Pack it Light!

Is your backpack making the grade?

Carrying the world in your backpack? Lighten your load! Too much weight can cause problems for your back, including pain and injury. When it comes to your backpack, remember to Pack it Light. For more on packing it light visit

Pack it Light Tips

Make a List

Make a list of things you will need for each day and pack accordingly. Don’t keep stuff you won’t need in your backpack.

Weigh the Load

Children in grades K - 8 should only carry a backpack that is 10% of their total weight. Grades 9 and up can go up to 15%.

Balance the Load

Pack heaviest items closest to your back. Stuff should not slide around in your backpack, so get one with lots of compartments to balance the load.

Pack it Light Backpack Safety Tips