September is nearly here and I am nearly ready for the whole back to school routine. We have uniform ironed and labelled (with a Sharpie). We have even survived the trauma of school shoe shopping for three and thanks to visiting an outlet store, I miraculously managed to get all three pairs for less than £90. But bags are proving to be a problem this year.
My daughter chose hers in January, so she wasn’t a problem. The teen’s bag last year cost a small fortune so he is keeping his for at least another year but his brother is struggling to make a decision and I am starting to make me feel rather stressed
Teen 2 (he turned 13 yesterday) is moving to high school. This is a huge thing for him and for the rest of us as we try to make the transition as stress-free as possible for him. It is going to be a huge change for him. MIddle school was in some ways a good thing for him. But the high school is much bigger, around 1000 more students, for one thing, lots more teachers, lots more classrooms and lots of opportunities to lose things.
I think he would be the first to admit that organisation really isn’t a strong point. I have lost count of the numbers of replacement socks and PE shorts I have had to buy over the three years. He has lost three coats but luckily found two of them. All this with a locker of his own to keep things in.
There are new lockers in the high school but according to his brother, there are only a few and it is quite difficult to get one. He also added that it isn’t really practical to have one either as you have to travel further to different buildings and classrooms and you often don’t have time to go to your locker between lessons.
This is a worry. L has been so reliant on a locker and the thought of him having to cart his PE kit and school bag around without having anywhere to leave them may be a problem.
So my husband had a lightbulb moment. This is always a worry. Why not get a really big bag and put books and PE kit in one bag. He was thinking of a big rucksack. Genius eh?
I wasn’t convinced. The thought of one bag with sweaty socks, books, drinks and lunch all milling around together does not sound like a good combination to me. In fact, it sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Plus, where would we find such a bag, I have visions of one of those huge backpacks you use for travelling, maybe he could add on a sleeping bag too in case the walk to school is too tiring. Maybe a wheelbarrow, a wheelie suitcase or one of those little cart things would do the job?
Back to reality however and we still had to find a bag. Add to the practicality of it all, teen boys are very particular about the make and style of bags and I know from buying his brother’s bag last year, they can come with a huge price tag.
Luckily, Spiral came to the rescue and sent us one of their new Back to School Collection bags to review. They have an amazing collection and I must admit that even though I am not a teenager going back to school, I was very tempted by one of their Liberty backpacks, they are really lovely. Spiral have some great styles suitable for everyone and they all have features that are important when looking for the right school bag at reasonable prices too.
- Hard wearing premium fabrics
- Reinforced and adjustable back straps
- Additional back padding
- Spacious front pocket
- Media port
- Grab handle
For the new teen, I chose the SP Classic Olive OG Backpack and it is perfect. It is a good size (18L capacity) and it has an inner laptop or book divider and a pen or pencil organiser. It looks good and at £19.99 it is a great price too.
So that is the backpack sorted, now we just need to find a suitable PE bag. Maybe the wheelbarrow idea will be a winner for that one?
Check out the Spiral Back to School Collection here.