No excuses this year


Kate Pancero


Whether your child is starting their first day of kindergarten or their first day of middle school this year, you better believe they are going to want and need a new satchel for all their things.

For the technology-savvy tween, the solar backpack is the perfect accessory. Not only will this pack charge their iPods and cell phones, but it comes with all the gear you’d ever need for powering up your techno-gadgets.

If your child is into easy accessibility, check out Lands’ End’s Locker Pack. Your child can hang this bag in their locker and still have easy access to their homework via a convenient side opening.

No matter what their needs, the backpack should be chosen based on your child’s size. Make sure your tykes and tweens wear their backpacks correctly. Use backpacks with well-padded straps and, when there are two straps, make sure you use both to evenly distribute the bag’s weight. Shoulder straps should be adjusted so the bag fits snugly against the body. If there is a waistbelt, use it to help center the bag’s load.

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