As the summer winds down, your family is gearing up to send your children back to school. There are pens and paper and new backpacks to buy on top of your already never-ending parental to-do list.
To give you a hand, we’ve rounded up some great school products that will get your kids back on the bus, bags fully stocked. The best part is, these are all available online, so you don’t have to spend your last few weekends of summer driving around town looking for gluesticks.
Keep your kiddo organized and on top of their assignments with this elephant-print planner.
$11.99 at Amazon
Whether for art class or color-coding notes, Crayola fine markers are a must.
$4.30 at Amazon
Kids will break and lose pencils all year long, so you might as well get them started with a fresh, full box of their favorite #2s.
$5.99 at Amazon
Best Index Cards
There’s no time like the present to start kids’ spongelike minds memorizing facts—make sure they have the tools they need.
$2.86 at Amazon
Sure, the kids are perfectly healthy now, but come fall, you know there will colds passed around the classroom—tissues will help slow the germ spread.
$13.11 at Amazon
These notebooks may be old school, but plenty of grade schools still require the classic composition tool. Buy in bulk and your kid will be covered for the whole year.
$13.41 at Amazon
Best Pencil Box
This simple clear pencil box will keep all of the kids’ writing utensils neat and tidy.
$4.35 at Amazon
We know your little tot is practically perfect in every way, but when mistakes do slip through, it’s best to have an eraser on hand.
$1.99 at Amazon
Best Way to Make a Note
Start kids’ organizational obsession off early with brightly colored Post-it Notes that will remind them (and you) of all the after-school activities on their schedule.
$6.59 at Amazon
Inspire their inner artist with this black etch lunch box that comes with an easy water bottle pocket to lessen the chance they’ll leave it behind.
$14.13 at Amazon
Best Pencil Sharpener
Your kids will want a pencil sharpener on hand for any mid-test lead breakage, and they can pick their favorite from the selection of bright colors.
$1.49 at Target
Think safety first with these blunt-tip scissors.
$4.55 at Amazon
Best Dry Erase Board
Your kids’ friends can leave locker notes on this mini corkboard-encased dry erase board.
$4.99 at Target
Best Locker Shelf
Avoid a locker avalanche with this metal shelf that’ll keep textbooks stacked neatly.
$14.45 at Amazon
Best way to kill germs
Hook a mini hand sanitizer bottle onto lunchboxes to remind kids to wash up before diving in.
$1.44 at Target
Best Washable Glue
Prep kids for craft time with these washable glue sticks that won’t make a mess of their clothes.
$3.51 at Walmart
Best tool for geometry
A protractor will be your kid’s best friend for making it through high school geometry.
$5.70 at Amazon
Best Graph Paper
Graph paper is good for math class—and for taking super-neat notes.
$3.47 at Amazon
Under Armour began as a startup at the University of Maryland, and you can show your support for precocious entrepreneurship with this sporty backpack!
$44.99 at Under Armour
Help kids keep track of all of their assignments in a three-ring binder.
$5.99 at Amazon
Best Kids’ Water Bottle
Hydration is important, so make sure to send kids off to school with a water bottle in hand—especially one that’s unlikely to spill.
$11.95 at Walmart
Best Spiral-Bound Notebook
Spur good note-taking skills early with a spiral-bound notebook with a built-in pocket for handouts.
$5.99 at Staples
Best Mini Stapler
Make sure no essay pages get left behind with this mini stapler.
$5.93 at Amazon
Best Kindle for Kids
Take their bookshelf to the 21st century and save on extra reading assignments with a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader.
$119 at Amazon
Best gel Pens
Their spelling quiz corrections will really stand out with these bright red pens.
$3.29 at Amazon
These chisel-tip highlighters make for neat note taking, and the six colors will help them stay organized.
$2.99 at Staples
Best Calculator for kids
An essential side-kick for math class, this easy calculator comes in multiple colors so your kids can pick one that won’t cramp their style.
$7.99 at Amazon
Best Two-pocket Folder
The translucent sides will help kids grab the right folder on their way to class, and the plastic material will hold up better than paper.
$1.99 at Amazon
Best Colored Pencils
For art class or color-coding maps in geography, colored pencils are a necessary addition to any supply box.
$2.97 at Amazon
Best Dry-Erase Markers
When kids give a class presentation, these markers will let them add some visual effects.
$5 at Staples
Best Graphing Calculator
An essential side-kick for any math class, the TI-83 is the perfect piece of tech for the high school student.
$88 at Amazon
Best PC Laptop
For the college student who needs a laptop but would rather use Windows, this is a really strong option. It’s lightweight, has a long battery life and has a pretty high resolution screen (not technically hiDPI, which will cost you more).
$712.95 at Amazon
33. Apple iPad Air 2
For those with a lot of reading on their calendar or taking an on-the-go major, the iPad Air is super light and easy to carry all over campus. Our director of digital products used an iPad in grad school for most of his textbooks. With an iPad Air, you can have all of your reading material with you wherever you go without breaking your back. The iPad Air’s Retina/hiDPI screen is very easy on the eyes. We do not recommend low-resolution laptops for sustained periods of reading.
$439 at Amazon
This laptop has two killer features that make it perfect for students: It’s really lightweight, and it has a very high resolution screen that is easy on the eyes. College students do a lot of reading, writing, and web surfing. Staring at computer monitors all day (and phones and other devices) can lead to eyestrain. Using a Retina/hiDPI screen can help lesson and prevent eye strain. The Macbook is lightweight and has a beautiful Retina screen. The one thing it doesn’t have is tons of power. If you need a more powerful Mac with a Retina screen, the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros are also fantastic.
$1,279 at Amazon
Best Camera for Beginners
35. Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens
If your high schooler has a photography class lined up for this year, or is involved in yearbook, this is the camera to get. It’s easy to hold, simple to use, and can even shoot HD video. Add on this 35mm prime lens to create the perfect combo for learning how photography and videography. That 35mm lens is the best deal in a camera lens anywhere. It works fantastically well in low light situations and can do very shallow depth of field.
$496.95 at Amazon
Best Camera Bag for Students
This bag can carry everything. There’s room for your iPad, laptop, DSLR, photography gear, and there’s even space to stash a notebook and some snacks.
Looking for something smaller? The Lowepro Fastpack 250 is a great bag to carry around every day and can fit a laptop and a dslr without any bulkiness. It’s also a comfortable daily laptop bag.
$99.90 at Amazon