The Ultimate Back to School Supplies List for 2018: 26 of the Best Back to School Products

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The Ultimate Back to School Supplies List for 2018: 26 of the Best Back to School Products

It's time for the kiddos to head back to school, and that means it's time to gather the school supplies! If you're short on shopping time, don't fret! We've found all the best standard school supplies online and put them in this handy guide.

No need to scour through all the reviews; we've already done that. We know the great deals on paper, pens, binders, and more. They're all here on our tried-and-true school supply guide.

Be sure to cross-check if your child's teacher has a specific list, but you should be able to find great basics here, ensuring your student has a fantastic start to their school year. From protractors to lunch bags, check out our ultimate school supply shopping guide.

01

Greatest Glue

Greatest Glue

Of course, our pick is Elmer's. It's the classic washable school glue! Grab a couple bottles and stock up for school projects — or donate a few bottles to your child's teacher.

And then of course, there's slime! Even if your kiddo isn't motivated by homework, chances are they're interested in making their own slime. Pick up this glue for only 50 cents and let the slime — or the art projects — begin!

The slime aficionados can add charms, colors, glitter, or other elements to their creations. A 4 oz bottle is only $0.50 so you'll probably grab a few; they come in sets of six on Amazon. 

02

Sensible Subject Dividers

Sensible Subject Dividers

The big rainbow tabs on these eight binder dividers are a colorful way to keep track of subjects. We recommend Avery's Big Tab Dividers for keeping subjects straight within your student's main binder. Each plastic divider has a pocket for extra binder organization, storing handouts, or any other relevant material.

The organized kiddo will love this educational purchase, and the disorganized kiddo will actually be able to keep their subjects straight. Either way, it's a win-win! Elementary and middle schoolers alike use subject dividers; they'll likely have at least five within school hours, and the extras can be tossed or used for extracurricular activities.

03

High-rated Highlighters

High-rated Highlighters

These little highlighters pack a punch, and they have a handy feature: translucent tips. The clear view tip helps kids see what they're marking, allowing for neater notes. What could be better?

Get started teaching note-taking habits and stock up on Sharpie highlighters. A pack of three is just $4 on Amazon. Whether they're marking up their notes, math books, or novels, it's always a great idea to highlight. These affordable highlighters are the ticket to note-taking success!

04

Cool Colored Pencils

Cool Colored Pencils

Quality colored pencils for any artistic endeavor, Prismacolor makes a great set for grade schoolers. Available in packages of 24 or 48, these vivid pencils come pre-sharpened and ready for action.

They feature a harder core for less breakage — and more artistic expression. Keep the durable packaging for a handy storage case. Younger kids can get by with the 24-pack while older children may want the versatility of the 48-count colored pencil set. Check with your child's teacher for specifications. And get ready to hang some masterpieces on the refrigerator!

05

Glorious Glue Sticks

Glorious Glue Sticks

Elmer's Disappearing Purple glue sticks are classic glue sticks with a twist. The glue goes on purple, then dries clear, so kids know their project is dry and ready. Plus, they're washable!

Teachers and parents will want to keep Disappearing Purple glue sticks around for any projects that arise. Luckily, Amazon sells a pack of seven glue sticks.

06

Best Binder

Best Binder

This three-ring binder is designed to withstand abuse! Perfect for the backpack crowd. The Better Binder features a 400 sheet capacity, plus view sleeves so kids can easily display the binder's contents.

It's a bit pricey, but the view sleeves are worth the extra cost. Students can display handouts, artwork, school work, photos, and more on the front and back of their binder.

07

Plenty of Paper

Plenty of Paper

One thing kids definitely need: Ruled loose-leaf paper. Choose from college or wide-ruled, depending on your child's grade level. This pack of paper comes hole-punched, so you can easily add this filler paper to a binder.

Bonus: the holes are reinforced with tape so assignments won't tear. What a helpful detail! Add hardy paper sheets to their school supplies.

08

Perfect Pencil Sharpener

Perfect Pencil Sharpener

The compact shape of this sharpener makes it convenient, and the translucent color lets students see when it's full of shavings. The Prismacolor Scholar sharpener is a great item to have on-hand or in a pencil box.

09

Our Pencil Pick

Our Pencil Pick

Pre-sharpened for convenience, Dixon Ticonderoga no. 2 pencils are the cream of the crop. This box of 30 should last a little while! There are enough here to go around the classroom. 

10

Marvelous Markers

Marvelous Markers

The best thing about these vibrant markers? They wash off! Crayola packs a punch with their classic washable set. You'll be glad you got washable ones; these markers come off clothes, skin, and even painted walls.

If your little ones go rogue when coloring — no worries! Each pack comes with 10 classic colors and is best for ages 4 and up.

11

Fabulous Folders

Fabulous Folders

Keep assignments and handouts protected with these colorful picks. Five Star's sturdy plastic folders feature interior pockets for storing school work. Three holes allow you to secure them inside of binders.

Stock up with packs of 12 from Amazon. Only need a few? Try individual folders from Target.

12

Best Backpack

Best Backpack

Quality bag purveyor Herschel makes a classic backpack with plenty of space for school essentials. The Pop Quiz style comes in a ton of colors and prints, and it will last the school year and beyond. Plus, kids (and parents) think the retro design is pretty cool.

13

Superior Sticky Notes

Superior Sticky Notes

You're never too young to be organized! Grab these jewel-toned sticky notes and prep for the big test, or just keep a daily to-do list handy.

14

The Nicest Notebooks

The Nicest Notebooks

Available in assorted colors, these Mead spiral-bound notebooks feature 70 wide-ruled pages each — plenty of space for writing practice. We love the pastel colors! You can stock up since they're available in a pack of six: blue, pink, yellow, green, purple, and orange. They are also available with college-ruled pages for the older kiddos. 

15

Helpful Index Cards

Helpful Index Cards

Neon colors make taking notes fun. This universal ruled set comes in four shades; use the different colors to differentiate subjects, or just keep things interesting. Whether kids are studying sight words or chemistry, these Universal cards will come in handy.

16

Practical Pencil Box

Practical Pencil Box

Sterilite makes a simple, sturdy pencil box for holding supplies. It's clear so your kiddo can easily spot what they're after. The divided sections are perfect for organizing pencils, pens, and all manner of other objects. If you have multiple Sterilite boxes, they stack neatly on top of one another.

17

Top Pencil Case

Top Pencil Case

Available in multiple colors, this durable canvas pencil pouch has room for everything. There are multiple flaps and pockets to store writing utensils and other trinkets. Up to 45 pens and pencils will fit in this spacious case. Choose from green, black, blue, pink, or brown.

18

Everyday Eraser

Everyday Eraser

Paper Mate's Pink Pearl eraser is a classic school supply pick! You're set with this three-pack of perfect pink erasers. These guys can handle any mistake.

19

Wonderful Water Bottles

Wonderful Water Bottles

The perfect durable water bottle to toss into a Kindergartner or first-grader's backpack at 14 oz, Contigo containers come in fun colors and patterns. (Older kids may want to bump up to the 20 oz capacity.) All water bottles are prone to leakage, but Contigo is one of the tried-and-tested top-tier options.

20

Top Protractor

Top Protractor

This compass and protractor set comes in stylish purple and orange, and it even includes a unicorn eraser! It's the perfect geometry class addition for your math whiz.

21

Tactical Tape

Tactical Tape

Kids love tape. It's just a fact! Pick up a pack of Scotch Magic Tape to keep those projects together, or just keep your kiddo entertained for a few minutes. 

22

Classic Crayons

Classic Crayons

Is there anything better than fresh crayons ready for the school year? Nope. This 24-pack from Crayola is small enough to fit in a bag, but offers enough shades for any art project. Plus, it's only 50 cents! You may want to stock up on a couple packs. Just in case of a coloring emergency!

23

Lovely Lunch Bag

Lovely Lunch Bag

This insulated lunch bag comes in many kid-friendly prints — including llamas! Bentology's lunch bag features a side pocket, a handle, an interior pocket, and an expandable front pocket. The insulated durable lunch bag is completely user-friendly and can handle just about any meal you toss into it.

24

Radical Ruler

Radical Ruler

These semi-transparent, jewel-toned rulers feature finger grips for extra stability. Available in pink, purple, green, and blue, your kid will be sitting pretty in math class with these 12 inch tools. 

25

Great Gel Pens

Great Gel Pens

Get your child a rainbow assortment of Paper Mate gel pens and hope it's enough to get them through the year! Available in packs of four, 14, or 20, these gel pens are a favorite among students. All the colors are enticing, and the rich pigment makes for satisfying notes.

26

Savvy Stapler

Savvy Stapler

This little guy is great for small hands, plus it's affordable. The Swingline Tot comes pre-packed with 50 staples, ready to tackle up to 12 sheets of paper at once. Available in assorted colors, this mini stapler is great to keep on hand, and this one fits in a pencil box.

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