Top 10 Back to School Must Haves


I went to school in London and loved it – no, it wasn’t an exciting exchange student situation, it’s where I grew up and spent the first 27 years of my life. I loved everything about school – the learning, the teachers, making friends (even though, by no means was I a “cool kid”), even the uniform. But I especially loved that first day of school vibe – where you have new clothes, an unopened notebook, and fresh stationery – brand new pens, and clean, sharpened pencils.

My little girl starts TK this Fall and I’m so excited for her. She’s been at daycare since she was a little over five months, so it’s going to be an extremely sad, and emotional day, when she completes her last day, but I’m really looking forward to getting her into “big school”. We talk a lot about her new school – we drive past it and show her the playground, and explain how we’d be able to walk there to drop her off. She still seems a little hesitant, and explained that she was nervous, which I told her was completely fine and it was okay to feel nervous – that meant something exciting was going to happen.

To alleviate some of her anxiety, we decided to shop! I pulled up the Amazon app and we searched for it all – a new backpack, water bottle, dress for the first day (though the Brit in me really wishes there was a uniform!), shoes. I started looking for a pencil case, notebook, pens, pencils – what did she actually need, I wondered. I asked around, and did a little research, and here’s what I’ve got –

Top 10 Back To School Must Haves

  1. Backpack
  2. Water Bottle
  3. Lunch or Snack Box
  4.  Notebook
  5. Pencil Case
  1. Pens, Colored Pencils, and/or Crayons
  1. Glue Sticks
  1. Erasers
  1. Scissors
  1. Tissues or Wet Wipes

And if your kiddo is anything like mine, don’t forget to pack a snack – or bring one at pick up!