Kids across the country are headed back to school soon. In fact, mine have their first full day of school tomorrow. I have loved having all this extra time with them this summer and we sure had some fun travels over the summer, but, I am so ready for them to start school again! I have even managed to complete all the back to school shopping. Here are eleven back-to-school must haves for 2015.
I was provided with samples of some of these items for consideration in my list. All opinions expressed are my own.
11 Back-To-School Must Haves for 2015
1. A Good Quality Backpack
I learned this lesson the hard way and bought cute backpacks that were at my local stores but I have had to buy a new one each year that way. A good quality backpack that lasts and doesn’t develop a rip or have zippers break off is a back-to-school must have! I recommend L.L.Bean for quality that lasts and backpacks that can be personalized.
2. Insulated Lunch Bag
There are tons of good BPA free insulated lunch bags on the market. You can find tons easily at your local grocery store or big box store. I find they all hold up pretty well but if you are looking for a cute must have lunch box that is out of this world, check out Dabbawalla Bags.
3. Reusable Lunch Containers
Reusable lunch containers are a back to school must have for packing low waste lunches. Ziploc® Containers To Go Variety Pack offers an assortment of sizes to pack lunch and snacks to go.
4. Water Bottle
Again, there are 1001 good water bottle options but look for one that is BPA free. My daughter likes this one from Mighty Nest.
5. Healthy Snacks
Besides lunch, a healthy snack or two is another back to school must have. Slammers Super Food Snacks by Kids Gourmet and they have 7 grams of protein per pouch! Created to be easily digestible & instant fuel for active kids, Watermelon Kiwi Burst and Pomegranate Grape Crush have both been approved by my kiddos. You will like knowing that these pouches have included super foods like acai, amaranth, yumberry and even beets. Plus, you can grab them at a great price at Target!
6. School Supplies
School supplies are certainly a back to school must have and each school usually has it own list of supplies for each grade. You can buy extra to help kids in need at your school! You can also look for the green version of school supplies when possible, like Crayola sun powered products.
7. Duck Tape
Duck Tape come in handy for a huge variety of fun back to school crafts that kids will enjoy. Here you can see how Duck Tape helped my daughter and I customize her school supplies. See the tutorial here.
8. School Planner /Agenda
Help your child stay organized with a school agenda. You can select the perfect school planner agenda for your child at schoolmate.com where they offer planners for elementary school, middle school, and high school so that it will be age appropriate. Or they may like a planner calendar, whatever helps them stay organized.
9. Back To School Clothes
We all know that kids just keep growing so they are bound to need some new clothes. I find that French Toast has amazing deals on school uniforms and Land’s End has has programs set up with many schools to give back a percentage of sales. Organic kids clothing is always a great way to support going green and you can find quite a selection at Hanna Andersson, just type “organic” into their search bar.
Your child has growing feet too so naturally a good pair or shoes or two or three are also back to school must haves. Most boys can get away with a good pair of sneakers. I got mine from Jambu this year and he is loving how lightweight and comfortable they are. A girl could use a pair of sneakers, a cute flat to wear with dresses, and a cute boot for the winter.
11. After School Snack
Kids come home hungry and you want to get them an after school snack as quickly as possible to avoid seeing their moody side! This Kid Saves Lives are a great choice for a snack. These gourmet bars are natural, gluten-free, nut free, non-GMO, and have fair-trade ingredients that provide food to a child in need with each purchase! Lots of good rolled into one delicious bar. This nutritious must have after school snack comes in two flavors – Wild Berries and Chocolate Chip. This new line of snack bars contains 14 essential vitamins and minerals Plus, like the name says, This Bar Saves Lives. Available exclusively in select Target stores nationwide and online at www.thisbarsaveslives.com
There you have it- 11 back to school must haves that will help your child be fully prepared for school. Which ones are your favorite back to school must have items?