What Kids Need for Back to School: COVID-19 Edition

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No matter where in the US you live, Back to School looks very different this year. Kids need the usual clothes and school supplies, but they also need masks and hand sanitizer to keep them safe while they are physically at school. In addition, because many schools will have part-time remote learning, kids need a home setup that sets them up for success.

The pandemic caught us off guard earlier in the year with makeshift desks and kids working in their beds. A real workspace is ideal, but for those of us with space issues, I found a couple of solutions that can be folded away when not in use.

One is a portable lap desk, which is great for younger kids. It has storage inside so they can keep their essentials in one place.

Get it here for $19.95.

For older kids and adults, I like this folding computer desk:

Get it here for $109.99.

You might also want to consider a pair of noise-canceling headphones if kids are working in a central area. These from JLab are highly reviewed on Amazon and are on sale!

Get them here for $14.99 and up.

Blue light protective glasses are also a good investment. Kids will be spending more hours on their screens than ever. 

The National Retail Federation predicts a 26% increase in Back to School spending, mostly due to spending on tech for remote learning. Thankfully, we can save by buying refurbished at the Decluttr Store. They sell good-as-new certified refurbished Tablets and Macbooks with a 12-month warranty for a fraction of the price vs buying new. You can also trade in your old tech to go towards the back-to-school fund. Shipping is free and they even have finance options. 

Kids grow so fast, so they’ll definitely need clothes. If you are not comfortable shopping in-store, try clothing boxes, like Kidbox.  You fill out a brief questionnaire for your kids and they send you a selection of stylish clothes. You only pay for what you keep and it ends up being affordable – and safe!  

Get it here. Prices vary.

Kids need to stay safe this year, and it’s important to educate them about how to do that. My advice? Make it fun and trendy and kids will be more likely to do it! Kidbox has cute masks that you can add to your box, and lots of kids brands, like Old Navy, Gap, and French Toast, have fun masks, too. 

And definitely send them to school with hand sanitizer. I love the Power Mist from Touchland, which is hot on TikTok. They kill 99.9% of germs, but they are colorful and come in tons of scents. They have a silicone cover that kids can attach to a keychain! 

hand sanitizer

Get it here for $12 and up.

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