Small Backpacks

Small backpacks provide a convenient way to carry smaller loads while leaving the hands free to open doors, text, or shop. Most have a large center pocket for storing notebooks or electronics and include several small pouches for pens, pencils, and other necessities. When considering a smaller backpack, take a look at the selection of bags, backpacks, and briefcases at Staples®.

Reasons to Choose Small Backpacks
Small-sized backpacks weigh less than larger ones, which makes them ideal for long walks and for smaller children. The weight of one of these bags distributes along the whole of the back, which helps make the pack feel lighter. The small size makes it easier to weave in and out of crowded spaces and go up and down stairs without dragging a case behind. Most have adjustable straps to ensure a comfortable fit. Small packs fit easily in overhead storage compartments on planes and buses, so users can avoid long lines at baggage checks. The petite and medium backpack sizes also make it simple to locate items in the bottom of the bag without needing to unpack and repack all of the contents.

Options for Small Backpacks
Regardless of the size, backpacks come in different shapes. Bags for children feature colorful characters to suit hobbies and personalities, and most feature mesh exterior pockets for holding water bottles and snacks close at hand. Office bags have a rectangular shape to hold tablets, laptops, and document folders. Fashion bags come in multiple shapes and include spacious interior pockets for wallets and makeup, and slight front pockets are ideal for cash and cell phones. Other types of small bags include hiking styles with metal frames that hold up under heavy equipment but are small enough to not weigh down the users.

How Do You Clean the Exterior of Small Backpacks?
Some backpacks feature washable materials that clean up when users run them through washing machines, which makes cleaning easy. Some require spot cleaning for best results. Check the interior label or cleaning instructions from the manufacturer. For spot cleaning, use a solution of warm water and dish detergent and a soft brush to scrub the exterior. Let the bag hang to dry. When using a washing machine, putting the backpack in a small washing bag prevents buckles and zippers from causing damage to the machine. Run the bag through a delicate cycle and then hang to dry.

How Do You Size Small Backpacks for Toddlers?
Choose a small and lightweight design for young children. The top of the pack should go no further than the shoulders and the bottom should not be longer than the waist. Consider padded straps that prevent pinching and irritation. To avoid possible back strain, make sure the pack has two straps that distribute weight evenly instead of a single-strap design.

Where Should Small Backpacks Sit on Backs?
A small backpack should hang close to the body and in the center of the back to prevent shoulder and neck fatigue. Adjust the straps to pull the bag up to the center of the back.
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