Back to School Essentials + Printable Checklist

I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing about back to school season is school supply shopping! As an eternal fanatic of all things stationary, I’m always super excited for this time of year (despite the looming inevitable called “school” D:).

If you’re homeschooled like I am (or even if you aren’t) it’s sometimes hard to figure out what all you’ll need for the school season. So, today I’ll be sharing an organized list of school necessities to help ease your shopping days!


I am not sponsoring any of the products or businesses that may be mentioned in this post. These are solely my own opinions.

Planners are honestly a life saver. I’ve found that whether it’s a bullet journal, notebook, calendar, or planner, my life is way more organized if I write stuff down. Especially for middle school and on, I recommend getting a student planner specifically. They’re typically more detailed and have more sections for listing schoolwork or homework, after-school activities, and weekly/monthly goals.

These are definitely essential for online schoolwork or listening to your favorite tunes while doing your homework. (If you’re looking for nice wireless earbuds or headphones under a budget, I recommend checking out Five Below. I’ve gotten a few nice pairs from there.)

Usually a lot of tea and coffee goes on sale for back to school season, so now’s the time to stock up on your favorite energy beverages! My favorite before-school beverages are rooibos and vanilla chai tea. What’s yours?

I absolutely love getting or making cute pencil cases! My sister and I made our own pencil cases a few years ago out of decorative duct tape (anyone remember the duct tape wallet fad?).

Y’all I could list some pretty disgusting facts about germs, so please save yourselves from my rants (and the illnesses [!!!]) and carry hand wipes and/or sanitizer. You will thank me later. (And yes I am indeed that person during lunch who makes everyone sanitize. XD #sorrynotsorry)

I definitely recommend lunch bags with built in ice packs. I got one last year and I’m really impressed. All you have to do is throw it into the freezer overnight then pack your perishables in the morning and it keeps the food cold and fresh all day!

I don’t recommend consuming either of these in class (depending on your school’s in-class policies), but these are great to keep in your backpack for after lunch or for low blood-sugar (speaking from experience).

You never know when you might get a moment to read, so it’s best to always keep a book on hand! (BOOK WORMS UNITE! XD)

Packing a small emergency kit will prepare you for anything life throws at you. Check out last week’s post (>HERE<) for some inspiration for what you can put in your kit!

  • Notebooks
  • Binders
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Sticky Notes
  • Backpack
  • Erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Tissue Packs
  • Binder dividers
  • Folders
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Protractor
  • Ruler
  • Stapler
  • Calculator
  • Index cards
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Paper Clips
  • Chapstick
  • Water bottle

That was a lot to cover! Before you go, I made a printable checklist to help you keep track of everything you’ll need for the school year!

>Click To Download Checklist<

I hope this post was helpful! Comment down below what your essentials are for the school year!

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