10 things to keep in mind when buying a school bag

10 things to keep in mind when buying a school bag

Buying a school bag can be a stressful time. It is difficult to find a bag that is suitably stylish for your child whilst remaining practical. Luckily, at BagsDirect, we have a huge array of school bags that you can chose from that will suit both you and your budding student. But, just what should you be thinking about when you are buying a school bag. We have comprised a handy list of 10 things that will be worth considering before you embark on the stressful task of buying a school bag that will determine their cool points for the entire year…

1)  Think about the weight they will be carrying

school bag

At different stages in your child’s school life, they will be required to carry around more books. This needs to be considered and taken into consideration when you are looking into a new bag for them. if you know that they will be lugging around heavy textbooks every day, then ensure that you look for a bag that will support this, and not cause them injury, whilst being stylish enough that they will not feel embarrassed taking it to school with them. 

2) Look for lightweight material

three school bags

This follows nicely from our first point. If you know that your child needs to carry a fair bit around with them, look for a material that is not going to weigh them down. Many manufacturers will specialise in lightweight bags, so that your child is not carrying around unnecessary weight. At BagsDirect, we supply many bags that have been made from a lightweight material, which are incredibly suitable for school use. Not only are they practical, but they look stylish as well. 

3) Look for wide, padded straps

padded shoulder straps

Although, as your child gets older, it might become harder and harder to opt for a bag that will protect them, over a bag that looks good, if you can, try and go for a bag that has wide, padded straps. By ensuring that the bag has two straps, you are instantly spreading the load and weight of their school bag, which will prevent them from getting a bad back throughout their school year. Single strap bags, should be avoided if you can, as they place the entire load of the bag onto one side of the body. Having two, wide, padded straps will ensure comfortability, as well as support. 

4)  Make sure it fits correctly

back to school

If you can bring your children with you, it is best to. By doing this, they can try on different bags to ensure that they fit them correctly. When checking this, it is important to look for and consider the following things. The school bag should be as wide as the child’s back – no wider or narrower, and should not hang more than a few centimetres below the waist. Do not assume that getting them a larger bag is better than not. Do not forget that they will have to carry it around all year with them, and it could put them at risk of back pain. 

5) Ensure the material is durable

durable school bag

School bags have to go through a lot, and will be one of the most used bags you will own. Because of this, it is important that you ensure you buy a bag that has been made from a highly durable material. Ensure that any zips and fasteners can stand up to a lot of rough and tumble. Let’s face it, kids school bags will not be looked after well. They will be chucked into a locker and dragged out when it is needed. So, save yourself any unnecessary costs, by picking a bag made from a material that will be able to stand up to their demands. 

6) Organisational features?

locker keys

When considering the different features of the bag, and whether or not it is suitable, do not forget how much organisation it will offer to your child. By this, we mean, does the bag have separate pouches so that they will know exactly where all of their items are? Look for added features such as a keychain that they can attach their house and locker keys to in order to ensure that they do not get lost, as well as pen holders, so that they can always have access to a pen should they need to. 

7) Do not over load the bag

stack of books

This can link in to many of the other points, and highlights the importance of ensuring that the bag fits correctly and is of a convenient size. Typically, it is important to remember that your child’s backpack should weigh less than ten percent of your child’s weight. This will soon add up, and many children are carrying around far more weight than they should be. In order to prevent this, try and encourage your children to leave some items in their locker, so they are not carrying items around that they do not require at that time. 

8) Is the bag practical?

practical school bag

If you have considered all of the above points, than the answer to this question is likely to be yes; however it really is important to think about how practical the bag is. Bear in mind that your child will have to use this bag every day for the entire year. If there is something that they do not like about it, the likelihood is that they simply will not use it, and your money would have been wasted. Although the look of the bag is not the most important thing, and you need to ensure that it is safe and comfortable for them to use, do make sure that they are happy with the look of it. 

9) Check any school requirements

school regulations

Depending on your child’s school, there may well be a list of different points that they are and are not allowed for their school bag. It is important that you check these prior to buying your child’s new school bag, particularly if they are going to a new school. It may be that the bags have to be of a certain colour, style or size, or of course there may be no requirements at all. However; do check beforehand, as you will end up wasting your money should you buy one and then realise.

10) Ensure that it is comfortable and that they can lift it

easy to carry


Again, this should be easy for them, if the previous nine hints have been followed, but it is so important that your child can correctly lift their bag, and that it is comfortable for them to carry around. They should be able to lift it with a straight back, bending at the knees. Observe your child as they are carrying it – if they have to lean forward as they carry it, it means that it is not fitted to them properly, and may be too heavy. 

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