Back-to-school time can be very exciting, with new beginnings, new possibilities, and new friends. But starting school again after a long, relaxing summer break can also be a daunting task for parents and kids alike, and deciding what school supplies to buy can be challenging. Whatever the age, we have some tips and products that can make the transition less stressful and more fun.
For the Excited Elementary School Student
To Keep Their Lunches Contained
Do you ever worry about your kids eating their lunch on dirty cafeteria tables or making a big mess with their food? This Solvetta Durable Lunch Box doubles as a placemat, so your kids are more easily able to keep the table neat. Unfold it into a mat and it becomes a great way to keep their food off of unclean surfaces. Just throw the lunch box in the washing machine—a quick and easy clean up for all.
Kid- and Environmentally-Friendly Reusable Baggies
About 100 billion single-use plastic bags are used every year and a great way to help reduce this waste is by switching to eco-friendly bags. Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags are the perfect way to store a kid’s favorite snacks for school—from pretzels to fruit to nuts. Each bag is plastic-free and microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe. These bags come in a number of colors—so choose a fun shade and get your kids excited about their snacks.
For an Easy Lace-Up
Is your child still learning how to tie their shoes? No problem. Zubits Lace Magnets turn any lace up shoe into a slip-on. Their magnetic clasp helps keep their shoes securely on their feet. Just lace the magnets into the shoe laces, snap the magnets together, and they’re ready to go. You’ve got a morning timesaver and don’t have to worry about your child tripping over their laces at school.
Charming Eco-Friendly Backpacks
Your child may not be carrying around textbooks and binders quite yet, but a backpack is still an essential accessory for a young elementary school student. Why give them a standard black, blue, green, or pink bag, when you can get them excited for back-to-school with these cute Dabbawalla Backpacks featuring fun characters, such as a ladybug, airplane, kitty, bear and so much more. Not only are these backpacks super adorable, but they’re also biodegradable and recyclable.
For the Driven High School Student
A Notebook of Infinite Pages
Perfect for high schoolers, Wipebook Pro is a vegan leather, reusable dry-erase notebook that never runs out of space to write. It makes it easy to take notes, make to-do lists, or doodle. Wipebook Pro is a simple, environmentally-friendly solution to big clunky notebooks of paper, and also saves space in your teen’s backpack, too.
To Lock Their Belongings with Just One Finger
Does your teen struggle with the combination lock on their locker at high school? Fidgeting with the lock on a locker can be stressful when they’re rushing off to class. Benjilock by Hampton created a lock that uses new technology to create an easy and unique password — their fingerprint. This fingerprint lock is an easy way to safely protect their belongings, without having to remember a tricky combination (and make it to class on time).
An Upcycled Backpack
Ever thought that freeway billboards could be a stylish accessory? RAREFORM has created unique backpacks made from those eye-catching highway ads. Fashionable, durable, and functional, these backpacks are the perfect bags for high school students who need to carry notebooks while being environmentally friendly. No two bags are the same, so put one on and they’ll have a distinctive look.
For the Busy College Student
Stay on Top of Their Schedule
This easy to apply, remove, and reapply dry erase stick-on planner is a great way to help a college student juggle their busy back-to-school schedules, from tests and assignments to club meetings to social events. The flexible foam core helps to get rid of wrinkles and bubbles, so that they can write with ease. Perfect for a dorm room or an apartment, WriteyBoard Dry-Erase Planner can stick just about anywhere, and is a functional and stylish helper
A Light Filled with Love
These color-changing lamps switch shades with just a touch. It’s an easy way to say hello and tell somebody you’re thinking of them by syncing your lamp with a loved one’s lamp back home. A Color Changing Filimin Lamp is an excellent dorm accessory for any newly graduated, homesick college student. To stay connected to more people, sync more than two lamps together.
To Keep Their Laptop Cool and Portable
This portable ventilated lap desk is great for a college student on-the-go. The holes in the board help keep their computer ventilated and it has a section to keep their keys and phone. They can store iSkelter Mobile Desk in their bag to have the ability to study just about anywhere: outside, on their lap, or in their bed. Now there’s no excuse not to hit the books.
For When Their Phone or Tablet Needs Fuel
This rapidly charging backup battery, with built in micro-USB and Lightning cables, charges two devices three times faster than a standard wall charger. Fuelbox Battery is an on-the-go powerful charger that’s great for the busy college student who needs to help keep their devices, such as phones and tablets, charged.
Why not get some cool new accessories for back-to-school? Fun, functional, and environmentally-friendly supplies will help the school year get off to a great start.