Back to school is a time of both happiness and high stress. While it might be nice to have the kids back on a structured schedule, preparing for everything that comes along with that structure is taxing. You know they’ll need the essentials?pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.?but what about the things that are less obvious or not as easy to pick out as you think? Here are a few must-have back to school supplies that should be on your list, and how to pick them out.
Phone case - If your kid is old enough to have a phone, then a durable phone case is non-negotiable. Think about how many times in a day you drop your phone. Now multiply that by 5 for your child. Convinced yet? Skip the pretty patterns on plastic cases and get something that can take a beating.
Lunchbox - You’re thinking “no duh” right now, but just wait. These aren’t your old-fashioned metal lunchboxes or even simple coolers anymore. Nowadays, you can get a lunchbox that will actually keep everything chilled and provide enough room for healthy snacks to keep your kids energized. Choose one with a compatible bento box style container and a freezable liner, which will make your life easier and keep your kids safer.
Backpack with Laptop Sleeve - Laptops and iPads may not have been standard issue when you were a kid, but times are changing. Laptop-friendly backpacks not only keep the tech safe, but they’re designed in such a way as to minimize strain on your child’s back, which is a huge concern in today’s world of bulky textbooks and an endless stream of homework and reading assignments.
Magnetic Whiteboard Calendar - While a planner is all well and good, you should have some sort of organizer that is for the whole family, yet school specific. A magnetic whiteboard calendar gives you a set location that lets both you and your kids keep track of assignments and school events so you stay on the same page. The key to a successful school year is organization, so make sure it’s big, bold, and in your face so you never miss a deadline or forget about a parent-teacher conference.
Stainless Steel Water Bottle - Hydration, hydration, hydration. If most adults aren’t drinking enough water, how do you think kids are faring? A stainless steel water bottle will keep water cold all day long and, as with the phone case, stand up to the rough and tumble lifestyle of kids.
School shopping isn’t so bad after all! As long as you think ahead and prepare for the year, it’ll be smooth sailing from here on.