Here in Texas, my kids go back to school in 5.5 weeks! Wild I know! I have one going into 1st grade and one going into Pre-K. This is my 6th year to have a kiddo in school so I feel like I know what things everyone needs for back to school- especially at these ages.
5 Things Everyone Needs For Back To School
A good routine: I think most people let things get a little off the rails in terms of routine during the summer. If so my suggestion is to start 3 weeks before school starts. Start waking up at the time you’d need to for school, going to sleep early, and maybe even making lunches in their lunch boxes. I feel like anything you can do to start getting into the school routine helps!
Labels for everything: I am a big fan of labeling all the things. Preschool and camp require it and with Liam in elementary school, I just go ahead and do it. Comes in handy when we are digging through a lost and found for a water bottle to have our kids’ have labels on them. For both kids, I get these Inchbug orbit labels for water bottles and they fit on pretty much any water bottle we have used. For everything else, we do Name Bubbles labels.
Water bottles: Speaking of water bottles kids need good water bottles. Here in Texas, it’s still hot until basically Thanksgiving so my kids are guzzling water all day. Charlotte uses a Yeti kids water bottle and Liam uses these Simple Modern water bottles.
Durable backpack and Lunch box: For backpacks, I always do the Pottery Barn Kids backpacks. Charlotte has a tote for school that she has to use but she had a PBK backpack for camp and Liam used one last year and will use the same one this year. These Wildkins lunch boxes are my absolute favorite lunch boxes because they fit Bento lunch boxes.
A tradition: Having a back-to-school tradition is so much fun for kids and it’s a great memory for YOU! I have picture traditions I do with the kids and we always get ice cream after school on the first day as well. They look forward to it and you will too!
What are your must-have items for back to school?