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Top Picks for Back to School Must-Haves

It's that time of year again! Check out this list of back-to-school must haves you and your kiddos will be excited to purchase this year!

Updated June 30, 2023

by Catherine Lessman

Early Child Development Specialist

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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. 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 and items to consider stocking up on. There may even be some things that have not crossed your mind before!

Back to School Must-Haves



Mackenzie Blue Multi Dinos Backpack

Mackenzie Pink Field Floral Backpacks

Mackenzie Pink Field Floral Backpacks

Schoolbus Backpack

Herschel Little America Backpack

Flower Garden Medium Kids Backpack

Flower Garden Medium Kids Backpack

L.L. Bean Original Book Pack



STATE Bags Kane Kids' Backpack

STATE Bags Kane Kids' 15

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 some of our favorites for different ages.



Homecube Pencil Case

ZIPIT Colors Large Pencil Box

Personalized Pencil Case

Personalized Art Supply Box


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

Eagle Electric Pencil Sharpener

6-Piece Highlighter Assortment

Elmer’s Scented Glue Sticks Variety Pack

Elmer’s Scented Glue Sticks Variety Pack

Right- & Left-Handed Scissors For Kids

Right- & Left-Handed Scissors For Kids

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, a highlighter, or an easy eraser for those mistakes. When a child feels prepared, they are more focused on the task at hand.


Folders and Binders

Plastic Expanding File Folders

Homework Folders in Futuristic Robots, Spaceships and Blocks Themes

Homework Folders in Futuristic Robots, Spaceships and Blocks Themes

Pukka Pad 2-Pocket Folders

3-Ring Binder Set


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!


Planners and Calendars

Erin Condren Kid's Checklist

Bloom Daily Planner

Monthly Acrylic Calendar


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 2022-2023 school year be so much more of a breeze!


Lunch Supplies

Bentgo Kids Bento Box

Simple Modern Lunch Bag

Zip Top Baby Snack Cups

Bentgo Buddies Reusable Ice Packs

Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box

Bento Snack Boxes

Yeti Insulated Water Bottle


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

Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover

Tide To Go Pens


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

Fillmore Vegan Leather Lanyard ID Holder, Foil Debossed


Id Lanyard In Colorblock

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

7-Piece Locker Kit

Personalized Envelopes

Personalized Name Labels

school 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 will help you get back into the groove of getting prepared. New outfits and supplies mean your child is ready to take on the new 2022-2023 school year with ease! Don’t forget to grab extra snacks since they’ll definitely be hungry after getting back into the swing of things. Also, snap plenty of photos of the beginning of the year for memories to look back on. Have a great year!

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Catherine Lessman, aka Miss Catherine, is an Early Child Development Specialist and mom who takes an individualized approach in helping your child and family unit successfully achieve success in all… Read more

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