The Ultimate Back to School Essentials Checklist

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Elementary School

For elementary school the emphasis is on art supplies. I’ve found that Crayola brand markers and crayons just tend to be better quality and teachers seem to prefer them. For younger kids, send extra clothes in case of accidents in a plastic bag. Teach your kids how to use hand sanitizer, as cold and flu season always wreaks havoc in the classroom. 


  • #2 Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener 
  • Erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Tissues
  • Umbrella
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wide-ruled notebook paper
  • Backpack
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Lunch box
  • Water bottle
  • Art smock or old shirt

Middle School

Middle schoolers struggle with organization. A pocket folder is a much simpler system than a binder for most paperwork. Teach your middle schooler how to use a calendar and monitor it daily. 


  • Backpack
  • Mini stapler
  • Multiple pocket accordion folder
  • Hole-punch
  • 3-ring binder
  • Subject dividers
  • College-ruled notebook paper
  • Water bottle
  • #2 Pencils
  • Ball-point pens
  • Highlighters
  • Ruler

High School

Many high schoolers come to school with personal electronics but end up misplacing them when it comes to charging during school. Solve that problem with a power bank. Some backpacks and bags also have a pocket specifically for creating a personal charging station. In addition to the middle school items, aim for these, too.


  • Messenger bag
  • ID Case
  • Earphones with case
  • Flash drive
  • Graphing calculator
  • Combo lock (separate one for PE Locker, if needed)
  • Correction fluid
  • Power bank for phone charging
  • Planner
  • Dry-erase markers

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