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50 Essential Back to School Items 2023

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Here are 50 essential back-to-school items for 2023. Are you getting ready to go back to school?

Today’s post is much different than what I normally write. However, considering that all my friends and family are getting ready to send their kids back to school, I thought I would make a list (not exhaustive) of essential back-to-school items.

Is there anything I missed on the list? What else would you have added? 

  1. School supplies
  2. Backpack or book bag
  3. Uniform or appropriate clothing
  4. Lunch box or reusable containers
  5. Water bottle
  6. School books and textbooks
  7. Notebooks and paper
  8. Pens, pencils, and erasers
  9. Calculator
  10. USB flash drive
  11. Laptop or tablet
  12. Stationery items (ruler, scissors, glue)
  13. Agenda or planner
  14. School ID or student card
  15. School-specific requirements (e.g., gym clothes, art supplies)
  16. Personal hygiene products (hand sanitizer, tissues)
  17. Face masks (if required)
  18. School-approved electronic devices (if allowed)
  19. Extra set of clothes (for emergencies)
  20. Transportation arrangements (bus pass, bike, carpool details)
  21. Locker accessories (shelves, organizers)
  22. Combination lock
  23. Umbrella or raincoat
  24. Sports equipment (if needed for physical education)
  25. Lunch money or prepaid lunch card
  26. Snacks or lunch items
  27. Handheld pencil sharpener
  28. Highlighters
  29. Colored pencils or markers
  30. Gift for Teacher (if desired)
  31. Protractor and compass (if needed for math or geometry)
  32. Headphones or earbuds
  33. Index cards
  34. Sticky notes
  35. Whiteboard markers and eraser
  36. Pocket dictionary or thesaurus
  37. Wall calendar or desk calendar
  38. Wall clock or alarm clock
  39. School bus schedule or route information
  40. Library card (if applicable)
  41. School spirit items (t-shirts, hats, etc.)
  42. First aid kit (for personal use)
  43. School locker mirror
  44. Combination padlock for gym locker
  45. Handheld or pocket-sized mirror
  46. Reusable face mask pouch or container
  47. Sunglasses
  48. Electronic chargers (for devices)
  49. Portable phone charger or power bank
  50. Positive attitude and readiness to learn

Do you have everything? How many essential back to school items are still on your shopping list?

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