What Kind of Backpack Should Your Child Bring to School?

To date, I’ve discovered inside bags kids bring to school: 14 rocks, chestnuts with maggots, several dead worms, a father’s pair of glasses, a squealing kitten and an envelope with $200 tucked inside. A backpack -- it’s not just for books anymore.

Cubbyholes in elementary school classroom

When I gather parents at school on the first day of kindergarten, I spend a few minutes discussing what kind of backpack their child needs; and I also go into great detail about what they can expect their child to either sneak INTO school, or sneak home.

“It should be the regulation size backpack; not ones that are only big enough to hold a lunchbox and small envelope. It should be large enough to carry their take-home folder, a change of clothes if needed, a water bottle and a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch we’ll be visiting in October. Please be sure they don’t sneak any of your household pets INTO school, and you might want to check the packs occasionally for lego-men and race-cars. They seem to jump in backpacks every single year.”

As I think about this upcoming school year, and what I would share with parents about suggestions for backpacks, Bitchy walks in and generously offers her two cents.

“First, I would not recommend the one that’s on wheels. People have trouble getting on the bus with them, they have trouble getting around in the hallways and they are basically just in the way. Once they get to middle school, I would suggest a good LL Bean backpack, or a North Face.
I’ve had MY North Face one since sophomore year in high school, and I am STILL using it!”

So says the college junior.

And she's right.

It might cost you a little extra, but the tougher, stronger backpack is the way to go.

Just make sure you check it -- you never know what will be hiding inside.

Tell us about the most unusual thing that ever entered your backpack.

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