The Ultimate School Supplies List for Back to School

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The Ultimate School Supplies List for Back to School

We’ve found the best standard school supplies for students and listed them here for your shopping convenience. Because who has time to go hunting all over the internet for all these items? 

ll the common gear is covered in our guide (if your child’s teacher gives out a specific list, be sure to cross-check). Whether your kid needs glue sticks or a protractor, check out our list of quality supplies.

02
Fabulous Folders

Five Star’s sturdy plastic folders feature interior pockets and three holes to secure them inside binders. 

Keep assignments and handouts protected with these colorful picks.

03
Plenty Of Paper

Ruled loose-leaf paper — choose from college or wide-ruled. 

Pre hole-punched, you can easily add this filler paper to a binder. Bonus: the holes are reinforced with tape so assignments won’t tear.

04
Our Pencil Pick

Pre-sharpened for convenience, Dixon Ticonderoga no. 2 pencils are the best. 

A box of 30 should last a little while!

05
Best Backpack

Quality bag purveyor Herschel makes a classic backpack.

It comes in a ton of colors and prints, and it will last!

06
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!

07
High-rated Highlighters

These little highlighters pack a punch. 

The clear view tip helps kids see what they’re marking.

08
Perfect Pencil Sharpener

The compact shape of this sharpener makes it convenient, and the translucent color lets kids see when it’s full of shavings.

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Cool Colored Pencils

Quality colored pencils for any artistic endeavor, Prismacolor makes a great set.

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Marvelous Markers

The best thing about these vibrant markers? They wash off! Crayola packs a punch.

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Sensible Subject Dividers

The big rainbow tabs on these eight dividers are a colorful way to keep track of subjects. Each divider has a pocket for extra binder organization.

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Glorious Glue Sticks

Elmer’s Disappearing Purple glue sticks go on purple, then dry clear, so kids know their project is ready. Plus, they’re washable!

13
Superior Sticky Notes

You’re never too young to be organized! Grab these jewel-toned sticky notes.

14
Savvy Stapler

This little guy is great for small hands, plus it’s affordable. The Swingline Tot comes pre-packed with 50 staples.

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Practical Pencil Box

Sterlite makes a simple, sturdy pencil box for holding supplies.

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Top Pencil Case

Available in multiple colors, this pencil pouch has room for everything.

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Everyday Eraser

Paper Mate’s Pink Pearl eraser is a classic! You’re set with this 3-pack.

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The Nicest Notebooks


Available in assorted colors, these Mead spiral-bound notebooks feature 70 wide-ruled pages each. Also available in college-ruled for the older kiddos. 

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Radical Ruler

A pack of four jewel-toned rulers means they have a few to share!

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Top Protractor

A classic tool for math class, this clear plastic protractor set gets the job done.

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Tactical Tape

Kids love tape. Pick up a pack of Scotch Magic to keep those projects together.

23
Classic Crayons

Is there anything better than fresh crayons ready for the school year? Nope. 

This 24-pack is small enough to fit in a bag, but offers enough shades for any art project.

24
Lunch Bag That Lasts

A sturdy lunch bag in many kid-friendly prints to choose from, the Olive Kids option is insulated and easy to clean.

25
Wonderful Water Bottle For Kinders

The perfect durable water bottle to toss into a Kindergartner or first-grader’s backpack, Contigo containers come in fun colors.

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Best 3-ring Binder

This binder is designed to withstand abuse! Perfect for the backpack crowd.

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Greatest Glue

Classic washable school glue! Grab a couple bottles and stock up for projects.

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