School Backpack Essentials for Kids of All Ages

Make sure the kiddos are prepared for any situation with our clever, kid-approved must-haves.

July 22, 2019
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It’s THE super-cute must-have accessory for kids of all ages. It’s also packed with everything under the sun, so make sure your crew is toting all the right stuff.

Backpack Essentials

Start with the basics like a colorful water bottle that’ll encourage sips throughout the day and a kid-approved lunchbox. The more they’re involved in selecting essential school supplies, the better. And for the little ones, be sure to include emergency contact info somewhere visible.

Case Management for Her

From colorful, patterned pencil pouches and makeup bags to sassy, petite plastic cases, there are endless ways to help keep all her odds and ends organized and protected. Stock them with a hairbrush, colorful hair ties, bobby pins, hand sanitizer and lip balms.

Case Management for Him

For teens, packing cubes or small Dopp kits are also a smart way to keep all those personal care items like a toothbrush, deodorant and body wipes from exploding out of his backpack every time he opens it. And if he’s tough on his gear, opt for rugged plastic cases to hold calculators, pens and wireless earbuds.

Emergency Kit for Her

Turn a pencil case into an emergency kit complete with tissues, wet wipes, safety pins and a quick fix wardrobe and bandage kit. For the younger set, pack a back-up pair of underwear and for older kids, a quick change of clothes because accidents happen no matter how old you are. For teens include a $20 bill tucked safely away in case of an emergency and an umbrella if they have a far walk to and from the bus stop.

Emergency Kit for Him

Because extracurriculars are intense, make sure he’s got a mini first-aid kit, quick change of clothing and a lightweight windbreaker or poncho, if there’s space. For younger boys roll up a pair of undies and stash them in away in a soft pouch. And for tweens and teens include a small power bank charger, so you’ll never get the old “my phone died” excuse again.

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