10 Things You Didn't Know You Need for the First Day of School

Aug 17, 2018Reading Time: 4 min

Summer is winding down, and the sales are on just in time for the big day: the first day of school! Getting prepared can seem a little daunting, both emotionally and financially. Take a deep breath, because we’ve got your back- as well as this handy list for all the essentials you might have missed. Happy Shopping!


1. Stylish Shades

A stylish pair of new sunglasses goes a long way for Back to School style. Not only will you be protecting their eyes from those harmful UV rays, they’ll also be upping their fashion game. We love the innovative selections from our friends at Knockaround which features customizable shades and iconic collections. shoppers can take advantage of a 15% off sitewide offer, including must-have sunglasses for kids and adults, in a plethora of pleasing colors and styles.


2. Sunscreen

With much of the country still sweltering, be sure to send your kiddos off to school with plenty of sunscreens. If you’re in an especially hot region, be sure to include sunscreen with higher SPF and a hat for outdoor play. While you're at it, be sure to grab an extra bottle of sunscreen for yourself! You can choose from affordable options with summer sales and deals at local drugstores.

Durable Water Bottle

3. A Durable Water Bottle

Hydration is a key element when it comes to focusing in class, and a stylish water bottle is a much-have for that first day. In fact, it is a good idea to grab a few durable water bottles in case your young scholar loses one. Be sure to choose one that is BPA-free, which can be found at popular drugstores like Target and Walmart.

Baby Wipes

4. Baby Wipes

This might not be top-of-mind, but it definitely should be. Back to school means lots of germs, from lockers to bathrooms to the dreaded school bus. Toss some baby wipes into your child’s backpack to help fend off some of those pesky germs. Stock up on great deals at Target, Costco, or your favorite local shop. And remember, a little goes a long way when trying to keep your family healthy.

Dental Floss

5. Dental Floss

Tummies are fluttering with butterflies of excitement and nerves, and the last thing your child needs is to worry about is getting food stuck in her teeth. Pop some dental floss into their bag, and they’ll be able to discreetly remove any evidence of snack time from their teeth and save any embarrassment.


6. Socks

This often-forgotten clothing accessory is a definite must for your back-to-school shopping list. Do yourself a favor and buy in bulk – you’ll likely save money and your sanity by avoiding the whole “Mom, where are my socks?” conversation as you’re trying to get everyone out the door. While you're at it, you can grab unique socks that allow your kids to have a little fun with this usually boring accessory.


7. Vitamins

Vitamins go hand-in-hand with baby wipes when it comes to keeping your family healthy. Back to school time also means that the dreaded stuffy noses, coughs, and flues are on the horizon. However, you can arm yourselves early with plenty of immune system-strengthening vitamins. And, trust us, you'll be glad that you did.


8. Allergy Medicine

Allergy season doesn’t necessarily end when that first school bell rings. Don’t let the sniffles or watery eyes of Spring get in the way of your student’s success. Tuck that allergy medicine away in a safe spot in the backpack or bag of choice.

Hair Care Products

9. Hair Care Products

Much like socks, hair care accessories have a habit of going completely MIA at the worst possible time. Don’t fall prey to this threat! Stock up on elastics, barrettes, headbands, hairspray – whatever your child depends on. Go for great deals at Target, Walmart, Costco, or your favorite Dollar Store. Being prepared never looked so good.


10. Coffee

Whatever you do, don’t forget this one. No, no. Not for your children. This one is all you. Definitely, buy in bulk, and avoid anything that says “decaf.”