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Back to School Supplies and Gear

If your child is heading off to day care, preschool or (gulp) kindergarten this year, we know how overwhelming and emotional it can be.

While I absolutely adore traditional back-to-school shopping (pencils, pens, notebooks, binders, folders, paper, etc. — OMG just writing this is making me want to go to Target…), back to school supplies for little ones tend to be more basic. You know: water bottles, lunch bags, food containers, backpacks. Two changes of clothes with and a blanket and extra underwear. Fun stuff.

If this is new territory for you, we’ve put together the best of everything you’ll need — the following pages contain our absolute favorite school essentials in all the major categories.

You may (or may not) be getting a supply list from your school. These often vary from school to school and sometimes even from teacher to teacher. Make sure to check those lists or reach out to your school for guidance — you’ll want to cross reference the necessary items with what you already have at home. After all, things like backpacks, lunch boxes and pencil cases probably don’t need replacing every year.

From backpacks to lunch boxes and water bottles to the best STEM books for kids, here are all the best school supplies you’ll want for your kids.


  1. Avatar of Alissa

    Awww…I wish y’all had sent this out earlier. Our state (Georgia) started school this week and I sure could have used these tips for my new kindergartener!

  2. Avatar of Stephanie

    I look forward to this information from you all every year! This website has been my go-to since I was preggo with my first (over 5 years ago). I recommend it to all new parents! Keep up the awesome work!

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