August is upon us and if you haven't started already, it'll soon be time to get organized to get the kids back to school! 

There are so many things to think of when sending kids back to school, in our case we are sending one back to school and one to school for the first time so its quite an exciting time for us! Not only do the kids need new clothes to wear but they also need school supplies including back packs. 

Backpacks need to be sturdy, they carry our kids supplies to and from school for nearly ten months. We made the mistake last year and bought a backpack that wasn't so durable and had to replace it mid-year. They also have to be roomy enough to carry everything and small enough for kids to store at school and carry.

Here are some great tips for choosing a proper backpack for your kids to head off in September with:
  • Choose the right design; Look for durable bags with plastic bottoms to keep items safe, wide-adjustable straps also make for comfortable carrying. Separate compartments help adjust weight and keep items organized.
  •   Watch the weight; A child's back pack should not weight more than 10-20% of their body weight. Avoid over packing a bag - this can cause serious back strain. Back packs should be worn on both shoulders to evenly distribute weight. The best way to pack a bag is the heaviest items placed closest to the lower back and evenly distributed from left to right inside the bag.
  • Stay organized; One thing I cannot stand is when I'm cleaning out the kids bags and there are loose papers. Keep papers in appropriate folders or binders and keep supplies in pencil cases. Start up a weekly routine of cleaning out the back pack of junk and debris, you'd be surprised what extras your child will be bringing home in that bag!
  • Style matters; A new school year is like a clean slate and a new back pack is a chance for your child to celebrate the new school year. Remember that unlike clothes, back packs are used all year long so trends and opinions of peers often matter when choosing a back pack. A back pack should reflect personal style, it's always great to let kids choose which bag they would like for the year. Bags like ones from Dudley come in a variety of different styles. 

Our friends at Dudley were nice enough to send over one of their fabulous new backpacks/lifestyle bags to take a look at just in time for back-to-school! This eye-catching backpack is made with sturdy material perfect for school, gym, sports or travel. It has hidden interior and exterior pockets as well as ear bud hole access for music on the go. Lightweight and easy to carry, they also feature a molded plastic bottom for durability. Dudley backpacks/lifestyle bags are available in 5 colours and exclusively at Staples Canada for around $49.99.

From combination locks to locker mats, backpacks and stationery kits you can be sure to have everything you need for back to school with Dudley! 

Right now Dudley has a fun little contest going on: Tweet @Dudleylocks using hashtag #NameThisBag with your backpack name ideas for your chance to win a Dudley prize pack worth $2000! Please see Dudley's website for full contest rules and regulations! You can also connect with Dudley via their Facebook fanpage

Good luck!

Disclosure: Posted by AME on behalf of Dudley. We received mentioned product for review purposes. Backpack tips provided by Dudley. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

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