What's in their backpacks?

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
children wearing backpacks

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

child wearing a hat and sunglasses
Sunscreen, Hat, Sunglasses,
Long Sleeves,
& Pants

to protect from the sun

bicycle helmet

to prevent serious types of
head or brain injury

water bottles
Water Bottle

to stay hydrated and
avoid sugary drinks

healthy foods with backpack
Healthy Breakfast,
Lunch, & Snacks

to encourage good nutrition
throughout the day

Tip: When parents, families, and communities support healthy schools, students get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills.

children running
Sneakers &
Loose-Fitting Clothing

to make it easy to be active

sanitizer and tissues
Hand Sanitizer
& Tissues

to avoid spreading
germs to other kids

parent and child and contact card
Emergency Card

to provide emergency
contact info pdf icon[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.

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Page last reviewed: August 8, 2019