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How to Be Ready for National Backpack Awareness Day 2018

Last Updated: August 15, 2018

The American Occupational Therapy Association’s National Backpack Awareness Day is all about reminding parents, students, and therapists to ensure that backpacks are being packed and worn properly. Are you planning anything to remind your patients of the importance of backpack safety?

National Backpack Awareness Day

When is National Backpack Awareness Day?

This year, National Backpack Awareness Day is on September 26, 2018.

It’s usually on the third Wednesday of each September, but this year it will be on the 26th instead out of respect for Yom Kippur, which ends the night of Wednesday, September 19.


Why Does National Backpack Awareness Day Matter?

At least 90% of children use backpacks every day! Unfortunately, most of them carry backpacks over the recommended weight. And only 4% of parents actually check the weight of their children’s backpacks.

That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness about proper backpack habits (and why National Backpack Awareness Day exists!).

For instance:


Each year, the American Occupational Therapy Association uses National Backpack Awareness Day to educate parents and students on how to safely pack and wear backpacks with materials and videos like this:

Free Backpack Awareness Resources

Last year, we asked two experienced pediatric therapists to create a few extra handouts to help you remind your patients (and their parents) to protect their backs. These handouts contain:

And they include:

A New Activity

We’ve also created a new activity just for National Backpack Awareness Day in 2018. It’s a packing activity to help your patients learn about how to safely pack their backpacks with the added bonus of being a great activity for working on language and fine motor skills!

Backpack Awareness 2

Get Involved

If you want to get involved with National Backpack Awareness day, feel free to hand these out at your clinic or school to raise awareness.

We hope they help you spread the word about backpack safety!