Here are a few tips for safely using a backpack:
Pack wisely: Decide what materials are really necessary, and carry only what is needed for that day. At the end of the day, remove items no longer needed. To better organize backpack contents and reduce stress on postural muscles, place the heaviest items closest to the back. Try to keep the weight of the backpack to 10 to 15 percent or less of the person's bodyweight.
Distribute weight evenly: To help ensure better weight distribution, wear both shoulder straps. Wearing both straps rather than just one helps to lessen stress on the spinal column and keep it aligned.
Look for features that enhance safety and comfort. Things to consider include a padded back, and hip and chest belts to transfer some of the weight from the back and shoulders to the hips and torso.
Backpacks that have multiple compartments allow for better distribution and security of items, and provide easier access to the contents. Those with reflective material enhance visibility for added safety.
A popular favorite that fits the bill is the Beckmann backpack, with the company’s safety and design-conscious bags undergoing strict safety controls and thorough testing.
Backpack features for K-12 school years include straps and back with the padding needed to provide relief and assistance in good posture maintenance.
The built-in flashing LED light and highly reflective piping helps ensure visibility. There is also a reflective built-in rain cover to keep the bag dry in foul weather and protect it from fading from sun rays. For more information, visit www.beckmann-us.com.