What's in their backpacks?

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
What's in their backpacks?

Check your kids’ backpacks to make sure they have the right items to stay healthy and safe at school.

Every school is different and has its own policies on what students can bring. So be sure to check with your child’s school!
bug repellent
Insect Repellent

to protect from mosquitoes,
ticks and other insects

long sleeves, pants, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat
Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses,
Long Sleeves,
and Pants

to protect from the sun

bicycle helmet

to prevent serious types of
head/brain injury
always wear a
helmet when
riding a bike

water bottles
Water Bottle

to stay hydrated and
avoid sugary drinks

fruits, vegetables, paper bag, bread, drink
Healthy Breakfast,
Lunch, & Snacks

to encourage good nutrition
throughout the day

backpacks with items and phone; Tip says

sneakers and loose-fitting clothing
Sneakers &
Loose-Fitting Clothing

to make it easy to be active

tissues and hand sanitizer
Hand Sanitizer
& Tissues

to avoid spreading
 to other kids

emergency card with contact info
Emergency Card

to provide emergency
contact info Cdc-pdf[PDF – 487 KB]

school building
For more about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle,
follow @CDCChronic on Twitter or visit cdc.gov/chronicdisease.

What’s in their backpacks? Cdc-pdf[PDF – 3 MB]

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Page last reviewed: September 12, 2018