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The Ultimate Guide To Buying A School Bag

When it comes to buying a school bag for your child, there is so much to consider. A school bag will go through a lot in the school year, so you’ll want to ensure it’s durable as well as practical. At Rebel Sport, we have an unbeatable range of backpacks that will suit every child. But, before you choose your child's school bag, here is a list of everything you should consider. 

How to choose the right school bag for your child?

No matter if you’re a first-time parent or you’re just shopping for your youngest child’s new school bag, choosing the right school bag can be a little overwhelming. There are so many options out there, so you’ll want to ensure the school bag you choose makes sense for your child. Here are our top tips for choosing the right kids' backpack for school.

Consider your child’s age

The age of your child will usually give you a good starting point on what size of school bag your child needs. Generally, the younger the child, the less stuff they will have to put in their bag, and the older the child, the more stuff they have to put in their bag. So, the age and stage of your child should dictate the size of the school bag you go for. You’ll want to ensure you’re not buying a huge backpack for a young child as it will be uncomfortable for their small frame.

The functionality of the bag

You’ll also want to consider what will be going inside your child's school bag. The contents of a school bag tend to include homework, a pencil case, sports clothes and a lunch box. But, as your child grows, they might need to store a laptop and heavy textbooks. In this case, think about looking for a bag that has separate compartments to store these items. School bags should be easy to access, so consider a bag that has zippers and fastenings that are easy for your child to use, especially if they are under seven years old. 

It’s a good idea to think of their sports team commitments. If your child is in a sports team, you might want to consider a larger bag that fits all of their gear. Alternatively, you could buy a separate Gym Sack Shoe Bag or Duffel Bag. This is a great option to keep dirty clothes and footwear separate from homework.  

The style of the bag

The style of the bag might be important to your child. This can become difficult if you’re shopping together and they are choosing bags based solely on appearance. Why not select a few bags that are functional and appropriate in size and then let your child choose what one they like best. This is a great way to get them involved in the decision-making process. 

Answering your frequently asked questions

Which bag size is best for school?

The size of a school bag will depend on the size of your child and how much stuff they need to carry. Consider their school schedule as well as their afterschool activities. A school bag should be able to comfortably store everything they need on a day-to-day basis. So, the best way to choose the size of a school bag is to understand just how much they need to carry.

What should I look for in a school bag?

Generally speaking, there are three key factors to look for; size, functionality and style. But, there might be other factors that are more important to you and your child. For example, if your child walks and rides their bike to and from school, you might want to consider a bag that is waterproof or one that makes your child more visible on the road. Think about your child's individual needs and choose a school bag that will work best for your child.

How to clean a backpack?

To clean a backpack, ensure you remove everything from the bag. Always remember to consult the care instructions on the label and wash the bag accordingly. Unless stated otherwise, you should be able to spot-treat stains and wash the bag in cold water. We recommend deep cleaning school bags at the end of each term to ensure bags stay in good condition, free from odours and good for another term.