Table 1

Backpack safety skills check list

Select the right size backpack with wide, padded straps and enough back padding
Know the weight limit of the backpack to carry, preferably <10–15% of body weight
Inspect what is to be packed to make sure everything is needed, and pack properly
Lift backpack correctly with bent knees and facing backpack when picking it up
Learn to adjust backpack straps so it rests properly on the back, not below the waist
Search for updates on backpack safety from internet sites and your family doctor