Top 5 Rolling Backpacks for Children

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, approximately 3,400 children were treated in emergency rooms last year for injuries related to backpacks. Many orthopedic surgeons will tell parents to limit backpack weight to 20% of their child's body weight to prevent back and spinal injuries. Many parents are considering getting rolling backpacks for their children to transport books, papers and supplies to and from school.

But with so many options on the market, it can be tough to...MORE sort through all the choices to find the one rolling backpack that is just right for your child. Parents need to consider a variety of factors in choosing a rolling backpack for their kids for heading back to school.  

Look for durability, color, wheel materials, the sturdiness of the handle, a padded back (to protect against sharp book covers), and overall weight of the pack.  Even though most of the time the pack will be rolled on its wheels, there are times when the pack will be strapped to your child's back, and you should get something that will work both on wheels and on a child's back.

Here are the top five rolling backpacks that experienced fathers recommend for parents to consider as they choose a rolling backpack for their children's back to school needs.

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    This rolling backpack from Olympia features full lining, in-line skate wheels, adjustable center strap, self-repairing excel zippers, three section retractable handle system, comfortable padded back with padded wheel covers, and front mesh pocket with a bungee cord. Our top-rated children's rolling backpack for school, this one is sure to please your student and help them save their backs from the strain of books and school supplies.

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    This High Sierra product offers a large front-load main compartment, zippered front pocket with organizer, recessed retractable handle system, and 2x2 inline skate-style wheels with corner protectors. Special features include a mesh water bottle pocket on one side and accessory pocket with flap on the other (just right for the child's cell phone or MP3 player), a comfortable padded back with fold down wheel cover and well padded backpack straps.

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    This rolling book bag from LL Bean features a strong frame with sturdy wheels for a smooth ride, a retractable handle and tuck-away straps that let you carry lighter loads with ease. It is made from rugged pack fabric with a ballistic nylon bottom. There are two main compartments and two mesh water bottle pockets. Front pockets with an organizer panel keep supplies accessible. This is among LLBean's best rolling backpacks, and will last for many years of heavy student use.
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    This rolling backpack is just right for those situations when you do not want to carry your bag but are happy to pull one along behind. It is made from heavy-duty polyester and features a pull handle, in-line skate wheels, a large main compartment, a padded back, padded straps, and an interior organizer. And it looks pretty cool and delivers excellent value for the price.
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    Jansport has created a very durable and attractive rolling backpack. I like this one because it has shoulder straps that can hide when the bag is being wheeled around, it has large pockets along with a small zippered exterior pocket for small items and the wheels are very durable. It is a really great choice for a child's rolling backpack for school and is stylish enough that the kids won't mind pulling it behind them to the bus or walking to and from school.
Before You Buy

There are many options for a rolling backpack for our children. Functionality, comfort, and durability seem to be most critical to an effective rolling backpack. Try on several at a store and then check and verify prices online. Make sure that you can adjust them - straps, handles, etc. - and have your child pull them around a bit before you buy. These brands are dad recommended, but it is always best to have a good try out. Also, check with other parents about what has worked for their children. It matters to get something that works and that you won't need to replace in next year's back to school shopping. Sign up for our daily deals newsletter
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