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10 Safety Tips to Know Before Buying a Backpack

Are you ready to go? Ready or not, our family is always on-the-go. We are notoriously known for family travel backpacks taking us from local hiking trips to international jet set excursions. Do you travel with a backpack? Not all backpacks are created the same. I have personally suffered under the weight of an abusive relationship with a poorly designed backpack. Commonly uninformed, a large percentage of the population considers fashion over the functionality of a backpack. Consider these 10 safety tips to know before buying a backpack.

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10 Safety Tips to Know Before Buying a Backpack

Widely popular with families, the Bixbee collection designs backpacks and activity bags specifically designed to functionally and fashionably provide essential safety features. These incorporated safety features include sturdy, lightweight bags with a roomy main compartment structured with interior slip pockets. Comfortable, contoured and padded adjustable shoulder straps with a well-padded back panel protect shoulders and back while offering quality safety features. Helping to distribute backpack weight, exterior zippered and flap side pockets also provide quick and easy access to belongings. Created with functional design elements such as a reinforced base, padded top carrying handles, zipper pulls, and reflective material for better visibility in low light, Bixbee products are easy to wipe clean and tested PVC free, phthalate free, lead free and BPA free.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Backpack Safety-

1. Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.

2. Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child's body weight. Go through the pack with your child weekly, and remove unneeded items to keep it light.

3. Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

4. Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at the waist.

The American Chiropractic Association recommends a backpack weigh no more than 10 percent of weight. When selecting a backpack, look for-

5. An ergonomic design.

6. The correct size: never wider or longer than your child's torso and never hanging more than 4 inches below the waist.

7.Padded back and shoulder straps.

8. Hip and chest belts to help transfer some of the weight to the hips and torso.

9. Multiple compartments to better distribute the weight.

10. Compression straps on the sides or bottom to stabilize the contents.

Reflective material in strategic locations is also highly recommended for backpacks.

Always making a difference, brands supporting important global causes through social good deserve recognition for their commitment to givbacks, bettering the standards of living for others. At Bixbee, "Our desire to play a positive role in educating kids around the world began in 2011 with the launch of Schoolbags for Kids. Now for every designer backpack we sell, we donate a schoolbag and supplies to a kid in need through our One Here. One There.® program. We are proud to have donated thousands of supply-filled bags over the years." 

Visit Bixbee.com to find more safety features, product details and purchasing information. 

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