The Pros of Carrying Backpacks in School

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The backpack is almost as iconic as books and paper when it comes to thinking about school supplies. Though recent studies have investigated possible health risks associated with heavy backpacks and extended use, in most cases a backpack is relatively safe and will bring far more benefits than it brings issues. There are a number of reasons that wearing a backpack in school will make your day easier and more fun.

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In an academic world full of rules and regulations, backpacks are one of the last remaining bastions of individual expression. Students who face down a strict dress code limiting their ability to separate themselves from the crowd may still be able to decorate their backpack with patches, buttons and paint. It is important for young students to express themselves, and backpacks can serve as one part of their school identity.


Carrying a backpack is convenient because it puts everything you need in one easy-to-access place. Though you may store some books and supplies in your locker when they are not needed, the things you keep in your backpack are always ready. This means you can carry several classes' worth of supplies throughout the day without the need to continually return to your locker. A backpack is also handy for carrying snacks or gym supplies.

Distribution of Weight

While messenger bags that go over one shoulder have grown in popularity, backpacks are still a better option for staying comfortable throughout the day. A nice backpack with wide shoulder straps distributes the heavy weight of your books and supplies evenly across your body and makes it easier to trek long distances without experiencing fatigue. If you have a large course load, it may be best to pick up a backpack instead of a side bag.


Keeping track of homework assignments, books and supplies can be tricky for the student who must balance academic life with home life. When you are constantly moving to and from several locations, it is easy to get disorganised or lose important paperwork. A backpack provides you with a portable office that contains everything you need to ensure your work is always done on time. If you put effort into keeping your bag organised, you will find it much easier to stay on top of projects and assignments.

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