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Whether getting ready for grade school or college, there's a huge list of essential supplies students need when heading back to school. Backpacks let students transport their textbooks, electronics and stationery comfortably. From elementary school to college, Staples offers a range of school backpacks in different sizes, colors, fabrics and prints. Students can express their personalities with fun designs or choose a simple style and add their own embellishments. Ergonomic options provide extra comfort and make a good choice for heavy loads. The right backpack for school depends on the torso length of the student, the interior space of the pack, the weight of the everyday load and any extra features required.

Back-to-School Backpacks Provide Ergonomics

For students who must carry heavy loads or walk a long way, ergonomic school backpacks are a smart option. These back-to-school essentials boast features that ensure comfort, even with long periods of use. Padded shoulder straps and chest and waist clips ensure the load is well-balanced and weight and pressure are evenly distributed. A contoured, padded back panel further increases comfort and helps to relieve back and shoulder stress.

Ergonomic backpacks for school often include a lumbar pad, which encourages good posture, provides additional support and eliminates discomfort. Backpacks for school with mesh-covered back panels and shoulder straps promote airflow and breathability, helping students stay comfortably cool in warm weather.

Protection and Security Features

When the summer's over and students go back to school, a backpack that can withstand the elements is vital. Weatherproof designs keep books, files, stationery and electronics dry. Lockable zippers keep electronics and school supplies safe.

Protect laptops, tablets and other fragile items with crushproof and impact-resistant armored school backpacks. Designs with base stabilizers stay standing in an upright position to protect fragile items and devices. For youngsters who walk with a backpack in low light conditions, designs with reflective strips increase their visibility and safety. 

Know School Backpack Sizing Options

To carry everything you need to go back to school, backpacks need to be sized appropriately. For the best fit, backpacks for school should sit at the lower back curve, a maximum of 4 inches below the waist.

Students who take laptops or tablets to school need to choose a backpack that comfortably holds their devices. Opting for a style with a specific laptop compartment rated for a device the same size as their laptop is the best choice, as a compartment that's too large lets the laptop move around.

For students who enjoy sports, a school backpack with an expanding bottom compartment or sling storage lets them store their gear away from their other supplies, while clips or loops on the exterior give easy anchoring for boot bags. In addition to exterior dimensions, students need to consider how much internal storage volume they need for their everyday items to make sure their back-to-school backpacks fit their needs.

To maximize space, many styles feature external zippered pockets or mesh pouches, which let students keep charging cables stowed neatly and frequently used items close to hand. External bottle pockets keep drinks within easy reach and away from electronics and papers.

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