Back-to-School Toolkits: All the Products and Gear Your Kids Need This Year

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Back-to-school shopping this year is complicated. Do we buy a bunch of back-to-school clothes? What other supplies beyond the standard crayons, markers, glue sticks, and backpacks do we need? At least a week’s worth of masks, quick-read thermometers, hand-sanitizer—what else? Not to mention the side of anxiety over whether to send your kids back to school, how you’re going to balance working and homeschooling, and what to do if and when your child’s school or daycare closes temporarily as a response to the virus.

Hopefully, we can all take heart from this pediatrician’s advice in a now-viral video: “The decision you make about school is the right decision.”

We know teachers and school administrators are doing their best given the circumstances. We can be as prepared as possible, but no one knows the future. As part of the preparation, we pulled together a back-to-school toolkit to help, including a few of our favorite gear essentials, like kids’ backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles, plus a few fun pieces of flare for all. We also added items many schools are requiring for in-person instruction as well as some supplies for at-home schooling.


The Essentials


2-Pack Ello Water Bottles

2 color combinations available, BPA-free, anti-microbial spout, dishwasher safe

Makeba Designs & Prints

Superhero Blue Backpack

Omie Box

Lunch Box

dishwasher safe, multiple colors available


Tie-Dye Backpack

made in part from 24 recycled standard plastic bottles


Hydro Flask 12 oz Water Bottle

multiple colors available

Planet Box

Rover Lunchbox

dishwasher safe


Kid's Water Bottle

dishwasher safe, multiple colors and patterns


100 Count Paper Bags

for schools requiring disposable lunch materials, these bags are made of recycled material


Designs by Felicia Black Lives Matter Pin

sticker version available too


The Extras for COVID Safety

The At-Home School Set-Up


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