Now that school is back in session, I’m stocking up on essentials to make sure the school year goes as smoothly as possible. While I went through the supply lists and ensured my kiddos were set with those prior to heading back into the classroom, as a seasoned mom I know that there are some essentials that aren’t on the back-to-school lists. That’s why this year I got smart and decided that in addition to the mandatory supplies like binders and notebook paper, I’d put together my own list of back-to-school essentials for the entire family!
So, the question becomes what does a kid (or even mom and dad) REALLY need on hand when it’s time to head back to the classroom. Well, for my guys, it’s pretty simple! A few key items and they are happy campers, both during the day at school and while they are doing their homework at night! Here’s what’s on our back-to-school list!
A Water Bottle that Won’t Leak
I know the importance of my boys drinking plenty of water during the day to keep their energy up. Thankfully, they are both allowed to have water bottles at school but the tough part can be finding water bottles that don’t leak! After all, book bags get knocked over and water bottles get hit and the LAST thing we want is a bag full of soggy school supplies! That’s why a Contigo Water Bottle is on the back-to-school list for both of my kids. Now, honestly, I’ve been a Contigo fan for years and carry their Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Travel Mug filled with coffee during school drop off every morning so of course it made sense to arm my kiddos with the Contigo AUTOSEAL Chug Water Bottle!
With a sturdy handle for easy on-the-go transport and only one hand needed to make it work, it’s the perfect water bottle for my always on the go boys! As an added bonus, it fits perfectly in the side of their book bags, ensuring they have plenty of water all day….without said water ending up everywhere else!
Lunch Containers That Keep Food In
My kiddos take their lunches to school….it’s just how we do things. Often, I’ll pack leftovers of whatever we had for dinner the night before and while this is super convenient for me, it can get messy for them. My oldest loves nothing more that taking leftover pasta to help him power through the day. While the box they carry their lunch in does matter, nothing is more important than having the 100% leak-proof power of Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE food storage containers on hand!
These perfect containers that are designed for ready-to-go meals and snacks are just right for filling with their favorite foods! And honestly, no matter if they are flipped upside down or jiggled all around, they keep the food in, exactly where it needs to be!
Highlighters and Pens That Really Work
While there are usually pencils on the back-to-school list, I’ve found that for my teen, having highlighters and pens on hand that really work make his days (and his evenings) easier. Two essentials for my newly minted high schooler are the Sharpie Clear View Highlighter that has a unique see through tip which allows him to see exactly what he’s highlighting for straighter lines, less smearing and exact marking each and every time!
This cuts down on his note taking since he can highlight key texts without making a mess and know exactly what he needs to study when he gets home. Pair this with Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens and he’s got the tools he needs to take notes, take tests, write down homework and simply ensure that he’s staying on track in the most effective way possible!
Art Supplies that Inspire Creativity
While my high schooler is all about highlighters and colored pens, for my first grader, it’s essential to have awesome art supplies on hand to make his days go smoothly. In first grade, he’s just staring to experience homework and so often it has to do with drawing, coloring or filling in shapes. He’s fallen in love with Mr. Sketch Scented Twistable Crayons and Mr. Sketch Scented Colored Pencils because they make doing his homework not only fun but colorful! With no need to sharpen the pencils or crayons, these supplies ensure that his first grade homework is completed quickly and easily and in a fun (and great smelling) fashion!
Pair his Mr. Sketch Scented products with Elmer’s Re-Glue Stick and he’s got everything he need for first grade homework success! This glue stick that is easily adjustable for up to five minutes before a permanent bond forms is ideal for helping him complete his homework or just be creative! In fact, with these items on hand, I don’t have to beg him to finish up and instead am able to watch him enjoy the learning experience!
While most of these items are things that are easily overlooked on back to school lists, for this always-prepared mama they are absolute essentials! In fact, armed with amazing products from Contigo, Rubbermaid, Paper Mate, EXPO, Elmer’s and Mr. Sketch, I know my entire family is ready to take on this school year in a totally prepared way! No matter what grade your kiddos are going into, ensure they are ready for everything the years brings by stocking up on these back-to-school essentials!
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Now tell me, which of these products will you be stocking up on for back-to-school success?