Back-to-school time is right around the corner.
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 scribbling with a cool pen or cracking open that nifty new notebook might get you a little more excited to get in your seat.
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 $35.99.
Pens and pencils
Obviously you're going to need writing utensils to get you through a day of classes. Studies show that students who take notes by hand perform better than students who use laptops. Stock up on a load of G2 pens to get you through English classes for the year, or a huge pack of BIC mechanical pencils for math class.
Cracking open a new notebook is the start of a year-long journey. Whether you're using it to take notes or filling in a required class journal, a notebook will serve as an easy reference guide for your class. If you like having your class notes all in one place, consider this sturdy 5 subject notebook from Five Star for $16.59.
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 2019-2020 academic planner for $18.99.
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.
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 Contigo for $22.29.
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 fiesta freezable lunch bag for $19.19.
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. For families with more than one student, save money by getting a bundle, like this 2 pack of 64GB drives from Staples for $29.99.