Of all the school supplies and accessories you buy for children, a backpack takes the centerstage because one, it forms the chunk of your investment and two, it can have long lasting effects on their balance and posture.

Backpack-related injuries are a real thing and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) studies them and gives guidelines as to how to choose and wear a backpack.

The AOTA suggests the 1,2,3 of wearing a backpack. They are:

Pack It: Using different compartments to distribute the load.

Put It On: It is important that the child learns to lift the backpack by bending his knees rather than his waist.

Adjust and Carry: Teach your child to always use both the straps. The straps should also be adjusted so that the bag sits comfortably on the back and does not dangle.

Having said that, the following are the criteria you need to decide upon before choosing a backpack for your child. While letting your child choose can be a great exercise, you also need to consider the practicality of the following aspects.

Age/ Size Appropriate

This is the first thing you have to check in the logical order of things. A backpack that is too small or too large for a child can cause discomfort or even injury due to the risk of falling. Choosing a backpack is like the story of Goldilocks, not too big, not too small but just of the right size.

Most brands specify the ages the bags are designed for and the size of the bag on a common scale. Ideally, the bottom of the bag should rest on the lower back for it to be evenly distributed. Going for a bigger bag planning for the future carries a risk of the child over-packing things and making it heavier than what he ought to carry. Backpacks for older boys also tend to get heavier.

So, it is best to ensure that the backpack you are choosing is always age and size appropriate. If not anything, Amazon always mentions the dimensions of the backpacks. Compare them with your child’s measurements to ensure it is a good fit.


Shopping becomes a lot easier if you know exactly what it is that you are looking for. Define the utility of the bag clearly so you know what to buy. A backpack for school works better if it has more compartments so that your child can organize based on the classes he has on a particular day.

A travel backpack does not require as many compartments as a school one. Backpacks specifically designed for school also come with little organizational pouches for stationery. Some models also come with an additional pencil case or an insulated lunch box which makes your child’s routine even easier.

Look for side pockets for water bottles and other easily accessible pouches so that it does not get too cumbersome to retrieve things from the backpack. Your kids will lose their patience soon.


A significant aspect you have to look for is how comfortable the bag will be for your child to carry on a daily basis. This aspect can be divided into a few sub-sections.

Back Panel: This is an important part of the backpack as it sits on your child’s back as he carries it every day. The more cushioned the back panel is, the lesser the pressure it puts on your child’s back. The fabric of the back panel also matters so that it does not trigger a lot of sweating. Most backpacks today come with air pockets and meshed backs in order to increase ventilation.

Shoulder StrapsThe majority of the bag’s weight is going to rest on the shoulders. So, shoulder straps is another point of consideration. Padded shoulder straps are definitely more comfortable and do not cut into the skin. Shoulder straps also come with foam padding and air mesh fabric so that the skin can breathe easily despite extensive uses of the backpack.

Additional Straps: Some backpacks also come with additional straps for the chest and the waist so that the weight is balanced across the torso instead of simply hanging off from the shoulders. If you know your child is bound to carry a lot of books or binders to school, look for backpacks with the additional straps to ensure more comfort.

Reflective Lights: Most bags these days also come with reflective straps or at least little highlights that are reflective. It is a useful feature for your kid to find their backpacks in the dark or even when they are walking home late in the evening.


As observed earlier, a backpack is going to be a substantial portion of your investment when it comes to school supplies. Considering you are putting in a lot of money into it, it is natural to see how durable it will be. It should last through the entire school year, if not more, without causing any troubles.

There is a general tendency among boys to handle their bags fairly roughly. We see bags getting tossed around and dragged upon all kinds of surfaces. Backpacks for boys should be designed specifically keeping in mind such rough use.

When you are buying a bag, look for what the fabric constitutes. Nylon and polyester are generally more durable. Check the seams, inside and out, to make sure adding weight to the bag will not affect them. Also, check for how the shoulder straps are attached to the main body, it is a common issue that can quickly render the bag weak.

The quality of the zippers is also an important aspect in this regard. However small it is, your bag is useless if the zip breaks!


This is probably where you and your child are going to have a lot of arguments. The designs of backpacks available today are just too many to process. You have solid colors, the one with characters from cartoons or movies, the ones with race cars, the ones with sporting superstars, the list can go on!

While it is a great opportunity for your child to pick the design he loves, do not compromise on the ergonomic benefits that a bag can offer as mentioned earlier.


Last but certainly not least, your budget is an integral aspect of choosing a backpack. As you plan for the upcoming school year or a shopping trip for an upcoming trip, decide how much you are going to spend on a backpack.
Backpacks for boys are available at all price ranges. It is a delicate balance that you will have to maintain among quality, the amount you are willing to spend and what your little boy really likes.


We hope these pointers will help you in choosing the right backpack for your boy. There is a general fear of buying bags online since the size or the fabric cannot be verified in person. That is why we have put together a list of some of the best backpacks for boys across different ages with as many details as we could find.

Online shopping has become the order of the day. So go through the specifications and compare them with what your child needs before choosing a product.

To sum up, the main aspects that you ought to look for while choosing a backpack are its age appropriateness, functionality, comfort, durability, design and the budget allotted for this purchase.

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