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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, & 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

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 [PDF – 487 KB]

school building arc

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