The back-to-school season is in full swing. August just officially knocked on our doors and we let it in! This means parents only have a few short weeks left of summer before school starts again.
Every year is an opportunity for a student to get a new backpack. It’s sort of like a rite of passage for kids as they march through elementary to middle to high school, and finally to college! It helps define them, protect them, and most of all, it serves as a symbol for growth! For parents, it’s just another item to check off your list before the next year begins.
Today, parents have more to think about than the color or price of a backpack. Ergonomics experts encourage parents to consider how a backpack will affect your child’s back, and to select one that fits. After all, almost 14,000 children are treated for backpack-related injuries each year! You don’t want to be THAT parent!
Ok, so what’s a parent to do? Backpack shopping doesn’t have to be brain science. It can be very easy if you follow our advice. We’ve distilled our pointers into 6 easy tips that will make backpack shopping a breeze…might we say, even a pleasure?
Shop Online to Save Time
Backpacks are not puppies. You don’t need to touch or feel them before you buy them. So don’t put yourself through the hassle of battling traffic, other parents, lines, and shrinking selections, when you can just buy a backpack online. We can’t stress the importance of reading user reviews, and these can normally only be found online. So do your research, find out what packs work for you, and jump online to buy (yes, you can do it in your nightgown). Shopping online means you can compare prices on different sites to make sure you get the best deal. We encourage you to shop around on ALL back-to-school purchases, and certainly on your backpacks. However, we’ve made it pretty easy on you. If you find a backpack anywhere else that is more expensive than on eBags, we will give you a 110% price guarantee on that pack. This means we will pay you 10% of the difference in the price between two bags. So go ahead and try to find a lower-priced backpack. We’ll pay you if you do!
Take Advantage of Back-To-School Deals
Stores are pulling out the stops to win your business over the back-to-school season, so regardless of what you are buying, look for the best deals. eBags is one of the only sites that offers a huge variety of backpacks from many different brands, so we take back-to-school season seriously. This year, we are offering 20% off all backpacks, plus 5% back in eBags Rewards. This is like getting 5% of your purchase back in CASH to use on your next purchase. If you’re a savvy parent who likes to shop for limited-time offers, check out our Extreme Deals and get up to 80% off your next backpack. It’s a lot. We know. But we want to help you find your PERFECT backpack at a price that will make you proud to be a parent!
Find a Bag That Fits
Do the research and select a correctly sized pack for your kid, even if it takes more time. It is worth it to have the confidence that your kid is not going to be negatively impacted by their backpack. The general rule is that the height of the bag should extend from about two inches below the shoulder blades to the waist level or slightly above.
Find a Bag That Supports
For maximum protection for your kid, we suggest looking for a padded back and shoulder straps, as well as a sternum and hip belt. These accessories will help evenly distribute the weight of a heavy bag filled with books and will take strain off sensitive neck and shoulder muscles.
Don’t Make an Impulse Buy
Instead of grabbing that first cute backpack you see on a shelf, take the time to seek out a specialty backpack retailer (like eBags) and compare different brands, styles, features/functionality, colors/patterns, and price points. We just launched the eBags Backpack Finder, which helps parents locate the best backpack depending on what types of features and functionality are most important to you.
Read User Reviews
We said it once, but we’ll say it again…trust what other parents have to say about their backpack purchases. It pays to spend some time reading user reviews to learn more about a particular backpack. You can learn so much from what parents say, and even the best backpack in the world may not be a good fit for you because of something another parent reminds you to think about.
Start by checking out eBags Top 10 Iconic Backpacks, which are our top picks for the 2016 year, based on the highest reviews, recommendations, and rankings of millions of parents who shop on eBags.com.