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Top Picks for Back to School Must-Haves

parentingAugust 17, 2021

by Catherine Lessman

Early Child Development Specialist


Believe it or not, it is that time again for back-to-school shopping to commence. This year may be a bit different since last year’s Back to School shopping consisted of conducive things for virtual learning. We all survived that! Whether this is the first year sending your little one to school or you are a seasoned pro, knowing the “must-haves” of the year will help get everyone excited for that first day back!

We’ve rounded up the best back-to-school supplies you need (plus some items that fit our new COVID-19 life). From the basics like writing utensils to stain removers, mask holders, and lunchboxes, we’ve got you covered. Scroll through to discover the newest school supplies you most definitely need, items to consider stocking up on, and some things that may not even have crossed your mind.

Back to School Must-Haves



Schoolbus Backpack

Herschel Little America Backpack

L.L. Bean Original Book Pack

This is the staple back-to-school item that every child needs. Be sure to look at the size and compartments to make sure it fits your child in size and function. These are two of our favorites for different ages and one true old-school favorite that is good for any age.



Homecube Pencil Case

ZIPIT Colors Large Pencil Box

Personalized Pencil Case

It’s all about being organized this year, and things that we once shared at school, may now need to be assigned to each student. For children, if they have a place for it, then the likelihood of them putting their items away properly and not losing them is higher . . . at least that is what we try to achieve, right? Here are some cute and fun ways to create more of an organized system for students.



OOLY Icy Pop Erasers

MochiThings Better Together Tech Case

Astronaut Happy Pack

We tend to get all of these supplies and then not the tools to help them use them. Do not forget about that pencil sharpener, an added charger, or an easy eraser for those mistakes. When a child feels prepared, they are more focused on the task at hand.



Plastic Expanding File Folders

Dinosaur School Folders

Pukka Pad 2-Pocket Folders

These are so important in bringing home their notes or papers from their teacher. Make sure you invest in sturdy folders or you will be buying them all year long. They now make great expandable folders that can hold so much more and for multiple classes. It is our modern-day binder!



russell + hazel Family Planner

Elementary Student Planner

Erin Condren Kid's Checklist

This school supply can make all the difference in your child’s organization, responsibility, and promptness to assignments. Even better, scoop one up for yourself as a parent to help organize everyone’s schedule and due dates in one place! It will help the 2021-2022 school year be so much more of a breeze!


Lunch Supplies

Hydro Flask Small Lunch Box

Simple Modern Lunch Bag

Bentgo Kids Bento Box

Zip Top Baby Snack Cups

Bentgo Buddies Reusable Ice Packs

Some may say this is their favorite “subject in school,” but no matter how old they are, having the right supplies for lunch helps make a world of difference. Be sure to choose a sturdy box because they tend to get thrown around daily. Does your child not enjoy a cold lunch? No problem! There are a lot of new items out there that make any school lunch possible and fun!


Stain Remover

Miss Mouth's Messy Eater Stain Remover

Tide To Go Pens

Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover

We spend so much time and money picking out all those new back-to-school outfits and then they come home with a chocolate milk stain right down their shirt. Throw a few stain-fighting supplies in their bag and that may help you save their favorite outfit.



Lanyard ID Badge Holder

Vivid Zipper Card Case

HASFINE Cute ID Holder

Some children have school IDs that they need on them at all times, along with their house keys and important cards. Having a safe, stylish, and fun spot for these important items is “key” (pun intended).


Personal Protection

Crayola Hand Sanitizer

Mask Lanyard

Personalized Mask Case

What once was an afterthought has become part of our daily routine, and our children have also learned that. To help keep them healthy and keep those germs away, these cool back-to-school products are sure to be a hit.


Personalized Accessories

Multi-Purpose Case

Name Stamp

Personalized Shoe Labels

There is so much gear when it comes to back-to-school supplies. Be sure to label everything so that it doesn’t get lost or swapped out with a friend. There are so many easy, fun, and cute ways to do this.

Hopefully, this list helped get you back in the mood for school. It certainly has been a while since we had a traditional first day back. At least this year, you will be more prepared than ever!

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