Back to School Essentials From Amazon

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Can you believe it’s back to school time again? Today I’m sharing some back to school essentials from Amazon that I think you will need. You can also check out my post on how to beat the heat along with my post on some Amazon home finds!


1. Family Calendar

A family calendar is definitely a must-have as schedules and routines get back into place. I like having a visual of what the month looks like, and this magnetic calendar is perfect for that. Just place it on your fridge and fill it in! I love that it is dry-erase so you can keep using the same calendar over and over. It comes with markers and an eraser that are magnets as well.

SHOP IT HERE: Family Calendar

Raving Review: Stays on the fridge nicely and helps to keep our schedule in front of us. Even with shared digital calendars, things get missed and these are great for quick notes and review. –Brian Wendl


2. Personalized Labels

Personalized labels are part of back to school essentials. Place them on everything (clothes, school supplies, water bottles, etc) to make sure that your child comes home with everything!

SHOP IT HERE: Personalized Labels

Raving Review: Great designs and stick very well to clothes, water bottles, etc. I would highly recommend these, so much easier that using a fabric marker to write names on clothing, and looks way better. –Meredith S.


3. Lunchboxes

Lunchboxes are a back to school essential, for sure! Whether you prefer a bentgo style lunchbox or a traditional lunchbox, Amazon has you covered! There are so many different styles and colors to choose from!

SHOP IT HERE: Bentgo 5 Compartment Lunchbox

Raving Review: I love packing my girls lunches in the Bentgo kinds prints boxes! I bought them before last school year and they held up amazingly throughout the year. I’m looking forward to getting some of the new prints this school year to add to the rotation as well! 💜- Jessica Mullins


4. Backpack

Backpacks are a big part of back to school essentials. I like this one from JanSport as there are over 24 different colorway options and over 30,000 reviews!

SHOP IT HERE: Backpack

Raving Review: These have been mainstays for me since early childhood days at school. This is a no frills backpack designed for a multitude of uses. If you want a good general purpose backpack, you cannot go wrong with this one. –spodi


5. Pencil Boxes

However your child stores their writing utensils and colors, one thing we can agree on is that pencil boxes or pouches are a back to school essential! I like these sturdy pencil boxes, but pencil pouches are a great option as well!

SHOP IT HERE: Pencil Boxes

Raving Review: These are basic pencil boxes. They don’t feel too flimsy and can hold all my pens, pencils, and markers. The pencil boxes are transparent and the colors are vibrant. –Alyson


6. Pencils

My sister is a teacher and she says the number one thing students lose are their pencils! It’s a good idea to make sure you have enough for the whole school year.


Raving Review: These are the best pencils. If you’re able to spend the little bit extra, these totally pay off in the long run. If you’re not involved in education, you may not realize that there are bad pencils out there, but let me tell you- there are. Cheap pencils may not have the lead centered in the middle of the pencil, so the poor kid will sharpen and sharpen and sharpen and only have a sharp wooden point. Some of the colorful pencils I’ve come across are so weak you can actually bend them, and the lead is so soft you can’t write. The basic yellow pencils at Walmart or Target or whatever are ok, but the lead breaks more easily than these. These are the ones, these are the best. Send these to school with your kid, plus a bonus pack for the kids whose parents had no choice but to buy cheap supplies. It’ll make their teacher’s life much easier and the classroom function much more smoothly. –H Mac

7. Erasers

Can you have a favorite eraser? I really like these for some reason, but there are so many to choose from! These ones are also great, and these look like a favorite as well.


Raving Review: I’m a teacher so I use these erasers all the time. They erase everything on your paper completely without ripping the paper. They also last a while. Worth every penny! –jferd73


8. Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is essential, especially when trying to focus. These water bottles are the perfect size, plus they have a straw. There are so many options to choose from, and they come in a pack of 2.

SHOP IT HERE: Water Bottle

Raving Review: My child love these and for me they are easy to clean and durable. Thank you! –Kate Pristash

9. Pocket Folders

These pocket folders make it easy to stay organized throughout the school year. I like these ones in particular because they have extra pockets to organize papers within the folder as well.

SHOP IT HERE: Pocket Folders

Raving Review: I bought these because my kids are very rough on folders and binders and these are very nice, they feel high quality and thick but bendable plastic. They have been using them for almost 2 months and they still look brand new so I am glad I purchased them as I was hesitant because of the cost but it’s worth it. –Ashley W.


10. Fidget Toy

Last, but certainly not least, I’m including a fidget toy as a back to school essential. Of course, make sure teachers allow it, but where I’m from, many teachers do, since it helps the students.

SHOP IT HERE: Fidget Toy

Raving Review: I ordered 2 for my 3rd grader and his buddy!! THEY LOVE THE SIZE, SHAPE AND COLORS!! –Janine Williams

Those are my back to school essentials! I’m curious as to what your back to school essentials are! Let me know in the comments.

xo, Anca
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