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An Essential School Supply List for Every Student

Check out our list of the best school supplies for students of all ages (and all types of classrooms).

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Going back to school may be a little different this year, whether your student is headed into first grade or their senior year of college. No matter what school looks like in the fall, this school supply list is sure to get your student back in the swing of things.

Young Students

Melissa & Doug Tables & Chairs 3-Piece Set – Natural

If your student is still doing remote learning, it might help to give them their own designated space for school activities. It can help separate school time and playtime. This Melissa & Doug Tables & Chairs 3-Piece Set is sized for children from 3 to 8 years, making it a perfect piece for young learners. It’s easy to set up and built to last. Buy it here. 

Dated Elementary Student Planner for Academic Year 2020-2021

No matter where school is happening, it can be hard to stay on top of your schedule. That’s where the Dated Elementary Student Planner for Academic Year 2020-2021 comes in. This colorful planner was made with young students in mind. It separates the days into up to seven subjects, includes 19 helpful resource pages, a clip-in bookmark ruler and a page of bright planning stickers. Buy it here.

TICONDEROGA Pencils, Wood-Cased #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened with Eraser, Yellow, 72-Pack

TICONDEROGA Pencils are a favorite of schoolchildren and a staple of school supply lists everywhere, and there’s a good reason why. These bright yellow pencils have smooth graphite and spongy, clean erasers. Buy them here.

Learning Resources Create-a-Space Storage Center

Elementary-aged kids have a lot of stuff. Where are they supposed to store their novelty pencils, bottles of glue and other back-to-school supplies? The Learning Resources Create-a-Space Storage Center is a fun and colorful way for your student to keep their desk clean and tidy. The eight removable containers of this carousel-like storage center can help any kid keep track of their many doodads. Buy it here.

Giantex 6 Drawer Rolling Storage Cart Tools Scrapbook Paper Office School Organizer

Is a little pencil holder not gonna cut it? The Giantex 6 Drawer Rolling Storage Cart Tools Scrapbook Paper Office School Organizer is a perfect solution for students who are doing remote learning this year. This lightweight, rainbow-colored organizer offers six different drawers in different sizes. It’s the perfect place to store homework, worksheets, notebooks and whatever else your student generates throughout the school year. Buy it here.

Kids Single Use Disposable Face Masks (Pack of 50)

Cloth masks are fine, but not if you want to do even more laundry. Cloth face masks should be washed after every use, and there aren’t many kids who are that on top of their laundry schedule. Disposable face masks are the way to go for this school year. Kids Single Use Disposable Face Masks are made to fit small faces. The masks come in different colors and patterns, so kids will be more interested in wearing them. Buy them here. 

LilGadgets Connect+ PRO Kids Premium Volume Limited Wired Headphones with SharePort and Inline Microphone

If your student is headed back to school virtually, it’s doubtful you’ll want to hear everything that’s going on in their classroom all day. Keep them connected with these LilGadgets Connect+ PRO Kids Premium Volume Limited Wired Headphones. LilGadgets headphones have a volume limit so that kids don’t accidentally damage their sensitive ears. They’re also durable, comfortable and come in a range of different colors. If a grown-up ever wants to listen in on part of a lesson, they can use the SharePort to connect their own headphones to the LilGadgets headphones. Buy it here. 

High School, College and Beyond

Clever Fox Planner – Weekly & Monthly Planner to Increase Productivity, Time Management and Hit Your Goals

Whether your student is on top of their organization or struggling to remember their schedule, the Clever Fox Planner is a must-have on the school supply list to help them keep track of all their responsibilities. This planner helps to break down long- and short-term goals by offering monthly, weekly and daily agendas to fill in. The pages are undated, which means you can start at whatever time of year works for you. It also comes with 150 stickers. Buy it here.

PILOT Precise V5 Stick Deco Collection Liquid Ink Rolling Ball Stick Pens, Extra Fine Point (0.5mm) Assorted Ink Colors, 9-Pack 

PILOT pens are loved by note-takers everywhere, and the stylish PILOT Precise V5 Stick Deco Collection is no exception. These pens glide gracefully over the paper, requiring almost no pressure to leave a mark. These colorful pens will be beloved by frantic note-takers and doodlers alike. Buy them here. 

Mead Spiral Notebook, 6 Pack of 1-Subject College Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks, 70 Pages

Good pens need good notebooks. This pastel pack of Mead Spiral Notebooks includes six college-ruled books of 70 pages each. The soft spiral spine is locked to prevent snags, and the notebooks are three-hole punched so that they can be stored in a binder if need be. Buy them here.

Sticky Notes Set, Hommie Colored Divider Self-Stick Notes Pads Bundle

One of the best ways to take notes is by using sticky notes to mark important passages, tag pages and write down new ideas. This Sticky Notes Set, Hommie Colored Divider Self-Stick Notes Pads Bundle offers a wide array of sticky notes for every style of student, study buddy or note-taker. Buy them here. 

50pcs Disposable Face Masks, 3-Ply with Elastic Earloops, Breathable Non-Woven Protective Mouth Covers 

Disposable face masks are a clean, easy option for covering one’s nose and mouth. These 50pcs Disposable Face Masks, 3-Ply with Elastic Earloops come in a few different colors to avoid the overly-medical look. The black masks are sure to go with any outfit, and they don’t look disposable at all. Buy them here.

Modoker Vintage Laptop Backpack

Backpacks don’t have to look unfashionable or be uncomfortable. The Modoker Vintage Laptop Backpack is a trendy backpack with durable fabric, padded straps, six different compartments and an external USB charging port. The backpack is scratch resistant, anti-tear and splash-resistant. It also comes in five different colors. Buy it here. 

1080P Webcam with Microphone, Wansview USB 2.0

If your student’s computer doesn’t come with a webcam, that could be a problem when they want to start online classes. The 1080P Webcam with Microphone, Wansview USB 2.0 works with both Macs and PCs, includes a microphone and automatically applies low light correction. Just plug it in, and you’re ready to go. Buy it here. 

HP Stream 11-inch HD Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC

Is it time for a new laptop? It can be hard to participate in remote learning with an old, lagging computer. The HP Stream 11-inch HD Laptop, Intel Celeron N4000 is an affordable choice, made even more affordable with the addition of a year of Office 365. This powerful little laptop comes in Diamond White and Royal Blue. Buy it here.

Lenovo 100E Chromebook 2ND Gen Laptop Computer, 11.6″ HD (1366 X 768) Display

The Lenovo 100E Chromebook 2ND Gen Laptop Computer was made with students in mind. At only 2.7 pounds, the laptop is incredibly lightweight, durable, drop-resistant and water-resistant. This tough, affordable machine can take whatever students throw at it. Buy it here.

Laptop Lap Desk, Portable with Foam Filled Fleece Cushion

Whether your student is remote learning or just doing some homework, this Laptop Lap Desk, Portable with Foam Filled Fleece Cushion is a great way to take their work from the desk to just about anywhere in the house. This comfy lap desk comes with an LED desk light and even a cup holder. Buy it here. 

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What’s on your list of the best back to school supplies? Let us know in the comments below!

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