School Essentials Your Kids Need Right Now

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There’s no way around it: even if they’re going to school part-time, your kids are going to need new items for school. In addition to the backpacks, pens, and folders,  I’ve found some additional essentials that you and your kids will love using all year.

Smart Planet Light Lunch Meal Kit

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These silicone containers are perfectly portioned for healthy lunches for the kids (at home or in school!). They are collapsible, so they don’t take up a lot of space in your cabinet.

Get it here for $12.99. 

Cool Coolers Ice Packs, Set of 4

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These vibrant squares will keep lunches fresh and chilled for hours. Their slim size makes them much less bulky than standard ice packs, so they’ll fit easily in the freezer. We’ve been using ours for over 2 years now and they are still going strong.

Get them here for $8.99.

Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle

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I don’t know about your school district, but clean water is not a selling point where I live. If your kids drink more than one bottle of water during the day, this bottle will filter tap water for up to 40 gallons before the filter needs replacing.

Get it here for $16.99

Re-Play Snack Stacks

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Just the right size for snacks, these stackable, colorful jars are made from recycled HDPE plastic. They’re also BPA- and BPS-free and so tough that they’ll last for years. Top rack dishwasher safe, the jars are available in lots of colors.

Get them here for $12.99 for 3. 

Mr. Bubble Fast Bath Wipes

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Wipe down breakfast messes with one of these cloths before your kid heads to the bus. They’ll love the Mr. Bubble-y scent, so they won’t put up a fuss.

Get a 2-pack here for $9.95.

Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back-to-School Combo

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Help your kid hang onto their stuff this year with this variety pack of no-iron, long-lasting, customizable labels for clothes, shoes, backpacks, sports equipment and the works. Several variety packs are available.

Get it here for $39.95.

InchBug Orbit Labels

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For a multi-kid house, try these non-adhesive, stretchy labels that can easily be moved from bottle to bottle. They are dishwasher and microwave safe and are guaranteed to last for a lifetime.

Get a 4-pack here for $18.95. 

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