry a binder for the first time last year, it added a significant weight to her backpack! The use of both straps is so important, I can remember it being a 'trend' issue when I was a teenager, no one would use two straps!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Sam's is making it through second grade! And it is Pokémon! Jamie

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh I love today's backpacks. I have one with a radio and cooler then the space for all my stuff! I carried those big books around too; would have loved one back then. ^+

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Ruth, I think more schools and parents have increased awareness of carrying backpacks with two straps after so many back injuries. Thanks for your added value here today. Have a great day.

      Jhamann, I see so many comic book hero and pokémon themed backpacks with boys. At least it gets them to carry items well. See you around the block.

      Jackie, I too would have loved one back then. My transitor radio would have fit into it nicely! Loved your visit and support of the post. Blessings!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I wish I had a backpack back when I was in school, as I lugged around a ton of books. This is a great hub here and you have written it to make it so interesting. I remember when my children were in school and I have no clue how they were even able to pick their backpacks up! They were too heavy that I could not even pick it up. I am glad you pointed out about the proper way to wear one. I loved that song you have shared too.

      I have noticed here of late that in my office building, men are using them in lieu of the old briefcase. Even top heads of State departments who are much older men are carrying a backpack. I think it is great to see them and it makes me smile.

      Voted up +++ tweeting and pinning

      Blessings always

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I may have to stay after school today; I failed your quiz!! Backbacks were unheard of when I was in school in the "horse and buggy" days! We just lugged them around!

      I use one now when I take the grandkids on a trip of any kind. I keep mine in the truck of the car ready to go at any time!

      Great Hub, as usual. Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I wish more teachers would cooperate. Last year when my child was in middle school, her teachers insisted on large binders for each subject and carrying books home, and the kids couldn't go to their lockers in between classes due to fear of drugs in the schools. So she carried around a 45 pound backpack.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I remember this song, mainly the tune. This hub has such value for parents as they buy what we called: Book Bags in school. This was when I taught phonics.

      I bought many for my nephews and they had to pick them out. Aunt Bobbi did not have their taste---so true.

      Boys carried my books in high school that was more popular with me, HA! Anyway, I enjoyed this and I will share with Twitter.

      You have a great day,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Comfort Babatola 2 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I definitely remember the knapsack song. And yes, my teens and I get into this little argument on the right way to carry their backpack. I tell them to wear it on their back, they think it's more stylish to just sling it over the shoulder.

      My daughter was complaining about pain around her neck as recently as this morning, and I suggested it may be the way she carries her backpack.

      They bring home so many books though that the weight of the bag is just enormous! Even my fourth grader carries more than his share of books with piano class, trumpets etc.

      Great hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I couldn't get your quiz but in my day backpacks were for campers. Boys carried their stuff in their arms and girls used super sized pocketbook looking bags.

      You've included some interesting and necessary information for parents today. No sense in letting your children injure themselves just to look good!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting. Of course the song will be in my head all day :)

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi Dianna-- this is a winning hub if ever I've read one! The humour, the information, and the interesting insights all appealed to me.

      I recently spent one day walking around with a heavy laptop in the standard bag and am taking the advice of others about buying a backpack where the weight can be distributed more evenly on my back.

      The really hilarious thing about this hub for me was that you mention "The Happy Wanderer" when just last night my husband told me that he sang that on his summer's hike as he trotted through the last leg of muddy trails. Mind you, he only knew the chorus and maybe one verse-- it's fortunate that he was hiking solo for that part of the trip. Of course, I had to look it up on Youtube and it has become an earworm, but a happy one.

      I love this hub and have vigorously shared it etc.

      Cynthia

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      ignugent17 2 years ago

      It is fun and very interesting to read. I remember my backpack days in school. That is also true that you can find so many things in a backpack. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      LOL at the song i like the chorus ha ha ha ha it sounds Germanish. Well Thank goodness i don't have to carry a bag-pack anymore it use to be way too heavy even though we had a timetable. My nephew is only 10 yrs old and i can barely lift his book bag, heaven knows kids will be suffering at a young age with back issues.

      Thanks for sharing and i like your photos :)

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      DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I had a satchel in school, never had a rucksack until my 50s. Now, I wear it almost every day. It's very useful for shopping, makes carrying the groceries a breeze and keeps hands free for holding onto grandchildren. I have even carried a grandchild on my shoulders, sitting on top of the rucksack!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very interesting. Most kids look cool carrying their backpack, one is tempted to judge how studios kids are by the weight on their backs. Sad about the injuries, but your instructions are very helpful. Voted Up!

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      V/H/P++++

      This one would make an awesome Hub of the Day!

      Kim

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Four plus years ago when I went back to college I purchased a Samsonite backpack. I used it everyday. I'm out of school now and that backpack is still my best friend. I still use it every weekday. I ride my bike so it's my bag of choice. It still looks new and it has taken a beating. I too find my backpack indispensable.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Faith, I'm glad you liked my happy song. It is still in my head today. You make a great point, more men are carrying backpacks. It makes sense doesn't it? Better for the back and so convenient. Blessings, dear lady.

      Mary, I'll still allow you an A on the quiz. I started using one when my son was born. It made traveling much more fun and we had all the things he needed in one pack. Glad you stopped by and hope your day is going well. Say "hi" to Baby!

      Flourish, if you make the teacher carry the back for a day, he or she may just change her thoughts on the number of required books. Poor kids. I appreciate your commenting and adding to the topic. Be safe and well. Hug your chld for me.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Bobbi, I too discovered you cannot buy a child's bag for them. Oh no, it is too personal an item! I remember when it was the cool thing to have your boyfriend carry your books for you. What fun! Thanks for coming by and contributing to the conversation value.

      Comfort, Glad someone else knows this happy song! It's sad kids have to carry to much weight around. Schools should be held responsible for the medical bills due to injuries! Hope things are going well for you today.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Till, I'm afraid some kids would rather look good than have good posture. The song is a good one, just don't sing it out loud! Thanks for your visit and support.

      Cynthia, I love my backpacks. They make carrying items easier and frees your hands to open doors, etc. Your husband has good taste in music! Have a good evening and keep singing!

      Ignugent, I've been known to stuff my backpack full of interesting items. When you are caring for kids, lots of extras go into them! Blessings!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Lady, you guessed well on the song. It actually comes from the netherlands/german area. My music teacher used to play the accordion while we sang this song and it made it so fun. Your poor nephew! Have his mom talk to the teacher about the weight, it's worth a try. Enjoyed your visit!

      Meg, I love the word "rucksack", it sounds so much more interesting. I doubt kids would use that term today though. They do have their purpose, especially when it comes to those precious grandkids. Blessings!

      MsDora, yes, it is sad the kids are made to carry such heavy books. Perhaps ebooks will become popular and that is much less weight to carry around! Love your visit and comments. God bless you!

      Kim, you are so kind. I only hope this article helps parents teach kids how to tote those bags and saves some injuries. Be well and strong!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Iris, I have an old Samsonite tote bag and still use it when I travel. It has hardly any wear on it and still my first choice too! Guess they made them to last - like the commercials use to say. Have fun riding your bike. You may just have to learn the song to make it more interesting! Blessings.

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      When I was in school, I did the same as you. I had a organizing binder and some Pee Chee folders. I carried my books in my arms. However, I must say, we never had homework or books to carry home in Elementary school like kids today.

      My niece and nephew were the ones with the backpacks. Honestly, I don't know how they carried them. My nephew's for Middle School probably weighed at least 10 lbs. It was so heavy! I'm surprise either of them didn't end up with a shoulder or back injury. Your advice will really come in handy as more school children are carrying heavy loads at a younger age.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Mel, I think my carry home items amounted to a couple of papers in grade school. Things have changed indeed. Thanks for joining the conversation and adding value to the topic. May your weekend be a good one.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      An excellent article for people with school aged kids. I went to school long before backpacks. I think we just carried our books in our arms. voted up. I could have used this when my son was school aged.

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      James C Moore 2 years ago from The Great Midwest

      I didn't carry a backpack in high school either. That habit began in college. I notice that you mentioned long term health issues with regard to backpacks. The numbers actually seem surprisingly low given how some kids are toting packs as big as them.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Yes, times certainly have changed. I never had a backpack while in school, we lugged those heavy books around under our arm. Today it's a different story, backpacks are everywhere. I always have one with me when I travel, very handy. Great tips for kids and parents alike.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very awesome post. I enjoyed the song valderi, valdera............ We used to carry very small light bags in late 1950s and early 60s which contained only some textbooks and notes according to the classes that we had on that particular day. Lunch boxes are carried separately as they leak or spill.

      I wondered how my sons carried heavy loaded bags. Now I see even nursery children carrying loaded bags on their backs. Times have changed much.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nobody has written about a backpack, the way you have done here. All very important points because it is directly related to the child's posture and therefore health.

      When I was a young student, such backpacks were not popular. But they are convenient and thoughtfully made nowadays.

      Even my grownup children prefer carrying these only.

      Very useful and informative hub and I liked your chart and diagrams very much. Thanks and voted up!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Backpacks are so cool with so many features nowadays, wish we had it back in our days. Great hub.

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      WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My first school backpack was in Georgia in the 50's, and they were all Army surplus units from WWII. They were heavy canvas, and they had that military canvas smell. What a sweet memory.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a useful hub, Dianna. I find it interesting that students carry so much in their backpack (at least in my school) even when they have a locker! I haven't thought about the song in the video for years. As someone else said, I can't get it out of my mind now! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I had an old satchel! lol! now they have solar panels to charge their phones? wow! and of course we never had phones ipads etc! great advice, and brought back so many memories!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Valderi...Valdera... lalalalala. Love this song. Makes a person feel good. Well, Dianna, back-packs were still in the future when I went to school (Horse and buggy days :) But now, I can't live without one.

      The information you've provided is useful and helpful for both parents and students. I will be happy to share this excellent hub. Thanks. Audrey

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      bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      An interesting article! I feel so bad for my kids, who have had to carry the ridiculous book weights in their backpacks - heck, my college backpack never weighed so much! I tend to think if teachers had such loads to bear they might get more work done in the classroom and send home less homework.

      Thanks for posting, quite informative!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I too carried my books in my arms. Seems like someone should have thought of backpacks way before this! Thanks for visiting, Catherine.

      Just the messenger, I see these kids carrying baggage that would require a mule to haul. It's a pity! Thank you for adding to the conversation with your observations.

      Bdeguilio, you just can't appreciate the backpack until you have several items to carry and need your hands free, especially with kids.

      Ven, your country was way ahead of the rest on helpful backpacks. Yes, times have changed and let's hope for the better.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      ChitrangadaSharon, you make a good point; they are made convenient and with a good design for safety nowadays. I see lots of adults toting this as well. THanks for the feedback.

      Vellur, I would love to have the solar charging feature on mine. Your presence is always a great welcome!

      Will, I remember those backpacks from my brother's military experience. Yes, they were heavy! I appreciate your adding to the content value.

      Alicia, you would think the locker would be the answer but it's not always convenient for campus treks. I see lots of kids exchanging books during the day for classes at their lockers though. Great add to the content!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Nell, glad this post brought you some fun and reminded you of the good old days. I could have used any old satchel back then!

      Audrey, I find myself singing this song lately, it's a good one! Glad they finally invented these packs, it's made a good difference for so many of us.

      Beth, I couldn't agree with you more. Some of those packs are way too heavy for those sweet kids. I enjoyed your visit and comment. I hope you have a wonderful week.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      You're right. I never had a backpack. Or book bag. Whatever. But I never would have even thought about it had I not seen this. A very clever Hub!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting Dianna. Voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Sharon 2 years ago from Philippines

      My children started using backpacks when they entered high school and my son who is currently in college even has a collection of different kinds and colors. Well, I should say using this kind of bag is very convenient for them. Thank you for sharing some great tips herein.

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      agusfanani 2 years ago from Indonesia

      What an interesting hub. Students in my country, including elementary students, have to bring many books to school. They really depend on their backpacks to carry the books but I'm sometimes worried about their body growth negatively influenced by their burdens.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      This was a very informative read. I usually never wear my backpack correctly and I should start sooner rather than later.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Rebecca, thanks for the feedback. I truly would have enjoyed having a backpack as a teen. It would have kept my arms from aching -- yes, I had to walk a mile to school! See you later, dear friend.

      Eddy, thank you for your support. I am so glad you came by to visit. I enjoy your company any day.

      Cinderella, there are some students who carry a different backpack for different days of the week. Some carry two a day! IT is convenient indeed.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Agusfanani, I hate to see children bent over from the burden of a heavy backpack load. I sometimes wonder why the parent doesn't mention this to a teacher.

      Torri, glad to know this will help your future health. Your presence is always a welcome sight on the hubs. Have a great weekend.

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      justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

      Very good guidelines for selecting a safe, functional, fashionable backpack! Voted up, useful and interesting! :)

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      anglnwu 2 years ago

      Very informative hub on backpack. Since every student needs one, you've given great guidelines for safe and proper use of backpack. Enjoyed the quiz too!

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I can imagine this is a huge industry, since every child does need a backpack now. And you have to buy them repeatedly, because unless they are built very well, they tend to fall apart. The ones you show here look very sturdy.

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      Tolovaj 2 years ago

      I can't imagine to leave home without a backpack, even if I plan to go for only half an hour. But I also have to admit, my score on the quiz wasn't 100%, so I can say I am still learning ... As far as kids are considered, I see many of them have backpacks on wheels, what is extremely handy if the terrain is right, but can only add to the overall burden if these backpacks have to be transported up the stairs etc.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad we didn't have to mess with those. I thought we dragged around enough stuff.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Today the backpack, the erstwhile school bag, has become very trendy and fashionable and carries a lot more personal things that it did when I was in school.

      It was called a school bag then and was a bag slung on or across the shoulders. Barring a thin raincoat I don't remember packing any other personal items back then in the 60's as there were hardly any personal gadgets then.

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      peachy 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      i still use backpack after 35 odd years, now my son is using it too

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      Nadine May 9 months ago

      Nice article that took my back to my own school days in Holland. We did not have backpacks in those days. Sometimes my shoulder sockets would be hurting from carting around a schoolbag with homework. I hated school and have written articles on it about why, and today I personally feel that our education on a global scale is going backwards. Kids get to much homework and have to little time to play. Our children are being prepared for entering into the big business cooperation's and their individual talents are being ignored.

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      Dianna Mendez 9 months ago

      I deeply appreciate your comments: PeachPurple, Rajan, Tolovaj, Olog, Avian, Anglnwu, Suzette, and Nadine. I think most of us would have to adjust to carrying a backpack these days. I am glad our students do have these tools as they come in handy for carrying personal items and books.

      Nadine, you have stated a common concern with parents on homework overload. If only we could rewind to the days when school included recess, ice cream breaks, and homework only as needed.

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      Mary Wickison 9 months ago from Brazil

      I was concerned with the load my kids had to carry in their backpacks. My son had PE and cooking on the same day so he had his huge running shoes and all cooking ingredients in his bag on the same day. That was in addition to the books.

      My daughter opted for a messenger bag or record bag. Unless she wore that as a cross body style I was concerned with the weight on one side.

      I think parents need to not be swayed by pressures and opt for a sensible backpack for their kids. This is easier said than done.

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      Dianna Mendez 8 months ago

      Hello Blond Logic! The back packs carried today are filled with heavy books, among other items, and can potentially cause problems later in life. I know, it's easier said than done -- hopefully, schools will resort to technology for required reading and eliminate the weight of burden. Thanks for your contribution and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      These safeguard and tips for a backpack are so important. Thanks for this indispensable information. I feel so sorry for children who are carrying a backpack too heavy for their size. Books can be heavy!

      Posture can suffer from carrying backpacks. I'm concerned about this.

      Thanks Dianna for another great, informative hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 8 months ago from Western NC

      You know, I've had my same LLBean backpack for 11 years! I was at the beach a couple days ago marveling how it's showing its age. Hehe. I think I'm going to have to search for a new one. :)

      Hope you're well! Thank you for the awesome tips here. I didn't know they were so sophisticated now. Hehe.

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      Dianna Mendez 7 months ago

      Vocalcoach, I too feel for those who bend forward from the weight of their bags. I think some are just afraid of being late for class so they carry all their belongings through the day. Thanks for your thoughts on this topic.

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      Dianna Mendez 7 months ago

      CC, LLBean makes some of the most durable and stylish bags in the industry. I know my grandkids love them. Yes, they are very much a fashion statement with some students.

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      Christy B 3 months ago

      This hub brought back memories for me of carrying my books and lunch in my backpack, as well as extra pens and notepads. It's good to know about backpack weight so that kids don't get back strain or have discomfort. Such a helpful hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 months ago

      Hey Christy! I only wish I had a backpack when I was younger! At least I didn't have to walk three miles to school or ride a horse. Have a great day, dear friend.

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