Back-to-school time is right around the corner, and whether it's another round of at-home distance learning or a return to the classroom, getting the right supplies is the first step to a successful school year.
While you may not be thrilled that summer's coming to an end, going shopping for school supplies can help get you in the mood for classes. You may not be running to the door for that history lesson, but the prospect of cracking open a new planner or showing off a colorful new face mask might get you a little more excited to start the school year.
Whether you're a student getting ready for your first day or a parent needing to check off everything of your kid's supply list, these are some essential items you can't forget to pick up for the new school year.
A new, sturdy backpack is an absolute must. For students with a lot of homework this year (especially older children), make sure you secure a bag with padded straps and a big wide base for all the books, like this classic Jansport bag for $36.45.
Face masks are part of the new normal, but you can still march to the beat of your own drum while wearing them! From bright colors to fun prints, there's a face mask out there to fit every personality. Check out this four-pack of classic Mickey and Minnie Mouse printed face masks from Disney available in child and adult sizes for $19.99.
Health experts recommend that people wash their hands frequently with soap and water during the coronavirus pandemic, but if you're on the go or just want to freshen up between bathroom breaks, hand sanitizer can be your new best friend. Sanitize and moisturize at the same time with this lavender-scented hand sanitizer mist for $11.95.
Depending on course load, a planner is a good way to level up your organization. This is a great tool for staying on top of both homework and project deadlines. Older students especially can keep track of multiple classes easily using one of these, like this 2020-2021 Peanuts weekly planner from Moleskine for $27.95.
This one definitely got your attention. Countless studies have shown a connection between the quality of food that you're putting in your body and your capacity to learn. Make sure your brain is tip-top by stocking up on snacks that contain lots of vitamins and minerals, like fruits, nuts and other non-processed goodies. Expand your horizons and try a collection of popular Japanese snacks for $44.99.
Reusable water bottle
All that studying can leave you parched. Having a reusable water bottle is a great way to remember to stay hydrated, whether in between classes or to and from school. Make sure it stays cold with a stainless steel bottle, like this one from Tervis for $24.99.
That plastic grocery bag's got to go. Get a lunchbox for those daily lunches. Grabbing it in the morning becomes part of the routine, ensuring students won't leave without food and go hungry during class. Get something with a fun design to carry your lunch in style, like this Central Perk (yes, from "Friends"!) insulated lunch bag for $15.12.
Flash drive or online storage
It's about more than getting supplies to fill your bag with. As digital natives, the new generation of students is increasingly turning to digital learning tools for its education. Be prepared for a more seamless transition between learning at home and at school with a thumb drive or even an online storage resource like Google Drive or Dropbox. Get this 64G SanDisk flash drive for $36.27.