Top Picks for Back to School Must-Haves - Baby Chick
Subscribe Search

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!

Published August 17, 2021

by Catherine Lessman

Early Child Development Specialist

This article may contain affiliate links. These opinions are our own. If you buy something, we may earn a small commission, helping us keep our content free to our readers. ❤️

Believe it or not, it is 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

A blue children's backpack adorned with colorful dinosaur prints, perfect for back to school must-haves. The backpack features multiple compartments, adjustable straps, and mesh side pockets. The name

Mackenzie Pink Field Floral Backpacks

A pink and floral-patterned backpack with

Schoolbus Backpack

A yellow backpack designed to look like a truck, featuring black and white tire designs and a front grill pattern, is one of the back-to-school must-haves. The name

Herschel Little America Backpack

A black backpack with multicolored geometric and dinosaur patterns, featuring a top flap cover secured by two black straps with buckles. The backpack has a front pocket with a white logo patch and two side mesh pockets, making it one of the back-to-school must-haves.

Flower Garden Medium Kids Backpack

A multicolored floral-patterned backpack, perfect for back to school must-haves, is displayed against a white background. The name

L.L. Bean Original Book Pack

A blue L.L.Bean backpack with two main compartments, a smaller front pocket featuring a reflective strip, and handy side pockets. This back to school must-have also boasts padded shoulder straps and a top carrying handle.


This back to school must-have backpack features a dark blue base color and a vibrant, multicolored abstract pattern with shapes in pink, green, orange, and blue. It includes multiple compartments, adjustable shoulder straps, and a top handle for convenience.

STATE Bags Kane Kids' Backpack

Image of a backpack featuring a color-block design with a bright blue top, neon green front pocket, and dark blue bottom section. It has two side pockets, a front zipper pocket, and a top handle. The brand name

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

A turquoise pencil case with brown trim and a zipper partially open reveals compartments filled with various pens, sticky notes, and a small zipper pouch. The

ZIPIT Colors Large Pencil Box

A rectangular zippered pouch featuring a colorful geometric pattern with triangular shapes in shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and white. The zipper and edges are turquoise—a perfect back to school must-have for organizing your essentials.

Personalized Pencil Case

Four colorful zippered pouches with clear fronts labeled with different names:

Personalized Art Supply Box

Pink and white personalized pencil cases labeled

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

The image shows a package of Ooly icy POP erasers, a back to school must-have. The set includes three erasers shaped like ice pops in pastel colors: purple with turquoise, pink with orange, and mint green with pink. The package is white with colorful dots and labeled

MochiThings Better Together Tech Case

A collection of six differently colored travel organizers, each containing various travel items. The colors are brown, orange, black, blue, pink, and coral. These back to school must-haves include passports, travel documents, electronics, headphones, and books.

Eagle Electric Pencil Sharpener

A black electric pencil sharpener with a pencil inserted sits on a wooden surface. Surrounding it, among the back to school must-haves, are a pink sharpener, a blue sharpener, a striped pencil, a book titled

6-Piece Highlighter Assortment

A set of six highlighters arranged in a row, perfect for back to school must-haves. The colors from left to right are pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Each highlighter features the brand name

Elmer’s Scented Glue Sticks Variety Pack

A package of Elmer's Scented Glue Sticks displaying three sticks in apple pie, mango pineapple, and watermelon scents. The

Right- & Left-Handed Scissors For Kids

Two pairs of Westcott brand safety scissors are shown. One pair has blue handles and the other has green handles. Both pairs feature rounded tips and are constructed with stainless steel blades – perfect back to school must-haves.

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

A set of colorful office supplies is shown, including labeled divider folders in blue, pink, yellow, green, and purple. There are also white sticky notes with colored borders and a pack of multicolored paper clips labeled

Homework Folders in Futuristic Robots, Spaceships and Blocks Themes

A collection of twelve colorful greeting cards displayed in a grid. Each card features playful, cartoon-style designs, including robots, space scenes, dinosaurs, animals, and cars. These vibrant back to school must-haves are geared towards children and add fun to any occasion.

Pukka Pad 2-Pocket Folders

Five colorful file folders are displayed, each decorated with vibrant patterns. Three folders feature llamas and cacti on a white background with black dots. The other two have diagonal stripes in various bright colors. With holes for binder rings, these are perfect back-to-school must-haves.

3-Ring Binder Set

Four 1-inch D-ring binders in blue, teal, peach, and pink are standing upright. Each binder is labeled

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

An empty weekly checklist template with columns for each day of the week (Monday to Sunday) and checkboxes for daily tasks. The document has sections for

Bloom Daily Planner

A spiral-bound planner is one of the back-to-school must-haves, featuring a cover design with bright yellow lemons and dark green leaves against a white background. The text

Monthly Acrylic Calendar

A clear acrylic wall-mounted calendar with

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

A pink and blue children's lunch box with separate compartments is open, showing a balanced meal inside. Next to it, the lunch box is closed, displaying a pink lid with colorful rainbows, butterflies, and heart designs – perfect for back to school must-haves.

Simple Modern Lunch Bag

An insulated lunch bag with a beige exterior and a detachable shoulder strap is shown. Below it are four smaller images of similar lunch bags in different colors and patterns: mint green, pink marble, black and white stripes, and grey. These stylish options are perfect back to school must-haves.

Zip Top Baby Snack Cups

The image shows four silicone reusable snack bags, each designed to resemble a different animal. From top left to bottom right, they include a pink pig, a gray cat, a blue bear, and an orange cat face. These back-to-school must-haves are all upright and sealable.

Bentgo Buddies Reusable Ice Packs

Four rocket-shaped silicone baby bibs in different colors are laid out side by side. From front to back, the colors are blue, red, black, and light gray. Each bib features a cartoon alien in the center and has two star-shaped details on the bottom corners—perfect back-to-school must-haves for little ones!

Hydro Flask Insulated Lunch Box

A dark gray, square-shaped insulated lunch box with a handle on top and a zipper closure. The box, adorned with a small Hydro Flask logo on the front, is one of the back to school must-haves.

Bento Snack Boxes

Three sets of plastic meal prep containers are stacked. The top container in the front contains grapes, cheese cubes, pickles, crackers, and sliced meat. Perfect back to school must-haves, these containers come in different colors: orange, blue, and green, each with four compartments.

Yeti Insulated Water Bottle

A blue stainless steel Yeti water bottle with a handle on top and a spout for drinking, making it one of the back to school must-haves. The bottle features a silver ring near the base and proudly displays the Yeti logo.

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

A spray bottle labeled

Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover

A clear spray bottle of Puracy Natural Stain Remover with a white trigger nozzle and a blue label featuring plant graphics. The label indicates the stain remover is plant-powered, free and clear, making it one of the back-to-school must-haves. The bottle contains 25 fl. oz. (739 mL).

Tide To Go Pens

Image of a Tide to Go stain remover pen package containing three pens. The package is primarily orange and blue, highlighting the product as an instant stain remover. Perfect for back-to-school must-haves, it states that it helps remove many fresh food and drink stains and is suitable for travel.

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

Two turquoise badge holders with llama designs, one showing a clear window for ID and the other with a snap closure—perfect back to school must-haves. A white neck lanyard with a beige accent and metal clips is attached. Different patterned badge holders are displayed to the right.

Fillmore Vegan Leather Lanyard ID Holder, Foil Debossed

A white lanyard with two attached card holders—a back to school must-have. One holder displays a visible ID card with a geometric design, while the other holder shows a red card slightly peeking out with

Id Lanyard In Colorblock

A pink and white cardholder with a lanyard, perfect for your back to school must-haves. The cardholder has a pink top section and a white bottom section with an embossed logo. The lanyard is connected to the cardholder with a gold clasp.

HASFINE Cute ID Holder

Two panda-themed card holders with lanyards and key rings make perfect back-to-school must-haves. The left holder is gray with a panda design, a button flap, and

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

A display box of Crayola-branded hand sanitizer bottles, perfect for back-to-school must-haves. The box features the Crayola logo and the text

Mask Lanyard

The image shows seven eyeglass chains in different colors: red, black, gray, yellow, green, purple, and pink. Each chain has a black adjustable button in the middle and metal loops at both ends for attaching to eyeglasses—truly back-to-school must-haves.

Personalized Mask Case

The image shows a pink mask case set by Maskiee labeled

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

A group of personalized soft travel bags, which are back to school must-haves, is stacked. The off-white bags have bright red and orange vertical stripes, along with the letters L, K, and C in red. The light green bags have white and black stripes with the letters P, E, and D in dark color.

Name Stamp

A folded white t-shirt with a blue inner collar, labeled

Personalized Shoe Labels

Image of five pairs of animal-shaped name tags—a back-to-school must-have. The animals include a dog, sheep, cow, cat, and rabbit. Each tag shows the text

7-Piece Locker Kit

A 7-piece locker kit, perfect for back to school must-haves, is displayed. It includes a teal extra tall wire stack-a-shelf, a magnetic cup, a magnetic dry erase board labeled

Personalized Envelopes

A group of labeled name tags with various colorful illustrations are arranged on grass. These back-to-school must-haves feature names like Christopher, Michael, Ashley, Max, Dylan, Logan, and others, accompanied by cute drawings such as rainbows, dinosaurs, and animals.

Personalized Name Labels

A collection of back-to-school must-haves including a ruler, pencils, colored pencils, glue, water bottle, paint set, and notebooks. Each item is labeled with colorful name labels featuring the name

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!

Was this article helpful?
  • Author
A woman with dark, curly hair smiles at the camera. She is wearing a white blouse with a high collar and has pearl earrings. The background is plain white.
Catherine Lessman Early Child Development Specialist
  • Website
  • Social
  • Social

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

You might also like
Subscribe to our newsletter