13 Must-Have Items for the Start of School

With the end of summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start preparing to go back to school. If this is your first year of high school or college, or you have a child who is making the transition to a new school for the first time, this may be a nerve-wracking experience. Luckily, there are tons of things that you can do to make sure that you’re mentally ready for both the challenges and excitement that you’re about to face.

Today, we’ve assembled our best list of back- to-school supplies that will help your child get through the school year!

1. A great planner

Having the intention to do homework every day and get ahead in school work whenever possible is great, but those goals need to be scheduled in order to actually be achievable. Buying a daily or weekly planner will help you build a sensible schedule and actually stick to it. There are so many options out there for planners — you can choose between pocket and desk size, with a million different layouts. Make sure to browse in person, rather than online, so you can experience the full layout.

Moleskine makes great planners that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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2. A Posture-Saving Backpack

If you’re going to be carrying a computer, textbooks, a pencil case, and innumerable other things around on a regular basis, you’re going to need a sturdy, supportive backpack. Don’t be tempted by the crossbody and messenger bags that are always advertised in time for back-to-school — well the bags are pretty, they will ruin your posture if you carry them constantly.

The L.L. Bean Quad Pack has been recommended for most college students, but would also serve a high-schooler well. Whichever backpack you pick, make sure the bag is well-built and roomy, with comfortable, padded straps.

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