July 24, 2020

School Bags Guide For Back To School | Get Ready, Get Set!

We know Back to School shopping can be tedious at times and when information on finding essentials like the right school bags are scarce, we thought we’d simplify the process.

The new school bag for Back to School is an important choice, and the one you choose can vary depending on your child’s age and height. Before we go through our bags on offers we want to go through a few areas to look for when making your choice.

Size:

Ensure you’re getting the right size for the purpose.  Bigger is not always better, find the right size for what your little ones will be using/putting into the bag.  Bag size is measured in litres, but standard dimensions (height x width x depth) will be available also.  Please note that not all bags are designed to fit binders/folders, and trying to fit these in to bags that are not suitable will stretch the fabric and possibly cause damage.  We’d recommend, 24L for primary school and above 24L for secondary, depending on age and height.

Compartments:

Multiple compartments help keep your kids organised.  Look out for backpacks with padded laptop compartments, water bottle compartments, separate front pockets.

Material:

Depending on how/where your kids plan to use your backpack.  Most backpacks are made from Polyester or a mix of standard and recycled Polyester.  Other materials used would be lightweight tough fibres like Nylon.  Some backpacks will also have extra padding on the back for added comfort, and can have a waterproof coating for water resistance to deal with the ever changing Irish weather.

Warranty:

Some brands will offer a warranty on their products to ensure you get good use from your bag.  This will be clearly marked on the bag’s swing tags.

Top Tips to ensure the backpack you choose is the best fit for your kids:

  1. Before using for the first time, you should adjust the straps so that the backpack fits snugly to their upper back. It should not hang out from the back, and should not hang excessively below the waist.
  2. Distribute the weight of the bag evenly across the back, by spreading the load out, you’re putting less strain on the back.
  3. Make sure they’re using both straps. Only using one puts unnecessary strain on the back and also on the backpack itself.
  4. A full backpack should be no more than 15% of the weight of the wearer.

Let’s take a look at some of the top school bags on offer across your favourite brands.

Jansport Big Student 2019 | €70.00 , €59.95 | All Star Offer – The Latest For Less

This Jansport Big Student Backpack is so spacious it meets all needs from student laptops to sporting gear to kids school lunchboxes.  The 4 compartments and further water bottle holder are particularly useful for keeping items separate on the go. Another huge benefit is it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Fabric Composition 

600 Denier Polyester | One of the most utilized fabrics when manufacturing bags and is very durable with a high degree of thickness.

Dimensions

43cm x 33cm x 25cm

Capacity

34L(Litres)

Feature 1

Ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps | Ergonomic meaning it is designed for efficiency and comfort.

Feature 2

Front utility pocket with organiser

Feature 3 

Fully padded back panel | Comfort against your back when carrying the school bag.

Feature 4

Two large main compartments

Feature 5

Side water bottle pocket

 

Under Amour Scrimmage 2.0 Backpack | €40.00 , €34.95 | All Star Offer – The Latest For Less

The Under Armour Gametime School Bag is made from UA Storm technology which repels water while maintaining breath-ability. A soft lined sleeve can hold a laptop up to 15″.

Fabric Composition 

100% Polyester |  A strong and tough material for little kids, polyester backpacks also hold colour well and are affordable.  

Dimensions

47cm x 32cm x 17cm

Capacity

25L(Litres)

Feature 1

UA Storm technology | Basically water resistant ‘ Water Rolls Right Off ‘

Feature 2

Soft-lined laptop sleeve

Feature 3 

2 zip-shut main compartments with internal organisation pockets

Feature 4

Adjustable HeatGear shoulder straps | Designed to regulate body temperature

Feature 5

Padded back panel for total comfort

 

Nike Heritage 2.0 Backpack | €35.00 , €27.95 | All Star Offer – The Latest For Less

The Nike Heritage 2.0 Backpack has a simple and functional design with a large compartment and Internal sleeve can store up to a 15″ laptop. Its ultra-durable design features padded shoulder straps for comfort when you’re on the go.

Fabric Composition 

100% Polyester | A strong and tough material for little kids, polyester backpacks also hold colour well and are affordable. 

Dimensions

43cm x 33cm x 25cm

Capacity

24L(Litres)

Feature 1

Densely woven polyester provides heavyweight support

Feature 2

Zippered main compartment for secure storage

Feature 3 

Internal sleeve can store up to a 15″ laptop

Feature 4

Internal sleeve can store up to a 15″” laptop

Feature 5

Haul loop at the top for an alternative carrying option

Feature 6 

Shoulder straps and back panel are padded for comfort

 

 

See all out latest offers such as All Stars the latest for less and Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price on Back To School essentials here